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[ecrea] CFP: Women's Studies in Communication Special Issue, The #MeToo Moment: A Rhetorical Zeitgeist

Wed Mar 07 18:16:00 GMT 2018



Special Issue of Women’s Studies in Communication

The #MeToo Moment: A Rhetorical Zeitgeist

Editors: Kristen Hoerl, Editor of Women’s Studies in Communication, and

Guest Editor: Lisa M. Corrigan (University of Arkansas)

Full Manuscripts due August 1, 2018

At the end of 2017, Time magazine named the #MeToo movement's “Silence Breakers” as the Person of the Year, beating out President Trump and a slew of political and media personalities. Time praised the women, writing: “These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone, their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: nearly every day.” Recalling the women who shared their stories about sexual harassment at work, Molly Redden at the Guardian wrote that the “Silence Breakers” were “the vanguard of a global movement by millions of women to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse.”

With the #MeToo hashtag propelling thousands of stories on the internet and through popular media, and the resignations of prominent figures in American civic life including Senator Al Franken and NBC “Today Show” co-host Matt Lauer, it was clear that the #MeToo phenomenon had social traction as the stories of habitual predators and serial harassers circulated in popular culture.

Through inclusion of both invited and solicited manuscripts, this Special Issue will foreground interdisciplinary essays that focus on the multidimensionality of the #MeToo moment. While we are seek essays that address the implications of #MeToo for feminist activism and scholarship, we are particularly interested in essays that have innovative theoretical perspectives that teach us something unexpected, that offer provocation, that take risks, and that invent new ideas.

We believe it is at the foundations of this journal and some strands of feminist thinking to confront intersectional oppressions by providing a space for the building of collective consciousness, sharp critique, dialogue, research, and listening. In addition to work that engages with the communication surrounding #MeToo, we are interested in feminist scholarship that interrogates the assumptions and investments of mainstream media and political discourses about sexual harassment. What is the discursive terrain here and what does this terrain exclude? How do dominant cultural messages about the silence breakers inadvertently or explicitly enable or promote other silences about systemic forms of exploitation and abuse in interpersonal, organizational, and/or public life?

Thus, we invite full-length manuscripts that address topics pertaining to #MeToo such as:

- Tarana Burke and the provenance of #MeToo;

- Terry Crews, James Van der Beek, Anthony Rapp, and other male victims;

- Hollywood’s perpetuation and responses to sexual harassment;

- Time’s Up campaign;

- The voices lifted up by #MeToo and those that have been erased or occluded (including people of color, boys and men, and LGBTQ people);

- Narrative (strategies, successes and limitations);

- Critiques of whiteness and white feminism in #MeToo discourses;

- Expansions or rejections of the very terms “sexual” and “harassment”

- Class and #MeToo celebrity culture;

- Comedy and #MeToo (Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Al Franken, Aziz Ansari);

- The history of sexual harassment policy and law;

- Anita Hill’s legacy;

- Disability rights’ intersection with sexual harassment

- Implications for Donald Trump and his response (or lack thereof) to #MeToo;

- Partisan responses and electoral politics;

- Digital advocacy and feminism;

- Popular culture, network news, and movement framing/politics;

- Twitter and other forms of social media as avenues for promulgating feminist resistance;

- #MeToo and the post-truth turn;

- International responses;

- Apologia in response to sexual harassment revelations;

- Defending the accused;

- Debating sexual consent before and after #MeToo;

- Workplace organization responses to #MeToo and workplace culture;

- Explorations of technologies and their affordances/constraints for and against harassment;

- Unraveling of the logics unpinning or enacted by harassers;

- Theoretical arguments giving language to collective experience and/or resistance;

- Marxist/socialist insights into the production of harassment;

- Insights from prison activism and other institutional perspectives;

- Scholar-Activist accounts and analyses of changing the status quo;

- Unpacking same-sex patterns and experiences of harassment;

- Broader inquiry into gendered violence across the life-span including childhood and the elderly;

- Critiques or affirmations of biological and psychological evolutionary rhetorics surrounding harassment

Full manuscripts between 8,000-9,000 words should be submitted to Taylor and Francis by August 1 for consideration in this special issue, for an anticipated publication in early 2019.

Submission Instructions cane be found here:

Please contact Lisa M. Corrigan ((lcorriga /at/ <mailto:(lcorriga /at/>) with questions or pitches.

Women Studies in Communication encourages quantitative, qualitative, and critical communication scholarship drawing from a variety of areas including but not limited to interpersonal, organizational, performance, rhetoric, media, and cultural studies. The editor is committed to promoting the best work that falls within these parameters and also to encouraging the development of new voices and new projects that challenge conventions guiding communication scholarship.

To submit a manuscript, authors should follow the instructions for submitting manuscripts on the Taylor and Francis website at Manuscripts may be submitted online through WSIC's ScholarOne Manuscript Central at <>.

Authors should indicate that they want the manuscript to be considered for this Special Issue in the cover letter to the editor and should be addressed to both Lisa M. Corrigan and Kristen Hoerl.

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