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Feminist Media Studies

Deadline: 27 September 2019

Special Issue:

Commentary and Criticism: Borders and bodies of control

We are living in times where borders and bodies are the subject of control; borders of all kinds – physical, geographic, national, environmental, psychological, digital, representational, and beyond. In this special edition of C&C for Feminist Media Studies, we explore a myriad of boundaries: systems, structures, practices, and cultures of control over people, communities, spaces, and bodies, and multiple forms of resistance and responses to borders and boundaries. We invite contributions of no more than 1500 words, as well as experimental and multi-modal contributions. We are particularly interested in submissions from practitioners’ perspectives.

This edition of Commentary and Criticism interrogates the rise of new and old notions, politics, and practices of borders and containment. We invite works that interrogate emerging forms of borders and control that are rendered invisible or opaque. Some questions that come to mind, but are by no means prescriptive, include: what feminist responses and practices are emerging that maintain, resist, and/or generate greater liberation from control? Are there important geographies, policies, media practices, or other dimensions of study that are not easily recognizable as relations of control, particularly over gendered bodies? We invite short essays which cast local, global, transnational and/or national perspectives on borders, bodies, and control in different contexts, or forms of policy or practice.

The Commentary and Criticism section of Feminist Media Studies aims to publish brief (~1000 words), timely responses to current issues in feminist media culture, for an international readership. Submissions may pose a provocation, describe work in progress, or propose areas for future study. We will also consider book and event reviews, as well as contributions that depart from traditional academic formats. We encourage all submissions to strategically mobilize critique to also offer a productive contribution to both feminist politics and media studies. Submissions must go beyond mere description in order to be considered for publication in Commentary and Criticism.


Submission Instructions

Please submit contributions by Friday 27 September 2019, via email to both Melanie Kennedy and Safiya Noble. We also welcome questions and expressions of interest in advance of the deadline. 

Submissions for Commentary and Criticism will not be correctly processed if submitted through via the Feminist Media Studies website, and should be emailed directly to Drs. Kennedy and Noble using the email addresses above.

Please be sure to follow the Feminist Media Studies style and referencing guides, which can be found here.


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Editorial information

Cynthia Carter, Cardiff University, UK
Isabel Molina-Guzmán, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Associate Editors, Commentary and Criticism:
Safiya Umoja Noble, University of Southern California, USA
Melanie Kennedy, University of Leicester, UK

Social Media Editor:
Sophie Bishop, King's College London, UK


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