As research and practice within the field of children, adolescents, and media continues to grow, so do the opportunities for our CAM members. This page is regularly updated with information about relevant Call for Papers, position announcements, and other relevant information. If you have information that you would like to share with the CAM community, please Contact Us.
- Initial Abstract Deadline: September 25, 2020
- Invited Submission Deadline: November 12, 2020
This has been a year of compounding crises. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions around the globe to rapidly, and radically, alter their daily lives. Social inequalities at all levels have been laid bare, including the gendered nature of caring for children and what forms of work are deemed ‘essential,’ thereby exposing those workers to greater risk of infection. In the midst of a deepening public health crisis, a citizen courageously filmed a police officer in Minneapolis murdering George Floyd. The resulting international protests for racial justice have created broader, and deservedly prominent, platforms for communities to communicate their fear and pain, as well as renewed urgency for white parents, media makers, educators, and communities to reckon with ways to raise children who are anti-racist, rather than “colorblind.” In some locations, regional challenges have further exacerbated these global crises, including Hong Kong and multiple locations hit by natural disasters related to climate change.
These crises have hit our children, adolescents, and media (CAM) community hard. As the care structures that scholars and professionals depend on evaporated overnight, so too did much of the precious time previously devoted to deep-thinking work. Many scholars’ research projects have been delayed indefinitely; media producers face similarly uncertain timelines. Other journals have announced special issues that will publish full-length manuscripts on research related to COVID-19. However, conversations with CAM community members revealed that for many, there is little time for either new data collection or for writing traditional research manuscripts. At the same time, timelines for graduation, tenure, and promotion are unchanged in many places. We decided to respond to this set of pressures with a special issue CFP that is uniquely “us,” in that it will serve our community of scholars and practitioners best. We will publish a special issue in January of 2021 comprised entirely of commentary-length manuscripts, thereby providing our community an opportunity for a peer-reviewed, competitive publication in a format that feels more attainable, and is therefore more inclusive.
We believe that crises can bring opportunities for clarity and reveal creative ways to address collective challenges. In that spirit, Journal of Children and Media (JOCAM) calls for short, reflective commentaries on the broad array of effects that the crises of 2020 have had on our community of scholars and practitioners. We invite reflections on how this tumultuous year has caused you to re-evaluate any aspect of your children, adolescents, and media research, pedagogy, and production. Proposals that weave together the professional and personal are especially encouraged, given how the pandemic has collapsed these contexts.
The call is intentionally broad. Our goal is to ensure that our global community of scholars and practitioners can find space for their experiences in this special issue. We provide generative examples below, but we also welcome proposals that lie beyond these questions.
How have the crises of 2020 made you re-evaluate a specific aspect of your children, adolescents, and media (CAM) research/teaching/production?
- Are there CAM concepts or theories that you have developed or depended on as part of your scholarship that you now feel require revision, or renewed attention?
- How do the crises of 2020 create new priorities or challenges for teaching CAM-related coursework or producing quality media for children?
How have the crises of 2020 changed some aspect of your personal life in relation to children, adolescents, and media?
- How have media and technology activities changed in the lives of children and adolescents you care about (not necessarily your own)? Topics could include, but are not limited to: “Zoom school,” remote babysitting or grandparenting, loosening screen time restrictions to facilitate work time, etc.
- How have you discussed or responded to these crises with the children and adolescents in your life, and how have media been a help or hindrance in those efforts?
How have the crises of 2020 changed some aspect of your professional life as a CAM scholar or producer?
- What pressures does the pandemic and social distancing put on your CAM research? On your dissertation, grant proposal writing, tenure clock, or contingent position?
- How do the crises of 2020 rest more heavily on CAM scholars or producers of color, and what would be the most helpful actions the broader community could take in response?
Timeline for Submission and Publication
- Send 200-word proposals to Dr. Brad Bond, JOCAM Review and Commentary Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 25, 2020.
- After review by JOCAM’s co-editors and associate editors, authors invited to contribute commentaries will be notified by October 5, 2020.
- Final submissions are limited to 1,500 words (excluding abstract and references), and will be due by November 12, 2020.
- Commentaries will be peer-reviewed and published online, ahead of being published as a special issue in January/February 2021.
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
CfP – International Journal of Bullying Prevention
Special issue topic: The Use of Artificial Intelligence to Address Online Bullying and Abuse
Special Issue Editors:
- Dr. Tijana Milosevic, The National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre, Institute of Education, Dublin City University
- Dr. Kathleen Van Royen, Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp
- Dr. Brian Davis, School of Computing, Dublin City University and ADAPT Research Centre
Cyberbullying or online bullying, harassment and abuse pose significant challenges for online platforms. The use of natural language processing (NLP), various forms of machine learning (such as supervised machine learning, deep learning) and artificial intelligence (AI), is becoming more prevalent in moderating these behaviours on social media platforms and various content sharing apps. A number of social media companies refer to their increasing reliance on AI to moderate various forms of abusive behaviour, indicating their relative success in identifying these proactively. Nonetheless, companies reveal little information about how such moderation is applied in practice, about the details behind the algorithm design; and they infrequently release datasets that would allow scientists who do not work in the social media industry to understand this process. While some industry experts and scholars place significant hopes in deep learning to solve the problem of online abuse, others identify the limitations of this approach, including a relative lack of training datasets; the misinterpretation of contextual cues and relational history, and the danger of systematic bias that can inadvertently slip into such modelling. Furthermore, there is a relative lack of insight from the perspectives of sociology and psychology and other social science disciplines about how users (adults and children) perceive such interventions and about their desirability. For instance, how do users understand the balance of rights to safety on the one hand and privacy and freedom of expression on the other, when it comes to the application of proactive moderation tools?
For this special issue, we are looking for a variety of submissions from a range of disciplines that examine various aspects of AI applications to address abuse. This includes but it is not limited to: communication, education, psychology, sociology, philosophy, computer science and engineering, human computer interaction, science and technology studies, among others.
The goals of this special issue are:
- Outline various approaches in the application of NLP, machine learning and AI to addressing cyberbullying, harassment, and various specific forms of cyberaggression
- Outline the state of the field today, assessing the strengths and limitations of the solutions currently available
- Find articles that not only report on current approaches to the use of AI in moderation, but also critique current methods applied by social media platforms
- Find insights from technical sciences and social science research that would inform the design and deployment of tools for computational scholars
- Facilitate interdisciplinarity by translating some of the work undertaken in the fields of computer science and engineering into a language that is more accessible to scholars in social sciences and humanities
- Drawing attention of the scholars in technical fields to the work being done in social sciences and humanities on this topic that can further inform their research
Abstracts (max 500 words) should be submitted by September 15, 2020 to Tijana Milosevic at email@example.com. Full manuscripts (typical length between 6,000 and 9,000 words-please seek permission in advance if you need to submit a shorter or longer manuscript) to be submitted by December 1st, 2020. The issue is planned for June 2021. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
NB: We are interested in a wide range of topics and we would also consider submissions that address the moderation of issues that do not necessarily fall under online bullying, such as online grooming, for instance. Nonetheless, please note that if you are contemplating such a topic that is a bit outside the scope of the special issue, it is really important to tie the discussion with cyberbullying in some way—e.g. by contextualising cybergrooming as a form of online bullying.
We thank you in advance for considering our special issue for publishing your work.
Tijana Milosevic, Kathleen Van Royen, and Brian Davis
There are no position announcements at this time.