Feminist Media Research in the 21st Century (working title)
Chapter proposal submission deadline: August 31, 2015 (500-1,000 words)
Dustin Harp, Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington
Jaime Loke, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Ingrid Bachmann, Ph.D., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
The book offers a space to deliberate the intersections of feminism within the broad fields of communication and media research, opening for discussion the evolving state of contemporary feminism. In recent mediated discourse the term “feminism” is being used to describe diverse people and ideas, including U.S. female political figures from a Christian conservative (Sarah Palin) to a moderate (Hillary Clinton). While many people, especially younger women, have disassociated with the term, others have whittled down the meaning to one that simply offers women choices (the so-called “right to choose”). In fact, the usefulness of feminism in contemporary society is being questioned. Feminism, it seems, is a more complex, contested, and fractured concept than ever before.
This edited volume is an opportunity to consider and illustrate the state of feminist media theory, research, and critical thinking. The intention is to confront questions including “What is feminism and feminist research?” and “Who is allowed to define it or police the boarders of feminism?”
The volume may include theoretical chapters, critical essays, and original research related to feminism within the context of communication and the broad media landscape – from news to entertainment, traditional media to social media, and corporate media to independent media.
In considering the state of feminism, feminist communication and media research, critical essays and research might address the following:
- How is feminism understood in contemporary popular discourse?
- Has “feminism” lost its power, as it has become too many things to too many people?
- What exactly does it mean to conduct feminist research?
- Is feminism still relevant and essential to research today?
- What does it means to be a feminist scholar in 2015?
- How are feminist scholars building feminist theory?
- What areas of communication and media are gaining or maintaining the attention of media scholars?
We invite authors to submit chapter proposals of 500-1,000 words for competitive review. We are particularly interested in a wide diversity of perspectives, approaches and areas within the vast field of communication and media. All methodological approaches are welcomed. We are especially interested too in authors who can contribute to an international perspective.
In addition to the chapter proposal, please submit a bio of each author of no longer than 200 words that includes, (a) highest degree earned and the institution from which it was earned, (b) most recent publications, and (c) areas of scholarly interests and expertise.
The editors will review all submissions and select authors who will be invited to submit a full chapter manuscript. Abstracts and manuscripts must be in English.
For inquiries contact Dustin Harp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit chapter proposals by email to: Jaime Loke at email@example.com.