Call for Book Chapters – Mediating Misogyny: Technology, Gender, & Harassment
Editors: Dr. Jacqueline Ryan Vickery, Department of Media Arts, University of North Texas
& Dr. Tracy Everbach, Mayborn School of Journalism, University of North Texas
This proposed edited collection of interdisciplinary essays aims to critically analyze the ways the internet and digital technologies mediate misogyny, gender-based harassment, and assault. The online harassment of women has been gaining increasing visibility with contemporary incidents such as Gamergate, revenge porn sites, and the public misogynistic trolling campaigns directed at celebrities and journalists. In response, women are using the internet as a space for consciousness raising, feminist activism, collective storytelling, and resistance to gender-based harassment. This book will analyze how gender-based harassment is mediated and also uncover the ways women are using digital media technologies to fight back against harassment, trolls, and assault – both online and offline.
In an effort to propel the conversations forward and expand the discourse, we are particularly interested in chapters that not only document, critique, and analyze gender-based online harassment, but also put forward possible solutions that include a wide array of stakeholders and spheres including (but not limited to): activism, education, platform design, the law, social norms, workplace and platform policy, and the market.
We invite theoretical, qualitative, and quantitative approaches to the topic and welcome different disciplinary approaches including, but not limited to: cultural studies, media studies, critical race theory, gender studies, feminist approaches, communication, journalism, sociology, cultural anthropology, technology studies, and historiography.
Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
- Feminism as related to safe (digital) spaces
- The public sphere and women’s participation in networked publics
- The relationship between platform design, policies, and online harassment
- The intersections of sexuality, race, ability, religion, age, class, and/or geography and the relationship to gender-based harassment
- Historical approaches to and contextualization of digital misogyny
- Case studies documenting, critiquing, and analyzing harassment via digital media
- The blurred boundaries of online and offline harassment
- Feminist anti-harassment activist campaigns
- Mediated representations of online harassment in news journalism and/or fictional narratives
- Harassment of women in the global south and other underrepresented online populations
- Professional women and harassment on the job
Please send complete chapters (max. 7,000 words w/ refs), a brief bio, and full CV to Dr. Jacqueline Vickery (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Tracy Everbach (email@example.com) by November 1, 2016. If you have an idea and want feedback, you may submit a 4-5 page abstract prior to the deadline. We will market the book for classroom adoption so take an undergraduate audience into consideration in your tone, scope, and approach. Routledge, Palgrave, and the University of Illinois Press have all indicated enthusiastic interest in the project and we will continue to consider other reputable academic publishers. Please circulate the CFP widely with graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars who work on any aspect of (digital) media, gender, and harassment.