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.
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.
Media and Communication Special Issue – Youth Digital Participation: Opportunities, Challenges, Contexts, and What’s at Stake
Editors: Neta Kligler-Vilenchik (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) and Ioana Literat (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA)
In many ways, young people are trailblazers when it comes to digital participation. They are often the first to adopt new technologies and platforms, to experiment with modes of production and practices of sharing, and—due to the significant role that social relations play in their lives—often spend significant time and energy socializing online (Ito et al., 2009, 2019; Jenkins et al., 2016). Youth digital participation has been explored as an opportunity for areas including learning and professional development (e.g., Ito et al., 2019); self-expression and identity exploration (e.g., Renninger, 2015); social connection (e.g., Weinstein, 2018); as well as for civic and political participation and expression (e.g., Kligler-Vilenchik & Literat, 2018). At the same time, youth digital participation should not be uncritically celebrated: Rather, researchers should be cognizant of the nuances of youth participation and a focus on when, how, why and for what youth digital participation matters (Literat et al., 2018).
For this issue, we invite theoretical and empirical (quantitative, qualitative or mixed-methods) papers that delve into youth digital participation from such a nuanced perspective, including papers which explore:
• The potentials and opportunities for youth digital participation, including learning, self-expression, social connection, identity formation and more;
• Youth civic/political expression and participation, including civic learning, cross-cutting exposure, and political socialization;
• How young people’s participatory practices in digital spaces contribute (or not) to youth empowerment and agency;
• Youth perspectives on their own digital participation;
• Challenges and risks around youth participation;
• The digital participation of marginalized youth;
• Methodological perspectives and innovative approaches to studying youth digital participation;
• Ethical issues related to the study of youth digital participation.
These issues can be explored in relation to a variety of digital contexts, including mainstream social media platforms but also online affinity networks, smartphone applications, hybrid online/offline contexts, etc. Authors should be cognizant of strict ethical considerations regarding the use of data pertaining to minors, even when publicly available (see, e.g., Livingstone & Third, 2017; Zimmer & Kinder-Kurlanda, 2017).
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal’s instructions for authors. If interested, please send an abstract of 500-600 words by email to the Editorial Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31 July 2019, referencing the thematic issue. Abstracts should include details regarding the paper’s methodological approach and its contributions to our understanding of youth digital participation.
Authors will be notified about acceptance by 31 August 2019. The deadline for the submission of full papers will be 31 January 2020. Final papers should be a maximum of 8,000 words. Note that all invited articles will still go through full and anonymous peer review, and that being invited to submit a full article is no guarantee of final publication in the themed issue.
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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.
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
There are no position announcements at this time.