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The journal welcomes abstract, full manuscript and creative practice submissions on a rolling basis submitted to, and in response to calls for papers around a central theme. We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines and Peer Review process. Submissions will be vetted by an editor, and if your proposed paper (full article or 'Perspectives' length piece) or creative submission is considered a fit for the journal, you will receive log-in details for the website via email to allow you to submit to the journal website for peer review. Those submissions accepted for publication after peer-review that are not aligned to a themed section will be published on a rolling basis in Issue 3 of each year, regardless of the timing of the submission. This will allow for timely publication of non-themed articles. 

Call For Papers: Persona Studies 2022 Vol. 8 Issue 2

Special Issue: Domesticity and Persona

ISSUE EDITORS: Dr Kim Barbour (University of Adelaide) and Dr Michael Humphrey (University of Colorado)

Revolutions political, social, personal, technological, and beyond have changed the way many people relate to the word “domestic.” At the same time, the feeling of home is still very familiar to many. This became readily evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, as homes became the scene for a far more expansive set of life activities. For some, rather than crossing beyond a private domain to the shared world, the shared world peered into a slice of millions of private lives, prepared neatly for the eye of a webcam, or interrupted by passing pets, partners, and children. For others, the external gaze was resisted, views carefully obstructed to preserve the sanctity of the domestic sphere. For still others, the domestic space became (or continued to be) a place of surveillance, isolation, imprisonment, and repression.

In the midst of these changes, both new and old, we are calling for theoretical, critical, empirical, and/or creative responses that investigate the persona in domesticity. Which personas flourish in domestic light and which shrink? Who expands or constricts the boundaries of domesticity? What freedoms and/or restrictions await, and for whom? How do we understand domesticity and personas in a time of collapsed contexts and multipurpose spaces?

Themes and issues include but are not limited to:  

  • Parenting, homemaking, life-hacks, pets, home spaces
  • Work/Life (im)balance
  • Authenticity and the domestic sphere
  • Shared domestic spaces and labour
  • Queering domesticity
  • Protest and counter-narratives of domesticity
  • Taboo and domestic personas
  • Power, control, violence and victimisation in domestic persona performance
  • Domestic personas through history
  • Labour and the domestic persona
  • Personas in paid domestic work
  • Gender, race, and/or class and domestic personas
  • Visualising domestic personas
  • Visibilising domestic spaces and personas through lockdown and WfH
  • Theorising domesticity through persona
  • Persona curation and ‘work from home’ / ‘learn from home’ spaces
  • Theorising persona through domesticity
  • Celebrity and domesticity
  • Platformed domesticity and personas
  • Domesticity and education
  • Domesticating devices and persona building 

To register your interest:

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to personastudies [at] gmail [dot] com, including the proposed article/creative response title, and a short author bio (50-100 words) for each contributor, no later than 29 April 2022. Ensure the abstract clearly connects to the theme of the issue – a short statement in the email to explain the fit with the issue is welcome but not necessary. Please see the Key Dates below for the timeline for the issue, noting that deadlines should be read in your own time zone. A printable version of this CfP is available here.

Key Dates:

  • Abstracts due – 29 April 2022
  • Invitation for full papers – 06 May 2022
  • Full papers (6000-8000 words) due for peer review – 15 August 2022
  • Peer review results returned – 12 September 2022
  • Revised papers due – 14 October 2022
  • Issue release date – November 2022


In production: Persona Studies 2022 Vol. 8 Issue 1

Special Issue: Life Writing & Persona

Persona Studies is seeking papers and creative projects that investigate the ways in which personas are produced, managed, used, and disseminated in the contexts of life writing. We take “life writing” here in the very broadest of senses to include written texts (published and unpublished; written, print and online) but also other forms and genres of representation/self-(re)presentation including film, art, theatre, publicity, social media and more.

In this issue we are interested in life writing as a site of persona production, persona performance, and persona dissemination. Whether vlogs and Facebook posts or celebrity memoirs, profiles or biopics, life writing texts are doing persona work – often quite intentionally and strategically in the cases of public figures and public texts. Indeed, life writing seems both an obvious and natural home for studying persona and there are productive sites of overlap in how these fields theorize performativity, authenticity, strategy, agency, and reputation.

But the study of life writing as a site of persona work also has the opportunity to stretch both fields in new directions: private life writing texts, for example, offer a challenge to the supposition in Persona Studies that personas are mechanisms for being public. Persona Studies in turn complicates distinctions between public and private mechanisms of self-(re)presentation that have historically structured Life Writing Studies. Theoretically, both fields have much to offer each other: how might theoretical work on the slash in auto/biography, truth-telling, and auto/biographical pacts be brought to bear on persona performances? How might life writing benefit from thinking about playability, mediatization, and role-playing?

This special issue on life writing and persona welcomes abstracts and papers related to these and many other issues including (but certainly not limited to):

  • Social media and other forms of presentational media as sites of persona work and life writing
  • Persona and biographical representational media forms: films, profiles, biographies, etc.
  • Self-presentation in representational media forms
  • Persona in public and private life writing texts
  • Referentiality and truth-telling in persona work
  • Issues of agency, performativity, and reputation in life writing
  • Strategic productions of persona in life writing
  • Personas in the publicity and marketing of life writing texts