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Issue 36,  Summer/Fall 2023 on "Media & Women"

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 & Women.”

The world is contending with challenges of global magnitude like climate change, the COVID19 pandemic, and geopolitical conflicts, where women and girls are disproportionately negatively impacted. Our mediascapes are rapidly evolving and playing increasingly pivotal roles in shaping social and political responses to these challenges. Thus, it is of essence to critically examine how women in the Arab world engage with media: how they have been portrayed by it, how they contribute in its production, how they grapple with it as consumers and audiences, and even how they resist its depictions. This, not just as an effort to expand on the scholarship that tracks how media reflects and affects (positively and negatively) social patterns of gender inequality, but also to think through how these interactions can prove productive in addressing the urgent crises of our time. 

To that end Arab Media & Society has decided to focus on women and media in its upcoming issue 36 (Summer/Fall 2023).

Papers may address (but are not limited to) the suggested subtopics below:

  • Media and women’s activisms
  • Gendered media production in new media spaces
  • Feminism and the media
  • Women in science journalism
  • Gender in climate change media 
  • Gendered labor and care work in digital cultural production
  • Feminist approaches to crisis journalism
  • Women and media education
  • Media coverage of gender inequality
  • (Under)representation of women in professional media
  • Women on social media platforms
  • Social media, gender, and mental health
  • Representation of women in Arab film and television
  • Stereotypical representations of Arab women in international media 
  • Historical regional representations of women in media
  • Religion, media, and women 
  • Women and cultural diplomacy 
  • Media, women, and popular culture 

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 September 15, 2023; and all other submissions, including book and conference reviews, shorter research papers, and columns, should be received by October 1, 2023. 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.

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