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Date Posted Submission Invited by Deadline
08/23/17 Iranian Political Studies Call for Submissions  
08/03/17 International Journal of Cultural Studies Call for Submissions for Special Issue: Creative Dissent: Culture and Politics of Transformation in the Arab World October 15, 2017
07/12/17 The Matador Review, Call for Submissions for Fall 2017 Publication August 31, 2017
07/10/17 Gender in Management: An International Journal
Call for Papers for special issue on "Women, Work and Management in the Middle East

November 30, 2017
06/16/17 Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts, Call for abstracts for special issue on "Global Tastes: The Transnational Spread of non-Anglo-American Culture September 15, 2017

Gender in Management: An International Journal

Call for Papers for special issue on "Women, Work and Management in the Middle East

Deadline: 30 November 2017
Full call:

Guest Editors:
Jenny K Rodriguez (University of Manchester)
Maranda Ridgway (Nottingham Trent University)
Linzi Kemp (American University of Sharjah)

This special issue looks to showcase conceptual, theoretical and empirical papers that explore the experiences of work and management of women in the Middle East. The special issue has two aims. First, to expand discussions about women at work in the Middle East, considering the significant economic, demographic, generational, socio-cultural and political changes in the region and globally, and the implications of these changes for women’s experiences of/at work. Second, the special issue seeks to identify avenues for future research themes, building up on work developed in the past decade about women in the Middle East. The special issue is interested in works that engage with both established and emerging issues, and explore the diverse nature of women’s experiences in work and management in the Middle East. The diverse voices of women in the region are not sufficiently documented so more discussion is needed that not only problematises their experiences of/in work and management, but is inclusive of differences within and between groups of women working in the region. This would help to enhance our understanding of how their experiences come to be, how they navigate the nuances of the socio-cultural, institutional and organizational environments, and how this interplays with wider dynamics of work and management. In this special issue, we refer to ‘women’ to include all women working in the region; conversely, whilst recognising the contested nature of what is termed as “the Middle East”, we use this term to include what is referred to as the Arab world, the Arab East, and Arab Gulf and the Levant.

We invite contributions that address (but are not limited to) the following themes/questions:

• What are the experiences of women in work settings in the Middle East? What strategies do women use to navigate the nuances of the socio-cultural context?
• What are the work experiences of women in non-traditional families? (e.g. single parents)
• How do the experiences of diverse groups of women compare within and/or across workplaces or countries in the region?
• How do women manage work-life balance demands, pressures and expectations? (e.g. limitations related to part-time work, maternity provision, etc.)
• How do women engage with, negotiate and respond to notions of respectable femininity in work settings?
• What power dynamics emerge at work and beyond that impact the lives of working women (e.g. gendered hierarchies in organizations, reliance on domestic help) and how do women navigate these dynamics?

Manuscript Submission: Submissions to Gender in Management are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at

International Journal of Cultural Studies

Call for Submissions for Special Issue: Creative Dissent: Culture and Politics of Transformation in the Arab World

Objective and Significance

Ever since the 2011 youth embrace of the public arena demanding regime change in a fervor once described as the "Arab Spring," there has grown a sense of polarization in countries like Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen around certain issues of local, regional, and global relevance. Echoes of this polarization reverberated around the politics of Islam with its various sectarian and tribal articulations. The resurgence of counter-revolutionary forces further complicated the public search for more stable and inclusive governing models. At the core of these dynamic interchanges among the various power players in the aforementioned countries is the role played by culture in circulating political rhetoric to advance clashing geo-political encounters, and resurrect public demands for autonomy and agency from pro-western military institutions as well as elite establishments. The accelerating changes in the Arab social media landscape over the last decade have further provided Arabs with the opportunity to produce, circulate, and consume cultural products in the service of expressing and disseminating political opinions amidst growing signs of chaos and uncertainty.

This special issue seeks to examine the relationship between cultural production and changing socio-politics across the Arab world. The purpose of this issue is to conceptualize new cultural modes of expression, if any, and their function in the process of social change. It intends to address their role and capture the complexity of communication tools utilized to facilitate, if not hinder, political conversations. Works analyzing the cultural factor in shaping and echoing politics are limited. There is a growing need for case studies that advance scholarly analyses of the intricate relationship between Arab culture and politics.

The issue highlights the importance of creativity in both informing and echoing the public search for autonomy, agency, and self-representation. Its significance lies in its contribution to the existing scholarly conversations around the Arab revolutionary sphere. It recognizes the multiple constructions and interpretations of the term "Arab Spring," which invoke complex and yet fraught connotations tied to geographical, historical and political realities and perspectives. The issue therefore pays close attention to localized revolutionary dynamics and modes of collective memory and action.

Please, keep in mind that contributions to themed issues undergo the same level of rigor in blind reviewing that all submissions do. We will also need to use the existing submission system of the journal for all editor, author and reviewer correspondence so that we may keep track of manuscript processing. The system is based on the relatively common ScholarOne/Manuscript Central platform.

Please, be advised that the total time from initial solicitation of manuscripts to final approval of revised versions and then publication can take up to 18 months, depending on the journal publishing queue and themed issues or sections to which it is already committed.

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Iranian Political Studies

Call for Submissions

Submissions are invited for the newly launched Iranian Political Studies journal, a biannual peer-reviewed international journal published by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, and the Iranian Association of Political Science. The purpose of the journal is to provide a platform for scholars working on topics related to Iranian politics to publish their research, and to foster a better understanding of political issues related to Iran worldwide. The journal invites quality articles originating from in-depth and innovative research. All articles should comply with the requirements specified by the "Instructions for Authors." Please submit manuscripts through the journal's website at: Inquiries may be directed to

The Matador Review

Call for Submissions

The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 publication. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The call for submissions will end August 31.

Our purpose is to promote "alternative work" from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. For us, alternative is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude.

Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts

Call for abstracts for special issue on "Global Tastes: The Transnational Spread of non-Anglo-American Culture

Guest editors: Simone Varriale (University of Warwick, UK), Noa Lavie (The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaffo, Israel)

Call for Papers
Globalization’s cultural effects have gained significant attention in the sociology of culture. Especially from the early 2000s, a growing literature on transnationally-connected cultural sectors has started exploring the asymmetries of economic and symbolic power between ‘centers’ and ‘peripheries’ of cultural production, the role of gatekeepers and organizations in mediating globalization processes, and the limits of cultural imperialism as an exhaustive framework for interpreting cultural globalization. Similarly, consumption studies have started focusing on preferences for globally spread cultural products, suggesting that theories of cultural hybridity need to pay more attention to how class and other inequalities influence practices of appropriation.

Despite these contributions, research on ‘global’ tastes and new, transnational forms of cultural capital remains limited to some cases of European high culture – like French literature – and to American and British popular culture. Consumption research has focused on the growing significance of Anglo-American pop music and television on a transnational scale, but it has paid little attention to other forms of global taste – e.g. Japanese anime and manga, South Korean cinema, Brazilian bossa nova, reggae music – and their role in different national and local contexts. Similarly, research on cultural production has considered mostly the American and European centers of well-established cultural sectors, like literature, television and popular music. It is evident, however, that other contexts, transnational connections and networks remain to be explored, and that the impact of globalization on other fields, sub-fields and genres – e.g. gaming, comics, hip hop, reality TV – is underresearched.

Since cultural sociology has dealt mostly with the consequences of Americanization, it remains difficult to construct a clear and precise definition of what ‘global taste’ is and what it contains, and to understand which actors and networks sustain these forms of distinction and, potentially, cultural capital. We provisionally define global taste as a taste for non-national cultural products and genres, one made possible by transnational networks of producers, mediators and consumers, as well as by cross-national connections between cultural fields, policy makers and/or political institutions. Likewise, we wish to adopt a broad, inclusive definition of global culture, one that moves cultural sociology beyond its focus on the US, the UK and West/North Europe, and which helps develop the concept of global taste beyond its Anglo- and Euro-centric premises.

This Call for Papers thus encourages original, empirically-based contributions that explore the production and global spread of African, Asian, Australasian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American cultural forms, and their consumption, mediation and evaluation in a variety of national, regional and local contexts. Our definition of global taste also includes the cultural practices of migrant populations and their descendants, and we also welcome research about the transnational circulation of culture produced in peripheral and semi-peripheral European contexts – i.e. East and South European countries – as these remain underresearched in cultural sociology.

Lines of inquiry
We seek contributions focusing on the ways in which non-Anglo-American culture is produced, circulated, consumed and evaluated around the globe. Papers engaging with issues of cultural production, consumption, mediation and diffusion are hence welcome, and papers updating or revising established theories of cultural research – e.g. art worlds, field theory, neo-institutionalism, production of culture – are particularly encouraged. We are also interested in work that draws innovative connections between these established approaches and new areas of social theorizing, such as post-colonialism, decolonial theory, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism.

We welcome papers focusing on all actors, organizations and/or networks involved with the aforementioned processes, and analyzing the meanings, aesthetic values and boundaries of globally-oriented tastes, including their relationship with cosmopolitan, nationalist and/or localist discourses, and with different social groups – in terms of class, gender and age, as well as nationality, ethnicity and race.  

Instructions for authors
The deadline for proposals is 15 September 2017. We ask for a 1500-word abstract including the following: research questions, theoretical framing, and description of the paper’s methodology – including a specification of whether the data is already collected.

Please email your abstracts to Simone Varriale ( and Noa Lavie ( Please also include your institutional affiliation and a brief biography (max 100 words). Complete manuscripts, if ready, can also be submitted at this stage.

Authors will be notified by mid-October. Proposals will be selected by the Special Issue’s editors – Dr Simone Varriale and Dr Noa Lavie – and by the editors of Poetics.

The deadline for submission of complete manuscripts is 15 April 2018. Papers will be subject to an internal and external round of peer-reviewing. The Special Issue is expected to be published in 2019. 

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