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[ecrea] CFP_IJoC_Creative Political Mobilization and the Ongoing Arab Spring

Wed Feb 20 12:03:30 GMT 2013

Open Call for Papers for a Special Features Section in the

International Journal of Communication

“Creative Political Mobilization and the Ongoing Arab Spring: New Media and Beyond”

The International Journal of Communication ( is accepting papers for Special Section examining the ongoing revolutions in the Arab region and the citizen’s political participation—“Creative Political Mobilization and the Ongoing Arab Spring: New Media and Beyond.”

Guest Editor: Dr. Ilhem Allagui

Submissions Due: May 30, 2013 (to (iallagui /at/


While protests are still taking place in the streets across the region, a similar civic participation is occurring online. This Special Section of IJoC aims to foster a conversation on the forms of political participation and the role of new media with regard to the ongoing revolutions of the Arab Spring. Internet users voice their opinions and contribute to political discussions through a variety of forms of communication. “Netizens” make use of a mixture of political and cultural forms of creativity in blogs, tweets, posts, and songs, as well as through forms of visual communication, including caricatures, photos, videos, and so on. Users have discovered political satires used to describe and, eventually, make fun of their chaotic situations; to criticize their current governments; and to serve as expressions of vehement political positions—all while, at the same time, lightening up their tense daily lives.

The freedom of expression that was gained thanks to the Arab Spring has liberated populations from fear and self-censorship. Today, social networks are as politically active as they were during the first wave of protests, and they also serve as channels for the distribution of creative political mobilization, capturing the opposing views of the ruling governments and the opposition, as well as those of Political Islam in general. The political affiliations of today have superseded the sense of national belonging, and the solidarity that was witnessed two years ago has transformed into a cacophony of community groups, political partisanship supported by narratives of partiality, and on occasion, manifestations of sociopolitical hatred.

This Special Section of the International Journal of Communication invites contributions that discuss the unfinished Arab Spring and the various facets of political communications as reflected in new media. Submissions for the “Creative Political Mobilization and the Ongoing Arab Spring: New Media and Beyond” Special Section may share perspectives and engage with a variety of topics that link to the following:

1. 1. New media and the responsible use of social networks;

2. 2. Visual communication, the ongoing Arab Spring, and social change;

3. 3. Rumors, misinformation, and the regulation of social networks;

4. 4. Blogs, social networks, and political representation;

5. 5. Cultural creativity for social change;

6. 6. Humor at the intersection of communication and politics; or

7. 7. The ongoing Arab Spring and the gained (or missed) freedom of expression.

Case studies and articles grounded in visual communication are especially encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions of 3,000-6,000 words (including footnotes, captions, references) will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Abstracts are not required. Images, if available, are encouraged to be integrated into the article text. Papers should adhere to APA (6th edition) style and guidelines. Submissions should include the author’s name, title, affiliation and e-mail address.

Please submit complete papers by May 30, 2013 to Ilhem Allagui at (iallagui /at/

Expected publication date: Autumn 2013

We look forward to your contributions to this Special Features Section. If you have any questions regarding the International Journal of Communication submission guidelines, please contact IJoC Managing Editor Arlene Luck at (aluck /at/

Thank you.

Ilhem Allagui, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Department of Mass Communication
Tel +971 6 515 2763
Fax +971 6 515 2554
American University of Sharjah
PO Box 26666, Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
(iallagui /at/

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