A Special Issue of Feminism & Psychology
Special Issue Editors: Abigail Locke, Rebecca Lawthom & Antonia Lyons
This special issue will consider issues around women’s movements, everyday sexism and the ‘blurred lines’ of social media. Social media are highly interactive digital platforms that use mobile and web-based technologies to allow users to generate, share, discuss, and modify content (e.g., YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Whilst feminisms and social media are transdisciplinary spaces, this issue will contribute to a body of psychological theory and will be of interest to psychologists as well as other social scientists. Taking as the backdrop the claims that a ‘new’ feminism and a ‘new’ misogyny are both rife over social media the proposed special issue brings together papers to consider a number of contemporary issues that are coming to the fore around gender and social media. Social media provides different challenges to issues such as what it means to be a feminist in the 21st century and the new concerns facing women in an era marked by technological advances. Indeed, whilst social media platforms can be a social force for activism (e.g. the Arab ‘spring’) they also raises questions about how discussions of gender through social media ‘evoke’ public censure and commentary.
Possible topics and questions include:
· What is the relationship between digital and social media engagement and the wider social movement of feminism? What are the implications for feminism and activism in the future?
· Intersectionality debates, social media and relevance to contemporary feminisms.
· How do social media and feminisms operate in different locales?
· Does it make sense to speak of ‘post-feminism’, empowerment and sexual autonomy in the current context of commodification of sex and pornification of culture that is increasingly apparent on social media?
We welcome papers from academics, activists, and practitioners at different stages of their careers. Submissions may be theoretical, empirical, or methodological, and/or focus on research and practice, and should be no longer than 8000 words, as well as commentaries and brief reports (see https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/journal/feminism-psychology#submission-guidelines for manuscript guidelines). All submissions will undergo anonymous peer review.
Feminism & Psychology is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/fap to login and submit your article online.
If you have questions, please contact the Corresponding Guest Editor: Abigail Locke – firstname.lastname@example.org putting ‘Special Issue’ in the subject line.
Deadline for submissions is April 30th 2016. We anticipate a publication date in 2017.