Deadline: 15.12.2021

Inclusive Media Literacy Education for Diverse Societies

Call for Papers for an Issue of Media and Communication. Deadline: December 15, 2021

Editor(s): Çiğdem Bozdağ (University of Groningen, The Netherlands / University of Bremen, Germany), Annamária Neag (Independent Researcher, UK) and Koen Leurs (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 December 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2022
Publication of the Issue: October/December 2022

Information: The definition of the term “media literacy” has evolved and alternative concepts such as network literacy, information literacy, digital literacy among others have been suggested to capture the dynamics of the changing media environments. Although the terminologies and definitions have changed over time and the different approaches incorporate a variety of perspectives (Koltay, 2011), issues related to diversity, inclusion and intercultural dialogue were not central to media literacy until very recently. To develop a more inclusive approach to media literacy education in our increasingly super-diverse societies and strengthen the diversity of voices and intercultural dialogue in the public arena, inclusive media literacy education should revolve around reflective tools in order to learn how to live with difference. Drawing on black feminist theory, we argue that a critical approach to media literacy education needs to address diversity and differences through an intersectional lens. To promote media justice, inclusive media literacy should acknowledge and provide means to transform how identities and power are shaped through the mediation of intersecting axes of difference including nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability and socioeconomic class.

This thematic issue aims to bring together papers that develop a critical perspective and focus on issues related to media literacy education, differences and diversity. We aim to include conceptual papers as well as empirical studies from different contexts that provide a critical reflection of existing media education practices. The papers can focus on the following topics among others:

  • Media literacy education for intercultural dialogue;
  • Media literacy education for marginalized groups;
  • Critical approaches to media literacy education with a focus on diversity;
  • Media literacy education for migrants and refugees;
  • Decolonizing media literacy education;
  • Media literacy and social inclusion;
  • Participatory methods within media literacy education and research.

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal's instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Media and Communication is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).

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See the Call for Papers (Link)