The Cultural and Critical Studies Division welcomes faculty and student submissions of original research that contributes to the study of journalism and media communication from a cultural and critical perspective. The Division accepts submissions that include critical inquiry that cuts across theoretical and methodological boundaries. Papers that do not meet the AEJMC Uniform Call for Papers requirements will not be accepted.
The Division invites research on a variety of topics and approaches including, but not limited to, historical studies, gender, race and class analyses of media, news analysis, audience analysis, political economy, literary analysis with a media foundation, philosophy of communication, ethics, and media criticism in general. CCS also encourages work that challenges conventional approaches to media, examines paradigmatic assumptions, and explores innovative ways of theorizing both news and entertainment media.
The Division presents awards to the authors of the top-ranking faculty and student submissions. Only one paper per author is accepted for review and submissions must not be under consideration elsewhere for presentation or publication.
Faculty and student submissions undergo separate blind review processes by faculty-only judges. Student authors – undergraduate and graduate students enrolled during the 2015-2016 school year – should include a cover sheet that clearly states that the paper is a student submission. Student papers with faculty co-authors are reviewed in the faculty competition and should not be designated as student-authored papers.
Paper length should not exceed 25-pages excluding tables, figures, and references. Abstracts must be no more than 75 words. Be sure that submissions contain no identifying information, such as name, university affiliation, job title, etc. either in the text of the paper or in the document properties. Any identifying information found on the submission results in an immediate disqualification of the paper.