Call for Papers

“Technocultural worldings: Tracing possible and actual worlds in transforming media landscapes”

A special issue of Feminist Media Studies

Guest edited by: 

Mia Liinason, Professor of Gender Studies, Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Ov Cristian Norocel, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Department of Gender Studies, Lund University

Forthcoming December 2023 (see full info on all dates below)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FemMediaStudies/status/1571878984094486528

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Digital media offer tremendous possibilities for feminist and LGBTI+ collectives to connect across geographical distances and to create other possible worlds in solidarity and struggle. Yet, digital media allow similar potentiality for far-right actors to build profoundly different subjectivities and networks of belonging. In the context of these dynamics, this Special Issue encourages transdisciplinary explorations of how, and to what effect, transforming media landscapes enable diverse communities of feminist and LGBTI+ initiatives, as well as exclusionary, misogynist, and anti-LGBTI+ collectives, to materialize and shape civil (and uncivil) societies. 

We encourage contributions that draw on various ethnographic, empirical, and theoretical approaches to explore how digital technologies allow feminist and LGBTI+ actors to reimagine the world through counter-hegemonic worldings and life imaginings and invite examinations of the gendered dynamics of the far-right metapolitics that oppose them. 

These developments are global and transnational, yet they interact with local practices and contexts in complex ways. Therefore, we welcome contributions that analyze how algorithms, affordances, and vernaculars of digital platforms facilitate collective sense-making and network building in embedded contexts of feminist and LGBTI+ struggles, as well as among far-right actors, highlighting what these appearances can reveal about transforming media landscapes from a diverse range of contextual perspectives at various local and global scales. 

We are particularly interested in papers that explore the following and other related questions: 

  • How do algorithms, affordances, or vernaculars of digital platforms facilitate collective sense-making and network building in feminist and LGBTI+ struggles? How do they facilitate the creation of collectives and networks among far-right actors? 
  • How do digital technologies allow feminist and LGBTI+ actors to reimagine the world through decolonial, anticapitalist or antimisogyny worldings?
  • What are the gendered dynamics of the far-right metapolitics that oppose feminist and LGBTI+ visions and world making? 
  • How do far-right enactments in digital space jeopardize locally situated struggles for women’s, gender, and sexual justice?
  • What is the effect of interactions between the circulation of popular digital artefacts, such as memes, and political events in particular places? 
  • How are subjectivities and representations considered un/trustworthy in contexts of feminist and LGBTI+ online engagements? How do far-right actors deem online dynamics as un/trustworthy?
  • What do these appearances reveal about the generativity and interconnectivity of present-day media ecologies and about the transforming features and meanings of media and communication?

In addition to engaging with the special issue’s theme, all articles must (a) comply with the general submission requirements, (b) address the central concerns of the journal, which is to bring together scholars, professionals, and activists from around the world to engage with feminist issues and debates in media and communication, and (c) be of relevance to a wide international and multidisciplinary readership (see below for the Journal’s aims and scope).

Key dates

October 15, 2022: deadline for abstracts (250 words) and biographical note (200 words) to be sent to both Special Issue guest editors Mia Liinason, mia.liinason[at]genus.lu.se AND Ov Cristian Norocel, ov_cristian.norocel[at]genus.lu.se

  • November 25, 2022 – Communication of decisions to potential authors
  • January 15, 2023 – Submission of articles for internal review 
  • February 15, 2023 – Deadline for submissions to the journal
  • February 15-March 30, 2023 – Double-blind peer review
  • March 30-May 30, 2023 – Revisions by the authors 
  • May 30-July 15, 2023 – Second round of review 
  • July 15 -August 15, 2023 – Revisions by the authors
  • August 15, 2023 – Deadline submission of revised manuscripts for final acceptance
  • August-December 2023 iFirst publication of finalized articles after copyediting process
  • December 2023 – Special Issue published 

Submission instructions

Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.

If you have questions about the special issue, please contact Special Issue editors Mia Liinason, mia.liinason[at]genus.lu.se or Ov Cristian Norocel, ov_cristian.norocel[at]genus.lu.se

Warm welcome with your submission!

Mia and Cristian

Journal aims and scope

Aims and scope

Feminist Media Studies provides a transdisciplinary, transnational forum for researchers pursuing feminist approaches to the field of media and communication studies, with attention to the historical, philosophical, cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions and analysis of sites, including print and electronic media, film and the arts, and new media technologies. Feminist Media Studiesespecially encourages submissions based on original, empirical inquiry of the social experiences of audiences, citizens, workers, etc., and how these are structured by political, economic, and cultural circumstances. The journal invites contributions from feminist researchers working across a range of disciplines and conceptual perspectives.

Feminist Media Studies offers a unique intellectual space bringing together scholars, professionals and activists from around the world to engage with feminist issues and debates in media and communication. Its editorial board and contributors reflect a commitment to the facilitation of international dialogue among researchers through attention to local, national, and global contexts for critical and empirical feminist media inquiry.

Peer Review Policy:
All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by at least two scholars. Submissions for the special issues of Commentary & Criticism are reviewed by the guest editor (or the associate editors if it is an issue we have organized), not by double-blind peer review as with full-length articles.

Authors can choose to publish gold open access in this journal.

Website journal: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=RFMS

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