Emerald Studies in Media & Communications


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 series senior editors Deb Aikat, John Baldwin, Tim Hale, Heloisa Pait, Julie Wiest, and Apryl Williams and associate editor Aneka Khilnani. The series consists of two volumes per year that bring together vibrant research on media and communication.

Current Calls for Papers

Crime, Criminals, and Mass Media

Editor: Julie B. Wiest

Initial Deadline for Abstracts: 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: December 15, 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.

Present and Future Directions of Research on Brazil and the US

Lead Editor: Sonia Virginia Moreira; Co-Editors: John Baldwin & Juliana Trammel

Deadline: December 1, 2019 

ESMC is launching a new initative led by Sonia Virginia Moreira (Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil) that capitalizes on her leadership of Colóquio Brasil-Estados Unidos de Estudos da Comunicação sponsored by Intercom. Volumes will examine all aspects of communication, media, literature, history, and journalism across the Americas. Papers are welcome from any scholars who are participating in the 2020 Colloquium at UT Austin, Texas (USA) or who already participated in the 2018 Colloquium in Joinville Santa Catarina (BRAZIL). See: http://www.emeraldmediastudies.com/Brazil-US-Colloquium.html

For consideration in the volume, full papers are due by December 1, 2019

Send submission to: brazil.us.ccs@gmail.com

Forthcoming Volumes

Forthcoming 2019:  Technology and Government

Volume Editor: Lloyd Levine & Volume Associate Editor: Aneka Khilnani

Government has a notorious reputation when it comes to the purchase and use of technology. A quick search of the headlines of major newspapers will quickly yield a treasure trove of technology procurement gone wrong. Additionally, while the private sector seems to adopt and implement new technology seamlessly and quickly to deliver for customers, government seems to lag behind. This seems to apply to both internal use of technology as well as external, customer facing uses. This volume will examine why government fails at technology purchases, examine why government lags behind on innovation and implementation, provide a case study of governments that have done an excellent job of purchasing and using technology, and look at the challenges of providing digital government services when large percentages of the population lack digital connectivity due to the digital divide. It will also examine how changes in technology have forced changes in the way government operates. Research examines the effect of technology on transparency, political and/or administrative, and this can be about the disclosure of behaviors, or about more transparency in government due to the ability of government to put information on line where the public can access it directly; how technology has changed the way government, particularly local or state government provides services; and the way technology has affected communications between government and those the entity governs.


Forthcoming 2019:  Mediated Millennials

Volume Co-Editors (alphabetically): John Baldwin, Jenny Davis, Gabe Ignatow, Aneka Khilnani, Heloisa Pait, Laura Robinson, Jeremy Schulz, & Apryl A. Williams

Mediated Millennials provides a timely examination of the first digital generation. The volume brings together editors from three continents to assemble research addressing millennial digital media practices along the key axes of consumption, participation, and production. Authors explore case studies of millennials from around the world: cell phone use among Israelis, the activities of Brazilians in LAN (local area network) houses, perspectives on selfies from New Zealand, and American millennials engaged in a variety of digital pursuits ranging from seeking employment, to creating YouTube content, to gaming, to consuming news and political content. Across these arenas of practice, the research addresses diverse forms of digital media content from multiple theoretical perspectives and disciplinary traditions.


Forthcoming 2020: Messages and meaning in mass media: Interpreting production, text, and reception

Volume Editor: Ian Sheinheit

Messages and meaning in mass media: Understanding production, text, and reception breaks new ground in understanding media interpretively on three distinct but interrelated levels. Using diverse methods and empirical foci, the volume’s authors unpack the diverse, rich, and complex meaning systems within the mediated processes of production and reception as well as within the media text itself. By unpacking these three crucial, empirically overlapping but analytically distinct, media ‘moments’, the volume highlights, first, the fecundity of an interpretive theoretical lens, broadly defined, to the study of media, and, second, how production, text, and reception are linked and what this means for media and communication.


Authors’ contributions show the importance of messages and meaning in mass media by looking at the, often overlapping, cases of activism, politics, and celebrity. Together these chapters provide insight into the ways in which the media and communicative landscape has altered, or not, in the 21st century. This volume is of interest to anyone who is concerned with the structural, cultural, and technological dynamics of mediated communication. Further, it contributes to media, critical, performance, and communication theory, as well as to the literatures on social movements, politics, news, new media, and culture.


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

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