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About This Journal

Kaleidoscope was conceptualized in 1998 by a group of graduate students in the Department of Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIUC), and the original idea focused on developing a print journal that would provide a scholarly forum for SIUC graduate students. The hope was that sharing our research with colleagues might contribute to disciplinary dialogues in areas as diverse as communication pedagogy, intercultural communication, language and social interaction, performance studies, philosophy of communication, and rhetoric.

In 2002, the idea to expand Kaleidoscope’s graduate community to the discipline at large was born out of a desire to develop a dialogue amongst other graduate students whose interests include qualitative, interpretive, and critical/cultural approaches to Communication Studies and cognate areas. In its current form, then, Kaleidoscope is a print and electronic forum intended to be attractive to graduate students who work at the intersections of philosophy, theory, and practical application of qualitative communication research.

Graduate Student Editorship

The SIUC Department of Speech Communication funds a competitive graduate assistantship position for editor of Kaleidoscope each year. The editor’s responsibilities include managing submission and review of manuscripts, serving as primary editor for the production and printing of one issue of Kaleidoscope, and organizing distribution of journal issues and information.

Permissions and Copyright

The Department of Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale holds the copyright for Kaleidoscope and reserves the rights to all materials published therein. Brief portions of material may be copied and quoted without permission with the proper citation. If making copies for scholarly or classroom use, this citation should be clearly displayed: "Copyright by the Department of Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Reproduced by permission of the publisher." This permission extends to a limited number of copies of material in Kaleidoscope for scholarly or classroom use if (1) materials are distributed at no charge or for the cost of copying, and (2) the material includes the full bibliographic citation.