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[ecrea] CFP Women in Sports Media: New Scholarly Engagements

Wed Mar 28 14:39:47 GMT 2018

Commentary and Criticism Call for Papers
18.5 Women in Sports Media: New Scholarly Engagements

Feminist analysis of sports media has long been concerned with three overarching representational critiques: the underrepresentation of women’s sports, the objectification of women’s sporting bodies, and the trivialization of women athletes. While empirical research on women’s sports affirm that these assessments retain their currency, there has been less scholarly attention in feminist media studies on representations that frame, constrain, or bolster women in sports in other ways or on issues beyond representation impacting women in sports media.

This issue of Commentary and Criticism invites essay contributions specifically on new scholarly engagements with the representation of women athletes along with questions that grapple with women’s sports beyond representation. The aim of the issue is to push the analysis beyond the longstanding representational critiques to examine other discourses and contexts impacting women in sporting spaces. We are particularly interested in submissions from beyond North America and the UK and in projects that adopt an intersectional lens to the study of women’s experiences in sports.
Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  * Mediated responses to issues of labor and pay inequality in women’s
  * Media coverage of women’s sports' union

  * Articulations of the #metoo and #timesup social media movements in
  * Women’s sports media activism and #blacklivesmatter

  * Jemele Hill and the cultural politics of Blackness in sports media
  * The visibility of women athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics
  * Framing Muslim athletes in the hijab
  * Mediations of inclusivity and exclusivity discourse surrounding
    trans athletes
  * Representations of pregnancy and athleticism
  * Popular feminism and women’s sporting empowerment
  * Women working in sports media industries
  * Women in sports fandom

The Commentary and Criticism section of /Feminist Media Studies/ aims to publish brief (~1000 words), timely responses to current issues in feminist media culture, for an international readership. Submissions may pose a provocation, describe work in progress, or propose areas for future study. We will also consider book and event reviews, as well as contributions that depart from traditional academic formats. We encourage all submissions to strategically mobilize critique to also offer a productive contribution to both feminist politics and media studies. Submissions must go beyond mere description in order to be considered for publication in Commentary and Criticism. Please submit contributions by *30th April, 2018* via email to Dr. Jennifer McClearen at (jennifer.mcclearen /at/ <mailto:(jennifer.mcclearen /at/>. Questions and expressions of interest can also be addressed to Dr. McClearen in advance of the deadline. Email submissions directly to Dr. McClearen, as submissions for Commentary and Criticism will not be correctly processed if submitted through the main /Feminist Media Studies/ site. Please be sure to follow the /Feminist Media Studies/ style guide, which can be found at the following link:

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