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Emerald Studies in Media and Communications (SIMC) is sponsored by the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association: CITAMS. The series is edited by co-editors: Laura Robinson, Shelia Cotten, and Jeremy Schulz, along with seniors editors Apryl Williams, Timothy Hale, John Baldwin, Heloisa Pait, and Julie Wiest. Each year, volumes are published that capitalize on the series’ sponsorship by CITAMS. The annual volumes are highlighted at the CITAMS business meeting.


Previous Volumes Sponsored by CITAMS

The M in CITAMS@30: Media Sociology

Networks, Hacking, and Media–CITAMS@30: Now and Then and Tomorrow

Media and Power in International Contexts: Perspectives on Agency and Identity

e-Health: Current Evidence, Promises, Perils, and Future Directions

Social Movements and Media

Brazil: Media From the Country of the Future

ICTs and the Politics of Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean

[New] Media Cultures

Digital Distinctions & Inequalities

Politics, Participation, and Production

Doing and Being Digital: Mediated Childhoods

For more information on volumes published with section sponsorship and access to free content click here.


Current Calls for Papers

Crime, Criminals, and Mass Media

Editor: Julie B. Wiest

Initial Deadline: September 30, 2019

This volume will include social science research that advances knowledge about the complex relationships between media and crime. Chapters will be divided into central focal areas within this literature to seek the widest breadth of current scholarship. In particular, studies are sought that examine: representations of crime and criminals in mass media; links between media representations of crime and related public beliefs and behaviors; the use of new/digital media in the commission/detection of crime or in the dissemination of crime stories; and advances in theory and/or methods relevant to studies of media and crime.

Topics might include:  

  1. Crime and Criminals in Mass Media: Chapters may examine the representation of crime and/or criminals in news or entertainment media, possibly focusing on depictions of crime rates, criminal incidents, or characteristics of criminals such as race, gender, age,nationality, occupation, etc.
  2. Theorizing Media and Crime: Chapters may explore classical and emerging theories used in studies of media and crime, such as uses and gratifications theory, the mean world syndrome, mediatization, media logic, and others.
  3. Mediated Perceptions of Crime: Chapters may focus on relationships between media representations of crime/criminals and public perceptions, attitudes, and/or behaviors related to criminality and/or criminal victimization.
  4. Crime and Criminals in a New Media Landscape: Chapters may examine the role of new/ digital media technologies in the commission of crime, the detection/policing of crime, or the dissemination of information about crime and/or criminals.
  5. Methods for Studying Media and Crime: Chapters may explore classical and/or emerging research methods used to study the relationships between media and crime, including quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods.

Volume Deadlines

Proposal submissions: Sept. 30, 2019 (acceptance notifications by Nov. 1, 2019)

Proposals should be emailed to jbwiest@gmail.com as an attached Word file in the form of an extended abstract of 500 to 1,000 words, plus references.

All proposals should include information about the purpose and significanceof the study, the data and methods employed, and major findings.

Chapter drafts: Feb. 3, 2020 (peer review feedback by March 16, 2020)

Final chapters: May 15, 2020 (about 8,000 – 10,000 words, including notes and references)

QUESTIONS? Contact the volume editor at jbwiest@gmail.com

Editor Julie Wiest is Associate Professor at ​West Chester University of Pennsylvania USA.  As a sociologist of culture and media, Julie Wiest applies mainly symbolic interactionist and social constructivist perspectives to studies in three primary areas: (1) the sociocultural context of violence, ​(2) mass media effects, and (3) the relationship between new media technologies and social change. ​Wiest received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Tennessee and M.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Georgia. Before academia, she worked as a print and online journalist for nearly a decade.


Media, Development & Democracy: historical & current connections

Editor: Heloisa Pait

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Connections between the emergence of national democracies, economic development, and the introduction of mass media have been studied for many decades, but there are still missing links in this complex web. In 1949, Daniel Lerner suggested the existence of a relationship between new media and the modern mentality in developing nations. Although much criticized, his insights influenced optimistic views of the impact of television and the internet around the globe. Here we ask a different question: what is the impact of State censorship and material restrictions on the press, in countries that have been witnessing continuous economic development?

Do restrictions on the functioning of the media in the formative period of a nation have long-term impacts on economic development? Looking from a different angle, can a limited labor market, with few formal vacancies in competitive firms, make literacy less rewarding, discouraging private investment in education? How do low literacy rates influence political culture and the nature of the public sphere in a modern society? In this volume, we would like to examine the multiple relationships between economic development, adoption of new media, literacy and education, and democratic culture.

We are interested in studies of so-called developing countries, and in particular those where there have been restrictions on the printing press, such as colonial Brazil and the Ottoman Empire, or which somehow differ from the Northern European and North American model of media development. We welcome papers using a variety of methods, particularly those bridging interdisciplinary gaps. Our goal is to point to new paths in the understanding of the challenges to achieving a free and just society. We welcome papers that discuss public policy regarding educational or economic reforms within that larger investigative framework, as well as research on the experience of particular groups. Research is particularly welcome on women, the African diaspora, and/or Marranos.

The article “Liberalism Without a Press: 18th Century Minas Geraes and the Roots of Brazilian Development”, by the editor, which appeared on volume 18 of Studies in Media and Communications, further elaborates on the possible relations between media, development and the public sphere. Please send your inquiries to Dr. Heloisa Pait, heloisa.pait@fulbrightmail.org with the subject “Emerald Book Series”. Submissions should be sent before November 1, 2019.

Editor: Heloisa Pait is a tenured professor of sociology at the São Paulo State University Julio de Mesquita Filho. She has written on Brazilian telenovelas, on the role of new media in political action and on higher education in Brazil and in the United States. Heloisa Pait is an active participant of public debates; she has recently launched Revista Pasmas, an online women’s magazine. Her published articles are listed in the Lattes platform at http://www.bit.ly/helopaitLattes.

Contributing editor: Renata Nagamine is a postdoctoral fellow in the Graduate Program in International Relations at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. She received her PhD in international law from the University of São Paulo Law School. Nagamine has worked as a researcher at the Brazilian Centre of Analysis and Planning (Cebrap) and was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow with the Laureate Program in International Law at the University of Melbourne in 2018. Her areas of interest are international humanitarian law, human rights, and political theory.Her published articles are listed in the Lattes platform at http://lattes.cnpq.br.