Family as a form of social coexistence is widespread in political, cultural and media debates; cultural politics with respect to family can stir elections, fill media content, sell products and (re)construct socio-cultural and -political discourses. The presentation of families in the media is contextual, culturally encoded and socially determined in accordance with or opposition to predominant cultural politics and political ideologies.
The International Journal of Media and Culture (The IJMCP) invites contributions to the June 2019 special issue dedicated to “Family and the Media: Cultural Politics and Public Narratives”. The focus of this issue is on the analysis of (re)representations of family matters in diverse media. We ask: How and with which effect are family/families constructed/reflected in cultural politics and public narratives, in media as diverse as TV-series and film, (print) journalism and photography, blogs and microblogs (Twitter), social media apps (Snapchat or Instagram), radio and podcasts, or computer games? How do these media narratives construct, shape and/or influence public (political) discourses?
We employ a very broad understanding of “family” – one that includes yet goes well beyond the culturally and discursively enshrined “nuclear family” paradigm: e.g. heteronormative as well as homonormative families, pluripaternal and monopaternal families, patchwork networks, “dysfunctional” families; families based on genetic bonds or emotional belonging. We invite comparative transcultural perspectives.
The International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics edited by Andrea Carosso, Tetiana Havlin and Eva-Sabine Zehelein
Deadline for submission of abstracts (500 words, add 200 words bio) or, if possible, full articles (8,000 words): June 15, 2018
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2018
Final deadline for submission of full article: October 30, 2018
All articles undergo a double blind peer review process.
Please address queries and submissions no later than June 15, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.