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[ecrea] CfP - Voices from Africa: Women's Online Spaces

Wed Mar 07 08:51:01 GMT 2018

*Call for Articles - Special issue of /Communicare/**//*


*‘Voices from Africa: Women’s Online Spaces’*

Web 2.0 offers ample opportunities for ordinary people to become mass communicators. Even though not the panacea to address the unbalanced North-South flow of information around the globe, or a ‘male oriented-world’, the interactive platforms of the web offer women of the Global South opportunities to create contra-flows of information through mass self-communication and by creating other mass mediated messages via the internet. Instead of being represented by others, Southern women are presenting themselves online. This participatory turn that celebrates the culture of interactivity and openness has witnessed many practices where women use online spaces for working on identity, forming online communities and fostering a sense of belonging.

Against this background, /Communicare: Journal for Communication Science in Southern Africa/ invites articles for a special issue, ‘Voices from Africa: Women’s Online Spaces’.

Articles drawing on a wide range of theoretical approaches and methodological orientations are invited. As many online activities span more than one interactive platform, articles are not restricted to one platform (e.g. Facebook or blogging), but may investigate many platforms (such as hashtags that often spans many platforms). Articles may consider the following foci, but are not restricted to these:

·Sisterhood and virtual communities

·The blurring of online and offline communities

·Women’s issues and women’s identity

·Gender issues and intersectionality

·Unpaid women’s work, family and children

·Resisting and subverting ascribed identities

·Home, feeling at home, remembering home, imagining home: migration and diaspora


·28 April 2018 – deadline for submission of articles

·Beginning of May – articles to reviewers

·End of July 2018 – feedback to authors

·Planned publication date – November/December 2018

Length of articles: 6000-8000 words

Reference style: Harvard method

Enquiries & submissions for the special issue: Mariekie Burger ((mburger /at/ <mailto:(mburger /at/>)

Department of Communication Studies

School of Communication

University of Johannesburg (Auckland Park Campus)

South Africa

General enquiries: (communicare /at/ <mailto:(communicare /at/>

/Communicare – Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa/

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