Call for papers: Sexual violence, social movements, and social media

Submission deadline: 20 June 2018
Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. Issue: 13, 3(4)

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Over the past decade, social media have facilitated practices of sexual violence (stalking, doxing, harassment, bullying, revenge porn, genocide, etc.) against socially and economically marginalized individuals and groups. At the same time, social media have allowed survivors and allies to report and draw attention to sexual violence, establishing patterns and sharing testimony about the crimes committed against them. Feminist activists throughout the world have been using social media to draw attention to and fight against sexual violence. Using hashtags on Twitter and Instagram, posting images on Tumblr, blogging, and otherwise circumventing traditional structures of power, protected by media gatekeepers, feminists have enhanced awareness and advocated for change.

This issue invites research and scholarship that examines sexual violence through multiple lenses (including but not limited to race, class, immigration status, caste, gender orientation, religion) on a range of topics related to social media. We are particularly interested in work that contributes to theorizing and working toward social change.

Contributions in formats other than the traditional essay are encouraged; please contact the editor to discuss specifications and/or multimodal contributions. Drawings, sounds, videos that come along with written explanations of their narratives are also welcome.

You can send your proposal as a .pdt or .doc document before the 20th June 2018 deadline. Please use “Ada Issue 13 3/4 Contribution” for your subject line and include the following in the body of your message:

  • Your name and a short biography
  • A 150 word maximum abstract
  • A list of five keywords/tags
  • Preferred email address
  • Citation style used (if applicable)

Complete submissions should be sent by June 20, 2018 to editor@adanewmedia.org. Contributions should be no more than 2,500 words.

Editors: Pallavi Guha, Radhika Gajjala, and Carol Stabile

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About Ada:

Ada is an online, open access, open source, peer-reviewed journal run by feminist media scholars. The journal’s first issue was published online in November 2012. Since that launch, Ada articles have received more than 500,000 page views. Ada operates a review process that combines feminist mentoring with the rigor of peer review. The peer review process is also open and transparent. We have detailed guidelines concerning the review process at the following link http://adanewmedia.org/beta-reader-and-review-policy/ and we encourage submitters to take a look before submitting to make sure that they are comfortable with such a  process with public dimensions. For this issue, we will be experimenting with Google docs for our open peer review process.