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Call for Papers
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking Special Issue – Smartphones, Interactive Media, and Early Childhood
Guest Editor: Jenny Radesky (University of Michigan)
Mobile and interactive media are now ubiquitous in young children’s everyday experiences. Time spent on mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets has steadily grown over the past several years, with a variety of different experiences from streaming video to apps to videochat. Although concerns about displacement of family interactions, play, sleep, and boredom are commonly cited by early childhood clinicians and educators, the published evidence regarding media use and child development has limitations such as correlational analyses or parent-reported media measures.
This special issue aims to gather novel research about mobile/interactive media use by young children (0-8 years), with particular interest in use of ecologically valid observational measures; examination of how children’s individual characteristics interact with digital design to influence learning and behavior; how young children conceptualize mobile devices or learn informally from parents about technology; behavioral precursors of problematic media use; and how media are used throughout daily routines such as meals, bedtime, transportation, or to calm distress.
We are seeking high-quality original articles on the following topics related to mobile and interactive media and early childhood:
- Experimental studies (laboratory-based or intervention)
- Parent-child interaction
- Social-emotional development
- Child-computer interaction (specifically examining child individual characteristics and media design)
- Novel media measurement tools
Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2019
Please submit your papers online to the web-based manuscript submission and peer-review system. Submitting Authors: Please indicate in your Cover Letter that your paper is for the Smartphones, Interactive Media, and Early Childhood Special Issue.
Questions? Contact the Journal Editorial Office.
Journal of Communication Special Issue – Speaking Across Communication Subfields
Guest Editors: Keren Tenenboim-Weinbaltt (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) & Chul-joo “CJ” Lee (Seoul National University)
With the rapid growth and development of the field of Communication, it has also become increasingly fragmented, while its subfields – as represented by ICA’s various divisions and interest groups – have become increasingly self-contained. Researchers within the different subfields speak to each other in numerous forums and publications and in ever-growing levels of precision and sophistication, but are often oblivious to related developments in other subfields. Similarly, conceptual, analytical and empirical contributions are discussed in relation to the state-of-the-art within a specific subfield, but often fail to be developed into broader theoretical frameworks. The result is a multiplicity of theoretical, conceptual and empirical fragments, whose interrelationships and relevance for a range of communication processes remain to be established.
In this special issue, we look for rigorous, original and creative contributions that speak across multiple subfields of communication. All theoretical approaches as well as methods of scholarly inquiry are welcome, and we are open to various formats and foci: The papers can be based on an empirical study, integrate a series of empirical pieces, thereby proposing a new theory or model, or be primarily theoretical. Their focus can be a specific theory, a specific concept or a set of related concepts, a communication phenomenon that can be better accounted for using a cross-disciplinary perspective, or any other focus that fits the purpose of the special issue. In all forms, the papers should make substantial, original contributions to theoretical consolidation and explicitly discuss the relevance and implications of their research to different subfields.
Deadline for full paper submissions is July 15, 2019. The special issue is scheduled for Issue 3, 2020.
Submissions should be made through the JOC submission site (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcom). Please make sure you click “yes” to the question “is this work being submitted for special issue consideration?” and clearly state in the cover letter that the paper is submitted to the special issue. Manuscripts should strictly adhere to the new JOC submission guidelines. These guidelines will be available on the journal’s website in early January 2019. Before that, they are available upon request from Editor-in-Chief, Lance Holbert, email@example.com.
JCPP Special Issue – Risks and Opportunities for Child and Adolescent Mental health in the Digital Age
The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry invites manuscripts for a special issue on “Risks and Opportunities for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the Digital Age” to be edited by Professor Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Chris Hollis, University of Nottingham and Edmund Sonuga-Barke, King’s College London.
The digital technology revolution has the potential to impact youth mental health in profound ways – for both good and bad. This includes the potential to widen access for children and young people to evidence-based interventions and to automate parts of diagnostic, monitoring and treatment pathways, bridging the mental health treatment gap through novel, tailored, flexible or less stigmatising approaches. Digital technologies may be especially valuable in creating structures of support, formal and informal, for isolated or hard-to-reach groups. However, they may also pose new risks to mental health, including exposure to age-inappropriate material (e.g., violence, hate and pornography), online gambling, and excessive or dysfunctional social media use – where potential harms include social isolation, disturbed sleep, cyberbullying, peer pressures to conform to idealised lifestyles and body images.
Both risks and opportunities for youth mental health have been linked to the pervasiveness and ubiquity of digital communication and the immediacy, intimacy, privacy and anonymity that digital platforms offer. While the risks may be more marked in already vulnerable individuals, they are also in greater need of the opportunities. In a domain marked by public anxiety and contested findings, this JCPP 2020 special issue will address the urgent need for rigorous research on the impact of digital technology use on child and adolescent mental health. We invite high quality studies on relevant topics including (but not limited to):
i) The clinical effectiveness and mechanism of action of digital interventions for child and adolescent mental health problems and neurodevelopmental conditions (including online tools, services and apps).
ii) The role of automated assessment and remote measurement technology for early identification, diagnosis and monitoring treatment outcomes.
iii) Use of gamification and virtual reality for clinical benefit.
iv) The role of digital technologies on the mental health of vulnerable or isolated populations.
v) Parenting and family life in the digital age.
vi) Positive and negative effects of social media on child and adolescent mental health – from peer-to-peer and other forms of support to cyberbullying and trolling.
vii) Grooming, pornography and sexual exploitation.
viii) Self-concept and body image.
ix) Excessive technology use.
We encourage submissions that use a range of rigorous research methodologies including randomised controlled trials (RCTs), observational and cohort studies, experimental manipulations and systematic reviews.
Interested authors should submit a letter of intent as a Word file to the JCPP editorial office (Prabha.Choubina@acamh.org) with ‘Digital Revolution…Special Issue’ in the subject line by 31st March 2019. It should include: a title; a description of the proposed submission (up to 500 words); an explanation of the unique contribution made by the proposed manuscript (under 100 words); names and affiliation of all authors; and contact information for the corresponding author.
The editors will review all letters and invite a select few to be submitted as full manuscripts. Manuscript submission will be due by 30th Sept 2019. They will then be subject to full review.
Call for Chapter Proposals – Children’s Toys and Consumer Culture: Critical Perspectives on the Marketing of Children’s Play
Edited by Rebecca C. Hains and Nancy A. Jennings
Toy marketing warrants a sustained scholarly critique because of toys’ cultural significance and their roles in children’s lives, as well as the industry’s economic importance and ideological influence. According to the International Council of Toy Industries, in the first half of 2018 alone, the toy industry reached $18.4 billion in sales, with Mexico, Brazil, and the USA boasting the fastest growth rates. LEGO and Disney — two companies that specialize in producing transmedia texts and children’s toys — regularly top Brand Finance’s lists of the world’s strongest brands, alongside brands like Apple, Twitter, and Ferrari. (Both LEGO and Disney made the top 10 list in 2018.) Meanwhile, discourses surrounding toys — including who certain toys are meant for and what various toys and brands can signify about their owners’ identities — have implications for our understandings of adults’ expectations of children and of broader societal norms into which children are being socialized.
In the proposed volume, we will apply cultural studies perspectives informed by critical theory to the marketing of a variety of toys and toy companies. Drawing upon diverse disciplinary backgrounds to critique the commodification of children’s play, we will examine the history of the marketing of children’s toys and play; analyze contemporary issues, examples, and trends in the industry; and consider audience reception of and cultural discourse surrounding children’s toys and play.
Scholars are invited to submit proposals consisting of a 350-word abstract and a 150-word bio by March 1, 2019 to the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with the subject line “Children’s Toys and Consumer Culture.” The editors will notify prospective authors of their decisions by April 1, 2019. Full chapters will be due by December 1, 2019, with revisions and final drafts to be scheduled for Spring 2020. Ideas for possible chapter topics are listed below.
- The rise of gender marketing in children’s toys
- The history of children’s television deregulation and the shift from education to sales in children’s programming
- Children’s toys and moral panics
- The history of children as consumers
- Toy advertising in the golden age of radio / Toy catalogs / “Big Book of Toys”
- Evolution of some/all of the five major players in the toy industry (Mattel, Namco Bandai, Lego, Hasbro, and/or Jakks Pacific)
- Toy industry advertising regulations (e.g., the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU); differences in advertising policies internationally).
- Toy industry regulations / legal concerns
Analysis of contemporary issues, examples, trends:
- How ability/disability is conveyed in children’s toys
- Toys in relation to television programming / films (Toy Story) / web content / various media franchises
- The social construction of race and gender in children’s toys
- Smart toys and the Internet of Toys / Digital play
- The role of toys in perpetuating cultural hegemony
- Hierarchies of children’s toy categories
- Implications of the rise and demise of Toys R Us / FAO Schwartz
- Corporate social responsibility in the toy industry
- “Pinkwashing,” “Greenwashing,” and/or “Goodwashing” as toy marketing techniques
- Interviews with members of toy/media industry
- Analysis of Toy Industry of America and/or its Toy of the Year awards
- Political economy of the children’s toy industry / the toy retail ecosystem
- Gatekeeping in the toy industry (who makes decisions, who has power)
- Toy guns and weapon play
- Rise of retro toys / Collectible toys / specific toy trends (Cabbage Patch Dolls, My Little Pony, Furbies, Tickle-me-Elmo)
Audience reception and cultural discourse:
- Children’s negotiations of issues of representation/inclusivity (gender, race, ability, etc.) in their toys and/or the toy marketing they encounter
- Children’s parasocial relationships with media characters and the desire for toys based on those characters
- Children’s perspectives on the toy industry and what makes “good” toys
- Discussion/analysis of grassroots efforts to change the marketing and/or content of children’s toys (e.g., Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, Let Toys Be Toys, No Gender December)
- Independent brand toys launched as a response to the types of toys on the market (e.g., Emmy, Lottie, Wonder Crew, GoldieBlox) – role of indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms
- The minimalist toy movement
- Toy fandom / community user groups / toy collectors
- Culture of parenthood and toys / parenting roles and play
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.
Dafna Lemish 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
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