Call for Manuscripts

The 2016 Submission Period is now open!

Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research is accepting manuscripts for volume 16 scheduled for print in Fall 2017.

We are accepting submissions from November 15, 2016 to February 15, 2017.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published form. Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages (double-spaced) or 7,000 words (including notes and references) and can be prepared following MLA, APA, or Chicago style. All submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and have a detached title page listing the author/s’ name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Authors should remove all identifying references from the manuscript. To be hosted on the Kaleidoscope website, media files should not exceed 220 MB in size. Larger files can be streamed within the Kaleidoscope website but must be hosted externally. Authors must hold rights to any content published in Kaleidoscope, and permission must be granted and documented from all participants in any performance or presentation.

Special Call for Papers: Affirming (Global) Life: Overcoming Divisive Discourses, Remembering What's at Stake, and Doing Something Now

In addition to regular submissions, this year’s issue will feature a special section devoted to scholarly discussions of discourses charged with promoting inequality and xenophobia. 2016 has been a violently tumultuous year of global upheaval that has deeply affected public dialogue about diversity. Black Lives Matter, for example, rose to prominence with protests against the killing of unarmed Black citizens in ways that prompted even the religious blog Patheos to use the word “execution” to describe one example, the shooting of Terrence Crutcher by Officer Betty Shelby (Stone). The Orlando massacre of members of the LGBTQ community at Pulse nightclub gave rise to a rhetorical struggle to contain, clarify, and expand upon arguments about the shooter’s motivations and the implications of calls for policy reactions that struck many as Islamophobic (Green) and/or perpetuating an erasure of the intersectional LGBTQ and Latinx identities of those killed (Brammer). Other examples of such discourses this year included North Carolina’s unconstitutional bathroom laws persecuting trans people; the gender wage gap and overwhelming income disparity systemically oppressing the poor and rewarding the rich; ISIS’s fundamentalist terrorism; the desperate plight of millions of refugees fleeing their war-torn countries in search of life; and the xenophobic, racist, and misogynistic rally speeches by Donald Trump, which caused spikes in violence in the nation’s schools (Costello). 2016 has shaken many of us from any complacent perch that “things are fine the way they are,” and discourse communities from academia to the Internet debate the best ways to respond. For some, this uncertainty about the best way to respond mixes with anger and one longs for a different time “before” now – for the nostalgic comfort of a bygone world that likely never existed. At other times, such concerns stimulate pragmatic hope for different circumstances, prompting proactive efforts to foster transformational changes.

People in the U.S. and around the world are becoming collectively concerned about the future we face. The forces of terrorism, racism, xenophobia, sexism, and unmindful privilege compel many persons to close themselves off from others they perceive as overwhelmingly different in one way or another. These tactics exploit one trait or practice as determining that an entire person or demographic is dangerous and expendable. In U.S. culture especially, fundamental individualism has always been less concerned with an ethics of community than with capitalism and profiteering. But people are not inherently greedy or solipsistic. We are social creatures, vulnerable and interdependent, and we’re all stuck here together. In this (extra)ordinary way, as Levinas tells us, we are always responsible for the other before our sense of self.

This special section, then, invites essays that ask how communication theory and practice can assist in transcending discourses that demonize and scapegoat difference. How can communication studies guide this transcendence and encourage the commitment, in de Beauvoir’s words to embrace our “fundamental ambiguity” as a shared condition? How can communication studies assist those who seek to deconstruct and untangle themselves from the ethnocentrism poisoning their perceptions of others? How can communication studies undo the scripts that encourage the automatic association of Muslims with terrorism, African Americans with criminality, trans* persons with pedophilia, and women with sex objects? How can communication studies foster a communication ethics that might begin with the notion that none of us are exempt from considering our participation in some of these discourses? It is time for us to begin making decisions, as Sartre said, as if each choice mattered for the whole of humanity. And our choices do matter, because as Sartre also warned, humans are a most curious animal, and the only of its kind that has the power to destroy itself.

This special editor’s call invites authors to move beyond mere critiques of communication practices by imagining concrete pragmatic actions and building connections across difference. Additional questions to consider include: How can qualitative research disrupt the forces of de facto xenophobia, racism, sexism, classism, and other systems of marginalization? For performance scholars, how can performance art be deployed to inspire postmodern global ethics of interconnection – to remind us of our enfleshed similarities and vulnerabilities, the worthiness of well-lived lives, and the possibility of crafting joint hopes for the future? From an activist perspective, what are we doing and what can we do right now in our communities to counteract the public’s growing contempt and suspicion of foreign-others? For rhetoricians, how can we dissect, dismantle, and transform pervasively xenophobic rhetoric of hate, deficiency, and fear? What would a communication-studies-informed ethics of postmodern pragmatism entail? What might this existential calling realize?

Authors should clearly mark in their cover letter that their submission is for this special call. Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words (excluding references) and be prepared using the same citation conventions as regular submissions.

Works Cited:

Brammer, John Paul. “Why it Matters that it was Latin Night at Pulse.” Slate, 14 June 2016, http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2016/06/14/it_was_latin_night_at_the_pulse_orlando_gay_bar_here_s_why_that_matters.html. Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.

Costello, Maureen B. Southern Poverty Law Center. “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on our Nation’s Schools.” https://www.splcenter.org/sites/ default/files /splc_the_trump_effect.pdf. Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.

de Beauvoir, Simone. The Ethics of Ambiguity. 1948. Open Road, 2015.

Green, Emma. “The Politics of Mass Murder.” The Atlantic, 13 June 2016, http://www.theatlanti c.com/politics/archive/2016/06/orlando-political-reactions-homophobia-gun-rights-extremism/486752/. Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.

Levinas, Emmanuel. Otherwise Than Being. 1974. Duquesne University Press, 1998.

Sartre, Jean-Paul. Existentialism is a Humanism. 1946. Yale University Press, 2007.

Stone, Michael. “Tulsa Police Execute Unarmed Black Man.” Patheos, 19 Sept. 2016, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2016/09/tulsa-police-execute-unarmed-black-man/. Accessed 18 Nov. 2016.

Preparing Submission Materials

To submit your manuscript through OpenSIUC, click on “Submit manuscript” in the left sidebar. You will want to have the following materials ready:

  • Contact information for you (and co-authors, if applicable)
  • Article title
  • Shortened article title (for running head)
  • Key words
  • Abstract (150-word maximum)
  • Cover page footnote (could include a short description of your institutional affiliation, any acknowledgments to individuals who contributed to the article, and anywhere the article was presented prior to publication)
  • Full text of submission (manuscript in Word Doc or RTF format which not does exceed 25 double-spaced pages or 7,000 words and does not include any identifying information about the author)


Authors are completely responsible for the factual accuracy of their contributions and neither the Editorial Board of Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research nor the Department of Communication Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale accepts any responsibility for the assertions and opinions of contributors. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to quote lengthy excerpts from previously published articles.

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