Date: 2015-08-28
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Subject: Call for papers on "Comparative Studies on Journalism, Media and Politics" for a special issue of About Journalsm

About Journalism – Sur le journalisme – Sobre jornalismo

International scientific journal




Call for papers


Comparative Studies on Journalism, Media and Politics

Call for papers published: 15 August 2015

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 31 October 2015

Decision on abstracts: 30 November 2015

Deadline for submitting full manuscripts: 29 February 2016




Arnaud Anciaux (Université Laval, Canada) arnaud.anciaux@com.ulaval.ca

Julián Durazo Herrmann (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada) durazo.julian@uqam.ca

Liziane Soares Guazina (Universidade de Brasília, Brazil) liziane.g@uol.com.br


The numerous cross-sections between journalism, media and politics appear readily from appraisals of the interaction between these subjects and the environments in which they evolve and to which they contribute. We find echoes of these themes as much in the grand theoretical constructions of the social sciences as in empirical analyses and case studies. Nevertheless, these links have rarely been systematically studied.


From this perspective, the comparative analysis of different spaces, worlds and societies seems particularly adequate in our quest to study journalism, media and politics --and their multiple contexts. Our endeavour follows a well-established research tradition that compares different countries and case studies. Whether individual works or collective projects, these studies are built and interact with existing scholarship in many different ways, depending on scientific constraints and research preferences. Without it being its main objective, comparative research also encourages a certain rapprochement between social academic actors ²and seeks international visibility.


The diversity of comparative approaches encourages certain types of enquiry that cut across disciplinary barriers. We thus constructed the object of this special issue, where we will focus on comparative studies addressing the intersections of journalism, media and politics in various societies. What are the objects of comparison? What are the instruments, the means and the methods for this endeavour? Between local spaces and national societies, which is the ideal level for comparative analysis? How do we go about comparative analysis itself? How do we make inferences and build theoretical generalizations from a comparative approach? What is the role and place of quantitative and qualitative methods in this debate?


In order to address these questions in a special issue of Sur le journalisme – About journalism – Sobre jornalismo, we request manuscripts from all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities that investigate the links between journalism, media and politics in a comparative way. We invite proposals that cut freely across these themes, addressing, for instance, media and democracy, media systems and the political practices of journalism, journalism and political processes (i.e., electoral campaigns), among others. Generally speaking, proposals may concentrate on one or another of the three themes of this special issue, insofar as they contribute to a common discussion. Within these different possibilities, all manuscripts must engage in both theoretical and empirical analysis resort explicitly to a comparative research method, whatever its form (stricto sensu comparison of different cases, contrasting different countries, transnational analysis, etc.). We will also consider more theoretically, methodologically or epistemologically oriented proposals inasmuch as they contribute to the goals of this special number.


To participate in this dialogue, the selected manuscripts may rely on a quantitative, qualitative or mixed method, but they must all consecrate an important part of their introduction to their epistemological and methodological choices. The case studies must be addressed in an original fashion, so as to demonstrate their contribution to the intersections of journalism, media and politics. Beyond epistemological and methodological choices, the selected manuscripts must discuss how the author engages in a generalizing logic and in a theoretical analysis.


We insist in both the strategic importance and in the contribution of comparative analysis to research, as well as in its diversity: research choices, methods and epistemological positions. Without condemning or excluding them, we wish to go beyond the sometimes dominant logic of positivist/functionalist approaches. In comparative analysis, the latter usually stem from certain quantitative methods and normative positions. If we consider this approach legitimate, we wish to open up spaces for other forms of comparative analysis, in order to stimulate dialogue and crossbreeding between different traditions, epistemological approaches, methods and case studies.


Manuscripts may be written in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.


Please let us know of your interest in this special issue by sending a two-page (maximum) abstract of your proposed manuscript before 31 October 2015 to the coordinators:





We will inform the authors of our decision on 30 November 2015.


The deadline for submitting the final manuscripts (30 to 50,000 characters, including notes and bibliography) is 29 February 2016.


Double-blind evaluation. All manuscripts must include a theoretical framework, a research method and empirical analysis.


About Journalism – Sur le journalisme – Sobre jornalismo…

… is a space where historically shaped intellectual traditions and interests in journalism studies meet. The field of journalism studies has developed with different epistemologies, approaches and methods that inform national research traditions. The journal fosters the encounter of these divergent approaches via an international editorial board and active solicitation of submissions from international scholars. In a context of globalization and relative homogenization of media systems and journalistic practices, the journal also focuses on the similarities and differences between journalistic and scholarly cultures.

The journal is dedicated to research. A committee of four editors responsible for facilitating exchanges works with editorial boards that include scholars from Europe, Latin America, and North America. The members of the editorial boards are figures widely known for the quality of their research and the international and intercultural  orientation of their approaches to journalism studies.

The journal is a springboard for the publication of innovative works in transdisciplinary perspectives; it publishes the research not only of established scholars but also of students. Published online and on paper, the journal's issues are organized around precise themes. Results of graduate theses, field and research notes, and scholarly reports may also be included in any given issue.


Editeurs / Editors / Editores 

François Demers (Université Laval, Canada) • Florence Le Cam (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgique) • Fábio Henrique Pereira (Universidade de Brasília, Brasil) • Denis Ruellan (Université de Rennes 1, France).


Conseils scientifiques / Editorial board / Conselhos científicos

Zélia Leal Adghirni (Universidade de Brasília, Brasil), Henri Assogba (Université Laval, Canada), João Canavilhas (Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal), Jean Charron (Université Laval, Canada), Rogério Christofoletti (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil), Béatrice Damian-Gaillard (Université de Rennes 1, France), Salvador De León (Universidad Autónoma de Aguacalientes, Mexico), Juliette De Maeyer (Université de Montréal, Canada), Javier Diaz Noci (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, España), David Domingo (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgique), Chantal Francoeur (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada), Marie-Soleil Frère (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgique), Mike Gasher (Concordia University, Canada), Gilles Gauthier (Université Laval, Canada), María Elena Hernández Ramirez (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico), Thais de Mendonça Jorge (Universidade de Brasília, Brasil), Eric Lagneau (LIER – EHESS, France), Sandrine Lévêque (Université de la Sorbonne, France), Kenia Beatriz Ferreira Maia (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil), Pere Masip Masip (Universidad Ramon Llull, España), Cláudia Mellado Ruiz (Universidad de Santiago, Chile), Dione Oliveira Moura (Universidade de Brasília, Brasil), Véronique Nguyen-Duy (Université Laval, Canada), Greg Nielsen (Concordia University, Canada), Raúl Hernando Osorio Vargas (Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia), Sylvain Parasie (Université Paris-Est, France), Laura Pardo (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina), Valérie Jeanne Perrier (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France), Guillaume Pinson (Université Laval, Canada), Mauro Pereira Porto (Tulane University, USA), Franck Rebillard (Université Sorbonne nouvelle, France), Viviane Resende (Universidade de Brasília, Brasil), Rémy Rieffel (Université Panthéon-Assas, France), Roselyne Ringoot (Université Grenoble Alpes, France), Julien Rueff (Université Laval, Canada), Eugenie Saitta (Université de Rennes 1, France), Lia Seixas (Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brasil), Nikos Smyrnaios (Université Toulouse 3, France), Jean-Francois Têtu (IEP de Lyon, France), Marie-Eve Thérenty (Université Paul Valéry, France), Annelise Touboul (Université de Lyon 2, France), Adeline Wrona (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France)






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