Call for Papers – Special Issue: Propaganda Analysis Revisited

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The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation Review
Call for Papers
Special Issue: Propaganda Analysis Revisited
Abstract Deadline: Sept. 15, 2020
Full Paper Deadline: Jan. 8, 2021

Dr. A.J. Bauer, Department of Media, Culture & Communication, New York University
Dr. Anthony Nadler, Department of Media & Communication Studies, Ursinus College

We invite concise (3000 words), empirical papers from all disciplines, rooted in archival research methods or which otherwise draw upon historical data in considering contemporary problems concerning propaganda and misinformation. What might earlier scholarly and political responses to the problem of propaganda tell us about our current “post-truth era”? What conceptual or strategic mistakes have been made in the past, which we might avoid? What forgotten practices or theoretical frameworks might bolster our understanding of the present epistemological impasse?

Additional topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

Cold War era propaganda and counter-measures
Frankfurt School or psychoanalytic models of propaganda
Historical debates surrounding propaganda research methods
History of media policy responses to propaganda concerns
History of media literacy initiatives
History of computational propaganda
Participatory propaganda, astroturfing and grassroots politics
Propaganda before mass media (e.g. early colonial propaganda, slavery propaganda, etc.)
De-colonial propaganda analysis
Racist and xenophobic propaganda and counter-measures
Propaganda analysis in the Global South

All papers will be widely distributed to a variety of stakeholders, including politicians, journalists, and researchers. Papers must adhere to the HKS Misinformation Review format and highlight real-world implications and applications. We estimate that papers will be published one month after submission.

We will prioritize work that foregrounds historically and structurally marginalized perspectives, and welcome contributors of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations.

Abstract Submission Guidelines: Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be e-mailed to guest editors A.J. Bauer and Anthony Nadler at as Microsoft Word files no later than Sept. 15, 2020. Abstracts should clearly describe their empirical basis and contemporary implications. Invitations for full papers will be sent by Oct. 15, 2020.

Paper Submission Guidelines: The deadline for full papers (3,000 words max) is Jan. 8, 2021. Authors need to follow our template and submission guidelines closely. Our templates can be found here. All submissions need to be fully anonymized.

Important Dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 15, 2020
Paper Submission Deadline: January 8, 2021
Publication: February 2021 (Tentative)

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