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Issue 31, Winter/Spring  2021  on “Media & Health”

Arab Media & Society, the biannual journal of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, is seeking submissions for our next issue on “Media & Health”.

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and following the publication of our Summer/Fall 2019 special issue on “Media & Science”, this next edition will examine broader issues relating to communication, and human health and medicine. For years, scientists sounded the alarm that the world was long overdue for the outbreak of a global pandemic, but in most cases the media and policy makers were ill-prepared for what has become the most catastrophic health crisis in a century. The pandemic has illuminated both successes and failures of our communication and media systems; expediting changes in how we use, receive, and understand information communication technology (ICT). The media has played a pivotal role in keeping the public protected and informed, but it has also been a vector for panic and misinformation. In the Arab world, health communication in general has its own sets of variables dictated by social, cultural, and religious factors, not to mention socioeconomic status and the political mechanisms governing the nations of the region. With this in mind, we are compiling a special issue dedicated entirely to “Media & Health” in the Arab region. Papers may address (but are not limited to) the suggested subtopics below:

  • Reporting on medical advancements and technology
  • Disinformation/misinformation and health 
  • Social media and health
  • Politics of health media and communication
  • Medicine and health in extremist media
  • Communication technology and healthcare delivery
  • Digital media and reporting on health
  • Reporting on socially sensitive health topics (Stigma, taboos, etc.)
  • Religion and health communication
  • Information delivery in times of health crises 
  • Public and private media reporting on medicine/health
  • Investigative medical reporting
  • Media influence on health policies 

While we welcome submissions from diverse disciplines and perspectives, articles should relate in some way to the Arab world and its diaspora, and media or communication technology. Submissions for peer-review consideration should be received by March 15, 2021. All other submissions, including book and conference reviews, shorter research papers, and columns, should be received by April 1, 2021. Submissions should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style and may be up to 10,000 words, including footnotes, and citations (author-date). All submissions should be sent as .doc or .docx files, and should include the author’s name as it will be published, their affiliation, and a brief abstract of no more than 150 words. Send articles and ideas to editor@arabmediasociety.com. For more information on our publishing policies please visit www.arabmediasociety.com/publishing-policies/.