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Gender-Based Cyber Violence: Call for Chapters

The internet is an ageing and evolving phenomenon. Over the years, the internet has unleashed a culture of vigorous interaction and opinionated discourses. More often than desired, these interactions channel into doctrinal bigotry or singular fixation over one or a group of individuals resulting in extremism, hate-mongering, and even violence. Interactions in the cyberspace, unlike in the real world are often monitored, spied upon and are also prone to exploitation by third-parties for purposes of scouting and data collection. Although the element of surveillance works in the combined interests of users at times for its evidentiary value in order to report and address grievances, it is, however, quite chilling to discover the sheer iteration of such burgeoning criminal behaviour in the cyberspace, especially the ones targeting women and children.

Such behavior is no longer limited to plain harassment but has rather manifested itself into pernicious forms like rape-threats, doctored imagery, disclosing addresses of women thus fomenting risks of real-life harassment, etc. This call is thus centered around the belief and formulation that harassment of women in the cyberspace is not only a weaponized tool of modern technology but also a tool of evincing discrimination against women. It is therefore crucial to raise consciousness regarding the gendered harms caused by such behavior, to ensure effective channel and mechanism for redressing the grievances raised by victims, enumerate and deliberate upon the legal challenges and enforcement restrictions that have handicapped effective policing and to finally delve into the discourse about how to change online sub-cultures of misogyny into those of fairness and equality.

In an attempt to address these points of discourse, the Indian Society for Legal Research (ISLR) invites original, unpublished chapters on the theme of "Gender-based Cyber Violence" for an edited E-book with an ISBN number.

Following are the sub-themes, though not exhaustive:-

  • Feminism and Internet: A Critical Analysis
  • Role of feminism in fighting gender-based cyber violence
  • Revenge Pornography
  • Sexual violence through video games
  • Digital misogyny as hate speech: Exploring legal implications
  • Cyberstalking
  • Cyber-Sexism: Gender and Power on the Internet
  • The role of law in redressing the gender-based violence
  • The institutional response to gender-based violence: Insights from recent trends
  • Reinforcement of sexism through memes
  • Mapping gender-based violence through gender trolling
  • Introspecting the gaps between cyber crimes against women and other vulnerable groups
  • Efficacy of existing legal-institutional frameworks
  • Trolling and Gender Bullying
  • Challenges in online women security
  • International and National approaches in regulating cyber-crimes against the queer community
  • LGBT phobic cyberbullying
  • Dark Web and Human Trafficking

Submission Guidelines:

  • Contributors please carefully note and follow the guidelines below as you write. Any chapter not meeting these guidelines will be returned to the author(s) for correction, which may cause significant delays in the publication process.
  • Word Count for the book chapter- 3,000 to 4,000 (excluding footnotes), along with an abstract of not more than 250 words, clearly explaining the topic, methodology and objectives of the proposed paper.
  • Only ORIGINAL submissions will be accepted for publication. Chapters may not have been previously published or be submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • Chapters should be submitted in Times New Roman, with font size 12, line spacing 1.5'; justified, with sufficient margins of 1.5' to the left and 1.0' on all sides. Chapters can be in the form of articles. 'Article' refers to a comprehensive and thorough analysis of issues related to the theme.
  • Co-authorship is permitted up to a maximum of two authors.
  • Footnotes should be numbered sequentially in Indian Law Institute Mode of Citation or Bluebook 20thEdition style.
  • The Papers shall go through strict plagiarism check and the plagiarism shall not be more than the permitted limit of 20 per cent.
  • All the submissions shall be made on or before 28th February 2020 at islrpublications[at]gmail[dot]com
  • All chapters shall be accepted based on double-blind peer review editorial process. All the accepted chapters will be published in an edited E-Book.

Publication Fees:
No Publication Fee

Important Dates:

Paper Submission:

28th February, 2020

Contributions reviewed returned to authors:

30th March, 2020

Revised contributions submission:

15th April, 2020

Mr. Harsh Gupta
Phone: +91-8194940110

Ms. Aaliya Akhtar
Phone: +91-7396901935


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