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MARIAL Center Creates Online, Peer-Reviewed
Journal of Family Life

Call for submissions

The Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL) is pleased to announce the creation of an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, multimedia online journal called Journal of Family Life. The journal, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is envisioned as a gathering place for ideas and information addressing all aspects of family life in the beginning of the 21st century. While we emphasize the American family, cross-cultural works on family life are welcomed.
We currently seek submissions for a special issue on how the economy is affecting family life.We seek first-person family stories and individual narratives (essays, poetry, photo essays, films, audio) that illustrate the impact of the global economic downturn on family life. We seek positive and negative stories.
For instance, do families eat at home together more, because they cannot afford to eat out as much? Are kids doing fewer extracurricular activities because money is tight? How were the holidays different this year, in light of more limited budgets? How does family life change when a parent loses a job? Do we see more anxiety, depression?
We are interested in stories, rather than statistics, about family budgets, unemployment, searching for work, paying tuition, paying bills and the mortgage.
We would also like to see historical work that reminds us what family life was like during the Depression, and what it looks like now, including how the government is responding. Will President Obama be the next FDR, with public works projects that put Americans back to work, while building the U.S. infrastructure? How will President Obama communicate with the American public, to calm jitters, yet be realistic about where we are and what sacrifices must be made.
Tell us your story, for possible publication in Journal of Family Life. We seek to be a public forum for discussion on how families are adjusting to the economic downturn..
We encourage submissions from all disciplines. This includes, but is not limited to, work originating in psychology, sociology, family studies, religious studies, theology, anthropology, literature, cultural studies, history, women’s studies, political science, philosophy, media studies, the arts, journalism, or the sciences. 
Journal of Family Life is open access and there is no fee to subscribe. It is aimed at scholars, practitioners, students, journalists, and the general public.  We are especially interested in submissions that are written or produced in an accessible style and have the potential to engage multiple audiences.
Submission deadline: May 15, 2009

For more information on the journal and submission guidelines, please see the journal website.
Send questions to marial@emory.edu

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