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25 May 2020

Call For Book Chapters


Submission Deadline: 1st July  2020

Call For Book Chapters


Shubhda Arora, Assistant Professor - Communication, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow

Keval J. Kumar, Adjunct Professor - Media and Communication, MICA Ahmedabad

Book Publisher: Routledge (proposed)

Our Editorial team seeks contributors to join us for this edited book with a working title “Media Narratives During the Corona Pandemic: The Asian Experience”. This volume aims to bring together Asian communication and media perspectives on the current COVID-19 crisis. We welcome chapters employing any theoretical framework and research methodology (but would prefer a qualitative methodology).

The audience for this book includes undergraduate and graduate students, especially media and communication scholars as well as cross disciplinary scholars from the area of public policy, political science, development studies, health communication, culture studies, medical sociology, medical anthropology, psychology and Asian studies scholars

The Corona pandemic has created an unprecedented situation in this globalized world marked by many disruptions in the social, economic, political and cultural lives of individuals and communities -- creating a  ‘new normal’. A vocabulary of fear, panic, social distancing and many media narratives characterize this new normal. As most nations face a lockdown and unique challenges during this crisis, citizens are expected to adapt, evolve, adjust and cope with this new way of life and living. In such a scenario, this volume aims to investigate mediated lives and media narratives during the corona pandemic, with Asia as a focus point. We hope to make this book inclusive of myriad perspectives and include voices from as many countries from Asia as possible.

We aim to bring together a volume that allows individuals and communities separated by geography to find a collective experience of this pandemic. At the same time, the idea that “we are in this together” needs to be critically examined. We encourage scholars to take cultural and critical approaches to examining media narratives-- asking questions that look at missing voices and marginalized narratives.

We hope to get contributions that are both theoretically driven as well as contribute to the practice of media and communication during crises. So, we also invite media practitioners (journalists, policy makers) to contribute to this book using case studies and context specific media narratives. Potential topic areas include but are not limited to:

  1. Marginalized and minority voices in Mainstream Media
  2. Media representations during COVID-19
  3. Fake News and Media propaganda
  4. Missing media narratives
  5. Citizen crowd-sourced news and local/regional news
  6. Cyberculture during a pandemic - memes, images, lockdown videos
  7. Social media use during a pandemic
  8. Discourses on poverty, migration, religion, caste, gender, racism
  9. Media literacy during COVID-19
  10. Media reporting and ethics during the pandemic
  11. Health messaging/ communication during the Corona pandemic
  12. Sharing personal stories/ experiences of living through the Corona crisis.

Submission guidelines:

All chapters submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 500 - word abstract on or before 1st July 2020. 

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 31st July 2020. 

Full chapters will need to be submitted by 30th October 2020.

Length: Finished manuscripts may be between 8000 -10,000 words (including abstract, references and tables). 

Style: Authors are requested to use the APA style. Please refer to the publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, for proper in-text citations and references. Tables, figures and references must all be cited according to APA

Title page: The title page should include:

  1. Chapter title
  2. Author name(s)
  3. E-mail address of the author(s)
  4. Complete address of the institution/ university the author(s) are affiliated with during the development of this manuscript
 Please send us your submissions as a word file (.doc or .docx format). All submissions and inquiries should be directed to:

Shubhda Arora: &  Keval J Kumar:    

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