[FoME] GMJ-DE: CfP "Towards Cosmopolitan Media and Communication Studies"

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Do Okt 8 16:10:02 CEST 2020

Liebe Kolleg*innen, Dear Colleagues,


Anbei finden Sie einen Call for Papers für die Gastausgabe “Towards
Cosmopolitan Media and Communication Studies” des Global Media Journal –
German Edition, Sommer/Summer 2021. Bitte leiten Sie es gerne weiter.

Please find attached a Call for Papers for the Global Media Journal – German
Edition’s next Special Issue “Towards Cosmopolitan Media and Communication
Studies”. Please distribute widely. 


Herzliche Grüße im Namen der Redaktion/Best wishes,

Katharina Nötzold 


Call for Papers for a Special Issue - July 2021

Towards Cosmopolitan Media and Communication Studies:

Bringing diverse epistemic perspectives into the field


Guest Editors:

Hanan Badr (Cairo University/Gulf University for Sciences and Technology)

Sarah Anne Ganter (Simon Fraser University)


This Special Issue Towards Cosmopolitan Media and Communication Studies
engages with the ongoing conversation on diversifying perspectives in the
field. We believe that it is a normative imperative to shape our field
towards more openness as ‘research thrives in diversity, and not in the
singular dominance of certain methods, theories, or approaches’ (Tandoc et
al. 2020). Epistemic consequences of dominant modes of knowledge production
risk being viewed as the only legitimate knowledge claims. It can lead to
the invisibility of entire research landscapes’ linguistic terrains,
prevalence of the English language as lingua franca and difficulties to
establish a horizontal dialogue among communication scholars’ communities.
#CommunicationSoWhite (Chakravartty et al., 2018) highlighted exclusion of
scholarly voices. In the spirit of a more open discipline, we choose using
the concept ‘academic cosmopolitanism’ as a helpful way of thinking to
creating more inclusive networks and a democratic and open approach to
scholarly exchange (Beck, 2006; Waisbord, 2016; Ganter & Ortega, 2019; Badr,
et.al., 2020; Ganter, 2020). 

Instead of lamenting the situation, we consider this Special Issue a
practical scholarly response to contribute to opening media and
communication studies up. Academic cosmopolitanism combines intellectual and
structural critique and aspires to create common spaces with room for
differentiation. This Special Issue is a chance to practice ‘mindful
inclusiveness’ towards under-represented geopolitical, methodological, and
theoretical strands (Rao, 2019). We believe that critical scholarly
knowledge production can be a transformative act from within academia.
Together with open-minded scholars this special issue aims at:

¾    opening media and communication studies up 

¾    helping understand the roots of the dilemma 

¾    promoting often under-represented voices

¾    helping unravel structural issues that foster imbalances in our field

¾    discussing the idea of academic cosmopolitanism - chances, obstacles
and limits

¾    fostering epistemic transformation

¾    talking with rather than about different scholarly communities and

Research topics and questions for this special issue include, but are not
limited to:

¾    Criticism of mainstream theories and/or analytical frameworks from the
perspective of the Global South

¾    Exploration of tensions between globalization, academic
cosmopolitanism, and local scholarship

¾    Discussion of fragmentation versus homogenization tendencies in media
and communication studies and its consequences

¾    Auto-ethnographic experiences of marginalized scholars in media and
communication studies and ways forward 

¾    Suggestions for structural changes in the field of media and

¾    Critical examination and genealogy of de-westernization discourses in
media and communication studies

¾    Practices of openness at individual or institutional levels (examples
of programs, work of networks, and funding opportunities that exemplify
academic cosmopolitanism)

¾    Examination of origins and challenges to and delimitations of academic
cosmopolitanism (linguistic, structural, economic, socio-cultural, etc.) 

¾    Debating the relevance and disruptions of media and communication
studies in their academic ecosystems

¾    Methods of academic cosmopolitanism

Submission Guidelines


¾    Call for Papers: 7th October 2020

¾    Submission of abstracts: 15th November 2020

¾    Response to authors: 15th December 2020

¾    Deadline for full papers: 28th February 2021

¾    Publication: July 2021

Abstract: 200 words 

Format: Articles (peer-reviewed); Essays and Commentaries; From the Field;
Graduate Section

Submission: Hanan Badr ( <mailto:hanan.badr at fu-berlin.de>
hanan.badr at fu-berlin.de, Sarah Anne Ganter ( <mailto:sganter at sfu.ca>
sganter at sfu.ca), and GMJ-DE editor Katharina Noetzold (
<mailto:gmj at uni-erfurt.de> gmj at uni-erfurt.de) 

Style guide: You will find it

Website:  <http://globalmediajournal.de/en/>



Carola Richter & Christine Horz
*Global Media Journal - German Edition*


Editorial Office: 

Freie Universitaet Berlin
Institute for Media and Communication Studies
Dr. Katharina Noetzold, Managing Editor
Garystr. 55
14195 Berlin
Phone: +49-30-838 68789; Fax: +49-30-838 58804
Email:  <mailto:gmj at uni-erfurt.de> gmj at uni-erfurt.de 
Web:  <http://www.globalmediajournal.de/> www.globalmediajournal.de 


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