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Call for Chapters – Sexual Online Grooming of Children. Challenges for Science and Practice

Editors: Daniela Stelzmann (Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin) and Dr. Laura F. Kuhle (Institute for Sexology and Sexual Medicine, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin)

We are currently seeking chapter submissions for an edited volume regarding “Sexual Online Grooming of Children. Challenges for Science and Practice”.

Sexual online grooming of children represents the relocation of child sexual abuse into digital space. The book describes the phenomenon of sexual online grooming (SOG) of children comprehensively and in detail. The chapters focus on the presentation of the phenomenon, descriptions of the perpetrators and victims in the form of empirical results and case studies, possibilities and obstacles of criminal prosecution and the corresponding derivations for science and practice.

Topics for chapters may include but are not limited to:
– Definition and characteristics of the phenomenon SOG
– (Cross-)National prevalence of SOG (offender perspective)
– (Cross-)National prevalence of victimization by SOG (victim perspective)
– Offender strategies
– Risk factors and characteristics of SOG-offenders
– Differentiation between “fantasy- and contact-driven” offenders
– Differentiation between online and offline offenders of child sexual abuse
– Vulnerabilities of victims of SOG
– Descriptions of virtual environments (e.g. Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc.)
– Possibilities and limitations of prosecution
– Influence of legal situation and culpability
– Victim blaming
– …
– Your own suggested idea

Submission details: We would like to invite extended abstracts (a maximum of 500 words), accompanied by a short biographical statement, until October 31st, 2019. Please address proposals and/or any inquiries to Daniela Stelzmann (Daniela.Stelzmann@fu-berlin.de) and Dr. Laura F. Kuhle (Laura.Kuhle@charite.de). Submission implies a commitment to publish in this volume if your work is selected for inclusion. Your submissions will be reviewed until November 15, 2019. Accepted contributors will be asked to submit their full chapters (max. 35.000 characters) by March 31st, 2020. The volume is intended for publication
with Nomos.

Call for Chapters – Child Sexual Abuse and the Media

Editors: Daniela Stelzmann (Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) and Josephine Ischebeck (Psychologist, Berlin, Germany)

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a problem which takes place in the center of our society and has dramatic effects on the victims’ physical and mental health. Between 3 to 31 % of the children worldwide have been sexually abused in either offline or online environments (Barth, Bermetz, Heim, Trelle, & Tonia, 2013). Accurate estimations are difficult due to the high amount of undetected cases. Although a large percentage of children become victims in every social stratum, CSA remains a highly tabooed topic. Very few victims and other significant groups (e.g. spouses, parents, etc.) talk about their experiences, often
out of fear of stigmatization (Ybarra, Strasburger & Mitchell, 2014).

Although most people did not experience CSA or do not have access to first hand reports, we have a certain mental representation of CSA including its causes and effects. We gain this indirect experience from media coverage (Jackob, 2018; Meltzer, 2019) which is – until up to date – often focused on high profile cases (Kitzinger, 2008; Popović, 2018). Information about prevention programs and follow up stories are rare (Kitzinger, 2004).

With the upcoming edited book about CSA and the media, we hope to draw attention to the status quo of this topic: From perspectives of significant groups, to possible risks and opportunities of media coverage, as well as ideas for improvement. Submissions dealing with the use of media as a platform for CSA (e.g. CSA images and videos, online grooming in social media) are also welcome.

Topics for chapters may include but are not limited to:
– Media coverage of CSA
– Effects of media coverage for victims, offenders and other significant groups, especially
regarding CSA
– Risks and opportunities of media coverage, especially regarding CSA
– How to improve media coverage about CSA
– Media and crime prevention, especially prevention of CSA
– Media influence on public and individual opinions and political discussions
– Media and stigma
– Education through media
– Journalists’ point of view and its influence on their publications
– Effects on journalists of dealing with emotional topics
– Effects of CSA for victims, offenders and other significant groups
– CSA in music, film, gaming and television
– Usage of media as a platform for CSA (e. g. CSA images and videos, online grooming)
– Your own suggested idea

Submission details: We would like to invite extended abstracts (a maximum of 500 words), accompanied by a short biographical statement, until December 15th, 2019. The submissions should contain an introduction, theoretical background, methods as well as (preliminary) results. Please address proposals and/or any inquiries to Daniela Stelzmann (Daniela.Stelzmann@fu-berlin.de). Submission implies a commitment to publish in this volume if your work is selected for inclusion. Your submissions will be reviewed until January 15th, 2020. Accepted contributors will be asked to submit their full chapters of 5000 to 6500 words (including references, tables etc.) by May 31st, 2020. The volume is intended for publication with NOMOS.

CfP – Media and Communication special issue: Children’s Voices on Privacy Management and Data Responsibilization
Editors: Ralf De Wolf (Ghent University, Belgium) and Mariek Vanden Abeele (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

Over the past two decades, substantial research has been devoted to how individuals manage their privacy in relation to technological innovations such as social media, recommender systems, wearables, IoT, and smart cities. Increasingly, children are also navigating and experiencing these technologies and their complexities. Because these technological innovations drive on children’s personal information, it is oftentimes assumed that children need to develop certain awarenesses, skills and attitudes that help them to manage their personal data responsibly, thereby safeguarding their personal information.

While there appears to be agreement on the empowering potential of privacy literacy for children, some scholars have lately voiced their concerns over the burden that this responsibility places on children and their capacity for resilience. A pertinent question concerns the role of society in mitigating such data responsibilization, for example by putting the focus on the responsibilities of service providers and other stakeholders, rather than exploring how and to what extent children need to be cognizant, literate, and responsible for their personal information. While a balance between empowerment and protection is suggested, it appears difficult to obtain.

Given that children are key stakeholders in this debate, it is surprising that very little attention has been given to their opinions, perceptions and experiences. This is unfortunate, as their stories may inform about how children themselves perceive the responsibilities of the different actors involved. Moreover, their narratives may inform about how the social positions of children in contemporary digital societies are reflected in this debate.

This thematic issue of Media and Communication aims to amplify the voices of children and invites scholars to examine their practices, perceptions and opinions with regard to privacy management and data responsibilization. We are especially interested in empirical research that investigates how children think about how their personal information might and should be used, as well as how they define their own and other actors’ rights and obligations, but also welcome critical analyses of the current debate. This thematic issue welcomes submissions on topics involving, among others, sharenting, intimate surveillance, privacy literacy, personalized advertising, social media and social games.

Example questions that are relevant include (but are not limited) to the following:

  • What do children think about their parents sharing personal information about them?
  • How do children perceive parental monitoring through social media, apps and or wearables?
  • In what ways do children experience surveillance in (online) educational contexts (e.g. digital learning environments)? What is their opinion on data collection and usage by schools?
  • How do children experience and what do they think about privacy literacy?
  • How do children think about personalization and data usage in social games (e.g., Clash Royale, Farmville)?
  • What do debates surrounding children and privacy management reveal about contemporary notions of childhood, parenthood, privacy, empowerment and responsibility?

Submission of Abstracts: 15-31 December 2019
Submission of Full Papers: 1-15 May 2020
Publication of the Issue: October/November 2020

Questions? Concerns? Please reach out to the editors at ralf.dewolf@ugent.be or M.M.P.VandenAbeele@uvt.nl

Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal’s instructions for authors and send their abstracts (about 250 words, with a tentative title and reference to the thematic issue) by email to the Editorial Office (mac@cogitatiopress.com).

Open Access: The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio’s Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal’s open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

CfP – Comunicação e Sociedade special issue: Children, youth and media: current perspectives
Editors: Sara Pereira (CECS-UMinho, Portugal), Cristina Ponte (ICNova-UNL, Portugal) and Nelly Elias (Department of Communication Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

Over the last two decades, research into children, young people and the media has taken a considerable leap in terms of the number of studies produced, topics addressed and methodologies used. This area, given its multidisciplinary nature, has been affirmed in the field of Communication Sciences, marking the scientific agenda and opening public debate about the impact of the media on the lives of children and young people and how they use and appropriate information and produce media content. The digital age has created new media and platforms, generated a greater diversity of content, and raised different ways of access and distinct consumption and communication practices by this audience. This situation had generated new research challenges, providing new topics and new clues to study the media world and its action on the identities and cultures of children and young people.

This issue of Comunicação e Sociedade, devoted to studies on children, youth and media, pays special attention to proposals for articles that result from scientific research work on the following topics:

  • Children and youth media cultures
  • Media and peer culture
  • Rights of children and young people in the digital age
  • Children and youth media practices
  • Children/youth and media in the family context
  • Children/youth and media in the school context
  • Media offer for children and young people
  • Media policy for children and young people
  • Children/youth, media, and health
  • Challenges to privacy in the age of big data
  • Media literacy

Full article submission deadline: 20 December 2019
Editor’s decision on full articles: 28 February 2020
Deadline for sending the full version and translated version: 01 April 2020
Issue publication date: June 2020

Articles can be submitted in English or Portuguese. After the peer review process, the authors of the selected articles should ensure translation of the respective article, and the editors shall have the final decision on publication of the article.

Comunicação e Sociedade is a peer-reviewed journal that uses a double blind review process. After submission, each paper will be distributed to two reviewers, previously invited to evaluate it, in terms of its academic quality, originality and relevance to the objectives and scope of the theme chosen for the journal’s current issue.

Originals must be submitted via the journal’s website. If you are accessing Comunicação e Sociedade for the first time, you must register in order to submit your article (indications to register here). The guidelines for authors can be consulted here.

For further information, please contact comunicacaoesociedade@ics.uminho.pt

CfP – Journal of Children and Media

The Journal of Children and Media is an international interdisciplinary and multi-method peer-reviewed publication that provides a space for discussion by scholars and professionals from around the world and across theoretical and empirical traditions who are engaged in the study of media in the lives of children and adolescents.  It is a unique intellectual forum for the exchange of information about all forms and contents of media in regards to all aspects of children’s lives, and especially in three complementary realms: Children as consumers of media, representations of children in the media, and media organizations and productions for children as well as by them.

It is committed to the facilitation of international dialogue among researchers and professionals, through discussion of interaction between children and media in local, national, and global contexts; concern for diversity issues; a critical and empirical inquiry informed by a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches; and dedication to ensuring the social relevance of the academic knowledge it produces to the cultural, political, and personal welfare of children around the world.

Vikki Katz and Amy Jordan, the co-editors of the JOCAM, and Vicky Rideout, the Review & Commentary section editor, invite you to visit the journal’s website for more information about the journal and submission instructions. Taylor & Francis, the publisher of JOCAM has been a strong supporter of CAM from its inception, sponsoring receptions and offering discounted subscriptions.

Submission Deadline: Permanent Call

Position Announcements

Assistant Professor of Mass Communications, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of mass communications to begin August 16, 2020. For this position, we seek candidates with a research focus in computational social science and expertise in big data. Work in big data includes analyzing and drawing rigorous inferences from large complex data sets which involve social and digital media sources and other electronic data bases. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in mass communications or a related field by the start date of employment (ABDs considered).

The School continues a trajectory toward preeminence in teaching and research addressing “data, media and society.” Over the next two years, we plan to hire up to six new faculty, primarily in the areas of big data, media analytics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI) and data storytelling.

Candidates will be expected to make significant contributions to mass communications scholarship in their area of expertise, mentor graduate students, and teach graduate- and undergraduate-level courses in mass communications. The ideal candidate should have evidence of, or promise of, research emphasizing the theories and methods of big data, as well as the ability to guide students across the School’s curricula in the relevant competencies of data mining and big data initiatives.

Our diverse, engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment within the school. In addition, a rich potential for collaborative and interdisciplinary connections in big data and artificial intelligence exists across the university. The university’s new Institute for Artificial Intelligence lists more than 45 faculty members already engaged in some form of AI research; these researchers hail from journalism and mass communications, library and information science, education, social work, public health, engineering and computing.

The College of Information and Communications
The College of Information and Communications is home to two nationally recognized schools, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Library and Information Science. The college provides outstanding teaching, research and community outreach. As such, it is one of only a few universities to combine its communications and information science programs, two rapidly evolving — and converging — fields united by a shared belief that information accessibility is the cornerstone of self-governance. The College has approximately 1,700 undergraduates, 400 graduates, and more than 100 faculty and staff members. New assets available to faculty and students in both schools include the Social Media Insights Lab and the Biometric and User Experience Lab.  Both are designed to facilitate the study of issues related to data, media and their impact on society.

The University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina in Columbia is the major research institution of the University of South Carolina system and its largest campus, enrolling approximately 35,000 students. The university offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional program levels. Founded in 1801, it is among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities and is one of only 32 public universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s top-tier designations in both research activity and community engagement. South Carolina’s capital city is currently undergoing a number of urban revitalization projects and offers residents a growing range of artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

All applicants must fill out an online application at USC Jobs: https://uscjobs.sc.edu/. Candidates should be prepared to upload a CV, letter of application, personal statement, names, phone numbers, and email addresses of letter writers, and any additional materials that demonstrate educational and academic experience. Letter writers should provide signed letters on letterhead addressed to the Mass Communications Assistant Professor Search. All application materials must be received no later than December 1, 2019. For more information about this position, please contact Search Committee Chair Mary Anne Fitzpatrick (fitzpatm@mailbox.sc.edu).

Three PhD positions within the ERC Starting Grant on media and well-being, School for Mass Communication Research, KU Leuven, Belgium

Three researchers are hired to initiate a novel inter-cultural project focused on understanding media effects among adolescents under supervision of Prof. Dr. Laura Vandenbosch. Each researcher will start a PhD in Social Sciences (communication sciences). The project is funded by Vandenbosch’s recently acquired ERC starting grant. According to the ERC, ERC starting grants are attributed to talented early-career scientists who have already produced excellent supervised work, and show potential to be research leaders.

The ERC project starts from the observation that popular media among adolescents abound with idealised representations of how one should look, talk, behave, and perform in order to acquire more from life. Moreover, media not only describe a variety of ideals, but also portray these ideals as models that are within reach for anyone who works hard or follows a certain ‘recipe’. Such representations are labelled as ‘malleable mediated ideals’ and parallel asocietal emphasis on individual choice as the prominent route towards self-realisation in all types of roles. The extent to which malleable ideals inmedia feed this emphasis on individual choice as a way to achieveself-realisation is central in the project. This question is pressing intoday’s society as the pressures that adolescents experience are viewed as animportant factor in the relatively high prevalence of both internalising and externalising problems in adolescence. Content analytical, diary, and longitudinal studies in three different cultural contexts will be triangulated to develop a theoretical model: the Malleable Ideals Media Effects model (MIME).The project is called MIMIc and captures how the Malleability In Media Ideals leads adolescents to mimiC and act upon the malleable ideals in their own lives while suffering from the pressure and responsibility attributions accompanying these ideals.

  • Each applicant should be highly motivated to study media effects and learn about explanatory mechanisms. He/she should be motivated to work within a team and thus has the social skills necessary to have fruitful collaborations with colleagues and to conduct research in school settings.
  • Applicants can have a master in communication sciences (cum laude), psychology (cum laude) or in related fields (sexuology,…) (cum laude).
  • Applicants are preferred to be fluent in English, and need to have excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Because an intercultural survey study is planned to be executed in three European countries, applicants with a multi-European background and/or fluency indifferent European languages (e.g., Dutch, French, Spanish, Slovenian, …) are highly recommended to apply for the current position.
  • The applicant needs to have quantitative (survey) and qualitative research skills and data analytic experience (e.g. Spss, AMOS, R, …). Clear strengths are experience with content analytical, diary of longitudinal research;  He/she should be motivated to further develop methodological skills.
  • Academic writing skills (e.g., publications in academic journals or papers to be presented on conferences) need to be further developed over time.
  • An initial 1-year contract of a (PhD) research position that can be prolonged to 3 years that can be initiated on 1 January 2020 or a date in 2020 preferred by the candidate and approved by L. Vandenbosch.
  • Salary and benefits are in line with the university salary scales for PhD candidates and highly competitive according to international standards.
  • PhD candidates will be enrolled in KU Leuven’s Doctoral Programme of the Social Sciences, in which they acquire many other important career skills.
  • Applications can be submitted in English (preferred) or Dutch.

You can apply for this job no later than October 11, 2019 via the online application tool. The detailed project description and application details can be found here. For more information please contact Prof. dr. Laura Vandenbosch, tel.: +32 16 32 32 02, mail: laura.vandenbosch@kuleuven.be.

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

Digital Media Effects Position, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Digital Media Effects. A PhD in communication or related field is required at the time of appointment. Applicants must show clear promise of developing a distinguished record of teaching and independent social scientific research. The potential to secure external funding is highly desirable. Target start date is August 16, 2020. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Candidates with superior qualifications who will complete all the Ph.D. requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. After the Ph.D. requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

We seek an outstanding candidate who specializes in the social scientific study of digital media effects with a theory-based emphasis that complements the department’s existing strengths. Potential research and teaching foci include media and audience, media and political outcomes, media and health equity, media stereotyping, media and cognition, or media and children. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research and teaching utilize computational data analytic techniques (e.g., data retrieval, natural language processing, data visualization, visual analysis, and network analysis).

Successful candidates are expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain an active and independent research program, and provide service to the department, the university, and the profession. The candidates will join departmental colleagues with varied disciplinary backgrounds in a unit of 23 graduate faculty members and 12 specialized faculty members. The department supports undergraduate and master’s programs (including an online MS program in health communication) as well as one of the nations’ oldest and most distinguished doctoral programs. For more information about us, visit www.communication.illinois.edu.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu. Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations), statement of research interests, and contact information for three professional references. Applicants should also include a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has contributed to the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Illinois’ and the College of LAS’ commitment to diversity. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job board will be considered. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by September 30, 2019. For further information, please contact: Travis Dixon, Professor and Search Chair; Email: tldixon@illinois.edu.

Salary is competitive. Employee benefits are competitive and include those in recognized marriages or civil unions (for same-sex and opposite-sex partners) who also meet certain US citizenship or visa requirements. For specific questions please contact University Payroll and Benefits Office at 217-333-3111.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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