Call for Papers

Special Issue on “Social Media and Human Rights”

Margaret Waltz, Guest Editor

The editors of Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences (SWB) – a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open-source electronic journal devoted to cutting-edge research on human rights and public goods – invite authors to submit manuscripts for a special issue on “Social Media and Human Rights.”

With this special issue we invite submissions that examine both major and emerging issues in “Social Media and Human Rights.”  This topic will also allow Societies Without Borders to utilize its strengths as a space for research from within the academy or by practitioners in the field.

The special issue seeks papers, commentaries, notes from the field, as well as poetic, visual, and other expressions devoted to examining social media and human rights.  This special issue will be released in April 2016.

Any and all inquiries into social media and human rights in the social sciences are welcome.  Some questions for consideration include but are not limited to: 

·       Social media and social change

·       Access to social media

·       Social media and gender, race, ethnicity, poverty/SES, sexual orientation, and/or nationality

·       Social media and surveillance

·       Social media and human rights monitoring

·       Privacy and digital rights

·       Social media and human rights activism

·       Human rights social media campaigns

The deadline for submission is December 1, 2015.

Inquiries may be sent to Margaret Waltz at

Please submit manuscripts through the SWB Website and follow the SWB Submission Guidelines.

Submissions will be subject to the regular review process of SWB.

Contact Info: 

Margaret Waltz – Managing Editor of Societies Without Borders 

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