Bharata Vidya Charcha Kendra Call for Papers: Women and Social Media: Situating Women in the Virtual World

Bharata Vidya Charcha Kendra Call for Papers: Women and Social Media: Situating Women in the Virtual World

Bharata Vidya Charcha Kendra Call for Papers for an edited volume on Women and Social Media: Situating Women in the Virtual World.

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Women and Social Media: Situating Women in the Virtual World

The world-renowned feminist critic Simone de Beauvoir famously called women the „second sex‟ which means women are treated as the second class citizens of the world and that they are subservient to men who are actually the first class citizens. In the new era, the prevalence of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) has created a virtual world and this virtual world is also not free from the various sorts of problems faced by women since for patriarchy they are the „second sex‟ in the virtual world too.

As women face domination, subjugation, repression and harassment in the real world, the virtual world has hardly proved to be any different to them. The social media seems to have given the patriarchal and pervert men a whole new platform to harass women as they think they can get away saying anything to a woman.

One look at the comment section of the social media accounts of female public figures, or even if one is not a public figure but an outspoken woman, who simply wants to express her views on social media, presents one with patriarchy- and perversion-infested virtual world.

Almost all the women have experienced complete strangers sliding to their message boxes and saying whatever they feel like as if women are the commodities in an open market and are just waiting for complete strangers to send their unsolicited physical praise, overt or covert sexual messages, sending vulgar photos, phone calls, etc.

It has become very common for a fierce and outspoken woman to receive rape threats from men who do not agree with her views. I remember once I was watching a video on YouTube on Sania Mirza and someone had written a totally irrelevant comment about her breasts! Such instances are aplenty on social media and this is no less than eve-teasing and harassment.

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Call for Papers: Women and Social Media: Situating Women in the Virtual World

Bharata Vidya Charcha Kendra calls for papers to be published by a national-level publisher in an edited volume with ISBN on the overarching theme, “Women and Social Media” with the following sub-themes, but not limited to these only:

 Treatment of women on social media
 Representation of women on social media
 Social media harassment and bullying
 How women present themselves on social media
 Trolling of women
 Abuses and rape threats
 Family pressure to women not to use social media
 Women‟s safety/no safety on social media
 Men masquerading as women on social media
 Social media as a new platform for women to express themselves
 Social media as a new platform of subjugation of women
 Social media harassment and the mental health of women
 Different types of harassment of women coming from different communities
 Female juvenile on social media

Interested contributors can send an abstract within 250-300 words with 5-7 key words at [email protected] within 30/08/2021.

Formatting of the Abstract:
Font Type: Times New Roman
Font Size: 12
Line Spacing: 1.5
Alignment: Unjustified

Below the title of the abstract, mention your name, designation and affiliation.

Abstract should be mailed as an attachment in MS Word.

The Subject of the mail should be „Abstract_[Your Name]‟

After the abstract is accepted, the contributors will be informed and then they are to send full papers within 3000-4000 words within 10/10/2021.

Formatting of the Paper:
Font Type: Times New Roman
Font Size: 12
Line Spacing: 1.5
Alignment: Unjustified
For Citation: Use MLA 8th edition. Do not use footnotes.
Full paper should be mailed as an attachment in MS Word.

Along with the full paper, send a bio- note of yourself within 100-150 words as a separate attachment. The subject of the mail should read „Full Paper_[Your Name].‟

N.B.

  • There is no publication charge. However, the contributors are to buy at least one copy of the book at the market price.
  • The book will be edited by Sumbul Nasim, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Triveni Devi Bhalotia College, Raniganj, West Bengal.
  • For any query, mail at [email protected]

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