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[Commlist] CFP: 'Community and Activist Media: Resistance and Resurgence' - JOACM Theme Issue
Tue Aug 18 10:32:28 GMT 2020
*/Call for Papers/*
*/Special Issue - Journal of Alternative and Community Media/*
*/Community and Activist Media: Resistance and Resurgence /*
*/Guest Editors: /*
/Tanja Dreher, University of New South Wales, Australia /
/Pieter Maeseele, University of Antwerp, Belgium /
/Susan Forde, Griffith University, Australia /
The/ Journal of Alternative & Community Media/ (/JOACM/) publishes
research that helps explain the shifting media environment, and the ways
in which people use alternative forms of media and communication. Issues
of concern to the journal include the nature and distribution of media
power; access to and participation in media; media practices of
communities and social movements; and the possibilities of emerging
technologies and new media.
This special issue of the/Journal of Alternative and Community Media
///is inspired by papers from the OURMedia gathering in Brussels, 2019;
and the planned (but cancelled) post-conference to the ICA 2020, to
submit papers on the theme, ‘*/Community and Activist Media: Resistance
and Resurgence’./**//*Planned publication is*September, 2021*.
We call for academic papers alongside contributions from alternative
media practitioners who will contribute to a special section, ‘Essays
from the Frontline’.
From the resurgence of white supremacy and authoritarian rule to
rapidly changing technologies and the rise of social media; and from the
precarious state of journalism to state crackdowns on dissent and the
‘free press’, community and activist media face multiple ‘disruptions’
and challenges. While the 21^st century media environment offers
increasing opportunities for ‘voice’, the challenges for community and
activist media are practical, political and fundamental. At the same
time that this is occurring in community and activist media, scholars in
this field are often working at the intersection of research and
activism, a theme explored in the 2019 OURMedia gathering.
This special issue will bring together engaged scholars to explore the
challenges and opportunities for community and activist media at a time
of unprecedented pressures – considering new resurgences, and enhanced
opportunities for resistance. Additionally, paper proposals at the
intersection of research and activism are most welcome; and by
extension, papers which draw connections between scholarly activism
(scholactivism) and media activism, emanating from a key theme of the
OURMedia conference, are also sought.
Key questions to be explored include:
* What is the role of activist and community media in contemporary
social justice struggles – including anti-racist work in the context
of resurgent racisms, and intersectional work in the context of
anti-feminist backlash? What are the possibilities for resistance
* How can we best analyse and respond to white supremacist and
* How do community and alternative media enable voices that are
marginalized or excluded from the ‘mainstream’ to be heard – what
can we learn (or not) from their practices?
* What is the role and value of established ‘community’ media when
social media platforms enable a proliferation of voice?
* What have we learned from the legacy of platforms such as Indymedia,
and how can it inform our structures, agendas and goals for the future?
* How does one integrate activism and scholarship? What are the
tensions between the ‘scientific’ needs of research and commitments
to social change and social justice?
* What is the state of news and current affairs – including news
journalisms and issues-based talks programming – at a time of both
technological and professional ‘disruption’?
* What does ‘community’ or ‘alternative’ media mean in the current
digital media environment, which features a proliferation of
The special issue welcomes participation from researchers and
practitioners across community and activist media very broadly defined –
including alternative media in all its guises, community media
interventions, alternative journalism initiatives, citizens media, media
activism and more. No APCs are charged.
Media activist and other practitioners who wish to contribute should
contact Susan Forde directly ((s.forde /at/ griffith.edu.au)
<mailto:(s.forde /at/ griffith.edu.au)>) to discuss an alternative ‘Essays from
the Frontline’ format to complement the suite of academic papers to be
published in this special issue.
Abstracts due October 1, 2020
Full papers due December 10, 2020
Reviews sent to authors February 15, 2021
Revised manuscripts due April 30, 2021
Paper acceptances notified June 30, 2021
Publication September 2021
*Please send your abstracts to the Guest Editors: *
*Tanja Dreher,**(t.dreher /at/ unsw.edu.au)* <mailto:(t.dreher /at/ unsw.edu.au)>**
*Pieter Maeseele,**(pieter.maeseele /at/ uantwerpen.be)*
<mailto:(pieter.maeseele /at/ uantwerpen.be)>**
*Susan Forde,**(s.forde /at/ griffith.edu.au)* <mailto:(s.forde /at/ griffith.edu.au)>**
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