Osumare reinforces a bold attempt to institutionalise a culture of diversity consciousness and respect for differences in media practice in Nigeria. A practical response to a major gap that is central to what is understood and projected and which also is crucial to the attitudes that are formed by media practitioners and the general public on gender and sexuality issues, given the fact that majority of our people define their identity through the lens of the media.
The journal therefore shall strategically complement existing effort to restructure and divert gender and sexuality narrative away from the mundane to the more relevant issues that are capable of offering perspectives while shedding light on an issue that is at best contentious in our country.
Towards this end, the journal is committed to examining current issues relating to gender, sexuality and human rights and the intersection between them, as a scholarly and practical dialogue that explores the multifaceted aspects of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE). Osumare shall be a platform for evidence, analysis and opinions on these subjects toward ensuring a credible, knowledge based engagement of the key issues to speak to attitudes and professionalism.
This maiden edition aims to examine the understanding and representation of gender identity, expression and sexual orientation in the African society that fuels prevailing attitudes. In this regard, we seek and encourage original studies from practitioners from varied professional backgrounds that provide data and contribute to evidence across the spectrum of issues related to the focus that can inform policy and practice. We welcome studies across disciplines, commentary and opinion pieces are also welcome.
Papers can speak to any of the following issues:
- Violence, gender identity, bodily integrity and the limits of state action and actors
- Anthropological perspectives on gender and sexuality in traditional Africa
- The approach to gender and sexuality of the major religious traditions (Christianity, Islam and Traditional religions)
- Social dynamics and impact of media bias and popular culture on gender and sexuality
- Biomedical data in the psychology of sexual orientation and gender diversity
This call is open from November 8, 2015 until February 15, 2016. Manuscripts should be between 2, 000 and 3, 500 words in length. Shorter pieces may be considered. Referencing should align with the APA format. Authors are expected to submit a short bio with their manuscripts. Please submit works to Prjkthpngr@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authors of work selected shall be notified by the end of February 2016.
Review and editorial
Works shall be reviewed by our Editorial Board in collaboration with the Gender Studies Program of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.
Journal editors are Dr. Olumide Popoola, Dr. Seun Olutayo and Mr. Segun Sangowawa.
For more information, please visit www.osumare.info
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