The International Communication Section (ICOMM)

of the International Studies Association

Two calls for papers

Below you can find two calls for papers that might be of interest to you.

  • Journal of Strategic Security, Special Issue: The Strategic Security of Ephemeral Global Identities (Guest Editor: Matt Armstrong)
  • Media and Communication, Special Issue: Who are the Mediators: Responsibility in the age of ubiquitous, instant, mobile, affordable communication (Guest Editors (Matt Armstrong and Cliff Gilmore)

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Journal of Strategic Security (JSS) Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Strategic Security of Ephemeral Global Identities

Guest Editor: Matt Armstrong

Deadline: December 30, 2016

Around the globe, burgeoning marketplaces of ideas and loyalties threaten traditional models of nationalism and governance. Often simplified to a “war of ideas,” these marketplaces are empowered by today’s communication and transportation networks.

The networks that facilitate inexpensive information and human flows are facilitating a new kind of reach and engagement that permits a new forms of identity not behold to historical barriers. Social media, peer-to-peer communications, websites, encryption technologies, satellite TV, and similar technologies provide a rich experience personalized to an individual or group. These “bubbles” can be created and maintained at little to no cost and without the participation or knowledge of societal and governmental “gatekeepers”—peer groups, institutions, and even family members. On both sides of the transaction, boundaries to group membership are increasingly bypassed and negotiable in the interest of the group. A person no longer needs to be of a certain ethnicity, from a certain culture, or speak a specific language to join a group and gain a sense of belonging and acceptance. Increasingly, these conditions lessen, if not remove, pressure to assimilate or conform to local societal, or even legal, norms.

What has emerged is a marketplace where people may opt-in, or “test drive,” one or more identities without needing to surrender the current identity or to commit to just one. Connections can be made and maintained online, asynchronously, or in-person. Conversely, a person may opt-out of an identity. Alternative identities previously difficult, if not impossible, to reach are now available, from re-engaging with an ancestral culture or an empathetic response to previously unreachable groups.

There is growing evidence that the marketplace of ideas is manifesting as a marketplace of loyalty with a direct impact on domestic and foreign policies, as well as security. While expensive shortwave radio reached across borders and affected the loyalty of untold numbers of listeners, action by the listener was often equally expensive albeit in a different “currency.” The transaction costs of today’s marketplace is, by comparison, nearly zero. Virtually anyone can be a “broadcaster” and as action is cheap, whether it is disruptive or destructive. In this environment, individuals and groups have an increasing vote in security affairs as they carry out acts of physical attacks, leaking secrets recruiting others, to shaping political environments for governments.

Some of the questions we seek to understand better are:

  • What is the meaning of citizenship, loyalty to the state, accountability of a citizen to the state, and of a state for the actions of its citizens?
  • Is the relevancy and impact of nationalism and citizenship understood in this new marketplace of ideas, identities, and loyalties?
  • How does the state react to this marketplace? What do defensive and offensive measures look like to capture or retain “market share”?
  • Does the marketplace work differently in liberal democracies than in illiberal regimes?
  • What is the relationship between identity politics domestically and the marketplace of loyalties on a transnational scale?

Authors from business, government, and academic sectors are encouraged to submit their research for this issue of the Journal of Strategic Security. We are especially eager to receive papers on these and related topics with an international perspective.

About the Journal of Strategic Security

The Journal of Strategic Security is a peer-reviewed professional journal published quarterly by Henley-Putnam University Press. JSS provides a multi-disciplinary forum for scholarship and discussion of strategic security issues drawing from the fields of intelligence, terrorism and counterterrorism studies and protection, among others.

The Journal encourages diversity in theoretical foundations, research methods, and approaches. Quantitative and qualitative studies, for example, each offer valuable contributions to the field of strategic security. Academic disciplines of anthropology, criminology, economics, history, international relations, political science, psychology, and sociology are welcome, as are the applied scholarly fields of security studies, strategic studies, and intelligence studies.

JSS emphasizes contemporary security issues, so manuscripts focused on non-state actors are of particular interest. Topics such as counter-terrorism, jihadist ideology, genocide, global policing, insurgencies, intelligence, inter-state armed conflict, irregular warfare, radicalization, risk management, terrorism, threat assessment, and violent extremism are well suited to the Journal, as are contributions on security threats arising from transnational crime, global climate change, failing states, energy and environmental security issues, and health crises such as pandemics.

JSS publishes review articles, original empirical research, and analytic/conceptual works that contribute to a better understanding of security-related threats and ways to prevent or mitigate their impact. Each article should analyze and include implications for policy and practice.

Please direct all questions to:

Who Should Submit?

We welcome submissions from students, practitioners, scholars, and experts from the intelligence, military, and law enforcement communities, as well as from government, academia, and the private sector. If you have a proposal for a paper or a completed manuscript, please submit it for consideration according to the instructions below.

Submission Guidelines:

Articles should be approximately 5,000 words. Occasionally, we print longer pieces (up to 10,000 words) depending on the context and advanced notification.


All documents should be in Microsoft Word format and submitted though the Journal’s online manuscript management system: No hard copy submissions will be accepted. Submitted articles should be in 11.5 pt. Georgia font. Please visit our Submission Guidelines for more details:


To receive full consideration for publication, all submissions must be carefully referenced using footnotes that include, if applicable, the URL of online sources.

Authors may be required to re-submit their submissions if they are not in the proper format. No in-text citations will be accepted.

No bibliography is required; however, all papers should be well-documented with the supporting references appropriately cited in footnotes that strictly follow the Submission Guidelines:

Direct all questions to:

The Journal of Strategic Security (JSS), a publication of Henley-Putnam University, seeks manuscripts for an upcoming special issue on future trends global identities for, featuring Guest Editor, Matt Armstrong.

Review Process

All papers deemed suitable and within the Journal’s scope will be sent for peer review. The author may be asked to make changes as requested by the reviewer and editor before the work is published. Only original manuscripts not previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere will be considered. If accepted for publication, manuscripts cannot be published elsewhere without written permission from Henley-Putnam University Press.

About Henley-Putnam University

Henley-Putnam University (HPU) is a leader in the developing field of Strategic Security. HPU uniquely offers a focused curriculum, advanced degrees, collaboration across military, law enforcement, and intelligence community boundaries, and real- world experience from its faculty and founders. The University is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council, an accrediting body recognized by the

U.S. Department of Education, to offer bachelors and masters degrees in Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and Strategic Security and Protection Management, and a professional Doctorate in Strategic Security (DSS). Visit us online at:

Media and Communication

Call for Papers

 Who are the Mediators:
Responsibility in the age of ubiquitous, instant, mobile, affordable communication

Guest Editors: Matt Armstrong and Cliff Gilmore

Deadline: December 30, 2016

 Modern communication is characterized by speed, mobility, and ubiquity. The physical barriers to communication — such as time, distance, platform, and language — are increasingly historical artifacts while the cost to communicate falls, often to nothing. The result is an abundance of pathways to consume and share information. Media are not just polarized, they are fractured into innumerable channels customized and personalized by sender and receiver alike.


From the advent of the transoceanic telegraph to shortwave radio to social media, each new evolution brought hopes of great integration and understanding between nations. Today’s communication tools facilitate volatile catalysts for rapid change though the scope, scale, and implications of that change remain unclear. What does it mean when traditional media are no longer our primary mediators of the news? What is the impact on understanding the issues when media, however they are now defined, are in competition not only with one another, but with their audiences? How does this impact policy makers, policy development, and international affairs? Is it a concern or opportunity when audiences are constituted not by geography or language, but by psychological factors such as ideology, empathy, sympathy, mistrust, or trust? Are we witnessing the death of truth as demand for speed of information delivery overcomes our expectations of accuracy? Are our education systems keeping up with the social, technical, and philosophical demands of interconnectivity and adaptation as the status quo?


This is a call for papers from across the spectrum of disciplines to explore how the rapidly evolving communication environment is disrupting our lives for the better, for the worse, and in ways we have yet to either comprehend or imagine.


We are seeking 8-10 commitments to contribute on this multi-disciplinary topic and to challenge insular and isolated analysis about modern communication and its impact. This journal, Media and Communication, is an open-access journal through Cogitatio press. This model of open-access permits free and easy access to the content by shifting the costs to the producer, rather than the consumer. Many universities and funding agencies allocate funds to cover these submissions, and many are already Institutional Members allowing their authors to freely publish in Cogitatio’s open-access journal. 


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