When the Virtual Becomes Real: Gender Violence and Social, Mobile, and Interactive Media

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Heather McIntosh

Call for Chapters and Proposals

Working Title: When the Virtual Becomes Real: Gender Violence and Social, Mobile, and Interactive Media

Editors
Lisa Cuklanz, Ph.D.
Communication Department,
Boston College
lisa.cuklanz@bc.edu

Heather McIntosh, Ph.D.
Mass Media Department,
Minnesota State University, Mankato
heather.mcintosh@mnsu.edu

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2016

Overview
Popular reactions to gender violence online parallel the early reactions to sexual harrassment and domestic violence in that the violence is downplayed, denied, or dimissed. "It's just a joke," they say. "It's harmless," they say. "Those who cannot handle it should leave," they say. They even claim free speech as their right to continue.

For the person experiencing the violence, however, it is very real. Online, it shows up as e-mail, comments, blogs, fake social networking profiles, search results bombing, doxxing, and revenge porn. Offline, it results in defamation, SWATting, and physical threats. And yet, the attackers fueling these onslaughts often remain anonymous and unknown, making perptetrator identification and law enforcement challenging.

This edited volume seeks to address the intersections of gender violence and social, mobile, and interactive media in order to further scholarly discussion of these issues. It seeks to question how online environments force us to rethink the questions of gender violence.

Some possible topics for this volume include -- but are not limited to -- the following:

-- News framing and other media coverage
-- Organizations' uses of social media and other tools to raise awareness
-- Social networks, their policies, and their responses
-- Communities, apps, and other tools that provide support
-- Hashtag campaigns, their contributors, and their hijacking
-- Representations in popular entertainment media and audience reactions
-- Sociocultural intersectionalities of online identities
-- Types of gender violence that occur and tools used to perpetuate them

Submission Guidelines
Chapter submissions must be original works not under review or previously published elsewhere. They should run 6,000-8,000 words, including title, abstract, and references. Along with your submission, attach a current CV. Use .pdf, .doc, .rtf, or other accessible file format for your attachment. Citation style should be consistent throughout, such as APA, MLA, or Chicago. Send your submission to lisa.cuklanz@bc.edu or heather.mcintosh@mnsu.edu by October 15, 2016.

While complete chapters are preferred, we also will consider proposals, which should run 1,000 words and include a working bibliography and title. Along with your submission, attach a current CV. Send your chapter proposal to lisa.cuklanz@bc.edu or heather.mcintosh@mnsu.edu by October 15, 2016.

Projected Timetable
While we have a publisher interested in this project, please note this timetable may change.

October 15, 2016 -- Proposals Due
January 15, 2017 -- Feedback
June 15, 2017 -- Chapter Drafts Due
July 15, 2017 -- Chapter Feedback
October 15, 2017 -- Revisions Due
December 15, 2017 -- Submit to Publisher

If you have any questions, please send them to Lisa Cuklanz at lisa.cuklanz@bc.edu or Heather McIntosh at heather.mcintosh@mnsu.edu.