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Deadline: 1 August 2020

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Guest Editors:
Jimmie Manning, PhD,ย University of Nevada, Reno
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Katherine J. Denker, PhD,ย Ball State University
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Review of Communication

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Interpersonal and Family Communication Studies in the Critical Turn

The subdisciplines of interpersonal and family communication studies are witnessing an unprecedented shift in the production and acceptance of scholarship that embraces critical-theoretical perspectives. This scholarship, using diverse methodological and theoretical paradigms, spans many topic areas, including family communication, romantic relationships, workplace interactions, health matters, and computer-mediated contexts, among others. This allows for the possibility of profound practical implications and applications that could have a meaningful impact on people and their communities.

For this themed issue, we ask a question that has largely evaded critical interpersonal and family communication (CIFC) scholarship to this point: What does CIFC studies hope to contribute to the field of communication studies at large? That is, what does CIFC have to offer other critically oriented areas of communication studies, and the broader critical turn?

To that end, for this themed issue we are interested in how CIFC scholars can engage with critical inquiries underway in media studies, organizational communication, health communication, political communication, rhetoric, performance studies, and technology studies, and other communication subfields. Given the dearth of scholarship in interpersonal and family communication related to race, ethnicity, sexualities, gender, ability, non-U.S. nationalities, class issues, and/or non-normative families, we especially welcome research that extends interpersonal and family communication beyond its predominantly white, cisheteronormative, abled domain.

We seek interdisciplinary connections and inspirations to and from other fields of inquiry including sociology, philosophy, anthropology, history, literature, and art as well as multidisciplinary fields or areas including race, ethnicity, and diaspora studies, women and gender studies, queer theory, affect theory, kinship studies, and cultural studies. What does CIFC have to add to the larger, international body of critical scholarship? And how can CIFC draw from other areas to increase its critical capacities?

To explore these ideas and questions, we are seeking two types of submissions.

Discussion Essays (max. 4,000 words, inclusive of all matter)

Consider what CIFC has to offer to the field of communication studies and/or other fields and disciplines. Theoretical, conceptual, methodological, review, or empirical work is welcomed, but all submissions should explicitly discuss interpersonal and/or family communication studiesโ€™ distinct contribution to broader scholarly questions and topics. Those interested in contributing manuscripts of this type are strongly suggested to contact the themed issue editors in advance to discuss their ideas.

Full-Length Essays (max. 9,000 words, inclusive of all matter)

Although we are interested in essays from those who identify as CIFC scholars, we are also interested in receiving essays from across the discipline or from other fields that illustrate how critical theories and perspectives on relationships and families can contribute to a range of inquiries. To that end, discussion (and perhaps even framing of the essays) should explicitly discuss their contributions to connecting CIFC to other areas of the field.

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Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Review of Communication. Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word using a 12-point common font, double-spaced, no more than 4,000 words (Discussion Essays) or 9,000 words (Full-Length Essays), inclusive of all matter.

In keeping with the journal's current practice, submissions will undergo rigorous peer review, including screening by the guest editors and review by at least two anonymous referees.

Please direct any inquiries to the Guest Editors.

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