*Persona Studies*

Call for papers, Volume 2, Issue 2

Special Issue: Political Persona

Political Personas are perhaps the most visible and strategic public identities. The next issue of Persona Studies is dedicated to exploring this peculiar type of persona in all its guises. We are calling for submissions that through the idea of persona explore the organisation of contemporary politics and its gatekeeping structures that are modalized around public individuals. Persona has been regularly used to describe our political leaders and it is sometimes used to explore political manoeuvrings in other fields and professions.  We are calling for submissions that explore political persona from both of these directions.  We encourage those focused on current campaigns as well as now-historical constructions of political public selves to consider this issue of Persona Studies the key location for discussion and debate about political persona.

Themes and issues include but are not limited to:

*Gender and political persona

*Political persona and mediated identity

*Online transformations/mutations of political persona

*Comparative political persona

*Contemporary political campaigns and persona

*The relationship between political parties and personas

*Historical studies of political personas

*Political advertising and persona

*Politicizing of other public personas

*Political personas in the professions


We have a structured but fast publication cycle that needs to be followed closely and with equal care and speed by our authors.

For both traditional paper submissions and creative works, please submit a 250-300 word abstract or proposal topersonastudies@deakin.edu.au by 20 June 2016. These will be reviewed by the editorial team for fit within the issue theme, and full papers requested by 4 July. Please note that official acceptance of the work is contingent upon peer review. Full manuscripts (5000-8000 words) need to be submitted for double-blind peer review by 30th of September 2016.

For creative submissions where peer review or critical response is not desired, a full submission will be required by 14 October 2016. Please advise in your initial proposal if you would like a creative arts peer review.

This special issue is scheduled for publication in (late) November 2016.