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[Commlist] Call for Contributors: The Ghost Reader: Recovering Women’s Contributions to Communication Studies, 1925-1968
Mon Jan 27 22:14:56 GMT 2020
Call for Contributions
The Ghost Reader: Recovering Women’s Contributions to Communication
Elena Hristova, Regent’s University London
Aimee-Marie Dorsten, Point Park University
Carol Stabile, University of Oregon
How did we get here?
In North America and Europe, progressive women made inroads into
universities during the first half of the twentieth century, completing
undergraduate degrees and receiving PhDs from research universities.
Others, excluded from the academy by virtue of race or class, analyzed
and criticized media industries as journalists, artists, producers,
performers, and activists. Often, their work developed innovative
theories of communication and methods and anticipated ideas, approaches,
and concerns that would not reappear again until the early 1970s.
Little of this work is taught today, particularly in courses mapping the
emergence of the field of communication/media studies. The Ghost
Readeraddresses their absence, publishing previously unpublished,
out-of-print or under-reviewed materials. By restoring to view the work
that women did during this foundational period, The Ghost Readerrestores
their participation in broader conversations about media, media
industries, and popular culture.
What is The Ghost Reader?
The Ghost Readerseeks intersectional contributions on women’s written
work that engaged in broader conversations about communication, media,
media industries, and popular culture, whether in the form of academic
scholarship, journalism, or activism. We want to encourage others to do
the same through a commitment to changing the future of the discipline.
And we want to support and inspire additional feminist recovery work,
reading and writing about the work of those recovered, and teaching with
and about this ghost library.
The Ghost Reader is a seed project that we hope will grow beyond the
boundaries of the published volume, partaking in the larger ecology of
transforming academic knowledge. The initial volume--to be published in
print--is limited by geography to the United States and western Europe.
It is also limited in scope due to space on the printed page. We hope
that scholars outside the Global North will use The Ghost Reader’s
modelto transform the knowledge ecologies of media, communication, and
cultural studies. Following the print volume, The Ghost Readerwill
expand onto the University of Minnesota’s digital publishing platform,
Manifold, which will host all of the contributions.
Instead of giving your labor for free to status quo pursuits, give it to
feminist praxis: recover women’s erased history, help others learn about
it, and create a vital foundation for future teaching and research. To
acknowledge the contributions that will make The Ghost Reader possible,
all contributors will be credited as contributing editors and all of
those who help with transcriptions will be listed as contributing
How to contribute?
The co-editors would be delighted to talk to you about the inclusion of
any work by women in academia, journalism, or activism written or
published between 1925-1968. We encourage collaborative contributions to
the project. We are eager to discuss strategies that might facilitate
your participation, including a workflow that emulates a manageable wiki
project, integrating recovery work into class assignments at both the
undergraduate and graduate level, using undergraduate and graduate
research opportunities to conduct research, and participating in a
Teaching Media Quarterlyspecial issue on creating lesson plans based on
The Ghost Reader. See additional ideas for how to collaborate on
contributions here: http://reanimatepublishing.org/cfps/.
March 1, 2020: Submit a letter of interest, a short (no more than
300-word) abstract listing the scholar/researcher/critic you will be
contributing to The Ghost Reader, and a biography.
October 1, 2020: Full submissions due, including:
An introduction of no more than 1,000 words in plain text (.txt),
Word (.doc or .docx), or Markdown (.md) about the career of the
figure whose work the contributor is compiling, including a brief
discussion of the continued relevance of the figure’s work to the
field of communication/critical/cultural/media studies (we will not
Two articles by the figure. These articles should be transcribed by
the contributor and be provided in plain text (.txt), Word (.doc or
.docx), or Markdown (.md), along with pdfs of the original articles.
The Reanimate Collective can work with contributors on transcription
and file formats;
Copyright permissions for the two articles, information about
copyright status, or a record of good faith attempts to locate the
copyright holder for orphan works. The editors and Reanimate
Collective can work with contributors on copyright issues;
A bibliography with additional citations by the figure whose work is
Five keywords that indicate field, sub-field, or genre of the
figure’s work, or that characterize the career or contribution(s) of
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