Call for Papers: Special issue of Media and Communication

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We are pleased to announce that we will be co-editing a special issue of Media and Communication on Religious Communication. For the official call and details of how to submit a paper, see here.

Title: Religious Communication of, about, and for Women

Editors: Valerie Hobbs (University of Sheffield, UK) and Mark A. Garcia (Greystone Theological Institute, USA)

Deadline for Submissions: 31 May 2016
Publication of the Issue: August 2016

Information: Research about women in religious communities is growing rapidly, particularly in the fields of gender studies, sociology, theology, history, and journalism. At this confluence of research fields, however, much remains to be explored. Clashes over the role of religious women in marriage and in society; the nature and dynamics of domestic abuse; fertility, childbearing and motherhood; women and work; and women, their bodies, and sexuality are frequently rooted in interpretation of religious texts and realized in religious discourse. In some cases, it is not only how communities, including women themselves, talk about such matters but also whether or not women have access to certain types of discourse and/or the extent to which their discourse may be restricted. Communication therefore performs a vital role in the creation and perpetuation (or overthrow) of perspectives and practices which concern the lives of religious women. This thematic issue on religious communication seeks contributions, particularly those interdisciplinary in nature, analyzing ways in which varieties of religious discourse represent and affect women.

For this thematic issue, we welcome papers from a variety of perspectives and methodologies which advance or report on research findings about religious communication in the areas noted above. We are also interested in contributions in the form of book reviews, commentaries, reviews, and short notes. We have a special interest in questions such as the following:

– With regard to our understanding of religious communication of, to and about women, what is the state of play?
– To what extent do religious communities include or exclude the voices of women in issues about women?
– In what ways are issues affecting religious women talked about publicly and by whom?
– What is the role of sociocultural, historical, and doctrinal phenomena in the development of religious discourse about women?
– What are the religious or philosophical foundations for what qualifies as healthy verbal or printed discourse regarding men and women?

Instructions for Authors: Authors are asked to consult the journal’s editorial policies and to submit their full papers through the journal’s online submission system by 31 May 2016. Authors are also kindly asked to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication costs. Further information about the journal’s open access charges and institutional memberships can be found in the “About” webpage.