Feminism & Comics

Commentary and Criticism Call for Papers

Feminism and Comics
The editors of Feminist Media Studies’ Commentary and Criticism section invite essay contributions to its first ever collection on the theme of feminism and comics. Comics are everywhere in today’s media landscape, from blockbuster transmedia franchises to DIY zines and countless points between. We therefore seek explicitly feminist commentary and critique on a wide range of comics-related phenomena, including but not at all limited to:

• Representation of gender, sexuality, race, ability and other issues within comics texts, industries, and audiences
• Cultural/subcultural engagement with comics by media consumers
• Transnational production and consumption of comics, particularly in non-US contexts
• Comics’ travel across physical and virtual spaces
• Specific treatment of feminism within comics and comics communities
• Reviews of comics-related texts, sites, and events (e.g. books, films, television programs, games, exhibits, conventions, etc.)

The Commentary and Criticism section of Feminist Media Studies aims to publish brief (~1000 words), timely responses to current issues in media culture, for an international readership. Submissions may pose a provocation, describe work in progress, or propose areas for future study. The editors of Commentary and Criticism will also consider book and event reviews, as well as contributions that depart from traditional academic formats. We encourage all submissions to strategically mobilize critique to also offer a productive contribution to both feminist politics and media studies. Submissions must go beyond mere description in order to be considered for publication in Commentary and Criticism.

Please submit contributions by 15 January 2015, via email to both Susan Berridge (S.E.Berridge@leeds.ac.uk) and Laura Portwood-Stacer (lportwoodstacer@gmail.com). Questions and expressions of interest can also be addressed to Drs. Berridge and Portwood-Stacer in advance of the deadline.

Email submissions directly to both Susan Berridge and Laura Portwood-Stacer, as submissions for Commentary and Criticism will not be correctly processed if submitted through the main Feminist Media Studies site.

Please be sure to follow the Feminist Media Studies style guide, which can be found at the following link: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1468-0777&linktype=44.

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