CfP Book Series on “Visual Reporting of War Terror”

Published by Cambridge Scholars and Edited by Ibrahim Saleh & Thomas Knieper

Deadline (February 15, 2015)

This book series on Visual Reporting of War Terror focuses on assessing the coverage of war, so we are looking for contributors who investigate connections to the daily practice of journalism in text, images and videos.  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 mediators to bring us stories covering the various dimensions of war from some of the most vulnerable places of the earth.

This book series on Visual Reporting of War Terror invited 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.

Because the ‘war on terror’ was understood as a new type of conflict, fought against an “elusive enemy” in disparate and dispersed locations, visualizing the event was always going to be a challenge. The internet also brings war and conflict into homes around the world more immediately than ever before, but with the torrent of data, images and videos comes confusion and propaganda. It demands a new kind of war reporting – one which can make sense of digital evidence, and use the decentralised web as a tool for undermining the enforced narratives of the powerful.

The new wars are accompanied by a spiral of visual terror. W.J.T. Mitchell is talking about “Cloning Terror”. Furthermore one should talk about the ethical challenges. Embedded journalism has contributed to the centrality of absence to the visualisation of the war on terror. However, this practice has also been constrained by the way the media generally offers a limited challenge to established positions.

In this context, calling for an unsanitised view of the war is bound to be insufficient as a strategy for challenging the official photographic narratives. This edited volume Visual Reporting of War Terror aims to offer alternative views, aesthetic strategies, pluralises perspectives, and seeks to overcome the absences that have marked the pictorial coverage to date.


Manuscripts eligible to be published as articles include full length research with a maximum length of 7,000 words (excluding abstract, tables, figures, and references), 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 address for correspondence, and where possible a contact telephone number. Authors should include an abstract of 100 to 150 words, and 5key words under which the article should be indexed. Current and recent academic and professional 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.


Authors should confirm to APA 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 “derivative 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.

For more information email Ibrahim Saleh, Ph.D: