Media Coverage and the Election 'Race' - Full papers due 11th Oct

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PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication

PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication
Volume 3 Issue 1 (March 2011)
Media coverage and the election 'race'

30 August, 2010: Abstracts/Proposals due (500-800 words)
11 October, 2010: Full Papers due (6,000-8,000 words, including 200 word abstracts and six keywords)

Election campaigns are a constant feature of political and democratic debate. They are also a time when political communication reaches extraordinary levels as political leaders and organisations (formal and informal) try to influence voters to align with their positions and values. This issue of PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication invites papers that challenge and explore the visibility (and invisibility) of race and racism in media coverage of political communication and election campaigns.

Issues of race and racism have been prominent in headlines around the world over the past decade. The role of the state has been highlighted in relation to policies such as the proposed banning of Islamic face veiling in France, Belgium and Quebec; immigration and asylum-seeker policy; land reform and intertribal conflict in parts of Africa; and anti-terrorism initiatives such as racial profiling and an increased scrutiny of Muslim bodies post 9/11 (see for example Goldberg, 2002; Amin, 2010; Lentin, 2004). Over the same period, US President Barack Obama's 2008 election victory was described as signifying a 'post-racial' era, drawing attention to the role of these discourses of 'post-racism' within political communications (Edge, 2010).

This issue of PLATFORM is seeking papers that expand or critique our understanding of the interplay between media and race and racisms in election campaigns and political debates. How (in)visible is race as a factor in political discourse or practice, as reflected in media analyses and challenges? How is this influenced by the increasing mediatisation of democracy? How do issues such as the rise of citizen journalism and the increasingly fragmented and cultural ways in which people utilise media impact or mediate against issues of race?

In addition to submissions to our general section, PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication welcomes thematic submissions by current graduate students working in the field of media and communications which critically examine issues of race and racism in media coverage and analysis of elections and online deliberations around the world. Submissions can explore any of the intersections between race, identity, class, culture and history, but should explicitly focus on these in relation to media and new communication technologies. Suggested topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

* The interplay between race and mediatised democracy and online deliberation, including campaigning technologies, such as opinion polls, focus groups and televised debates
* Race and the political economy of media
* Race and identity in political discourse and campaign rhetoric
* Race in policy and policy debates (for example immigration and refugee policy; national security; land ownership; surveillance)
* Race in neoliberal discourses and policy (Goldberg, 2002)

We would also like to hear from any early career, PhD and master researchers who are interested in peer-reviewing submissions for this issue. Please refer to our contact details below.

Submissions to:

All submissions to PLATFORM must be from current graduate students (no more than 6 months after graduation) undertaking their Masters, Ph.D. or international equivalent. We recommend that prospective authors submit abstracts for approval by PLATFORM editors well before this deadline to allow for feedback and suggestions, so that we receive papers by 11 October, 2010.

All eligible submissions will be sent for double-blind peer-review. Early submission is highly encouraged as the review process will commence on submission.

Note: Please read the Submission Guidelines before submitting work. Submissions not in house style will not be accepted and authors will be asked resubmit their work with the correct formatting before it is sent for review.

***Apply to Peer-Review***

PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication invites early career, PhD and Masters researchers to peer-review its scholarly submissions. If you would like to apply, please submit a 150 word bio as well as a CV highlighting research projects, publications and paper presentations.

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Amin, A. (2010). The Remainders of Race. Theory, Culture and Society, 27, 1-23.
Edge, T. (2010). Southern Strategy 2.0: Conservatives, White Voters, and the Election of Barack Obama. Journal of Black Studies, 40, 426-444.
Goldberg, D. T. (2002). The Racial State, Oxford and Malden, Blackwell Publishers.
Lentin, A. (2004). Racial States, Anti-Racist Responses: Picking Holes in 'Culture' and 'Human Rights'. European Journal of Social Theory, 7, 427-443.
Mazzoleni, G. and Schulz, W. (2001). Political Communication, 16, 247-261.