UPCOMING DEADLINE - Hashtag Activism: Case Studies of Digital Protests & Online Social Movements

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Melissa Ames, Eastern Illinois University & Kristi McDuffie, University of Illinois
contact email: 

From #BlackLivesMatter and #TakeAKnee to #WhyIStayed and #MeToo, hashtag activism campaigns have continued to proliferate in recent years. Whether connected to specific in-person protests (#MarchForOurLives; #MarchForScience; #WomensMarch), consumer boycotts (#DeleteUber; #NotBuyingIt), social commentary (#OscarsSoWhite), fundraising (#IceBucketChallenge), humanitarian efforts (#BringBackOurGirls), or social justice campaigns (#OwnVoices), Twitter has become a vital tool for activism and social commentary. Unsurprisingly, academic studies of hashtag activism campaigns have likewise been on the rise as scholars grapple with the benefits and consequences of digital activism. This interdisciplinary collection places case studies on hashtag activism into conversation with one another, attending not only to the varying conclusions authors draw about the impact of conducting activism through this medium, but also to the diverse methodologies and theoretical frames employed to study such campaigns.


For this contributed volume, the editors seek proposals for essays from a wide array of disciplines and theoretical frameworks. Case studies may explore, but need not be limited to, the following topics:


  • Hashtag activism as public pedagogy
  • Online ethnography (testimonials/narratives provided by online participants)
  • Issues concerning, privacy, surveillance, anonymity, and intellectual property
  • Effective rhetorical strategies and aesthetics employed in hashtag activism
  • Online conflict and the coopting of hashtags (e.g. trolls, bots)
  • Research methods related to hashtag activism
  • The lifespan and trajectories of hashtag campaigns
  • Hashtag activism’s role in shaping civic discourse and political agency
  • Differences between generational participation in hashtag activism
  • Differences between hashtag activism in different social and geo-political climates
  • Performativity and identity construction
  • Hashtag feminism
  • Remediating and re-imagining activist practices online
  • The ways in which governments and corporations police and influence digital activism
  • How hashtag activism has transformed particular forms of activism (e.g. queer activism)
  • Hashtag activism and consumer culture, popular culture, and/pr celebrity culture
  • The use of humor in hashtag activism
  • Solidarity, imagined community, and collective action within hashtag activism
  • Crossing mediated divides (i.e. hashtag campaigns beyond Twitter)
  • Grassroots activism online
  • The affordances and limitations of the technological tools used for hashtag activism
  • Discipline-specific approaches to studying hashtag activism
  • Challenges of studying hashtag activism, including ethical implications
  • The future of hashtag activism


Deadline for Proposal (500-word maximum):  August 1st, 2018


Timeline:  Accepted articles will be due February 1st, 2019.  First round revisions will be due April 1st, 2019 and second round revisions will be due June 1st, 2019. Anticipated publication date Fall 2019.


Please send abstract and a brief biographical statement to Melissa Ames & Kristi McDuffie at mames@eiu.edu.