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Visual Voices and Aural (Auto)Ethnographies

The Personal, Political, and Polysemic Value of Storytelling and/in Communication

Deadline extended: January 10, 2020 (submissions will be processed on a rolling basis)


Editorial Information:


Guest Editor:
Robin M. Boylorn, PhD
Department of Communication
University of Alabama

Review of Communication

This themed issue will speak to the political significance and power of stories and epistemological privileges, and the impact and influence of identity, technology, and culture in our storied communication. The digital focus of the last twenty years continually impacts how we tell and disseminate stories (e.g., print vs. audio books, television shows vs. web series, streaming services and music, commentaries and films etc.), how we make and record observations (research), and how we teach and reach audiences (publication). The theme invites manuscripts that foreground the ways we can use our voices, stories, histories, and scholarship to make sense of contexts, moments, and experience that are sometimes unspeakable, but other times ineffable, as well as ways narrative and ethnography can be joined with other methods to amplify the personal and generalizable.

Some questions this issue hopes to consider include, but are not limited to:

• How can or does technological advancement, including digital media, change how we tell/hear/disseminate stories and scholarship, and how we translate scholarship to stories?
• In what ways is the concept of the unspeakable and /or ineffable (e.g., “visible voices” or “invisible images”) inflected through digital media/storytelling?
• How does storytelling change, or become changed by the cultural landscape of the digital age (e.g., big data, research ethics, questions of power and privilege)?
• In what ways can personal, political, and polysemic stories (about ourselves and/or others) instigate change and public awareness around issues of identity, justice, solidarity, and culture (including blogs, podcasts, op eds, commentaries, etc.)?
• How is communication and storytelling centered in aural culture?
• What are future trajectories in personal narrative scholarship and digital storytelling in the field of communication?

The theme is open to interpretation, but contributions must include a critical and/or theoretical analysis.

This themed issue invites an engagement and/or analysis of communication and storytelling from various disciplinary perspectives as well as multiple mediums and artistic forms including, but not limited to, written or digital narratives (including audio or visual), ethnographic interviews, scripts, poetry, participant observations, or filmic or media representations.

To accommodate more contributors, this issue will accept short essays (4,000–5,000 words, including endnotes) and digital content.

Traditional essays and digital content may consider these, or other, foci:

• the role of personal narrative in communication research
• how technology can enhance or challenge storytelling
• new methodological and theoretical applications to (auto)ethnography
• genealogies of storytelling and the impact and/or significance of this moment
• how stories and dissemination can help lessen cultural conflicts
• the political economy of storytelling
• deconstructing identity and experience through stories

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Submission Deadline & Guidelines

DEADLINE: January 10, 2020

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Review of Communication: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rroc.

Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word using a 12-point common font, double-spaced, and between 4,000 to 5,000 words (including endnotes).

Please refer to and follow the journal’s manuscript preparations instruction for authors: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rroc20.

Authors should identify which themed call their paper is responding to by selecting the relevant drop-down option in ScholarOne.

The journal’s originality requirements apply to multimedia content. Authors are responsible for ensuring appropriate participant and location consent, as well as clearing permissions for use of third-party materials. For the purposes of review, remove identifying credits from video submissions.

To submit multimedia content, upload it to Vimeo (http://vimeo.com), download enable, and password protect it. Files should be no more than 500MB in size. Preferred format is .mp4. Frame size must be a minimum of 640 × 360 pixels and a 16:9 aspect ratio is recommended. Include the link and password details for the media in your cover letter.


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

Please direct inquiries about the Visual Voices themed issue to the Guest Editor.