CALL FOR PAPERS 26: As Empowering and Challenging Fields Digital Platforms and Gender
Communication Papers: Media Literacy & Gender Studies (ISSN 2014-6752) by the University of Girona presents its thematic issue on Empowering and Challenging Fields Digital Platforms and Gender.
This special issue deals with the effects of the development of media and communication technologies on gender relations and how gender approaches are reflected in media and gender studies. The relationship between digital platforms and gender is complex and influenced by various factors. However, with the rise of social media, there has been an increased focus on the experiences of women and marginalized individuals facing the new digital platforms and their relationship with gender.
Communication Papers’ special issue brings together, as always, media and gender studies and aims to summarize essential questions and problems of gender-media studies approaches in a mediated world. The relationship between digital platforms and gender is a dynamic and evolving one. It is influenced by social, cultural, and technological factors, and addressing gender biases and inequalities is essential for creating inclusive and equitable digital spaces.
In this respect, this special issue invites authors within the framework of the following conceptualizations and possible topics of interest include, but are not limited, to the following:
· Representation and visibility: Digital platforms have the potential to challenge traditional gender roles and amplify marginalized voices. They can provide spaces for individuals to express their gender identities and share diverse perspectives. However, there can still be biases and inequalities in representation, with certain gender groups being underrepresented or facing stereotyping and misrepresentation.
· Online harassment and gender-based violence: Digital platforms can be both empowering and challenging for gender dynamics. Women and marginalized gender groups often face online harassment, including sexist, misogynistic, and threatening behavior. This can deter their participation and limit their freedom of expression, impacting their experiences on digital platforms.
· Gendered algorithms and biases: Algorithms used by digital platforms can reflect and perpetuate gender biases. These algorithms determine what content is shown to users, and if they are developed with inherent biases, they can reinforce existing gender stereotypes and inequalities. It is important to address and mitigate these biases to ensure fair and equitable experiences on digital platforms.
· Digital divides and access: Gender disparities in access to digital technologies and internet connectivity can create inequalities in digital participation. Women and girls in some regions may face barriers such as limited access to devices, internet connectivity, digital literacy, and cultural norms that discourage their engagement with digital platforms. Bridging these digital divides is crucial for promoting gender equality in the digital sphere.
· Online communities and support networks: Digital platforms can foster online communities and support networks for individuals based on shared gender identities or interests. These communities can provide a sense of belonging, empowerment, and collective action. They can also serve as spaces for sharing experiences, providing support, and mobilizing for social change.
· Bridging the Gender Skill Gap in the Digital Era: Closing the gender skill gap in the digital era is crucial for achieving gender equality, economic empowerment, and inclusive technological advancements. By addressing the underlying causes, acknowledging the consequences, and implementing targeted strategies, we can create a more equitable and inclusive digital landscape. Empowering women with digital skills and opportunities not only benefits individuals but also leads to broader societal and economic benefits in the ever-evolving digital era.
· Women in the Digital Realm: Empowering Through Digital Literacy: Empowering women in the digital components of digital literacy is vital for fostering inclusivity, gender equality, and harnessing the full potential of the digital age. By addressing the access gap, providing comprehensive skills development, promoting digital creativity, ensuring digital safety, and fostering entrepreneurship and leadership, we can create a more equitable and diverse digital landscape. Empowered women in digital literacy will contribute to innovation, social change, and economic growth, shaping a digital future that reflects the diversity and strength of women's voices and contributions.
This special issue aims at a heterogeneous collection of transnational articles and accepts theoretical and/or case studies on the possible topics.
The manuscripts should be submitted through the submission system (https://communicationpapers.revistes.udg.edu/about/submissions), and the guidelines can be found on the journal’s website: https://communicationpapers.revistes.udg.edu/index
Final submission deadline: 15 April 2024