Chapter Call - Minority Women and Western Media: Challenging Representations and Articulating New Voices

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Sameera Ahmed/UAEU
contact email: 

This edited volume of Lexington Books (an imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.) invites scholars from a broad range of disciplines to submit manuscripts on the theme of “Minority Women and Western Media: Challenging Representations and Articulating New Voices”. The edited volume will join the Communicating Gender book series published by Lexington Books.

Representations of minority women are often limited and predominantly negative in much of Western mainstream media. The experience of minority women in the West can involve discrimination and misreprsentation not only because of gender but also race, religion, class, sexual orientation and perceptions of their otherness. Sub-cultures and community dynamics may further marginalise women compared to their male counterparts such that when minorities speak, it is in fact minority men speaking.

The research presented in this edited volume will examine existing representations as well as spaces carved out by minority women in an attempt to have their voices heard. Thus, the book seeks to scrutinise two types of media representations; the first is where minority women are passively covered in/by the media and the second where minority women produce their own content to tell their stories. Theoretical as well as qualitative and quantitative approaches are welcome.

Following these considerations, scholars are invited to submit their original manuscripts that address the following topics, among others:

  • Critiques of representations of minority women
  • Challenging stereotypical representations
  • Women’s voices in new media
  • Creation of new spaces for women’s voices
  • History and development of minority media
  • Community media with gender focus
  • Other topics (please enquire with the editors in advance)

Please direct questions and submissions to the book editors:

Sameera Ahmed (Ass. Prof) at 

Maha Bashri (Assoc. Prof) at

Information about Submissions

Proposals should include the following: an abstract of 750-1000 words (not including references) as well as background information on the author(s), including an abbreviated bio and CV that describes previous and current research. Please submit your proposal as one file (PDF) with your name/s clearly stated in the file name and on the first page. Send your proposal to the e-mail addresses and by the date stated in the timeline below. Authors of accepted proposals are expected to develop and submit their original chapter, for review by the deadline stated. Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. Full chapters should target 6000-7000 words (including tables and references) using APA style (6th Edition). All manuscripts will be peer reviewed by the editors, and the authors will be notified of the final acceptance/rejection decision. 


April 15, 2019: Abstract submission deadline

April 29, 2019: Notification of abstract acceptance

July 1,2019: Full chapter submission

September 3, 2019: Notification of chapter acceptance

November 2019: Expected publication of book