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Call for Papers

To post information to the ASA-SREM website, please contact:
Yasmiyn Irizarry at

Race and Contention in 21st Century U.S. Media (tentative title)
Prospectus in development for Emerald Group Publishers
Jason Smith and Bhoomi K. Thakore, editors

In the 21st century, colorblind ideology permeates all structures of society, including the media. Representations of minorities in the media continue to reflect contentious stereotypes and ideologies. While these representations are problematic, they represent the racial order in which they were produced. To date, much has been written on the topic of stereotypical representation in the media. However, there have been fewer critical works on the ways in which increased minority representation speak to normative racial ideology, and the political economy surrounding the creation of these representations.

In Race and Contention in 21st Century U.S. Media, we strive to address the ways in which minority characters have broken the historical limitations of representation in mainstream/popular media. Through the works presented in this anthology, we will acknowledge the power of dominant values and ideologies in non-normative racial/gender representations, and the types of characterizations these representations reproduce. We contend that these representations have direct consequences on racial ideologies and hierarchies in the 21st century.

We seek both theoretical and empirical submissions that address minority representations in a variety of post-2000 media – including film, television, music, news media, and online/new media. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Media and the "Post-racial" (contributes to/challenges of)
  • Race and intersections of gender and sexualities
  • Ethnic identities/Whiteness
  • Biracialism in the media
  • Structural dimensions (around all forms of media)
  • Policy-related issues and their impact on the media landscape
  • Media as a melting pot or a source of multicultural displays
  • Mass media or niche media in regard to racial/ethnic groups
  • Media creation - practices, values, norms

Please submit your completed chapter (5000-7000 words), OR a chapter proposal  (500-750 words, including your research question, key literature, and conclusions) to the editors by August 30, 2014 in APA style format. Authors will be notified by October 2014 if their proposals have been accepted for the book prospectus. For more information and to submit proposals, contact Jason Smith ( and Bhoomi K. Thakore (

Forthcoming Encyclopedia, Exercise and Physical Fitness: Understanding Science and Society


Health/Wellness and Psychology Program

December 18, 2013


Dear Colleagues:

I am excited to announce that the forthcoming encyclopedia, Exercise and Physical Fitness: Understanding Science and Society (Greenwood Publications Group, 2016), is currently seeking authors/contributors. This book is intended for an upper-level high school and lower undergraduate audience and will address the fundamental science of exercise, how exercise impacts our physical and psychological health, and the role of physical fitness in today’s society. Attached you will find a list of available entries.

Contributors will be provided compensation from ABC-CLIO in the way of CLIO dollars or a copy of the volume set, depending on the entry word length. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to contemporary dialogue and debates in the field of exercise science and physical fitness. Your contribution may be a notable publication for your CV/ resume and broaden your publishing credits.

We are currently making assignments for entries which will be due by February 15, 2014. For further information or if you are interested in contributing to this volume, please contact Dr. Raja Staggers-Hakim at Please indicate the entry/entries you are interested in writing. Additionally, you will be asked to submit an electronic copy of your CV/resume for publication referencing and affiliation purposes.  

Best wishes,

Dr. Raja Staggers-Hakim, Volume Editor


Sociological Focus

Special Issue on Black Movements 
Edited by Joyce M. Bell

Sociological Focus invites papers for a special issue on black social movements. This special issue offers scholars an opportunity to both re-examine old movements and to bring new movements to our attention.  Social movement theory has made significant advances in understanding how social movements relate to, affect and are shaped by a variety of social phenomena. Much of that theory was developed through a study of the black civil rights movement in the US, which means that we know less about other black movement formations. Even less attention has been paid to how racism and racial inequality keep shaping black social movements long beyond their emergence.  Papers in this issue should focus on contemporary or historical movement formations that are explicitly created by black people, aimed at black issues, and/or rooted in black political traditions. We are particularly interested in papers that examine black movements against racism and racial inequality in all areas of social life both in the US and globally. We welcome papers that use a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches.
Topics may include (but are not limited to):
Black feminist movement
Black movements in Europe
Black movements in Latin America
Black movements in the United States
Black movements within organizations
Black radicalism
Black Arts movement
Black Power movement
Black nationalism
Civil Rights Movement
Environmental justice movement
Movements against the prison industrial complex
Movements to free political prisoners
Relationships between black movements and other areas of sociological study: education, the arts, family, the life-course, organizations, politics, religion, work, etc.
Relationships between black movements and other movements
Theorizing race and social movements
This special issue will be edited by Joyce M. Bell (, a member of the Sociological Focus editorial board. The editor welcomes submissions engaged with sociological studies of social movements, race, and black movement formations from early career through established scholars.
The word limit for articles is 8,000 words, including bibliography. All manuscripts must be submitted through ScholarOne and are subject to the normal double-anonymous refereeing process, but potential authors are welcome to discuss their ideas in advance with the Editor. The deadline for submitting papers is Friday, February 21st. Please submit at and choose the special issue under manuscript type.


Call for Papers, Emerald Studies in Media and Communications

Call for Submissions 2014

Initial Submissions Due: Monday January 6, 2014 midnight GMT
By email to

Laura Robinson and Shelia Cotten, the new series co-editors of Emerald Studies in Media and Communications, are inviting submission of original, unpublished papers for two volumes to be published in 2014. Beginning in 2014, the series will consist of two annual volumes bringing together cutting edge research on new media. Thanks to a short publication cycle, authors will see their work in print within 12 months of submission.

The series welcomes work from a variety of perspectives from media scholars working in the social sciences, humanities, and related fields such as media studies, information studies, STS, and communication. Submissions may be empirical, theoretical, methodological, or synthetic statements of significant developments in the field. Empirical submissions may make use of any method or approach. Contributions on a wide variety of topics on new media, ICTs, communication, and related themes are welcome from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. For a list of potential themes, please see series' aims and scope.

Volume I: Communication and Information Technologies Annual 2014
Each year, one volume will build on the series’ newly established association with the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA). This annual volume will feature a selection of contributions that will be highlighted at each year’s CITASA business meeting.

Volume II: Doing and Being Digital: Mediated Childhoods
Volume II will assemble cutting edge research focusing on media and youth. Submissions may examine any aspect of the theme of youth and media broadly defined. Youth is defined as infancy to young adulthood. We also welcome submissions on institutions that shape this part of the lifecourse such as the family, school, community organizations, etc. In addition, we are also interested in submissions that address theoretical and/or methodological issues on the topic.

Submissions should be 6,000-12,000 words in length inclusive of abstract, references, and notes. British or American spelling may be used. While no special formatting is requested at the outset, upon acceptance authors must format their manuscripts in accordance with the series' guidelines. Submissions will be considered for inclusion in either volume to achieve the best thematic fit. Contributions will be peer-reviewed through both initial editorial screening and anonymous refereeing by at least two referees.

For more information, please email: