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Call for papers: Sexual Violence, Social Movements, and Social Media

Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology

Issue 13B

Editors: Pallavi Guha, Radhika Gajjala, and Carol Stabile

Over the past decade, social media have both facilitated practices of racialized sexual violence (stalking, doxxing, harassment, bullying, revenge porn, genocide, etc.), while at the same time allowing survivors to report and draw attention to sexual violence, establishing patterns and sharing testimony about the crimes committed against them. Feminist activists throughout the world have been using social media to draw attention to and fight against racialized sexual violence. Using hashtags on Twitter and Instagram, posting images on Tumblr, blogging, and otherwise circumventing traditional structures of power that are protected by media gatekeepers, feminists have enhanced awareness and advocated for change.

This issue invites research and scholarship on a range of topics that examine racialized sexual violence and social media. We are particularly interested in work that contributes to theorizing and working toward social change.

Contributions in formats other than the traditional essay are encouraged; please contact the editors to discuss specifications and/or multimodal contributions. Drawings, sounds, and/or videos that come along with written explanations of their narratives are also welcome.

You can send your proposal as a .odt or .doc document before the June 20, 2018 deadline. Please use “Ada Issue 13B Contribution” for your subject line and include the following in the body of your message:

Your name and a short biography
A 150 word maximum abstract
A list of five keywords/tags
Preferred email address
Citation style used (if applicable)
Complete submissions should be sent by June 20, 2018 to Contributions should be no more than 2,500 words.

About Ada:

Ada is an online, open access, open source, peer-reviewed journal run by feminist media scholars. The journal’s first issue was published online in November 2012. Since that launch, Ada articles have received more than 500,000 page views. Ada operates a review process that combines feminist mentoring with the rigor of peer review. The peer review process is also open and transparent. We have detailed guidelines concerning the review process at the following link and we encourage submitters to take a look before submitting to make sure that they are comfortable with such a process with public dimensions. For this issue, we will be experimenting with Google docs for our open peer review process.

We do not — and will never — charge fees for publishing your materials. Unlike for-profit journals, you own the copyright for your article. We share your scholarship using the Creative Commons License with which you are most comfortable.