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CFP: Handbook of Diasporas, Media and Culture

The cover of one of the earlier handbooks

The editors of The Handbook of Diasporas, Media and Culture, have issued a call for book chapters. The handbook will be the fifth volume in the Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research Series, co-published by Wiley-Blackwell and IAMCR. The others were The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy, The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications, The Handbook of Media Audiences and The Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change.

Aim of the handbook:

The aim of the Handbook of Diasporas, Media and Culture is to provide an authoritative outline of the relevant intellectual terrain by presenting key debates and state-of-the-art research on the intersection of diasporic phenomena, media and cultural studies. The handbook is envisaged to make a contribution to better understanding diasporic cultures and their impact on our globalized world, the complex networks and flows that underpin it and the transnational cultural politics and practices that are emerging.

More precisely, the handbook is intended to:

  • trace and explore the multiple roots of diasporic studies in migration, globalization and transnationalism debates;
  • identify and present the key theoretical perspectives, paradigms and focal areas of investigation;
  • provide an overview of the evolution of the field in interaction with developments in broader debates on diasporas, media technologies, transnational and local media configurations, media audiences and users;
  • identify and present key empirical research and case study exemplars;
  • explore current challenges and future directions in research.

Key Questions:

  • When and how did the notion of diaspora and diasporic cultures emerge? What were the reasons for this? What was the contribution of this terminological and conceptual innovation?
  • What is the nature of 'diaspora(s)', their relation to nation, ethnicity, religion, societies of provenance and societies of settlement? What is distinctive about diasporic phenomena and warrants their investigation as a particular object of enquiry?
  • How are notions of the global, local and transnational articulated in the study of diasporas? What is the place of diasporas in the geographies of flows and networks of late modernity?
  • How have diasporic cultural politics been approached? How have issues such as the emergence of diasporic public spheres/spaces, identity politics, diasporic activism/voice been addressed in the relevant research?
  • What is the impact of the changing media, information and communication technologies on diasporic cultures, public spaces but also domestic and family life (transnational households)?
  • In what ways do the politics and structures of ethnic broadcasting provide spaces for diasporic cultural expression and identification?
  • How are contemporary diasporas transforming new developments in global cities and urban contexts?
  • How do gender and generation intersect with the diasporic condition and impact on diasporic cultural politics?
  • Can the avenues of investigation and debates developed within diasporic research be extended to better understand broader transnational/translocal processes – for example the emergence and consolidation of Hispanic, African, Muslim translocal cultural politics?
  • What are the key questions that are becoming central in the agenda of the relevant international research community?

The handbook takes an interdisciplinary approach to diasporic media and culture and will bring together internationally recognised scholars from around the world and research that has informed the field. We are actively seeking contributions, from various disciplines, that advance our understanding of diasporas, diasporic cultures and cultural politics  (past, present and future), diasporic media and cultural resources, forms of organisations and expression as well as production, distribution, and consumption. This volume will be published by Blackwell as part of the prestigious series The Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research, designed to define an intellectual terrain: its historic emergence; its key theoretical paradigms; its transnational evolution, its key empirical research and possible future directions. For more information and examples of the series see: http://iamcr.org/publications/iamcr-handbook

Submissions will be assessed for their scholarly merit and the extent to which they contribute to our greater understanding of diasporic cultures and communication. Contributors should limit their articles to between 6000 and 7000 words (including references). Abstracts (250 words) are due by 30 November 2015 and should be sent to RozaTsagarousianou <tsagarr (at) westminster.ac.uk> and Jessica Retis <jessica.retis (at) gmail.com>. Upon acceptance, full articles will be due by 1 September 2016.

The Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research Series is co-published by Wiley-Blackwell and IAMCR. The Series offers definitive, state-of-the-art handbooks that bring a global perspective to their subjects. These volumes are designed to define an intellectual terrain: its historic emergence; its key theoretical paradigms; its transnational evolution; key empirical research and case study exemplars; and possible future directions.