Special Issue Call for Papers December 2019. Theme: Religion, Gender, and Media in Africa

Special Issue Call for PapersDecember 2019Theme: Religion, Gender, and Media in Africa
Guest Editors: Lee Scharnick-Udemans and Rosalind I. J. Hackett

The African Journal of Gender and Religion (AJGR) is the first, online, double–blind peer-reviewed, open access journal for the transdisciplinary study of gender and religion in Africa. The AJGR is a bi-annual publication housed in The Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. The journal seeks to explore the ways in which power operates in gendered relationships and the ways this power is determined, promoted, and resisted by religious and cultural norms.
This volume seeks contributions that address the ways in which gender as lived experience, theoretical framework, and analytical device, is involved in a number of complex relationships with religion and media. Although gendered perspectives have been firmly placed on the agenda of the field of religion and media, the utility of gender theories, concepts, research approaches, and methodology, particularly those emerging from the African context, have been underresearched. This volume welcomes contributions that critically engage and contest the epistemological and contextual sensibilties of the field of religion and media and address the lack of feminist intersectional analysis applied to religion and media and how it operates within specific social configurations and patterns of power.

Themes and topics that will be considered include but are not limited to the following:
   Representations of gender and religion
   Religion, gender, and digital media
   The utility of intersectional feminism approaches for the study of religion and media
   Methodological reflections on the field
   Feminist media approaches and the study of religion and media
   Trans-identity, religion, and media
   Bechdel testing for Religion and Gender
   Africana Religions, gender, and the media
   Religion and gender in the context of social media movements and activism
   The political economy of religion and gender in the media
   Religion, gender, and film
   Religious media personalities
   Religion, gender, media, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Important Dates:
Provisional Title and Abstract Submission: 30 June 2019
Final Submission: 15 September 2019
Publication: December 2019
The word limit for this issue is 8000 words including bibliography. Please contact Dr Lee Scharnick-Udemans (lscharnickudemans@uwc.ac.za) should you have any questions or queries.