cfp: Community and Activist Media: Resistance and Resurgence (JACM)

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cfp: Community and Activist Media: Resistance and Resurgence (JACM)

From the resurgence of white supremacy and authoritarian rule to rapidly changing technologies and the rise of social media; and from the precarious state of journalism to state crackdowns on dissent and the'free press', community and activist media face multiple 'disruptions' and challenges. While the twenty-first-century media environment offers increasing opportunities for 'voice', the challenges for community and activist media are practical, political, and fundamental. At the same time that this is occurring in community and activist media, scholars in this field are often working at the intersection of research and activism, a theme explored in the 2019 OURMedia gathering. This Special Issue will bring together engaged scholars to explore the challenges and opportunities for community and activist media at a time of unprecedented pressures – considering new resurgences and enhanced opportunities for resistance. Additionally, paper proposals at the intersection of research and activism are most welcome; and by extension, papers that draw connections between scholarly activism(scholasticism) and media activism, emanating from a key theme of our media conference, are also sought.

The Special Issue welcomes participation from researchers and practitioners across the community and activist media very broadly defined –including alternative media in all its guises, community mediainterventions, alternative journalism initiatives, citizens media, media activism and more. No APCs are charged. Media activists and other practitioners who wish to contribute should contact Susan Forde directly( to discuss an alternative 'Essays from the frontline' format to complement the suite of academic papers to be published in this Special Issue.

Abstracts should be submitted by 1 October 2020

Full articles are due 10 December 2020

Reviews will be sent to authors by 15 February 2021

Revised manuscripts are due 30 April 2021

Article acceptances notified 30 June 2021

Publication September 2021

Please send your abstracts to the guest editors.

Guest Editors

Tanja Dreher

University of New South Wales, Australia

Pieter Maeseele

University of Antwerp, Belgium

Susan Forde

Griffith University, Australia

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