Call for Papers: Studies in Media and Communication

Constructing, De-constructing, and Re-constructing Gender as a collective memory (process) in the Indian media

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Memory studies is an interdisciplinary field, and its primary function involves exploring the politics of remembering, forgetting, and analyzing the past with the help of literature, art, history, archaeology, and media. Media serves as the symbolic representation as well as the contesting site for different forms of collective political and social identities. Social networking sites, television, the internet, YouTube videos, newspapers, periodicals, and movies are the medial frameworks for remembering in today’s world. The concept of collective memory emerged in the work of Maurice Halbwachs, which is nothing, but individual memories formed as a result of social interaction. The most intriguing aspect of collective memory is its dynamic nature. As a result of interaction with human and non-human agents, Individual memories affect the social collective of the groups to which they belong consequently group practices, commemorations and performances affect individual remembering. As Halbwachs mentioned, every act of remembering is social. This issue aims to demonstrate how commemorations, representations, and performances of Gender are complex social processes and how it is enacted in popular media. As Nancy Thumin (2012) suggests, to represent the self, the users are forcing their narrative into socially, digitally, and culturally supplied frameworks however commercial interests prime their representations.

This issue seeks to understand the dissemination of different forms of collective memories apropos gender and sexuality across different media technologies. With the increasing usage of social media users, OTT platform viewers, and internet users, media becomes the dominant site for the construction, de-construction, and re-construction of gender ideologies and affect popular imaginations. We welcome papers that demonstrate how gender La memoire collective evolves as a process through the popular representations of masculinities, femininities, gendered roles, gendered spaces, and LGBTQIA+ on social media sites, OTT platforms, newspapers, and movies. We are more interested in papers focusing on the issues of forgetting, silences, and inclusive spaces across different media technologies.

The papers should foreground gender as a collective memory (process) contextualized on, but not limited to

  • Mass media and Masculinities
  • Misogyny and Misandry
  • Cinema and traditional gender roles
  • Gender roles and representation in social networking sites
  • Communication and Sexualities.
  • Gender roles and representation in sports journalism
  • Popular LGBTQIA+ memory collectives
  • Indian Cartoons as gender collectives
  • Politics of medial frameworks and its affect on Gender
  • Repressive silences across different media cultures
  • Politics of forgetting underscoring gay, lesbian, and transgender representations.
  • Media Industry trends and Popular Imagination
  • Media law, ethics, regulations, and policy affecting Gender representations

Email your paper of about 3000 to 8000 words to the email address: on or before January 1, 2023.

  • Acceptance Notification: January 15, 2023.
  • Publication: March 2023 (Date will be announced later)

For paper submission guidelines and templates, refer to the link: Click Here

Guest Editors

Prof. Niranjana G, Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences and Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai. Email:

Dr. G. Bhuvaneswari, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences and Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai. Email:

Dr. Chaithra Puttaswamy, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kanpur, Kanpur. Email:

Dr. Iyyappan Sundareswaran, Assistant Professor, English language Centre, University of Technology
and Applied Sciences, Salalah, Oman.

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