Call for Submissions — Louisiana Speaks: The Journal of the Louisiana Communication Association — After/Until the Disaster: Louisiana Environments on the Edge

Call for Submissions — Louisiana Speaks: The Journal of the Louisiana Communication Association
After/Until the Disaster: Louisiana Environments on the Edge

On the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and in the spirit of Gerald Vizenor’s concept of survivance, we invite submissions pertaining to the natural environments of Louisiana, including their relationships to human cultural and ecologies. We seek especially submissions with insights on the rich history of the air, land and waters of Louisiana
and her neighbors, their current conditions, and future prospects.
Submissions may engage perspectives including environmental or science communication, cultural studies, rhetorical theory, performance, visual theory, mass communications such as public relations and advertising, or a mix of approaches to distill a distinct viewpoint. Traditional academic research, creative essays, short stories, poems, and visual or media works will all be considered.

Submissions may use any accepted referencing style, should include citations to all sources, and should not exceed 7,000 words. We invite interested parties to query the editor concerning the suitability of a particular project for publication in Louisiana Speaks.

Louisiana Speaks, the rechristened Journal of the Louisiana Communication Association, offers a vital opportunity for people from the discipline of Communication Studies, academia, and the community at large to come together to speak on, and back to, the questions and issues of these fascinating, often troubling, times. Louisiana Speaks will offer a rich mix of traditional research, creative essays, works of literature and art, guest commentaries, and interviews with Louisianans
and others, organized around a theme of vital concern to the state and Gulf States region.

The Louisiana Communication Association leadership includes:

Doug Marshall PhD, President of LCA and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Southern University of New Orleans.

Sarah K. Jackson PhD, Treasurer of LCA and Assistant Professor of Performance Studies, Southern University of New Orleans.

Phillip Madison PhD, Secretary of LCA and Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Stephen F. Austin State University.

Stephanie Houston Grey PhD, Editor of Louisiana Speaks: The Journal of the Louisiana Communication Association and Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Culture, Louisiana State University.

Jonathan Broussard ABD, Editorial Assistant Louisiana Speaks: The Journal of the Louisiana Communication Association and Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University.

Please submit completed works electronically by Feb 1, 2016 to Stephanie Houston Grey, Editor, Louisiana Speaks, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University or .

Call For Papers – The 100 Greatest Video Games (working title)

Call For Papers – The 100 Greatest Video Games (working title)

Robert Mejia (State University of New York, Brockport), Co-Editor
Jaime Banks (West Virginia University), Co-Editor
Aubrie Adams (University of California, Santa Barbara), Co-Editor

The field of game studies has grown substantially since the turn of the century, and yet the field lacks a rigorous reference collection on the cultural significance of video game franchises. Such a reference collection is needed as it can be difficult for even well-versed scholars to keep track of the range and complexity of the many significant franchises that populate the industry.

Hence, we are seeking essays for an edited collection on the cultural and historical significance of 100 video game franchises. The collection, titled “The 100 Greatest Video Games,” will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in early 2017. This collection will serve as a companion volume to the edited collection, titled “The 100 Greatest Video Game Characters.”

Academics, game industry personnel, gaming journalists, and others are invited to submit proposals addressing the historical and cultural significance of a specific video game franchise. Suggested franchises include (but are not limited to):

Age of Empires
America’s Army
Angry Birds
Assassins Creed
Call of Duty
Dance Dance Revolution
Dark Souls
Donkey Kong
Ecco the Dolphin
Final Fantasy
Grand Theft Auto
Just Dance
Kingdom Hearts
King’s Quest
Leisure Suit Larry
Mass Effect
Medal of Honor
Mega Man
Metal Gear
Mortal Kombat
Sonic the Hedgehog
The Legend of Zelda
The Oregon Trail
The Sims
Tomb Raider
Tony Hawk Pro Skater
Wii Sports

We welcome (1) proposals focusing on franchises listed above or (2) proposals suggesting franchises not listed above. The hope is that this collection will serve as a rigorous reference guide to the historical and cultural significance of 100 of the most important video game franchises. Likewise, considering that the field of game studies consists of academics, industry professionals, and journalists, we encourage contributors to submit with an eye toward academic and non-academic audiences alike.

Please submit the following: (1) an abstract (250 word max) addressing the rationale for inclusion of your selected or proposed franchise in terms of the franchise’s cultural and historical significance; (2) a short bio (250 word max); and (3) a 1-page CV or 1-page publication list emphasizing expertise in game studies to by November 1st, 2015. Authors will be notified by December 1st, 2015 if their proposals have been accepted. Full essays should be within the range of 800 – 1000 words, submitted as a Word or Rich Text Format. Full essays will be due by January 15th, 2016. Multiple submissions are acceptable. For more information please contact the co-editors at

Call for Papers: Howard Journal of Communications Special Issue on The Barack Obama Presidency

Howard Journal of Communications: Call for Papers

Howard Journal of Communications: SPECIAL ISSUE
The Barack Obama Presidency

Barack Obama’s ascendancy to the Presidency of the United States in 2008
was historic and since then scholars have dissected his terms in office
by investigating several intersections, including race and power,
culture and communication, among others. In 2016, President Barack
Obama’s presidency will come to an end. Yet, there are still several
academic interests that surround his tenure and the days that would
follow it. The Howard Journal of Communications plans a special issue to
investigate “Obama’s America,” The time between his two presidential
terms as well as his impact on America after his tenure ends.

All submitted manuscripts must adhere to the journal’s focus on culture,
race, and gender intersecting with communication as it relates to Barack
Obama. There are several studies that are possible and they include, but
are not limited to, the following:

Post racial America
Obama’s presidency and the urban police crises
Obama rhetoric
Obama and the Supreme Court
Obama and religion: From Jeremiah Wright to Rev. Clementia Pinckney
Obama and social media: A comparison between both presidential terms
Mitchell Obama, race, and the African-American woman
Power, politics, and communication
Obama’s presidency and issues of image repair
America, communication and post-Obama
Media and the framing of Obama
Affordable Health Care
Issues of immigration
Talk shows, politics, race, and hate

Please submit a manuscript following the Howard Journal of
Communications’ guidelines for manuscript submissions, which can be
found at No submission
should be longer than 7000 words. Include on the manuscript title and in
parenthesis “Special Issue on President Obama.” The deadline for
submitting manuscripts for this special issue is February 28, 2016.

CALL FOR PAPERS 2015 Edition of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women

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2015 Edition of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research

on African American Women


THEME—  Fortitude: 150 Years of African American Women and Civic Engagement”

Dr. Claudia D. Nelson and Dr. Natalie Tindall, Co-Editors

PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women (PHILLIS) is the peer-reviewed journal of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation. Its editions appear biennially and comprise the highest quality scholarship related to the experiences of African American women. PHILLIS solicits scholarly writings by and about African American women across all disciplines that seek to advance the history, contributions and relevancy of African American women. Works are intellectually challenging, promote debate, and seek to deepen the scholarly discussion on the global experience of women of the African diaspora.  We look forward to publishing articles engaging gender, race, culture, class, nation, and/or sexuality either as central focuses or as constitutive analytics. We seek exciting essays that support new inquiries or prompt constructive and corrective debate.

The theme for the 2015 edition of PHILLIS—  “Fortitude: 150 Years of African American Women and Civic Engagement,” seeks to present articles on the leadership and participation of women as leaders and members in organizations and events that will observe milestones in 2015. As the nation reflects upon the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War (1861-1865), we want to take this opportunity to add to the canon and publish works that focus on the contributions of African American women to the freedom struggle in America. This enduring theme is manifested in the abolitionist, women’s, civil and human rights movements. The year 2015 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the death of Malcolm X. In this issue, we want to more broadly explore the roles of African American women over the last 150 years in confronting issues of oppression and providing leadership to bring about change. We seek papers that focus on (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Black women and voting rights
  • Black women and the quest for equal and equitable education
  • Black women and social justice activism
  • Black women’s organizations and their involvement with political engagement
  • Black women involved in criminal justice system
  • Black women’s reproductive health
  • Black women as political leaders and in the fight for political rights
  • Black women’s online social networks, and #hashtag social justice activism
  • Black women as media owners
  • Black women’s involvement in the United Nations
  • Black women and international involvement (anti-apartheid, freedom movements)
  • Black women’s contribution to the mainstreaming of African Americans and women into American society, i.e. inclusion in the workforce, charitable service, civic engagement and other roles
  • The significance of Black women in achieving major gains in American social movements
  • The intersectionality of Black women’s lives and socioeconomic factors that precipitated/precipitates their participation in civic engagement

This issue of PHILLIS will be cross-disciplinary in its theorizing and methodology, will be original, engaging, distinctive, well-written, and concise.


The Editors invite submissions of article-length manuscripts, information and documents that might appropriately be published in PHILLIS.  We publish articles from a wide range of areas—which include, but are not limited to, articles engaging culture, race, gender, class, nation, and/or sexuality. We are looking for lively, provocative essays that launch new inquiries or prompt intense and informed debate. We publish articles not only in areas of scholarship familiar to PHILLIS readers but in newly emergent fields relevant to people of African descent.


We do not request assignment of copyright from authors. Although the copyright and legal responsibility remains with the author, it is understood that the journal has nonexclusive right to publish the contribution and the  continuing right, without limit, to include the contribution as part of any reprinting of the issue and/or volume of the journal in which the contribution first appeared by any means and in any format, including computer-assisted  storage and readout, in which the issue and/or volume may be reproduced by the  publisher or by its licensed agencies. Correspondence concerning PHILLIS should be addressed to the current Editors.


  1. Articles should not exceed 25 manuscript pages, or 9,000 words. Type all copy—including reference list—double-spaced, allowing adequate margins on the top, bottom, and sides using 12pt Times Roman font.
  2. The citation style for PHILLIS is Chicago. However, authors can submit their articles using the American Psychological Association or Modern Language Association styles. If the article is accepted, the authors must convert to Chicago Style, using endnotes and footnotes.
  3. A separate title page should include the article title and the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The first page of the manuscript should have the article title. The text should start 2 inches below the title. To protect anonymity, the author’s name should not appear on the manuscript, and all references in the body of the text that might identify the author to the reviewer should be removed. Articles that do not conform to these specifications will be returned.
  4. Please check in advance for permission to use images and graphics. Papers submitted with images and illustrations will delay reviews.
  5. All manuscripts are edited and subject to the established style-sheet of PHILLIS.
  6. E-mail submissions should include three separate files: a title page with identifying information, one copy of the manuscript, and one copy of an abstract. Please send as an MSWord (doc) attachment only. Do not send a PDF file. Please submit to
  7. All articles published in PHILLIS are peer- reviewed. The Editors and members of the Editorial/Advisory board will conduct the anonymous review. This process may take several months. The author will be notified of the reviewer’s decision. Manuscripts submitted without abstracts will not be sent out for review.
  8. Papers must be in their final form before peer-review and editing occurs. Successful manuscripts are not sent to authors for an additional review before publication unless noted by the reviewer or determined by the copy/technical editors.
  9. Send electronic submissions to by the deadline date of March 27, 2015. Letters of acceptance of papers will be issued once the review process is completed, no later than May 1, 2015.

CALL FOR REVIEWERS — 2015 Edition of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research  on African American Women

The editors of the 2015 issue of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women are seeking reviewers. Reviewers will be asked to review 2-4 papers. This is a great opportunity to help expand the conventional thinking and conversation about the experiences of African American women in the diaspora.  The title/theme for the issue is “Fortitude: 150 Years of African American Women and Civic Engagement.”

If you are willing to review, please complete the following form:

Thanks in advance for considering this, and if you know anyone who might be interested, please forward.