Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity

 

Call for Papers: American Journalism Special Issue: The History of Investigative Reporting

Nick Hirshon, nickhirshon@gmail.com

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1972 break-in at the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate complex, which precipitated some of the most heralded investigative reporting in American history and a classic journalism book and film, All the President’s Men. To mark this milestone, American Journalism is soliciting submissions of abstracts for original research on the history of investigative reporting in the United States. Submissions may examine reporting on the Watergate scandal itself, such as analysis of period journalism, the legacy of that coverage, and the production of All the President’s Men, or any aspect of investigative reporting before or after Watergate, no later than the year 2000.

Authors should submit an abstract of 300 words to americanjournalismeditor@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. March 1, 2022.

Submissions will be refereed by a panel of media historians who will judge entries based on the significance of the research, methodological clarity and rigor, grounding in appropriate literature, and writing style.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by April 1, and selected authors will be invited to submit full-length articles of 6,000 to 10,000 words, including endnotes, by July 1 for a special issue to be published in Fall 2022.

- Deadline for Abstract Submissions: March 1, 2022

- Announcement of Selected Abstracts: April 1, 2022

- Deadline for Articles: July 1, 2022

- Expected Commencement of Publication: Fall 2022

For more information or questions about submissions and potential topics, please contact AJ editor Dr. Pamela E. Walck at walckp@duq.edu or associate editor Dr. Nick Hirshon at nickhirshon@gmail.com.


Call for chapters: Cases on Organizational Communication and Understanding Understudied Groups

Jessica Kahlow, jkahlow@uwm.edu 

The case studies in this book will focus on organizational issues in various understudied areas, such as neurodiversity, learning differences, mental health, identity, and gender. The case studies in this edited book focus on a variety of organizational issues that individuals are likely to experience at some point during their employment. Each chapter will include an overview of the concepts addressed in the case, a case, a discussion of how those concepts relate to the case, and 3-5 additional discussion questions. Proposals should include a brief description of the organizational communication concepts addressed, the understudied group the case study will focus on, and an overview of the case study.

Call for proposals:https://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/5481

Proposals Submission Deadline: September 22, 2021 (or ASAP)

Full Chapters Due: February 15, 2022


Call for Submissions: NCA 2022: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Sarah S. LeBlanc, leblancs@pfw.edu

National Communication Association

Call for Submissions: 2022 Convention in New Orleans “Place”

Evolving from the Carnegie Foundation's extensive work on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, NCA's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning series highlights work that represents study and reflection of teaching and learning processes. All methods (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, critical) used within the field of communication are appropriate for SOTL studies. The SOTL series is not limited to teachers and scholars with a background in communication education or instructional communication, but rather is open to research on teaching and learning in multiple content areas and settings within, as well as outside, the communication classroom.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning series seeks submissions that portray research or enhance the convention theme of "Honoring Place". Research submissions that cut across disciplines are encouraged. More importantly, such submissions should address or illustrate the unique features of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: 

  1. Questions about teaching practice(s) and student learning, defined broadly
  2. Appropriate methodological tools for gathering and analyzing data to answer those questions
  3. Results that are reported in a way to encourage reflection and critical examination by peers
  4. Reflective practice on the part of the teacher(s) following the process of inquiry

Submissions that are more typical instructional studies, and do not include the above items, should be submitted to another division. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning calls for interpretive considerations of teaching practices and how teaching can be improved or extended inside and outside of the classroom.

Submissions addressing this year’s theme of "Honoring Place" might address essential issues and topics such as:

- Impact of High Impact Practices on the Environment of Learnin

- Service Learning: Getting students engaged with their communitie 

- Setting the Stress of Grades Free: Implementing practices such as “un-grading 

- The effect of teaching within a social justice framework on student advocacy

- Faculty learning communities and their impact on how we teach and how our students learn

INFORMATION FOR SUBMISSIONS:Individual (competitive) papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions will be accepted. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. E-mailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library:http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources

All submissions will be evaluated based on content, adherence to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning philosophy (see above paragraphs), composition, relevance to theme, and overall impression. AV requests must be made at time of submission.

Individual (competitive) paper submissions should include a title, author(s), a 50–100-word description, and keywords in the electronic submission form. Papers should not include more than 30 pages of uploaded text (double-spaced, including tables, references, etc.). Submit competitive papers through NCA Convention Central under "Individual Paper.” If you are submitting a student paper, please put “Student” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page and mark “Student” on the electronic submission form. Submitted “student papers” must be solely authored by a student or students. To ensure blind review, please remove your name(s) from the paper before it is uploaded; instructions on how to prepare a blind copy are provided in the Convention Resource Library. Recognition for Top Paper(s) will be awarded.

Please indicate if your submission would be appropriate for the Scholar-to-Scholar (Interactive Media Formats - Posters, Laptop Displays, Experiential Activities, etc.) by checking the appropriate agreement box on the electronic submission form. Scholar-to-Scholar encourages alternative forms of presentation, one-on-one interaction, and neighborhoods of knowledge. After review, your submission may be scheduled during the Scholar-to-Scholar session to allow you more flexibility in your presentation format 

Panel discussions must include a title, list of presenters and affiliations, a panel description, keywords, and a rationale for acceptance outlining the purpose and significance of the proposed topic/discussion. Additionally, panel discussions must list a session chair.

Paper sessions consist of 3-5 papers around a common topic. All paper session proposals must include an overall title for the session, session description, keywords, a chair, as well as a title, description and author(s) for each paper, and a rationale for acceptance outlining the purpose and significance of the proposed topic/discussion. 

The submission deadline is Wednesday, March 30, at 11:59 p.m. pacific.

Discussions and session proposals should include scholars from multiple institutions and a single person should not serve in more than one role in a discussion or session. 

Specific Scholarship of Teaching and Learning submission questions can be directed to Sarah S. LeBlanc, SOTL Program Planner, leblancs@pfw.edu.


Call for Manuscripts: Communication Teacher Volume 37-39

Brandi Lawless, commteachernca@gmail.com

Brandi Lawless, University of San Francisco, Editor of the journal, will begin accepting manuscript submissions in January, 2022 
Communication Teacher publishes four issues per year on-line and publishes and a print version of each volume. Three types of manuscripts will be considered for publication in the journal:  1. Instructional activities that can be conducted in either the K-12 or college classroom.

2. Manuscripts focused on communication education assessment of student learning, classroom practices (K-12 or college), or program development.

3. Original teaching activities that link to assessment articles.

SPECIAL ISSUES 
In addition to the usual manuscript submissions to the journal, the editor is interested in considering special issues. These special issues may focus on topics related to:

1. Antiracist pedagogies and assessment

2. Community-engaged learning

3. A unique proposal from interested special-issue editors

ORIGINAL TEACHING ACTIVITIES 

Single Class Activities. Communication educators in all contexts are invited to submit original teaching activities for classroom implementation. Activities may address any communication course, including, for e.g., research methods, technologies, theory, family, gender, health, interpersonal, intercultural, instructional, mass, organizational, public relations, performance, media studies, rhetoric and public speaking, and small group, whether introductory or advanced. Each submission should contain the following components:

1. A brief title

2. The course(s) for which the activity is intended

3. The objective(s) or learning outcome(s) for the activity

4. A brief theoretical rationale for conducting the activity

5. A description/explanation of the activity, including any preparation/preliminary steps and necessary materials 

6. A debriefing, including typical results

7. An appraisal of the activity, including any limitations or variations

8. References

Single Class submissions should generally contain no more than 2000 words. Unit Activities. This may entail an original teaching activity that takes place throughout an entire class unit (e.g., a relational communication unit on “Conflict in Relationships”) that spans several days or weeks. A unit activity should follow the same format as the single class activity, and should contain no more than 2500 words. Semester-long Activities. Original teaching activities that outline a semester-long project or approach to an entire course are also welcome. These manuscripts should follow the same format the single class activity and should generally contain no more than 3000 words.


ORIGINAL TEACHING ACTIVITY-TO-ASSESSMENT ARTICLES Because teaching activities must meet both student needs and teacher goals, authors are welcome to create a series of articles that create a link between practice and assessment. For this series, the author may submit BOTH articles simultaneously or the editor may invite the author to submit an assessment activity based on the published original teaching activity (single, unit, or semester-long). These two manuscripts should follow the same format as one of the three class activities and the educational assessment article (described below) including a clearly established link between the two.

EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT ARTICLES Communication educators in all contexts are invited to submit original assessment research. Assessment involves systematic reflection upon and analysis of instructional practices and challenges communication educators to monitor student learning as well as improve the quality of specific courses or overall programs. Assessment articles should be data driven. Data may be qualitative or quantitative. Assessment research provides educators an opportunity to modify their instructional practices based on the results of such studies. Each submission should contain the following components:

1. A brief title

2. The assessed course or program

3. An abstract of no more than 100 words

4. A brief statement of the problem and theoretical rationale

5. The research question(s) or hypothesis(es)

6. The method for data collection 

7. The results 

8. A discussion of the implications of the results on instructional practice 

9. References

Submissions should generally contain no more than 8,000 words. 

All manuscripts must adhere to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) and should not be under editorial review for other journals. Submissions that do not follow the components listed in this call will be returned to the author for format revisions. Submissions sent out for consideration will receive anonymous review by at least two members of the Editorial Board. The decision not to publish a manuscript is final. All submissions should be made online at Communication Teacher’s ScholarOne Manuscripts site: 

https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/RCMT

Editorial information, 2023-2025: - Brandi Lawless, Editor, commteachernca@gmail.com


Call for Manuscripts: The Pennsylvania Communication Annual 2022 (v.78) Regular Issue

Cem Zeytinoglu, czeytinoglu@esu.edu

The Pennsylvania Communication Annual is a refereed journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association. Manuscripts for the 2022 issue (v.78) are now being received. The acceptance rates for 2020 and 2021 journals were respectively fewer than 34 and 41 percent. Submission should follow the latest APA style sheet. Please format your papers for blind review and remove anything that may give away your identity. Manuscripts should not exceed 8000 words including references, notes, tables, and other citations. Also book reviews should not exceed 2000 words. The submission deadline is May 30, 2022. Please submit your articles to The Pennsylvania Communication Annual at: 

www.ejmanager.com/my/pca

PCA Annual is indexed by the EBSCO Host’s Communication Source database. Please also see our online archive:http://pcasite.org/index.php/pca-journals/journal-archive/

Editor: Cem Zeytinoglu, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

 

Email: czeytinoglu@esu.edu

  1. Some important details to follow when submitting your manuscripts, if you use footnotes or endnotes: Endnotes only and without formatting, no footnotes.
  2. No superscript font to indicate an endnote, just regular numbers and we will superscript upon editing.
  3. Insert tables and illustrations as images only or send separate PDF files of these portions of the documents.
  4. Formatted hanging indents only on references or no formatting at all; no “return” and “tab” to create the look of a hanging indent.

The Pennsylvania Communication Annual is dedicated to advancing our undertaking of human communication. Manuscripts should be original and should discuss instructional, theoretical, philosophical, and/or practical aspects of any area of communication. Reviews of recent books and/or video tapes in any area of communication are also considered at the editor’s discretion. While articles authored by Pennsylvanians and articles covering Pennsylvania topics are especially welcome, manuscripts on all topics and from all regions, including international submissions, are invited and will receive full consideration for publication.


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

Nick Tatum, nick.tatum@unlv.edu 

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:https://forms.gle/CZrsg6ZsWNkb3zEYA

For more information about the James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference, go here:https://www.ecasite.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/convention_students#Undergrad

Please direct all questions and concerns to Dr. Nick Tatum (nick.tatum@unlv.edu), the conference co-planner.

 

 


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

Anastacia Kurylo, anastacia.kurylo@gmail.com

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 

https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/building-your-social-world-constructing-reality-through-interpersonal-communication

- 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, tscjeditor@gmail.com 

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, tscjeditor@gmail.com.

Deadline: March 31, 2022


Book Announcement: Communicating Climate Change: Making Environmental Messaging Acceptable

Burton St. John III, Burton.St.John@Colorado.edu 

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: https://www.routledge.com/Communicating-Climate-Change-Making-Environmental-Messaging-Accessible/Yusuf-III/p/book/9780367479534


Book Announcement: On Black Media Philosophy

Armond R. Towns, armondtowns@cunet.carleton.ca 

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:https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520355804/on-black-media-philosophy

Inquiries:- armondtowns@cunet.carleton.ca


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

Rona Halualani, rona.halualani@sjsu.edu 

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

Link to the book:https://titles.cognella.com/intercultural-communication-9781793519467

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: https://titles.cognella.com/intercultural-communication-9781793519467

Reach out if you have any questions to Dr. Rona Halualani (rona.halualani@sjsu.edu).


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

Rusty Hatchell, vltcfp@gmail.com 

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 vltcfp@gmail.com by January 31, 2022.


Book Announcement: Digital Black Feminism

Catherine Knight Steele, cksteele@umd.edu

https://nyupress.org/9781479808380/digital-black-feminism/ 

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.

https://nyupress.org/9781479808380/digital-black-feminism/

Inquiries: catherineknightsteele.com, cksteele@umd.edu


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

Ruth Tsuria, ruth.tsuria@shu.edu

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 Routledge.com 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 heidic@tamu.edu and ruth.tsuria@shu.edu.