[NEW DEADLINE] Comunicação e Sociedade: Call for papers | Crime, Justice and Media

Editors: Rafaela Granja (CECS, University of Minho, Portugal), Sílvia Gomes (Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom) and Thais Sardá (Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom)

Issues associated with crime and justice are constantly at the centre of public debate. Police violence, criminal investigations, high-profile trials and even life inside prisons are a common focus of media attention. Both media and fictional representations of crime and justice make oppositions between collective security and human rights more visible. They also reify discourses that rely on notions of “us” and “others”. However, there is a lack of debate about the profound social inequalities (racial, gender, among others) that promote such social cleavages. These tensions are explored by social movements and activists, particularly on social media, exposing various forms of violence and crime (e.g., hate crimes, racial violence, etc.). However, people deprived of freedom are restricted from acting as agents in civic mobilization due to barriers in accessing information. In this thematic issue of Comunicação e Sociedade, we invite social sciences researchers to reflect on the various forms of interconnection and disconnection between crime, justice and media, focusing on one or more of the following topics:

– perceptions about crime and justice;

– media coverage of crime and high-profile criminal cases;

– police or judicial journalism;

– media trials;

– fictional portraits of crime and justice;

– revisiting the concept of moral panic;

– police violence, racism and exclusions;

– hate crime and hate speech;

– social movements and media coverage of justice;

– techno-optimism in fighting crime;

– representations of prisons and other contexts of deprivation of liberty;

– info-exclusion of people deprived of liberty.



Proposals submission: February 1 to March 31, 2022 April 14, 2022

Notification of acceptance: June 7, 2022

Deadline for the submission of the final article (PT and EN): September 20, 2022

Publication: December 2022



Papers can be submitted in English or Portuguese. At the peer-review process, the authors of selected articles should ensure the translation of their articles. The editors shall have the final decision on the publication of the article.


Comunicação e Sociedade is an open-access academic journal, operating according to demanding standards of the peer-review system, and operates on a double-blind peer-review process. After submission, each paper will be distributed to two reviewers, previously invited to evaluate it according to its academic quality, originality and relevance to the objectives and scope of the theme.

Originals should be submitted through the journal’s website. When accessing Comunicação e Sociedade for the first time, you must register before submitting your article (instructions to register here).

Refer to the guidelines for authors here.

For further information, please contact: comunicacaoesociedade@ics.uminho.pt.

[Posted: 03-12-2021]