Book Series: The Visual Politics of Wars

Deadline: Nov., 1, 2015
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Editors: Ibrahim Saleh, (University of Cape Town, South Africa) & Thomas Knieper (University of Passau, Germany

About the Series

This book series focuses on assessing the coverage of wars, so we are looking for contributors who investigate connections to the daily practices of journalism in text, images and videos. The book series considers the growing influence of the ‘visual turn’€™ in diverse academic literature on the media representation of conflict. The Visual Politics of War presents encouraging evidence that the visual- isation of conflict in news media is finally getting the kind of sustained theoretical scrutiny and rigorous empirical analysis that it deserves.

The Visual Politics of War follows an interdisciplinary approach that welcomes contribution from varied disciplinary fields of research, from security studies to visual culture, are now engaging in a range of analytical and empirical investiga- tions into the purportedly powerful roles of mediated visual imagery during wartime, employing conceptual tools such as ‘mediatisation’ and ‘€˜performativity’€™.

This book series offers a summation of some of the key approaches: their inter- sections, distinctions and usefulness; while suggesting trajectories for further critical research into al journalism and crisis communication. Ever since the Vietnam War, media globalisation has made conflict a part of everyone’s life in this modern world. This is where the war reporters play the crucial role of media- tors to bring us stories covering the various dimensions of war from some of the most vulnerable places of the earth.

This book series includes original research papers that explore the visual culture of conflict, specifically the ‘war on terror’ grounded in the conceptual claim that images are central to contemporary geopolitics. We encounter other people and places though a “field of perceptible reality” enabled by visual representations.


Manuscripts eligible to be published as articles include full length research with a maximum length of 7,000 words (excluding abstract, tables, figures, and refer- ences), a total of no more than 5 tables and/or figures, and no more than 75 references. Academic manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout (including all quotations and footnotes). Full names of the author(s) should be given, a full ad- dress for correspondence, and where possible a contact telephone number. Au- thors should include an abstract of 100 to 150 words, and 5 key words under, which the article should be indexed.

Current and recent academic and profes- sional affiliations should be supplied for inclusion in Notes on Contributors,€ together with a list of major publications (with dates and name of publisher) and forthcoming books.

References: Authors should confirm to Cambridge Scholars Publishing style. Thus authors should use inside reference style rather than footnotes. Authors will be required to secure permission if they want to reproduce any type of material, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as ‘€œderivative reproduction’€ (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

Types of Contributions:Standard Papers – report practical or theoretical research and typically comprise up to 12 typeset pages. Longer articles are also considered, provided the content justifies the extent.



Ibrahim Saleh, PhD: Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town; Chair of Journalism, Research & Education Section, International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) & Editor of the Journal of Transnational ‘Worlds of Power’€™: Proliferation of Journalism & Professional Standards & the Global Media Journal, African Edition. Saleh is the linchpin editor f the Book Series ‘Visual Politics of War’. Political communication, in particular in the areas of political journalism and crisis management; Securitization of the Environment, in particular climate reporting and representation of disasters; Middle East & North Africa (MENA), in particular the engagement of citizens with supranational political processes; media and democratization in transitional society; the impact of media violence on public opinion; effects of media representations and framing on policy-making in the areas of social policy, foreign policy and international relations; digital inequalities in cross-national contexts.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Knieper, Chair of Computer-mediated Communication at the University of Passau. Knieper was executive director of the IWF Knowledge and Media gGmbH in Goˆttingen and full professor for Mass Communication and Media Studies at the TU Braunschweig. His main research areas are computer-mediated communication, visual communication, political communication, empirical social research, and journalism. Further- more, Knieper is member of the Human Science Centre at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. He is member of the editorial boards of the two journals ‘€œVisual Communication Quarterly’€ and ‘€œInternational Journal of Communication and Health’€. He also joins the advisory board of ‘€œImage: Journal of Interdisciplinary Science’€.Thomas Knieper is the co-editor of the Book Series ‘Visual Politics of War’.