Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity



Call for Papers: Popular Culture Studies Journal Special Issue: Mental Health Issues in Fandom

CarrieLynn D. Reinhard, 

Guest Editors:

- Ben Abelson (Mercy College)

- Allison R. Levin (Webster University)

Before the concretization of fan studies as an academic discipline, fans would routinely be labeled and treated as “fanatics” — people with excessive love for something or someone that could lead them to engage in maladaptive, even dangerous, behavior. Over time the term mental health disorders developed to mean a condition that affects a person’s behavioral, and emotional well-being. As both fanaticism and mental health are framed as being all about how people think, feel, and behave, public discourse framed fandom as a mental health issue. Along with being problematic due to class, racial, gender and other issues, this positioning meant that fandom was not well understood until the recent couple decades.

Now, scholars return to this idea of mental health and fandom, but for the purposes of understanding how being a fan relates to their own mental health. This special issue explores what fans learn about mental health from their fandoms and how their fandoms can impact their own mental health, for better or worse. Discussing these issues and intersections will further our understanding of the complex ways in which fandom weaves into people’s lives.

Fans experience and express issues with mental health in various ways. The essays intended for this issue demonstrate the importance of neither deriding nor lauding fans and fandom. Instead, they engage with fans to understand how their fandom operates as another component of their lives, which can have positive and negative impacts on their mental health. Such examinations can further reduce any lingering stigma associated with fandom as well as highlight true areas of concern that fans and their communities would benefit from better understanding.

We are looking for theoretical or empirical articles that consider the mental health issues experienced by fans, within fan communities, and/or related to fandom.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

- Prevalence of mental health issues within fan communities

- How fans negotiate mental health issues

- How fandoms/media cause mental health issues in fans

- Using fandom as a therapeutic tool 

- Representation of fans’ mental health issues and how media depictions of mental health affect fans

- Fan activity as therapy

- What causes mental health issues within fans, fan communities, fandoms

- How fandoms act as therapy/coping mechanisms

- How fans learn about mental health issues

- How fans talk about mental health issues

- Negative aspects of mental health issues in fandom 

- Positive aspects of mental health issues in fandom

We’re especially interested in articles by science communicators and collaborations between scientists and humanities/pop culture scholars, concerning, for example, how scientists/physicians use pop culture to teach or talk to patients about mental health.

- Abstracts Due: July 15, 2022

Abstracts should be 250 to 500 words and present the intention of the research, the research’s original contribution, and how it relates to popular culture.

Please send abstracts to with “Mental Health Issues In Fandom” in the subject line.

- Acceptances: August 1, 2022 

- First Drafts: October 1, 2022

- Peer Review: November-December, 2022

- Final Drafts: February 2023

- Published: April 2023

Submission Guidelines:

Authors interested in contributing to the special issue should submit an approximately 500-word abstract explaining the proposed article or text. This abstract should include the article’s title and the author’s full name and contact information. In addition, all potential authors should include with their abstract a 100-word author bio to be included upon acceptance and publication.

Essays should range between 15-25 pages of double-spaced text in 12-pt. Times New Roman font, including all images, endnotes, and Works Cited pages. Please note that the 15-page minimum should be 15 pages of written article material. Less than 15 pages of written material will be rejected, and the author asked to develop the article further.

In accordance with the PCSJ style guide, essays should also be written in clear US English in the active voice and third person, in a style accessible to the broadest possible audience. Authors should be sensitive to the social implications of language and choose wording free of discriminatory overtones.

For documentation, the PCSJ follows the Modern Language Association style, which calls for a Works Cited list, with parenthetical author/page references in the text. This approach reduces the number of notes, which provide further references or explanation.

For punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, and other matters of style, follow the MLA Handbook and the MLA Style Manual. The most current edition of the guide will be the requested edition for use. The Purdue Online Writing Lab provides updated information on this formatting style: and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.html

It is essential for authors to check, correct, and bring manuscripts up to date before final submission. Authors should verify facts, names of people, places, dates, and source information, and double-check all direct quotations and entries in the Works Cited list. As noted above, manuscripts not in MLA style will be returned without review.

Before final submission, the author will be responsible for obtaining letters of permission for illustrations and for quotations that go beyond “fair use,” as defined by current copyright law. 

Call for Papers, Abstracts, and Panel Proposals: Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference: Indian/South-Asian Popular Culture

Sumitra Srinivasan,

Friday-Sunday, 14-16 October 2022 

DePaul University, Chicago, IL 

Address: DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: (312) 362-8000 

This is our first year of having our conference at a University instead of a hotel; therefore, conference participants will be responsible for securing their own lodging.

Possible topics within the area include but are not limited to:

- Mediated Representations 

- Globalization

- Communication Hierarchies

- Diaspora

- Postcolonialism

- Local/national/global/glocal Impacts

- Multi-cultural Flows

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Sumitra Srinivasan at

Submit paper, abstract, or panel proposals (including the title of the presentation) to the appropriate Area on the Submissions website at:

Individuals may only submit one paper, and please do not submit the same paper to more than one Area. 

Due date for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2022. 

Please include your name, affiliation, and e-mail address of each author/participant. A preliminary version of the schedule will be posted on our website around August 2022. The final version will be distributed in hard copy at the conference. 

Special Notes Regarding Proposal Submissions:

  1. AV equipment will be provided. The Association does not provide laptops, cords, or speakers.
  2. If necessary, indicate and submit potential scheduling conflicts along with your proposal.
  3. If you wish your presentation to be listed as MACA (rather than MPCA), please include this request with your proposal.

Please plan to attend the entire conference. Panels will run at the following approximate times:

- Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

- Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

- Sunday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Special events may include game night on Thursday evening, featured speakers and awards ceremony on Friday evening, and a keynote speaker on Saturday evening. These events will be free for conference registrants. Area Chairs are strongly encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting.

MEMBERSHIP DUES & REGISTRATION FEES: Membership renewal forms for the 2022 calendar year and 2022 conference registration forms will be available on the website in the coming weeks. All participants must register for the conference. Registration is $100 for undergraduate students with ID, $150 for reduced rate members (graduate students with ID, retirees, and unemployed), and $180 for regular members. There will be a $15 late fee for registration on-site or postmarked after September 15, 2022. (This fee is waived for residents of countries other than the USA or Canada.) Payment on-site will be by cash, check, or via credit card on Square. To preregister, send a check anytime to Malynnda Johnson, 200 North Seventh Street Terre Haute, Indiana, USA 47809. Make check payable to Midwest Popular Culture Association. A registration-membership form may be printed from our website at:

Day passes will be available for guests of the conference who are not presenting a paper.

Attendees are financially responsible for all costs related to their participation in the conference, e.g., transportation, lodging, meals, registration, membership, etc. Graduate students are invited to apply for competitively awarded travel grants from MPCA/MACA. Details on these grants are available here:

Cancellation Policy: If you submit a proposal (or if you accept an invitation to appear on a panel), you are promising to attend the conference if your proposal is accepted, and you are promising to pay the conference registration fee, the Association membership fee, and a late fee of $15 if applicable. If your proposal is accepted and you do not attend the conference, it is expected that you will:

  1. Notify all members of your panel, your Area Chair, and the MPCA/MACA Executive Secretary (Malynnda Johnson) of your cancellation
  2. Provide such notification as early as possible
  3. Arrange to have your paper distributed at the panel
  4. Arrange for somebody else to carry out any other duties you may have
  5. Pay your membership and registration fees (plus late fee if applicable


If conditions 1-5 are met, you may file a written request, after the conference, for a refund of half your registration fee. For co-authored papers, all authors are welcome and encouraged to attend, but only one author is required to attend. 

COVID-19: The Midwest Popular Culture Association continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. At this point, we intend for the conference to go ahead as planned in-person in October of 2022. Please note that the deadline for registration is September 15 of 2022. In the event that the conference is moved into a virtual setting, postponed, or canceled, we will notify you and provide you with information as to how the organization will respond as soon as possible. Please check the MPCA website or follow MPCA on Twitter or Facebook for the latest information.

Call for Papers: The Science, Sanity, and the Semantic Environment 2 Online Symposium

Lance Strate,

Following up on the last October’s in-person 69th annual Alfred Korzybsi Memorial Lecture and Science, Sanity, and the Semantic Environment Symposium in New York City, the Institute of General Semantics will hold an online symposium via Zoom on Saturday, June 25th.

We invite submissions of papers and proposals for presentations relating to general semantics and cognate fields and disciplines. Topics of interest for the symposium include (but are not limited to) language and symbol use, human communication, epistemology, scientific method and science literacy, cybernetics and the systems view, ecology, mind and cognition, culture and consciousness, therapy and human potential, media and technology, time-binding, art and creative expression, and practical applications.

Completed papers will be eligible for publication in the IGS journal, ETC: A Review of General Semantics.

The deadline for submissions is May 25th. Please send inquiries regarding participation and submissions to Lance Strate at

Call for Submissions and Special Student Issue: The Forensic

Scott Jensen, 

The Forensic of Pi Kappa Delta invites submissions from student authors for a special issue, Scholarship From the Future, dedicated to scholarship authored by students. The same general call for submissions that guides work considered by The Forensic is being used for this special issue; a wide range of submissions will be considered. Authors may be undergraduate or graduate students. Submissions should be work completed during the pursuit of a degree by students who have not yet held full-time teaching or coaching positions. Authors who are presently teaching or coaching but whose primary role is that of a student are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. While submissions may have received editorial suggestions from mentor faculty and coaches, all authors should be students.

Additionally, we are accepting scholarly papers, reviews, and teaching/coaching resources. All submitted works must be original, unpublished, and not under review by other publishers. Any research involving human subjects must have the approval of the author’s institutional review board.

Submissions should conform to APA guidelines (latest edition). E-mail submissions to the editor should be in Word format with no specialized internal formatting. Manuscripts should not exceed 25 double-spaced typed pages, exclusive of tables and references. The title page should include the title, author(s), correspondence address, e-mail address and telephone number of the author(s). The second page should include an abstract of between 75 and 100 words. The text of the manuscript (including its title) should begin on the next page, with no reference to the author, and with the remaining pages numbered consecutively. Avoid self-identification in the text of the manuscript. Notes and references should be typed and double-spaced on the pages following the text of the manuscript. Tables should be clearly marked regarding their placement in the manuscript.

Submissions will be reviewed upon receipt. Please contact Scott Jensen at with any questions.

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Javnost - The Public: Pandemic, Demagoguery, and Right-Wing Authoritarianism: A Demoralising Mix for Democracy

Robert L. Ivie,

The Covid-19 pandemic mixed with rampant demagoguery and surging right-wing authoritarianism has threatened to demoralise democratic life. The threat may be different in degree and kind from country to country or culture to culture and within different circumstances and venues but relevant to revealing causes and consequences, identifying potential correctives, and assessing prospects for animating democratic life.

How, we ask, has the condition of the pandemic exacerbated undemocratic inclinations within the public, including receptivity to demagogic discourse and support of right-wing authoritarian attitudes and governance? How has it weakened the defence of democratic values, precepts, practices, and institutions? What does it indicate about the potential impact of future stresses, such as environmental crises, on democratic morale? What adaptations of communication practices and political processes hold promise for bolstering and sustaining a democratic ethos?

In response to these challenging questions, Javnost - The Public (the interdisciplinary journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture) invites interested scholars to submit 500-word abstracts of proposed research papers for a special issue on the problem of, and potential remedies for, democracy’s demoralisation by this confluence of pandemic, demagoguery, and right-wing authoritarianism.

Papers addressing the theme of the special issue may reflect different approaches to scholarly inquiry, including critical, theoretical, historical, qualitative, and quantitative methods. The primary objective of Javnost - The Public is to contribute to intellectual understanding of transformations in the democratic process but also to contribute to improved political practice, policy, and action.

To ensure consideration for the special issue, 500-word abstracts of proposed papers should be submitted by 30 May 2022 to Robert Ivie at with cc to The decision on invitation to submit full papers will be taken by 15 June 2022. Papers will be due on 1 October 2022.

Papers should be written in Word format, totalling between 6,000 and 8,000 words (including text, tables, endnotes, references, etc.), using British spelling style, and following the Chicago author-date style (see The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition). Include a 200-word abstract.

Questions about this special issue, edited by editorial-board member Robert Ivie, can be emailed to

Call for Chapters: Perspectives on Communication

Greg Hummel,

Introduction: Perspectives on Communication seeks to offer students and faculty the opportunity to engage in conversations through a survey of various conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of communication. One of the primary goals of this text is to offer and evoke students’, faculties’, and practitioners’ insights into the field of Communication Studies with a focus on exploring various influences of theory, culture, and practice in our everyday lives.

This textbook seeks to offer a range of critical, cultural, and embodied perspectives that reflect and speak to the future of Communication Studies as a field committed to actively grappling with and transforming regimes of disciplinary knowledge into possibility and potentiality. Through the voices and perspectives of scholars ranging from communication practitioners to graduate students to scholars of all ranks who have spent their careers pushing the boundaries of how we understand communication to function in our material lives, Perspectives on Communication encourages us to engage in challenging conversations around some of the most exemplary and mundane life experiences that are constructed and contested through communication, including but not limited to the ways in which communication is constitutive of our social, political, relational, and intrapersonal realities.

Rationale: A vast majority of our field has canonized introductory textbooks that focus on introducing students to some of the key foundational building blocks of our communicative interactions: listening, turn-taking, self-disclosing, and persuading in interpersonal, small group, and public contexts. Many texts (re-)produce similar arguments using different examples to drive home the significance of understanding the role and collaborative power of communication in multiple contexts. While there are an increasing number of textbooks that also take the important turn of including the role of institutional power within communicative interactions, Perspectives on Communication takes a route that only a select few have traveled to bring together many voices from the field to show how lived experiences at various intersections shape our understanding of communication and to invite readers to consider the ways in which different voices and perspectives can shift our own understanding of the role and power of communication in our daily lives. 

In the last few years, Communication Studies as a field has been undergoing a past due reckoning with its exclusionary disciplinary regimes of knowledge and knowing. In the summer of 2018, the field was forced to confront its complicity in systemic violence and contemplate ways to address the inequities facing marginalized communities for most, if not all, of their personal and professional lives. During this watershed moment, the field of communication and its leadership were called in/out for perpetuating racist systems that saw the work of white scholars as undeniably distinguishable, further marginalizing scholarly contributions made by Black and brown scholars, from both the U.S. and around the world.

Even as the field at large grapples with structural changes to combat generations of inequity, violence, and suffering, Black, brown, international, queer, and disabled faculty continue to have the legitimacy of their scholarly contributions questioned and excluded by the same people and systems that elevated our field’s so-called “Distinguished Scholars.” To be clear: critical/cultural communication scholars marginalized in an antiblack world at the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, dis/ability, nationality, and immigration status continue to call out the canonization of whiteness in our field for decades. This critical mass moment in 2018 finally forced leaders and stakeholders to open the gates of our field beyond the cracks in the foundation that have been building for far too long.

Some of the scholars responsible for opening the gates are present within the pages of this text, while scholars who continue to work to support and maintain white supremacy are not. Above all else, we continue to be committed to supporting and elevating the voices of BIPOC, queer, trans, disabled, and otherwise marginalized people and their/our experiences and approaches to examining and studying communication.

As the editors of this text, we recognize the powerful role communication plays in shifting our perspectives and changing our lives. Otherwise, what is the point of studying the complexities of human communication? In our deeply personal, political, and absolutely necessary pursuit of studying the interdisciplinary field of communication studies, we will continue the work of elevating and celebrating the brilliant voices and people who are taking our field into futures that we all need.

We are seeking chapters that focus on topics near and dear to our college students’ lived experiences. We are most interested in chapters that are: 

  1. Co-authored
  2. Focused on a specific area or areas of communication studies 
  1. Situated in the context of college

We especially appreciate chapters that can speak to collegiate experiences that both include and extend beyond the normative expectancies of a four-year residential college experience, and we certainly invite chapters that do not shy away from the realities of college that extend beyond the picturesque marketing strategies of the corporate college machine. We also welcome chapters written as individual contributions that address/embrace/embody the spirit of collaboration, collaborative thinking, knowledge creation and action. Above all, we ask co-authors to consider one or more of the following questions:

- How does your area of communication scholarship help 21st century college students better understand their everyday lives?

- How does communication studies help us to make sense of the interactions we have and/or don’t have? 

- In what ways can communication studies expand our understanding(s) of ourselves and each other? 

- How can a better understanding of communication help us to navigate an ever-changing world in ways that are responsible, ethical, intersectional, and sustainable?

- In what ways can communication studies help us to constitute realities and futures worth working toward, and what can we do in the present to make such futures possible?

- And what are the everyday implications for studying communication for undergraduate students, graduate students, working professionals, and/or our underemployed/unemployed loved ones?

As part of this call, we are encouraging (co-)authors to submit chapter proposals that span theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and/or paradigmatic approaches to the study of communication. Paradigmatically, we are especially interested in contributions that center a critical impulse among and across quantitative, qualitative, and critical paradigms. Methodologically, we encourage contributors to engage with and/or push the boundaries of their choice methods, including but not limited to methods that are identified within, among, and beyond the confines of social scientific, interpretive, rhetorical, performance, ethnographic, critical/cultural, and autoethnographic methods. Conceptually, we are excited to include contributions that encourage reflexivity and critical thought in any number of contexts that our readers might engage in their lifetimes.

Timeline: Please submit a 200-word abstract/proposal, including keywords, by Monday, May 9, 2022 to Greg Hummel (he/they; and Ashley R. Hall (she/her; We expect chapters will be 10–12-page double-spaced Word documents, and we anticipate the following timeline:

 - First draft of chapter: August 15

- Second draft of chapter: October 10

- Final draft of chapter: November 7

- Anticipated Release: Fall 2023, Kendall Hunt


Call for Papers, Abstracts, and Panel Proposals: Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Conference 2022: Television Area

Cory Barker,

Friday-Sunday, 14-16 October 2022

DePaul University, Chicago, IL 

Address: DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: (312) 362-8000

The Television area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2022 conference in Chicago on the campus of DePaul University. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of television, from any time period, and using any number of methods. Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

- The recent proliferation of media conglomerate streaming portals like Peacock, HBO Max, Disney+, and Paramount+, as well as the “over-the-top” streaming cable competitors like YouTube TV, and the industry panic over cord-cutting and cord-nevers

- The impact of online distribution and the rise of streaming platforms as producers of original programming

- The representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and class and economics in television programming

- The erosion and consolidation of networks and channels as organizing structures in television

- The impact of varied distribution methods, including all-at-once drops, weekly release strategies, and everything in between

- The impact of COVID-19 on the industry, including production stoppages, cancellations, and potential changes in viewership

- The intersections between television and social media

- The role of remakes, spin-offs, adaptations, and franchises

- The trends in less “quality” genres and formats (talk shows, soap operas, morning TV)


Submit paper, abstract, or panel proposals (including the title of the presentation) to the appropriate Area on the Submissions website at:

Individuals may only submit one paper, and please do not submit the same paper to more than one Area. 

Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2022.

This is our first year of having our conference at a University instead of a hotel; therefore, conference participants will be responsible for securing their own lodging.



Call for Submissions: 10th Annual Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop

Tia C. M. Tyree,

Howard University

October 6, 2022

Understanding the Human Experience Impacted by Social Media

We mark the first decade of the Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop at Howard University by reflecting on the effects and impact of the Internet revolution, what McLuhan called in the 1960s the “extension of man.” Fifty years later, this extension has created a post-human virtual interaction that has unearthed both the negative and positive aspects of social media on our lives. Race, racialism and racism manifest themselves in cyberspace through several lenses most notably by hate, mendacity and death threats. Technology and social media scholar danah boyd recently pointed out that even as more information is available online than ever before, forces are pushing for the erasure of history or undoing scientific knowledge, making agnotology a tool of oppression that threatens the political and social gains of African Americans and other racialized minorities.

Yet, social media, too, provide avenues for individuals to share, create and connect in ways that have never been available in the history of mankind. The purpose of this year’s conference is to highlight both the “good and the bad,” “ugly and beautiful” or “evil and nice” sides of social media. In our 10th year, it is the most opportune time to bring critical voices to the conference to debate, again, what truly is happening in our digital space.

Topics to be covered include, but not limited to, the following:

- Digital platforms and educational curriculum challenges

- African Americans and hate speech in social media

- Cyberbullying

- Race and racism in cyberspace

- Disinformation on the Internet

- The Dark Web and its impact on individuals

- All Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter on digital media

- Gender Relations 

- Facebook Groups and sharing experiences

- Being heard on social media

- Getting connected on social media

- Creative spaces on social media 

- Metaverse

 - Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance


The following categories are welcome: papers, panel proposals, posters as well as audio, video and interactive presentations. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.

To submit, visit:

To see the full call, visit:

To learn more about the conference, visit the official website at:


Seeking Reviewers, Chairs, and Respondents for ECA's Undergraduate Scholars Conference

Nick Tatum, 

We are seeking graduate students and faculty who are interested in volunteering as reviewers, chairs, and respondents for ECA's Undergraduate Scholars Conference. Reviews would take place in late December and early January, and chairs and respondents would participate at the conference in Philadelphia, PA, from April 7 to 9, 2022.

Please complete this form to indicate your interest in serving in one of these roles:

For more information about the James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference, go here:

Please direct all questions and concerns to Dr. Nick Tatum (, the conference co-planner.


Book Announcement: Building Your Social World: Constructing Reality through Interpersonal Communication

Anastacia Kurylo,

I am happy to announce the publication of a new interpersonal Communication textbook. Building Your Social World: Constructing Reality through Interpersonal Communication fills a gap in the field by offering instructors a social construction approach to interpersonal communication with all the bells and whistles of traditional textbook content and features that are accessible to students at all levels. Examples are current, relevant, and meaningful for students because they reflect their day-to-day experiences as communicators. The content is suitable for a 101 class as well as for higher level interpersonal classes. The text includes interactive features and case studies that help students and instructors reflect on and delve deeply into important communication issues from a social construction lens.

The affordable e-book is available from Kendall Hunt here

- Chapter 1 Basics of Interpersonal Communication

- Chapter 2 Channels of Communication and Symbols

- Chapter 3 MultiChannel Communication and the Creation of Meaning

- Chapter 4 Conversation 

- Chapter 5 Others and the Self

- Chapter 6 Emotional Expression

- Chapter 7 Information Processing and the Construction of Difference

- Chapter 8 Conflict and Communication 

- Chapter 9 Public Relationships

- Chapter 10 Private Relationships

After 15 years of teaching Interpersonal Communication, I am happy to offer support for any instructors who adopt the text whether to discuss potential ideas for activities or engage in discussion about how future editions of the text can be improved. Please reach out to me at any time. 

Call for Manuscripts: Texas Speech Communication Journal Volume 46, Issue 1

Amanda Jo Ratcliff, 

The Texas Speech Communication Journal issues a call for papers that focus on research in human communication. Contributors may approach topics from multiple perspectives, contexts, and methodologies supported within the discipline. Manuscripts should be received no later than March 31, 2022. Texas Speech Communication Journal (TSCJ) follows a policy of blind review so no author identification should appear in the abstract and body of the manuscript.

Manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages, including references and figures, and should be written according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). The manuscript should be emailed to the editor at the address listed below divided into the following two (Microsoft Word) documents:

  1. Title Page: Should include the author's name(s), academic position, institutional affiliation, full mailing address, telephone number, email address, brief author biography, and a history of the manuscript (presentation at conferences). Title page should also indicate the following:
  2. Methodology/Analysis Technique (include all that apply):

- Content Analysis

- Cultural Criticism 

- Ethnography

- Qualitative analysis

- Quantitative analysis

- Rhetorical criticism

- Other, please specify

  1. Communication Context (keywords that describe your manuscript's area of study)
  2. Abstract and Manuscript: An abstract of not more than 150 words should accompany the manuscript. The author should also include keywords for the articles. No author identification should appear in this document.

The Texas Speech Communication Journal (TSCJ) is a state journal published by the Texas Speech Communication Association. The TSCJ produces one print issue per academic year, which seeks to publish original scholarship that makes a contribution to the studies of human communication. An external committee blind reviews all submissions. The journal has a 24% acceptance rate.

Acceptance/Rejection Notices: Sent out early to mid May.

Queries and manuscript submissions should be sent via email to TSCJ Editor, Amanda Jo Ratcliff, Ph.D., Tyler Junior College,

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Book Announcement: Communicating Climate Change: Making Environmental Messaging Acceptable

Burton St. John III, 

Now available is Communicating Climate Change: Making Environmental Messaging Acceptable (Routledge, 2022), edited by Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf, Old Dominion University and Burton St. John III, University of Colorado-Boulder.

This edited collection, featuring contributors from the U.S. and internationally, focuses on theoretical and applied research-based observations concerning how experts, advocates, and institutions make climate change information accessible to different audiences.

Across 12 chapters, Communicating Climate Change concentrates on three key elements of climate change communication – access, relevance, and understandability – to provide an overview of how these aspects allow multiple groups of stakeholders to act on climate-related information to build resilience. Featuring contributions from a wide range of scholars from across different disciplines, this book explores a multitude of different scenarios and communication methods, including social media; public opinion surveys; participatory mapping; and video. Overall, climate change communication is addressed from three different perspectives:

 - Communicating with the public

- Communicating for stakeholder engagement

- Organizational, institutional, risk, and disaster communication

With each chapter focusing on implications and applications for practice, this book will be of great interest to students and researchers of climate change and environmental communication, as well as practitioners interested in understanding how to better engage stakeholders through climate change-related communication.

More information on this book is available at:

Book Announcement: On Black Media Philosophy

Armond R. Towns, 

Book Abstract:Who is the human in media philosophy? Although media philosophers have argued since the twentieth century that media are fundamental to being human, this question has not been explicitly asked and answered in the field.

Armond R. Towns demonstrates that humanity in media philosophy has implicitly referred to a social Darwinian understanding of the human as a Western, white, male, capitalist figure. Building on concepts from Black studies and cultural studies, Towns develops an insightful critique of this dominant conception of the human in media philosophy and introduces a foundation for Black media philosophy.

Delving into the narratives of the Underground Railroad, the politics of the Black Panther Party, and the digitization of Michael Brown’s killing, On Black Media Philosophy deftly illustrates that media are not only important for Western Humanity but central to alternative Black epistemologies and other ways of being human.

Available for preorder at:


Book Announcement: 2nd Edition of Intercultural Communication: A Critical Perspective

Rona Halualani, 

I am excited to announce the second edition of my book, Intercultural Communication: A Critical Perspective!

Link to the book:

Intercultural Communication: A Critical Perspective is grounded in a framework based on key dimensions of power in relation to intercultural communication. A macro-micro focus is applied throughout the book to theorize the ways in which larger structures of power intermingle and reconfigure private/one-on-one encounters and relations between different cultures, both domestically and internationally. The textbook introduces students to both the hidden and visible aspects of power that constitute intercultural communication encounters and relations.

The book begins by introducing the concept of intercultural communication and demonstrating how ubiquitous it is in our everyday lives. Subsequent chapters address the ties between culture, power, and intercultural communication; how powerful ideologies develop from cultural views and ways of life; and the interplay of cultural representation and speaking for or about a cultural group. Students learn the ways in which individuals and structures of power shape identity, how different structures and groups remember and forget the past, and how racialization relates to intercultural communication. The final chapters explore power dynamics with regard to globalization, intercultural relationships and desire, and our roles in intercultural communication.The second edition features new and updated research studies and illustrative examples throughout. Every chapter has a new narrative opening, introducing new identity positionalities and characters located in different cultural contexts, and connecting to the ACT Framework for Intercultural Justice to highlight agency, resistance, and structural change.

This second edition includes:

- New chapter-opening/guiding narratives that highlight issues of power in relation to intercultural communication

- Updated examples and themes

- Detailed instructional resources (slides, assignments, syllabi, test banks, tools) and student active learning tools (videos, discussion questions) (for a full "turn-key" course)

- Full access to a Canvas course shell created just for this book

- A hosted faculty learning community of instructors who use this book

Rona Tamiko Halualani is a professor of intercultural communication at San José State University. Dr. Halualani is the author of In the Name of Hawaiians: Native Identities and Cultural Politics, co-editor (with Dr. Thomas K. Nakayama) of the Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication, and former editor-in-chief of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. She teaches courses on intercultural communication, critical intercultural communication, globalized intercultural communication, and culture and gender identity. 

You can view the book listing in the Cognella Catalog using the following link:

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Call for Papers: The Velvet Light Trap #91: Digital Storytelling

Rusty Hatchell, 

Digital environments have quickly become major catalysts in our shifting conversations about the ways narratives and stories are told across the media ecology. While scholarship on legacy media storytelling has traditionally been shaped by frameworks of text, audience, and industry, discourses of digital media storytelling show signs of growth and expansion as production and distribution of digital stories continue to rise in the 2020s.

Notably, technology companies such as Facebook and Apple as well as those satellite corporate stakeholders which have investments in the digital technologies and storytelling strategies employed within the new media ecology have become significantly powerful players within this digital revolution. As technology companies blend and converge with the media industries, distinctions between story and medium have become harder to identify. Additionally, the evolving nature of storytelling throughout the new media ecology has and continues to influence the ways audiences engage with digital content.

Although topics related to digital storytelling have pushed many scholars to discuss streaming media technologies and culture, The Velvet Light Trap attempts to map out a broader and more comprehensive snapshot of digital storytelling. This issue welcomes submissions that connect concerns within the technology industries to the texts produced and distributed within the parameters of digital storytelling in the 21st century.

The integration of technology and text can open up new discussions of contemporary storytelling while also recontextualizing older bifurcated studies with a more comprehensive lens. Traditional forms of media storytelling have been largely controlled by institutionalized major media companies who own the means to produce and distribute media. In television’s case, linear transmission, scheduling, and the advertising model have led to formulaic storytelling models that have shaped the ways various genres and forms of television storytelling are produced with audiences in mind.

However, the digital era has seen these types of institutional barriers broken down, expanding the ways in which stories can be told and diversifying who tells them. While certain limitations within the developments of technology and digital media have received scholarly criticism, this issue wishes to explore the expanding field of digital storytelling as an articulation of the democratizing effect of the digital revolution as well as a site for critical engagement in issues focused on algorithms, surveillance, platform capitalism, and other digitally-forward concerns. The Velvet Light Trap #91 seeks a variety of topics and approaches which include but are not limited to media industries, production culture, participatory culture, textual analysis, paratextual analysis, authorship studies, transmedia storytelling, media convergences, and contextual culture in analyzing storytelling within its respective digital environment. We welcome submissions that explore the shifting or newly emerging trends in storytelling in the broader media ecology, especially those that push the boundaries of formulaic legacy media storytelling and contextualize the changing modes of narratives within the new media environment, as well as any submissions that explore any of the following themes:

- Histories of digital storytelling, particularly on precedents of today’s digital media ecology and practice 

- Algorithm-based storytelling

- Binge-watching and its effects on episodic structures, seasonal structures, and serialit 

- Storytelling in social media spaces such as Facebook and Instagram or in digital content spaces such as YouTube and TikTok

- Shifts and evolutions in transmedia storytelling 

- Convergent gaming spaces, such as Fortnite 

- Cyberspace, virtual reality, metaverse, and other emergent forms of digital storytelling

- Regulation in relation to digital storytelling, including digital copyright, creative commons, and intellectual property law

- Advancement in production technology, particularly in mobile media production, including GoPro, camera drones, and iPhones

- Analysis of short form and newer/alternative genres within the digital media environment

- Textual or genre analysis of particular programming or content within the digital media environment

- Industry strategies in relation to audience enticement and retention, including subscriptions to streaming content platforms, such as HBO Max, and specialty content services, such as OnlyFans

- Digital and social media marketing, including branded content in social media space 

- Influences of participatory culture in online spaces on new modes of storytelling as well as its reverse effect on legacy media

- Influences of media convergence in legacy media and social media spaces on cultural storytelling

- Shifts in financing in relation to production shifts, particularly from legacy media to streaming and technology-based platforms

- Audience and fan studies in relation to the convergence of theater, television, gaming, and other cultural and media forms

- Changes and/or continuities in relation to computer graphics, animation, virtual effects, and other digital effects and the advancement of realistic or aesthetic expression

Submission Guidelines: Submissions should be between 6,000 and 7,500 words, formatted in Chicago Style. Please submit an electronic copy of the paper, along with a separate one-page abstract, both saved as Microsoft Word files. Remove any identifying information so that the submission is suitable for anonymous review. Quotations not in English should be accompanied by translations. Send electronic manuscripts and/or any questions to by January 31, 2022.

Book Announcement: Digital Black Feminism

Catherine Knight Steele, 

Traces the longstanding relationship between technology and Black feminist thought Black women are at the forefront of some of this century’s most important discussions about technology, trolling, online harassment, algorithmic bias, and influencer culture. But, Catherine Knight Steele argues that Black women’s relationship to technology began long before the advent of Twitter or Instagram. To truly “listen to Black women,” Steele points to the history of Black feminist technoculture in the United States and its ability to decenter white supremacy and patriarchy in a conversation about the future of technology. Using the virtual beauty shop as a metaphor, Digital Black Feminism walks readers through the technical skill, communicative expertise, and entrepreneurial acumen of Black women’s labor—born of survival strategies and economic necessity—both on and offline.

Positioning Black women at the center of our discourse about the past, present, and future of technology, Steele offers a through-line from the writing of early twentieth-century Black women to the bloggers and social media mavens of the twenty-first century. She makes connections among the letters, news articles, and essays of Black feminist writers of the past and a digital archive of blog posts, tweets, and Instagram stories of some of the most well-known Black feminist writers of our time.

Linking narratives and existing literature about Black women’s technology use in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century, Digital Black Feminism traverses the bounds between historical and archival analysis and empirical internet studies, forcing a reconciliation between fields and methods that are not always in conversation. As the work of Black feminist writers now reaches its widest audience online, Steele offers both hopefulness and caution on the implications of Black feminism becoming a digital product.


Book Announcement: Digital Religion 2.0 by Heidi Campbell and Ruth Tsuria

Ruth Tsuria,

Digital Religion Publications, an imprint of the Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies is thrilled to announce the publication of Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in Digital Media edited by Heidi A Campbell and Ruth Tsuria (Routledge, 2021). The book is the 2nd edition of the 2013 book Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds.

Over the course of the last eight years, the digital world has changed significantly as technology has rapidly advanced. Digital Religion explores the intersection of religion and digital media emphasizing how the field has drastically changed since the release of the first book in 2013. The field of Digital Religion is described by co-editor Ruth Tsuria as “the ways in which people use digital media to explore and represent their religious and spiritual lives.” The text explores the implications of how religion is mediated by digital media in complex ways.

Digital Religion features the perspectives from diverse experts in the field as well as offers case studies to illustrate the themes and findings discussed in the text. The book features authors such as Gregory Grieve, Pauline Hope Cheong, and Stephen Garner with case studies from scholars such as Sam Han, Wendi Bellar, and Tim Hutchings. Altogether, Digital Religion includes chapters from twenty-six authors that explore themes in religion and new media, reflect on their research, and provide practical examples through real-life case studies. The text explores all five major world religions and how they are enacted through a variety of media formats such as video games, mobile apps, social media, and virtual reality.

Importantly, the book provides a critical and systematic review of the field of digital religion. The book supplies a comprehensive understanding of what the field of digital religion is, the key themes and roles within the research area, and the ethical, theological, and theoretical implications of moving religious ideas and practices into an online setting. Important themes such as rituals, authority, embodiment, community, and identity are discussed in-depth to provide readers with a thorough comprehension of this new and rapidly changing field.

The original edition of Digital Religion in 2013 became the quintessential textbook for scholars and educators alike to explore and explain how new media and religion interact with one another. Given the developments in the field and the ever-changing technology, an updated version is likely to become the best resource for teaching and understanding the field by providing readers with both a critical and practical examination of how religion is explored and enacted through new media.

The edited book is available from and wherever books are sold. Heidi A. Campbell and Ruth Tsuria are available for interviews related to this book and their research on Digital Religion studies. They can be contacted via email at and