Calls for Papers: Writing and Publishing

Here’s the late calls-for-papers that might be of interest to our members.

  1. Dovetail Labs/Freelance Research Opportunity
  2. Media, Technology and New Generations: Representing Millennial Generation and Generation Z
  3. VIRAL MEDIA book
  4. Disability and the Media: Other Bodies
  5. Remembering Ntozake Shange
  6. Screening Non-Binary Bodies
  7. Voices on the Move: An Anthology of Literature and Art by and about Refugees
  8. The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy (Volume 29, Issue 2)
  9. Religions in African American Popular Culture
  10. USAbroad: Call for Articles
  11. English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty

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Dovetail Labs/Freelance Research Opportunity

Due: November 30, 2018

Dovetail Labs is a consulting firm founded by academic anthropologists with the mission to bring the insights of social science to the design and development of socially responsible technology. We are seeking researchers with backgrounds in STS or Anthropology to prepare intellectual briefs (see below) on topics related to the design, development, deployment and/or reception of artificial intelligence-driven technologies, big data, and machine learning in non-U.S. settings. We are also interested in research on analogous technologies or case-studies that give insight into the ontologies of human/non-human interaction and modes of governance and social trust.

Ideal candidates will have 1) completed their PhD qualifying exams 2) carried out ethnographic fieldwork with substantial time in the field and 3) will be able to review literature in languages other than English. Compensation will be $2,000 for a completed brief of approximately 8,000-10,000 words (due December 31, 2018).

We are actively building a pool of researchers for current and future projects. If you are interested in working with us, but don’t feel that your proposal fits this project, please feel free to submit your details for future consideration. If your expertise permits, you may submit more than one proposal. Applications submitted by November 30, 2018 will be given priority.

For more information and to apply, use this form:  If you have any questions, please address them to with the subject line: Brief proposal.  Also visit

Media, Technology and New Generations: Representing Millennial Generation and Generation Z

Due:  December 10, 2018

Even though the millennial generation, and now Generation Z, are two of the most educated and technologically savvy generations in U.S. history, compared with other generations, how they are, particularly millennials, are depicted in the media has not been widely studied (see, among others, Rose Kundanis and Paula Poindexter). For example, unlike previous generations, millennials are widely criticized for being self-centered, lacking curiosity and involvement in politics, mindlessly following cultural and fashion trends, and being victims of the consumer culture, as perpetuated by media outlets. We argue that while millennials are technologically savvy, capable of using different electronic devices and digital platforms, they often do not critically examine either the social and economic impact of these technologies or the ways they are individually affected by them. Furthermore, we argue that they do not critically examine the political and cultural implications of their heavy media and technology usage and how various cultural groups are represented in mediated texts. As a result, they often lack critical media analysis techniques to evaluate their media usage and the messages embedded in mediated texts. These characteristics of millennials are often depicted in various television shows, films, and news, and other aspect of popular culture, advertising and fashion. Therefore, the ways in which millennials are represented in media can determine how they are perceived by the previous generations. These representations can also shape the nature of the future generations, because millennials can function as role models for them. Therefore, studying these representations is crucial. Similarly, as technological “natives,” members of the Generation Z are also born into digital (and consumer) culture where most of their experiences, including education, dating, and shopping are digitalized.  

Hence, the main goal of this book is to examine millennials and the members of Generation Z in the context of media and visual culture. In order to do so, we have to consider three interrelated areas: the ways millennials and Generation Z are presented in media, media and popular culture forms products designed for these two generations, and also media and popular culture forms products designed by millennials. The examination of millennial generation and Generation Z and their cultures would be incomplete without understanding these areas.

This book has several interrelated goals:

  1. Examining representations of millennial generation and Generation Z in media and visual culture.     
  2. Examining media and visual culture texts produced by the members of the Generation Z and millennial generation.
  3. Theorizing media in the context of millennial culture and Generation Z.
  4. Bridging the gap between media and youth/generations studies by looking at mediated representation of the millennial culture as well as the culture of Generation Z.
  5. Taking a cultural studies perspective to explore the mediated and visual aspects of the millennial culture and the culture of Generation Z.

Topics may include but not limited to:

  1. Millennial and Generation Z generations and the role and issues of new media
  2. Different ways of understanding the mediated millennial culture and Generation Z whose members are culturally diverse and complicated
  3. Media and films about Generation Z and millennials
  4. Media and films about Generation Z and millennials
  5. Digitalization of millennials and Generation Z
  6. The political economy of generations
  7. Culturally diverse mediated and digitalized millennial and Generation Z experiences
  8. Millennial and Generation Z fandom

Abstracts are due by December 10, 2018, with a word length of no more than 500 words, along with pertinent references, contact information, and a short biographic blurb of 300 words. Full-length manuscripts are due on March 15, 2019, with a word length of no more than 5,000-7,000 words and in APA style, including references, endnotes, and so forth. The project is currently under contract with Lexington Books. Please mail your abstracts as Word documents to Ahmet Atay ( for an initial review.


Due: 12 December 2018

Social media are changing the way we receive, share and consume fact and opinion. One of the reasons for that is the affordances of social networks that facilitate the rapid, immediate spread of information (Nahon & Hemsley, 2013). Another reason is the decreasing attention span of digital users and the ‘logic of acceleration’ (Rosa, 2013) – people spend less time to engage with a topic, but are more likely to form their opinion based on a headline, a meme or a short tweet.

This edited collection aims at establishing the theory and empirical research on this topical subject, viral media. General public, academics and journalists use “viral” in many ways. This book will narrow down the definition for media studies and conceptualise the buzzword into a consistent theory. The working definition of “viral” is the spread of information, opinion and entertaining pieces that catch like a wild fire in a short period of time. It is similar to a biological “virus”, as people pick it from others – close and broad networks, acquaintances and strangers – and then pass on to the close as much as broader networks. The biological definition is not enough, so we are looking at the sociological and psychological explanations, too. We are welcoming theoretical and empirical studies on viral media.  The volume welcomes, but is not limited to, contributions that work to answer the following question:

  • What makes people pick and share things online at a speed of a wild fire?
  • Does the level of media literacy impact the “viral” decisions?
  • Do professional journalists do things “virally” to catch up with distracted public? Research on the likes of BuzzFeed, HuffPost, social media use of journalists is welcome.
  • What processes happen in our brain and psyche when we press the “share” button?
  • How is viral different from popular?
  • What do we mean by “viral media” – is it the artefacts that spread rapidly, or the networks and platforms that accommodate the speedy circulation of things?
  • Case studies from various countries and contexts are welcome.
  • Studies on public relations, advertising and “viral” are welcome.
  • Attention economy and its impact on viral media.
  • Specific cases that explore one phenomenon or a viral hit are welcome.

Other proposals within scope will also be considered. The editor invites submissions of 200-250 word chapter proposals.  Deadline: 12 December 2018. Submissions should be sent to the editor, Dr Anastasia Denisova, Communication and Media Research Insitute, University of Westminster

Submissions should also include:

  1. a) Title of chapter
  2. b) Author name/s, institutional details
  3. c) Corresponding author’s email address
  4. d) Keywords (no more than 5)
  5. e) A short bio

Authors will be informed of commissioning by the end of December 2018.  Commissioned chapters will be around 6,000-8,000 words and will be due by 1st May 2019.  We have interest from major publishing houses, who would like to publish this edited book.  The fact that an abstract is accepted does not guarantee publication of the final manuscript. All chapters submitted will be judged on the basis of a double-blind reviewing process.  Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the editor, Dr Anastasia Denisova,

Disability and the Media: Other Bodies

Due:  Friday, 21 December 2018 (Abstracts)

We have space for some additional chapters in the edited collection Disability and the Media: Other Bodies on the themes of disability, bodies, media and representation in Asia. in the following edited collection.  Book edited by Diana Garrisi (JC School of Film and Television Arts, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University) and Jacob Johanssen (Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster).  Under contract with Routledge and to be published 2019 in the Routledge Research in Disability and Media Studies series (

Using a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches this  volume encompasses an array of media forms including cinema, newspapers,  television, advertising and social media. This book has several purposes. It critically discusses the relationship between self-representation and representations in either reinforcing or debunking myths around disability and othering. It explores the cultural, political and commercial basis for why media can negatively portray some people as intrinsically different. Finally, it suggests that the dynamic relationship between traditional and new media and the blurred lines between forms of representation and self-representation in new media can make it more difficult to continue framing ability and disability as mutually exclusive categories, and therefore cast the latter as unwanted. The book presents instances of a possible, slow cultural shift in favour of non-dichotomic views on ability and disability increasingly represented as fluid and necessary conditions characterizing the essence of each human being.

We are specifically interested in chapters that focus on Asia and its different countries in relation to the themes of the book. Possible themes include but are not limited to:  

  • Affective labour of bodies
  • Auto-ethnographic accounts of the body in / through digital media
  • Celebrity bodies and the spectacles of transformation
  • Cinema and disability
  • Contemporary coverage of disability in print/online/television/radio
  • De-colonizing and de-westernising the mediated body
  • Disability and advertising
  • Disability and race
  • Disability and the media: historical perspectives
  • (Dis)Empowerments of the disabled body
  • Journalism and practices of othering the body
  • Neoliberalism, policy and austerity politics
  • Reality television and the body
  • Representing wounds and scars
  • Researching bodies and the media: frameworks and methodologies
  • Stigma and the body
  • Posthumanist and non-representational frameworks
  • The abject body
  • The body and trauma
  • The mediated body as spectacle
  • The medicalised body in the media
  • The objectification of the disabled body in the media

We invite submissions of 200-250 words chapter proposals. Deadline: Friday, 21 December 2018.  Commissioned chapters are around 5,000 words. The fact that an abstract is accepted does not guarantee publication of the final manuscript. All chapters submitted will be judged on the basis of a double-blind reviewing process.

Submissions should also include:

  • Title of chapter
  • Author name/s, institutional details
  • Corresponding author’s email address
  • Keywords (no more than 5)
  • A short bio

Please send chapters to and

Remembering Ntozake Shange

DUE: January 15

The Langston Hughes Review Special Issue CFP: “Remembering Ntozake Shange”

In light of Ntozake Shange’s recent death, The Langston Hughes Review will publish a commemorative special issue on her life and writings. Newspaper articles and social media posts notwithstanding, the scholarship on Shange is hardly commensurate with her writings. This special issue addresses this lacuna. Shange once described herself as “a daughter of the black arts movement, even though they didn’t know they were gonna have a girl,” but how could she claim such a lineage and identify as a feminist? According to Farah Jasmine Griffin, Shange shared much in common with older black women writers who were more formally related to Black Arts. Griffin writes: “Along with Jayne Cortez, Toni Cade Bambara, and others, Shange introduced black women into literature who were creative, multilingual, bohemian, literate, hip to avant-garde jazz and Latin music, and political. These were women whose work emerged from the encounter of the Black Arts Movement with feminism.” Shange forged a complex feminism that embraced the contradictions of black life and de/constructed trauma, while using all of this to promote activism and happiness in her stories. We seek articles on any aspect of Shange’s writings, life, and/or legacy. As a poet, playwright, novelist, actor, and dancer, she was one of the most influential black feminists of her generation. For instance, in her book When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, the hip hop feminist Joan Morgan writes, “For my mother and black women like her, Shange’s play gave their experiences a legitimacy and a voice it would take me years to comprehend.”

Morgan’s invocation of Shange also begs the question: What is Shange’s legacy for contemporary black women artists and scholars? In what ways do Shange’s writings prefigure, contextualize, and/or analogize contemporary black women’s scholarship, film, theater, or creative writing?  This critical volume will explore how Shange not only changed her generation’s expressive cultural arsenal; she also mapped the trajectories of contemporary black feminist cultural producers that mine the liminal space of Black Arts activism, despite its exclusionary politics, and black feminist writing that coextensively expresses queered black feminist thought. We seek contributions that broadly explore the following entré points of engagement of Shange’s archive and repertoire:

  • How does dancing express black women’s agency in her writings? What is the significance of dance in Shange’s writings?
  • How have stage and/or film adaptations of Shange’s work reimagined or expanded our understanding of Shange as poet and/playwright?
  • How does Beyoncé’s dancing, visual albums, videos, and/or filmLemonade elaborate on Shange’s premise in for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf?
  • How does queer theory illuminate the sexual politics in Shange’s writings and/or kinesthesia?
  • In what ways does Shange’s writing provide a critico-historical context for examining Afro-Latina artists such as Celia Cruz and Cardi B?
  • How do the works of critically acclaimed playwrights such as Suzan-Lori Parks, Lynn Nottage, and Dominique Morisseau build upon and/or contrast with Shange’s aesthetic and cultural politics?
  • As a founding poet of the Nuyorican Poets Café, Shange was a forerunner of spoken word and an admirer of Bessie Smith’s blues as well as jazz, funk, and other musical forms. How would a critical conversation between these artists and/or related topics be configured?
  • How are Shange’s poetry, plays, novels and/or essays interconnected with the legacy of Langston Hughes?
  • In what ways are Shange’s writings shaped by her experiences in St. Louis during Jim Crow?
  • In her later years, Shange suffered strokes and other physical ailments that prevented her from writing for several years. How would methodologies in disabilities studies facilitate our understanding of how her mobility shifts in the twilight of her life impacted her writing and performance that reveal systemic ableism?

Essays should be between 4500 and 6000 words, excluding endnotes and references. Please address questions to Tony Bolden, Editor, The Langston Hughes Review, Deadline: January 15, 2020.

Screening Non-Binary Bodies

Due: January 20, 2019

“Screening Non-Binary Bodies”: A call for a Screen Bodies special issue on gender non-conforming bodies in visual media.  Guest editor: Wibke Straube, Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University, Sweden. The special issue “Screening Non-Binary Bodies” is eager to explore screen representations and effects of gender non-conforming bodies in films, documentaries, video installations, performance art, Vlogs, TV, and other audio/visual media.

Considering the role of visual culture in establishing identity and media’s interplay with selfrecognition and cultural representation, this issue will be devoted to a reflexive and intersectional discussion of visual politics and affects of non-binary bodies. When actor Asia Kate Dillon starring as Taylor Mason in the TV series Billions stated their non-binary pronoun preference as “they/them/their” it meant a revolution for non-binary people and their materialisation in media discourses. For the first time the western world encountered a character in a large production who rejected conventional binary gender positions and advocated non-binary pronouns.  Devoted to non-binary screen formations, this issue will include a broad discussion on gender non-conforming positions. Non-binary can function here similar to the term “trans-” (Stryker/Currah/Moore 2008) as a processual term instead of as a static descriptor. Additionally, the issue strongly welcomes non-western positions of gender non-conformity.

Furthermore, this issue not only addresses screen representations but also screen politics and ethics including casting, production context, distribution, and reception. For instance, regarding the politics of casting, a first milestone for trans representation was reached when Scarlett Johansson backed out of her casting agreement to play a trans character in a major production. To say the least, the absence of gender non-conforming, non-binary and/or trans actors in successful media productions is as much a problem as the continued often stereotypical representations of gender non-conforming characters. Yet, video, performance, and installations enable often a much more politicised, self-defined, and self-situated rendering of the gender non-conforming body. Different genres of visual media require detailed and specific analysis and this issue aims to represent at least a small part of the wide range of how the question of non-binary bodies on and beyond—behind, in front of, and under the influence of—screens can be approached.

The special issue invites papers which focus on non-binary, queer and decolonial trans discussions on screen politics and ethics in relation to a variety of audio/visual media, such as visual art, video, Vlogs, video games, TV, film, as well as production, casting, and reception politics, and more. Submissions that discuss the representations and effects of gender non-conforming and nonbinary bodies through an ontologically intersectional framework are particularly welcome. Screen Bodies is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the intersection of Screen Studies and Body Studies across disciplines, institutions, and media. It is a forum promoting research on various aspects of embodiment on and in front of screens through articles, reviews, and interviews.

Abstracts (max. 500 words) and bios (max. 200 words) for full essays (5000 – 6000 words) should be sent to Wibke Straube: by January 20, 2019. Notifications regarding the abstracts can be expected February 10th, 2019. Full articles need to be submitted April 27th, 2019.

Voices on the Move: An Anthology of Literature and Art by and about Refugees

Due: January 30, 2019

My name is Roxana Cazan, and I am a poet and an Assistant Professor of World Literature and Women’s Studies at Saint Francis University, PA. I write in the hopes that you might be interested in contributing to an anthology I am co-editing with my colleague, Dr. Domnica Radulescu, a prized novelist and Edwin A. Morris Professor of Comparative Literature at Washington and Lee University, VA. The collection, tentatively entitled Voices on the Move, will feature short stories, essays, poems, and short drama that explore the complicated nature of immigration and refuge after the Arab Spring. It is our hope that Voices on the Move’s transnational, multiform arena will pique your interest, and that you’d be able to contribute a personal essay, a short literary genre, or a more experimental form. We are currently reaching out to authors and essayists across the world; it’s our hope that you would share a table of contents with other writers we’re approaching, such as Laila Lalami, Osama Alomar, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Jenny Zhang, and many others.

The main goal of this book is to give voice to stories of refuge and immigration that supersede legal and political boundaries. In a politically divided US, where immigrants, particularly when they are people of color, are seen as threatening the identity politics of the white mainstream and of the politically sanctioned minorities. We acknowledge the need to re-conceptualize the spaces refugees have in our society, their positions vis-à-vis power, and their impact on practices of receiving refugees. We also believe that political consensus can be reached in an apolitical realm that belongs to art. Writing can offer us a glimpse into what this artistic medium that allows all voices to participate looks like.

We envision submissions of about 5,000 words in length for fiction, non-fiction, and drama, and of about 3-5 poems. If you have artwork that may be featured here, please contact us. We are unable to pay you for your work other than publication. We will send out a style manual once we’ve got things firmed up with the publisher. Please send your submissions to by January 30th, 2019. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy (Volume 29, Issue 2)

Due: February 1, 2019

The editors seek articles (6,000-10,000 words); methods and texts essays (3,000 to 5,000 words); photo-essays, and contributions to our new “Teaching Failures” section (2,500-5,000) for the forthcoming issue of Transformations. Submissions should explore strategies for teaching in the classroom and in non-traditional spaces. We welcome jargon-free essays from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.  Find out more at:

Articles: Articles should explore teaching in ways that emphasize students’ perspectives and classroom dynamics. Authors should engage relevant scholarly sources and theories.

Methods and Texts: Methods and texts essays should analyze specific teaching strategies, tools, and/or resources.

Photo-Essays: Photo-essays should include no more than 12 images (500 ppi, jpg or .tiff files). An interpretative statement that provides context for the images (300-500 words) and captions of 50 words or less should also be included. Note that images can be reproduced in black-and-white only. Photo reproduction rights should be secured prior to submission.

Teaching Failures: Teaching Failures essays should focus on a particularly challenging classroom experience, a struggle with a specific teaching resource, or failure/success as related to pedagogical practice. More broadly, authors might explore the ways in which educational institutions and institutional structures define and engage failure and/or success (for example, academic silos, issues relating to academic freedom, work cultures, governance, etc.)

Jason D. Martinek and Jacqueline Ellis, Co-Editor, Transformations:

Religions in African American Popular Culture

Due:  April 10, 2019

Religions, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal on religions and theology, is seeking contributions for a special edition focused on “Religions in African American Popular Culture.” African American popular culture is defined here as those aspects of culture largely created and produced by peoples of Africana descent in the United States of America that engender joy, pleasure, enjoyment, and amusement and that are expressed through artifacts (e.g., icons and personas) and practices (e.g., arts and rituals). The artifacts of African American popular culture are inclusive of but not limited to objects and material culture, heroes, celebrities, stars, and stereotypes. The practices of African American popular culture are inclusive of but not limited to music, literature, theater, radio, film, television, comic art, games, sports, worship services, parties, dinners and reunions, and festivals and holidays.

The aim of this special issue is to explore the influence and intersection of religion on and within African American popular culture and to provide a snapshot of the current relationship of African American popular culture to religions examining the gamut of religions including but limited to Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity, Nation of Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Five-Percent Nation, Holiness-Pentecostalism, religious issues and imageries, representations and characterizations, and theological themes, theologies, and theodicies throughout African American popular culture.  This special issue welcomes a variety of perspectives on and critical approaches to African American popular culture and religions. Contributions may address a broad range of topics, e.g., historical, contemporary, and/or emerging artifacts and practices of religions and African American popular culture. All relevant topics and subtopics will be considered for this issue.

Please note that while not required, manuscripts of 15 to 30 double-spaced pages inclusive of front matter and back matter using Microsoft Word and Times New Roman 12 font are strongly preferred. Questions regarding potential essays can be directed to Guest Editor, Dr. Angela Nelson ( See complete submission information at

For more information, please contact: Angela M Nelson

USAbroad: Call for Articles

Due: April 30, 2019

The USAbroad Editorial Committee is pleased to announce that our call for submissions of articles is now open.  USAbroad is the first Italian academic journal published annually by an editorial board of early-career scholars and entirely dedicated to the study of U.S. history and politics. The journal sets out to offer the occasion to international postgraduates and early career scholars to publish innovative and ground-breaking academic research.  We invite articles, written in English, that investigate any aspects of U.S. history and politics: social, economic and intellectual developments, relations of gender, race and class, foreign policy, international relations, history of policies and institutions. The journal pays specific attention to recent historiographical trends, in particular global, transatlantic and Atlantic history, and to multidisciplinary approaches which successfully intermingle history with social and political sciences.

Please visit our website to submit your article. You will need to register as an Author and follow our five step procedure. Please make sure you follow the Author guidelines and read our Editorial Policies. Once submitted, your article will undergo a double-blind peer review process with external reviewers. If accepted, you article will be included in the second issue of the journal. The issue will be split into two parts, the first originating from a Call for Papers circulated early in 2018 and dedicated to nationalism in the United States (you can access the CFP here), the second with no overarching theme. You have time until April 2019 to submit your article, and we ensure that — if accepted — the article will be out before the end of October 2019.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Editorial Committee (at if you have any questions. Submission of articles: April 2019.  Outcome notified: July 2019.  Date of publication: If the article is accepted with no or minor revisions, date of publication by October 2019.

English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty

Due: 1 May 2019

Edited by Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, Joanna Laynesmith, Danna Messer, and Elena Woodacre.  The editors are seeking contributors for English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty, a four-volume series—intended for Palgrave Macmillan’s “Queenship and Power” series—that will provide short, focused, well-researched, and refereed biographies of all the English consorts since the Conquest.  The Penguin Monarchs series is the latest in a long line of publications that have focused on the monarchs of England. The Penguin series, in particular, has generally been successful in combining scholarly research with readability and accessibility, often because the authors have chosen a particular lens to view the monarch through, giving the biographies more focus.

English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty will provide analytical biographies of all of the English consorts since the Conquest. Edited by a team of queenship experts and historians of monarchy, each of the volumes (Volume 1: Early Medieval Consorts; Volume 2: Later Medieval Consorts; Volume 3: Tudor and Stuart Consorts; Volume 4: Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts) will include biographical essays, as well as commissioned essays from leading experts on various thematic topics. We are interested in both male and female consorts, but can only include essays related to the spouses of a reigning monarch: as such, Anne Hyde and Sophia Dorothea of Celle will not be included, but we plan to include an essay on Margaret of France, wife of Henry the Young King.

Please send chapter abstracts of no more than 250 words, accompanied by a brief biography, for essays between 6000 and 7500 words (including references) to englishconsorts@gmail.comby 1 May 2019. Accepted authors will be notified by mid-July 2019, and completed essays will be due to the volume’s editor by 1 June 2020.

We are keen to hear from scholars regardless of their career stage or situation, and encourage submissions from specialists from a range of disciplines.  For updates about the project, and for further details, visit the project website:

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