Call for Papers

Call for Articles

Discourses, actors and citizens in the communicative construction of conflicts: the Catalan case


Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies
Call for issue CJCS 11.2 (Fall 2019) | Deadline for full proposals: 15 January 2019

Guest Editors
Alain-G. Gagnon (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Marta Montagut (Rovira i Virgili University)
Carlota Moragas-Fernández (Rovira i Virgili University)

All political conflicts are constructed through communication (Castelló, 2012). Therefore, the field in which this communication takes place becomes a central issue in media studies, and indeed can be considered the conflict itself. From this perspective, there are related topics that catch the attention of scholars: political mediatization (Mazzoleni and Schulz, 1999), relationship between media and politicians (Jamieson and Capella, 1997; 2007; Norris, 2000), critical approaches to political and media discourses (Van Dijk. 2005; Fairclough, 2001; Wodak, 2009; Charteris-Black, 2011), media systems and its political consequences (Hallin and Mancini, 2004; 2016), agenda and frame effects (Slotus and De Vreese, 2010; Esser and Strömback, 2014), social media and political activism (Cammaerts, 2008; Loader and Mercea, 2011; Gerbaudo, 2016), populist trends in political communication (Mény and Surel, 2002; Reinemann et al. 2017), etc.

The recent Catalan political conflict provides an opportunity to study how a particular case reflects the dynamics established between political actors, media and citizens in the public sphere (Castelló and Capdevila, 2015; Ordeix and Ginesta 2014; Perales and Pont, 2017; Pont et al., 2017; Xicoy et al., 2017; Micó and Carbonell, 2017; Moragas-Fernández et al., 2018; Dekavalla and Montagut, 2018; Valera, 2018). In this context, the three-year period that goes from 9 November 2014 to 1 October 2017 has witnessed a dialectical escalation between those political actors supporting independence and those who do not, entailing in a scenario of polarization and a deep crisis of political legitimation (Gagnon and Sanjaume-Calvet, 2017; Cetrà, 2018).

This scenario has been supported by media actors and so sets out several debates on journalism ethics and standards, political communication practices, fake-news as a propaganda tool, the influence of Catalan and Spanish media system features in inciting the before-mentioned polarized discussion, the role of international press media in framing the conflict or the discourses and narratives constructed around the issue by political, media and citizens. Beyond the public discussion about the political conflict, the Catalan “process” has also acted as a catalyst of organizational communication of popular demonstrations and protests, bringing special attention to the role of social networks and apps as mobilization tools. Moreover, the Catalan conflict has also generated comparative views with other European regions and international contexts, such as the Quebeqois, with which it shares similar claims.

The main goal of this special issue is to collect different approaches to the communicative construction of the Catalan conflict from a broad point of view. We aim to confront different perspectives about one of the most controversial political issues in the recent history of Spain and so we invite scholars, researchers and practitioners from around the world to submit full articles and viewpoints on topics that may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Big Data and Social Network Analysis
Agenda setting
Discourse analysis of political actors, media and citizenship
Political communication and journalistic principles and practices
Mediatization of the conflict
Cultural products and national identities
Audience studies related to media products about Catalan politics
Internationalization of the conflict
Comparative studies with other stateless nations within a communication scope
Political pluralism in the media



The journal plans to include research articles of 6,000-7,000 words (including references), as well as brief research notes, experiences or progress reports of 2,000-3,000 words for the Viewpoint section. Full proposals should be submitted by 15 January 2019 in accordance with the Notes for Contributors through the following link:
All contributions will be subjected to double blind peer review, except for the Viewpoint articles, which will be evaluated by the Editors.


OPEN CALL Miscellaneous issues

Yearly cut-off date for miscellaneous issues: October 1st

Submit your article

We welcome miscellaneous contributions at any time from scholars, researchers and professionals from around the world who wish to publish their works in a journal with a truly international scope and readership. Each year on October 1st the deadline for submissions for the next miscellaneous issue closes.

CJCS accepts original contributions under the following headings and conforming to these guidelines:

Articles should be between 6,000-8,000 words (including references). They must be based on original research or offer well grounded theoretical contributions, they must be written in a clear and concise style in English and they must not be under consideration by any other publication. In the first instance the author(s) must sent one anonymous copy of the article containing an abstract (max. 150 words) and keywords (max. 6) and attach a separate sheet with the title of the article, name of the author(s), institutional affiliation, abstract, keywords, references of the article, biographical note and institutional address and e-mail. Authors must avoid any information within the article which make it possible to infer their identity (acknowledgements must be avoided at this stage and references to their own work must be done in the third person). All articles are submitted to a blind peer reviewing process. Manuscripts will be evaluated on the basis of their originality, the soundness of their theory and methodology, the coherence of their analysis and their ability to communicate to readers (including non-specialist readers).

All submissions and proposals must be uploaded on the platform:

Please read the Notes for contributors suggested by CJCS before submitting.

This section will include research notes, short commentaries, reflections on current affairs, cultural and media events, short interviews, etc. Experts, leading scholars, experienced professionals and senior researchers are invited to submit their proposals, which will be selected also in accordance with academic criteria and depending on the availability of space. Contributions for this section should not exceed 3000 words in length and are submitted to review by the Editors.

The Editors of CJCS will select an article from those previously published by Catalan academic journals for publication in this section. Gateway will give international coverage to the best articles written and published originally in Catalan. The Editors will select the work using the abovementioned criteria and the authors must seek permission for translation and publication in CJCS. We encourage researchers to suggest articles for this section along with an argument for their suitability.

CJCS also publishes short book reviews, in English and commissioned by the Editors, about leading editorial projects in Catalan/Spanish or English in keeping with the aims and scope of the journal.