[Humanist] 30.215 pubs: Technologies of Non-Violence cfp

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 215.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:45:46 +0100
        From: Gabriele Civiliene <gabrielemucho at gmail.com>
        Subject: Girlhood Studies Call for Papers: Technologies of Non-Violence
        In-Reply-To: <3132348251597627.WA.young.leeberghahnbooks.com at www.jiscmail.ac.uk>

> From: Young Lee <young.lee at berghahnbooks.com>
> Date: 2016-07-28 20:35 GMT+01:00
> Subject: Girlhood Studies Call for Papers: Technologies of Non-Violence

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Call for Papers: Technologies of Non-Violence: Re-Imagining Mobile and
Social Media Practices in the Lives of Girls and Young Women

From the slums of Mumbai to the streets of New York, cellphones and other
devices are becoming ubiquitous in people’s everyday lives, alongside
various social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. Despite their
pervasiveness, the application of these technologies to addressing pressing
global concerns such as violence towards girls and women (in universities,
on the streets, in schools and so on), is vastly under-realized. Indeed,
much of the work, to date, on mobile and social media in relation to
violence in the lives of girls and young women has been on its threats and
harmful effects, particularly in the context of cyber-bullying and other
forms of online harassment (Hart and Mitchell 2015). But what are the
possibilities for turning these technologies into technologies of
non-violence? In Technologies of Non-Violence (2012), Jonathan Bock
considers this question in his exploration of the ways in which
technologies can be associated with advocacy and social action, as
happened, for example, during the Arab Spring. Bock’s work serves to frame
a growing movement in which digital technologies might be examined in
relation to what could be termed networks of resistance, particularly in
relation to gender-based violence and efforts towards non-violence and the
development of new forms of imagined publics (Mugo and Antonites 2014).

While we recognize that the root causes of violence, such as poverty and
gender inequality, will not be solved simply by the addition of new
technologies, the promise of this work framed as technologies of
non-violence may inspire the development of new technological applications.
For example, Harassmap (www.harassmap.org) and Hollaback! 
(www.ihollaback.org) address street harassment through the crowd sourcing of
stories on online maps that identify sites of risk, harassment, and safety,
and, in so doing, they give voice to girls and young women. How might
advances, both theoretical and practice-based, in addressing violence
against girls and young women include the development and testing of new
apps and software, and the creation of grass-roots maker technologies that
can serve at-risk populations according to their contexts? This Special
Issue of Girlhood Studies seeks to examine the ways in which the notion of
technologies of non-violence might lead to a re-imagining of both urban and
rural spaces as sites of networked resistance and transformation for girls
and young women.

Contributions to this themed issue may address, among others, the following

- What existing digital technologies of non-violence are used or could be
used by girls and young women (both online and offine)? In what ways do
they (or might they) function for girls and young women in relation to
emergency communication, local storytelling, education, or addressing
contexts and circumstances that put girls at risk?

- What historical technologies might be re-examined as girl-centered
technologies of non-violence?

- What types of software and support infrastructures exist to facilitate
girls’ and young women’s development of technologies of non-violence (for
example, the plug-and-play MIT App Inventor)? What roles do NGOs,
universities, and crowdsourcing hold in the development and support of
these softwares, and other forms of technologies of non-violence?

- What technology-enabled research methods are being used by and with girls
and young women to create various kinds of data (for example, affective
storytelling media)? How does this work inform policy making?

- In what ways might mobile technologies designed for non-violence meet the
needs of diverse groups of girls and young women such as, for instance,
LGBTi, indigenous, and racial minority girls as well as girls with
disabilities, and other marginalized populations?

- What public infrastructures like law enforcement, for example, are
required to respond to these technologies? How might we think about digital
technologies in relation to the role of bystanders in schools and
universities? What are the security risks?

- How might technologies currently present in or part of violence by girls
(like cyber-bullying) and against girls and young women (such as rape
culture, and child trafficking on social media), be redesigned, intercepted
or re-appropriated for non-violence? What measures are already being taken
and by whom (social media companies, universities, public schools) and with
what effect? How are technologies being incorporated into, for example,
locally developed campaigns on consent?

- In what ways are intersecting practices, such as community and
participatory arts, media production, and community development/network
building represented by technologies of non-violence?

- How do existing policy frameworks seek to create non-violent environments
for online technologies? In what ways do such frameworks succeed? How do
they fall short by, for example, reinforcing normative, gender-dominating
and patri- archal practices?

- What theories are employed in the development and application of
technologies for non-violence with young women? How might existing theories
of non-violence and activist methods be re-imagined by incorporating new
technologies, and practices/theories around technologies and society?

Guest Editor

Laurel Hart is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Post Doctoral Fellow at McGill University. She is guest-editing this themed
issue with Claudia Mitchell. Laurel’s work focuses on digital multi-modal
communication. She is particularly interested in the intersection of high
and low technologies, and on how tech is hacked, appropriated, and
re-framed for social justice, creative practice, cultural transformation,
and for girls and young women’s selfefficacy and voice.

Article Submission

Please direct inquiries to Guest Editor, Laurel Hart 
(laurel.hart at mail.mcgill.ca) and send expressions of interest and/or
abstracts to her by 30 August 2016, or contact Girlhood Studies (
girlhood.studies at mcgill.ca) by 30 August 2016.
Full manuscripts are due by 15 November 2016.
Authors should provide a cover page giving brief biographical details (up
to 100 words), institutional affiliation(s) and full contact information,
including an email address.

Articles may be no longer than 6,500 words including the abstract (up to
150 words), keywords (6 to 8 in alphabetical order), notes, captions and
tables, acknowledgements (if any), biographical details (taken from the
cover page), and references. Images in a text count for 200 words each.
Girlhood Studies, following Berghahn’s preferred house style, uses a
modified Chicago Style. Please refer to the Style Guide on the website:
If images are used, authors are expected to secure the copyright themselves.

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