CFP: Chapter Proposals for "Coronavirus in the Media: Early Responses to COVID-19 in Global Perspective"

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Call for Publications
April 3, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Journalism and Media Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Composition & Rhetoric, Communication, Public Health

Chapter proposals are invited for an edited book examining portrayals of the coronavirus in diverse print, broadcast, and online media, including but not limited to newspapers, magazines, social media, television, podcasts, and popular culture.

The book will be published in December 2020. Interested authors should send a 300-word abstract, 200-word biography, and sample of a previously published chapter or article to Douglas Vakoch, PhD, at by April 3, 2020. Authors whose proposals have been accepted will be notified by April 6, 2020, and full chapters are due by June 1, 2020. The book targets an academic and professional audience, and all chapters should include scholarly references. Preference will be given to authors who have completed their doctorates. Only previously unpublished works will be considered. This book will appear in the series Environment and Society, which includes such works as Environment, Social Justice, and the Media in the Age of the Anthropocene.

Though the book will focus on media portrayals of the coronavirus, proposals for introductory chapters that provide broader scientific and cultural context for understanding the coronavirus and COVID-19 are also invited. In addition to chapters written from the perspective of such disciplines as communication, media studies, and popular culture, contributions from other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are also encouraged. Rhetorical analyses are especially welcome, as are chapters that provide historical context by comparing contemporary responses to the coronavirus to media coverage of SARS, the Spanish flu, and other public health crises. To cover the global scope of the coronavirus threat, we seek contributions from around the world. To ensure relevance, each chapter will conclude with insights and recommendations to foster effective media coverage of this global public health crisis.

The editor of Coronavirus in the Media: Early Responses to COVID-19 in Global Perspective, Douglas Vakoch, PhD, is professor emeritus of clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His earlier books include Ecofeminism and Rhetoric: Critical Perspectives on Sex, Technology, and Discourse, and he serves as general editor of the book series Ecocritical Theory and Practice. As a science communicator, he has appeared on television shows ranging from ABC’s Evening News to PBS’s NOVA, and he has been interviewed by such diverse media outlets as The BBC, The New York Times, The Economist, and Der Spiegel.

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Douglas Vakoch, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Department of Clinical Psychology

California Institute of Integral Studies

1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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