Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Interesting Conference Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Forthcoming conference on the Global Status of Women and Girls

Christopher Newport University, College of Arts and Humanities, seeks papers for the forthcoming conference on the Global Status of Women and Girls to be held at CNU, March 3-5, 2016

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to foster inquiries into the complex and multifocal issues faced by women and girls around the world, both historically and today. We invite scholars from all academic disciplines to submit proposals addressing the political, social, economic, psychological, developmental, educational, literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, ethical and health issues of women and girls.
The conference seeks not only to clarify key questions that must be asked in this vital area of public policy but also to unearth the forces that created these current dilemmas. Through the interdisciplinary study of past and present, the conference will engage researchers in policy
conversations benefiting the global community.

Submissions from any academic discipline – including but not limited to history, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, psychology, chemistry, environmental science, medicine, biomedical ethics, economics, political science, gender studies, communication studies and
literature – are welcome. We invite professionals in both academic and nonacademic settings to submit proposals. Topics to be covered may include, but are not limited to:

·         The feminization of poverty
·         Wage inequality
·         Women in the workplace
·         Child marriage
·         War and women
·         Human trafficking
·         Environmental change and the economic status of women
·         Religion and the status of women
·         Girls and education
·         Sexual assault/rape
·         Disability and accessibility
·         Relational aggression between girls and women
·         Mental health and women
·         Artistic, mediated and literary representations/performances
·         Social media and social change for women and girls
·         Gender identity and socialization
·         Social policy and the state of women and girls
·         Environmental health risks to women
·         Effects of global climate change on women

Please submit a 350 to 500-word abstract on this topic by November 1 at globalstatusofwomen-conf.org. All submissions will be peer reviewed, and those accepted will be notified no later than January 1, 2016. Finished papers will ideally be 15-20 minutes in length.

Please contact Lori Underwood, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, at ahconf@cnu.edu with any questions about the conference.

Butler Campus

Beautiful day on the Butler campus!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Recent Publications

I published two peer-reviewed journal articles this summer: First, "Women's eNews: Reaching out to the Arab World," in the International Communication Research Journal, and second, "Framing of Jacob Zuma and Polygamy in Die Burger," in Communicatio: South African Journal of Communication Theory and Research. My publications are available through my bepress page or at academia.edu. 

Friday, August 01, 2014

New Publication by IAMCR and UNESCO

Hot off the presses, a new publication by the IAMCR and Unesco, titled Media and Gender: A Scholarly Agenda for the Global Alliance on Media and Gender. Book available as a PDF file on the IAMCR website. See my chapter on Gender Mainstreaming in Journalism Education in the book!

Friday, November 08, 2013

CFP: Gender and Communication Section of IAMCR

The Gender and Communication Section invites submissions for its open session at this year’s IAMCR, held in Hyderabad, India from 15-19 July 2014. The section seeks research that balances theory and practice, and explores the relationship between gender, media and communication. In recent years sessions have included papers on the Internet, television, film, journalism, magazines, violence, queer theory, media production, reception, advertising, representation, the Global Media Monitoring Project, human rights, discrimination, elections, the body, HIV/AIDS, development, pop culture, virtual identity, social change, and consumption. In keeping with our philosophy of inclusivity, we welcome contributions without regard to empirical, theoretical, disciplinary or philosophical perspectives.
Although we welcome submissions on any topic involving gender, media and communication, we encourage and will give special consideration to papers and panel proposals that examine connections to the conference theme  (Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice). A list of possible topics has been suggested by conference organizers and can be found in the general call on the IAMCR website at http://iamcr2014.org/conference-theme/. Themes suggested there which seem most consonant with our section, include:
  • Papers which explore (gendered) dynamics of media systems, communication patterns and organizational relationships within the new “framing” of region as a physical and conceptual category
  • Papers which question the (gendered) politics that drive media discourse, organization and economics
  • What kind of presence is at all possible in this redefined regional space, and how does region (and/or gender) become a real and imagined construct across new media presences?
  • What sorts of (gendered) practices then become key to media and communication spaces enclosed in or defined by this new frame?
We encourage the submission of individual papers and complete panel proposals in any of the three official association languages (English, French, Spanish).
A complete panel proposal will include:
1. The panel description, including, the panel title, a framing text, the names of the panellists and the titles of their papers. The framing text (maximum 350 words) should contain the overall idea and goal of the panel. A panel chair and a discussant should also be proposed.
2. An abstract for each paper, including title and author(s).
The panel description and the individual abstracts must be submitted individually. Thus a panel with 4 papers involves making 5 separate submissions via the Open Conference System. Abstracts can be submitted directly by the panel authors or the panel coordinator can submit them on the authors' behalf.
Abstract submissions must indicate “PANEL:” as the first word of their title and the complete title of the panel must appear in the first line of the abstract.
Individual papers:
Individuals may submit 1 abstract (paper) per Section or Working Group as lead author, and a maximum of 2 abstracts (papers) to a single IAMCR conference in general. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration, after an initial submission. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.
Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference. Prior to the conference, it is expected that a completed paper will be submitted to Section, Working Group, Session Chairs, and/or Discussants.
Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration.
Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words, and should:
·         Have a clear title
·         Include the name(s) of author(s) and professional title(s) (i.e. professor, postdoctoral fellow, independent researcher, graduate student, student, etc.)
·         Outline the research objectives/questions/hypothesis
·         Outline the theoretical framework and methodology if relevant
·         Make clear the main argument proposed
·         Bibliographies and author profiles are not required.
The Gender and Communication section encourages its members to take part in their moderation and chairing sessions so please let us know if you are interested. Furthermore, we are looking for volunteers to take part in the blind peer review system. If interested, please contact the Chairs, Kaitlynn Mendes (kmendes@dmu.ac.uk) or Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh (mgeertse@butler.edu). Success in organizing the conference relies on the assistance from its members.
Individual papers and panels are possible, but all proposals must be submitted through the online Open Conference System at http://iamcr-ocs.org from 1 December 2013 – 10 February 2014. Early submission is strongly encouraged. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10 February 2014. Please note that this deadline will not be extended. The OCS system at will open on 1 December 2013, and will close on 10 February 2014.
Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to individual applicants by a section chair no later than 24 March 2014.
Participants will be asked to confirm their attendance by 15 April 2014.
The final conference programme will be known by 15 May 2014.
The deadline for full paper submission is 20 June 2014.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism now Available

I am looking forward to receiving my copy of editor Carolyn Byerly's "Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism." Look for my chapter on women and news in South Africa.

Meeting Cynthia Enloe

Cynthia Enloe
Renowned feminist scholar Cynthia Enloe talked at Butler University last week about the transnational production of clothes and other consumer items. It was great to have met her. Good news: A new edition of her book, "Bananas, Beaches, and Bases" are coming out next summer!