Call for Manuscripts

The 2022 Submission Period is now open!

Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research is accepting manuscripts for volume 21 scheduled for print in Fall 2022.

We are accepting submissions until March 15, 2022.

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: Investigating Our Spaces, Places, Power, and Agency

In addition to general submissions, the editor encourages the submission of manuscripts that address the role of space and place. As Shome (2003) highlights, space/place is “not merely a backdrop, though, against which the communication of cultural politics occurs. Rather, it…functions as a technology—a means and medium—of power that is socially constituted through material relations that enable the communication of specific politics” (p. 40). Shome’s work called for communication scholars to investigate spatial relations that affect identity, culture, and power. While spaces and spatial relations construct how people interact, Chávez (2010) argues that people can transform a space into a new relational approach through using space differently and refusing to participate in oppressive norms.

Communication scholars (Blair, 2001; Carrillo Rowe, 2004; Dickinson, Ott, & Aoki, 2006; Mountford, 2001) have expanded the discussion of space. Their research shows that spaces are not neutral. We have seen increased conversation about the systemic dangers in spaces for marginalized bodies. Shome’s (2003) and works on spatiality show that people often feel belonging to the locations where they live. However, not all of these belongings are positive connections. Some of those belongings are connected to domination and discrimination. This leaves the oppressed in continuous search of a safe space/place. As shown by the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many marginalized others, that safe space/place may not exist yet.

This special call asks authors to investigate how people create, reinforce, disrupt, or change norms within spaces and places. Consider physical spaces (e.g., home, classroom) as well as virtual spaces. While not limited to the questions below, the following questions are provided for inspiration. In what ways has space and place been considered in communication studies scholarship? How has the pandemic caused communication scholars to reexamine how people perform in space and place? What does critical analysis of space and place reveal about the relationship between the micro-level and macro-level? How does investigation of space and place reveal opportunities for reclaiming agency? Lastly, what areas could communication research explore in future studies in relation to space and place?

The editor welcomes submissions from a variety of qualitative methodologies and mixed-methodological approaches, including critical/cultural analysis, web-based and new media research, autoethnography, poetic and arts-based inquiry, performance scripts, as well as other qualitative methods. Authors should identify in their cover letter that their submissions address the special call. All submissions, including those for the special call, should follow regular submission guidelines.

To submit a manuscript, please visit opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/kaleidoscope.

For additional information and questions, contact Janine Armstrong at kalscopejrnl@gmail.com.

Blair, C. (2001). Reflections on criticism and bodies: Parables from public places. Western Journal of Communication, 65, 271-294.
Carrillo Rowe, A. (2004). Whose "America"? The politics of rhetoric and space in the formation of U.S. nationalism. Radical History Review, 89, 115-134
Chávez, K. R. (2010). Spatializing gender performativity: Ecstasy and possibilities for livable life in the tragic case of Victoria Arellano. Women’s Studies in Communication, 33, 1-15,
Dickinson, G., Ott, B. L., & Aoki, E. (2006). Spaces of remembering and forgetting: The reverent eye/I at the Plains Indian Museum. Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, 3, 27-47.
Mountford, R. (2001). On gender and rhetorical space. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 30, 41-71
Shome, R. (2003). Space matters: The power and practice of space. Communication Theory, 13, 39-56.

To submit a manuscript, please visit opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/kaleidoscope

Inquires should be emailed to kalscopejrnl@gmail.com

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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