Building Bridges in Uncertain Times: Finding Commonalities Through Communication

The 8th Annual Emerson-Blanquerna Global Communication Pre-Summit and Summit will take place in two cities steeped in history and known for promoting dialogue – Boston, MA and Washington, DC. 

Pre-summit on November 1 and November 2, Emerson College, Boston, MA

Scholars, students, practitioners, and other change agents will gather to present their work. Research and scholarship will be at the core of the pre-summit.

Summit on November 4, 2022 in Watergate Hotel, Washington D.C. 

The summit will focus on deliberative dialogue and interactions, with the goal of continuing to build bridges and foster connections between thought leaders from across the globe.

**Please note that presentations can take place in-person or virtually during the Pre-Summit on Emerson College’s campus in Boston.


As the world emerges from a global pandemic, it is now faced with a new reality marked by economic, social, political, and democratic uncertainties and disruptions. Many countries around the world have experienced challenges of varying significance exposing important rifts within their populations (e.g., January 6, 2021 events in the United States, armed conflict in Ukraine, environmental crisis in Ethiopia, high levels of inflation (e.g., Brazil, Turkey), Freedom Convoy movement in Canada, regime change in Afghanistan). This summit zeroes in on this dynamic and invites participants to think through and reimagine the role and effects of communication locally and internationally. Civil society, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), elected officials, public sector organizations, and businesses are faced with new challenges requiring innovative approaches and solutions. From a broader perspective, this summit like those in the past examines these elements through the lens of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The summit welcomes papers, group projects, panel proposals, keynotes, and dialogue sessions addressing new narratives, communication practices, messaging, storytelling, as well as public outreach and engagement strategies related to current social, political, and economic uncertainties and future challenges. Examples of topics include economic and political crises, effects of inflationary pressures on supply chains and globalization, domestic and international societal and political violence, effects of populism on elections and governments, protest movements advocating for social justice and equality, political polarization, climate change, and development and prosperity.

The summit – organized by the Emerson-Blanquerna Center for Global Communication – will take place in Washington DC (United States) on November 4, 2022. The summit welcomes contributions from scholars, students, independent researchers, communication practitioners, governmental officials, NGO practitioners, business leaders, as well as other change agents at all levels of the international civil society.

A 250-word abstract is due by September 23, 2022. The abstract should include the purpose, methodology, findings, implications, and originality of the study. Those interested in submitting an abstract should complete all appropriate sections of the following online forms:

Those interested in only attending the summit – in person or remotely – should also complete the online forms and fill out all appropriate sections.

Email acceptance notifications will be sent to the first author of the submission by September 30, 2022. All authors whose abstract is selected for the conference may submit a full-paper version of their work ahead of the conference. This paper should be between 3000 and 6000 words (excluding references). The paper must be in Word format with a 12-point Times New Roman font and have 1.5 line spacing.

Selected papers presented at the summit could be published in conference proceedings based on the publisher’s interests. The summit is partnered with several top-tier, international academic journals, including:

  • Trípodos
  • American Behavioral Scientist

For more information about the Summit registration process: 

For more information about the Global Pre-Summit or Summit, please contact the members of the 2022 Emerson-Blanquena Summit organizing committee at the following email address: 

For more information about the Center for Global Communication.

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