Call for Papers


Special Issue: ‘Youth, Social Media and Gender: opportunity for resistance or reproduction of stereotypes?’
Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies
Special Issue 9.2 (Fall 2017)



Guest Editors of this issue: Núria Araüna (Rovira i Virgili University), Tonny Krijnen (Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication), Sofie Van Bauwel (UGhent)


Youths’ online and offline life experiences are increasingly intertangled. Social media provide them with communicative and creative tools to share and manage intimate and social experiences, as well as to construct their (gender) identities. These new opportunities have raised many debates which, roughly speaking, emphasize either consumers’ agency or the structuring power of social media. Focussing on agency, we see youth shaping their identities online, build up resilience and trigger resistant communities and alternative representations of gender and sexualities. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat,, Grinder, etc… offer new terrains for building solidarity amongst peers and creating communities based on girl cultures and alternative sexualities (LGTBQIA). Focussing on the structuring power of social media, however, we see the reproduction of gender stereotypes and inequalities: sexism, sexual harassment and bullying are spreading through online platforms and harm youngsters. Often girls and minoritized sexual identities are objects of mechanisms of scandalization. The consequences of these actions might be in some cases as serious and tangible as stigmatization, discrimination, psychological traumas or suicides. Besides, sexual and affective control behaviour –widely studied in offline contexts– is reproduced by youngsters within online relationships, thus encouraging and providing more fields for sexist violence among young couples.

Despite the sometimes negative consequences of online sexism, youngsters do not always put themselves to risk in online communication. On the contrary, in some occassions it is precisely through the web that ‘victims’ of sexist violence and stereotyping receive others’ solidarity. Additionally, social media can also challenge youngsters in a positive or constructive way or contribute to more resilient and even resistant attitudes.

To deepen our understanding of these matters we are launching this Special Issue of the CJCS. Our aim is to examine the contexts and cultural understandings that interact with young people’s uses of social media from a gender perspective. We would like to cover different related manifestations and experiences related to youth’s engagement with social media globally from a critical perspective.

We welcome contributions on these and other issues:

–Gendered and intersectional self-presentations on Social Networking Sites (SNS)

–Youth’s agency in constructing gender identities and interactions on SNS

–Double standards, victim blaming and assessment of peers’ activities online

–Care vs control behaviour in love and sexual relationships on SNS

–Alternative masculinities, transgender and intergender identities on SNS

–Adolescent and young people’s participation and engagement in alternative online communities

–Critical evaluation of revictimization through SNS of teenagers suffering sexual or gender violence

–Public controversies (media panics, institutional campaigns, press coverage…) regarding sexual aggression on SNS

–Emerging mobile social network services and transgressive gender subcultures

The journal plans to include articles of 6,500-7,000 words (including references), as well as brief research notes or reports of around 2,000-3000 words for the Viewpoint section. Full manuscripts for both sections should be sent in accordance with the Notes for Contributors to the email address by 1 March 2017. All contributions will be subjected to double blind peer review.


ATTENTION Please read the Notes for contributors before submitting.

Miscellaneous issues (Open Call)

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.

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 sent to and must follow Intellect’s House Style Guide. 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.