| Call for Submissions to a Special Issue of Multicultural Education Review|
Focus “Cyber-lives: Digital Media and Multicultural Education”
Special Issue Editor:
Jabari Mahiri PhD, Professor of Education, University of California Berkeley
Significance of Focus:
■ Whether defined as liberal, comparative, critical, or radical, multiculturalism has worked towards equity, inclusion, and the appreciation of diversity. Yet, multicultural education perspectives and practices must continue to evolve as we encounter new ways of thinking about and participating in an array of socially constructed historical, geographic, political, socio-economic, and now digital spaces. Although various frameworks of multicultural education have made important contributions to developing its efficacy, they also often define diversity in terms of relatively static racial/ethnic categories operating primarily within defined national boundaries.
■ This special issue of Multicultural Education Review explores how digital media practices reveal important ways that people’s actual lives and learning are much more complex, nuanced, and multifaceted than essentialized racial/ethnic categories admit. Individual and social identity construction, interpersonal and work relationships, and ways of learning and constructing new knowledge are dramatically transformed through the pervasive use of
digital texts and tools. Essentially, digital media has expanded, virtually connected, and complicated our personal/cultural identities, group affinities, and our ways of knowing as well as our sense of place and space.
■ For this special issue to be published in the summer of 2017, we invite submission of articles that provide compelling understanding and documentation of how multiculturalism and multicultural educati on must necessarily transform to account for and accommodate 21st century cyber-lives – living, learning, participation, and communication online and in other digitally mediated spaces. Submissions should be between 5,000 and 6,000 words including references, tables, figures, appendices, etc.
■ Manuscripts should be submitted “off line” in the first instance directly to the Special Issue Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 15, 2016. Selected manuscripts will be subject to the process of blind peer review coordinated by the Special Issue Editor. The finally revised manuscripts should be submitted to the Special Issue Editor by February 15, 2017.
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