CfP Special Issue of Media and Communication (Guest Editors: Anne Kaun, Julie Uldam, Maria Kyriakidou)

 

Political Agency in the Digital Age: Media, Participation and Democracy)

Based on the successful conference Political Agency in the Digital Age (9-10 October 2015), we are pleased to invite submissions from the conference participants for a special issue publication in the open-access journal Media and Communication.

Theme

Research on media and politics has traditionally tended towards separating the sphere of politics from political processes in other societal spheres, focusing on parliamentarian politics and formal, institutionalised interest group politics (e.g. unions). At the same time, there has been a tendency to focus on elites, whether political, corporate, media or cultural. With the emergence of digital media, the research agenda within the field of media and politics research is shifting towards exploring interrelations between institutionalised politics and political processes in other societal spheres, and moving beyond elites to also include “ordinary” people. The personalization of digital media and the rise of user-generated content have led to an increased interest in personal self-expression of citizens at an individual level as a political act. While this represents an important development, it also warrants fundamental questions about what counts as politics and who count as political actors. At the same time euphoric accounts of the potential of digital media for political agency are questioned critically both in terms of actual potential and the wider structures in which they are embedded. The conference aims to gather papers that provide a differentiated analysis of political agency in the digital age.

The special issue gathers contributions that address questions of shifting agency in connection with changing media technologies, while considering a dialectical relationship between social and media-related change.

We invite contributions from the Political Agency in the Digital Age conference that address the  following topics:

  • Social movement/radical/alternative media
  • Activism and digital media
  • Materiality of media participation
  • Civic resilience in times of crisis
  • Everyday life and civic culture
  • Media and struggles over independence and recognition
  • Organising (for) political agency
  • The political economy of participatory digital media
  • Social movements and political subjectivities
  • Political agency and civic cultures

Please submit full papers containing original research results that have not been published in English elsewhere. Articles shall have a maximum length of 8,000 words (the word count limit includes title, abstract, and references list. The anonymized manuscript should be submitted to ecreacommdem@gmail.com. Please submit an accompanying letter of submission stating your affiliation and the suggestions of three reviewers (including their emails) who:

– are recognized experts in the field
– hold a PhD degree
– not have worked with the author(s) for the last 5 years
– not be affiliated with the same institution as the author(s).

Please follow the author guidelines closely: http://cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/mediaandcommunication/pages/view/forauthors

Submission deadline (full papers): 15 January 2016.

The publication of the special issue is planned for August 2016.

Journal: Media and Communication

Media and Communication (ISSN: 2183-2439) is an international open access journal dedicated to a wide variety of basic and applied research in communication and its related fields. It aims at providing a research forum on the social and cultural relevance of media and communication processes.

Editor: Bradley Greenberg, Michigan State University, USA

http://cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/mediaandcommunication/index

The guest editors have raised funding to cover the processing fee for all articles that go to publication.

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Communication & Democracy business meeting

The section business meeting will be held Friday 9th at 12.30pm in room 114.

We hope to see many of you there – please feel free to bring your lunch from the buffet:)

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Political Agency in the Digital Age – keynote room updates

Anastasia Kavada’s keynote speech Friday at 5pm has been moved to room S16.

Goubin Yang’s keynote speech Saturday at 9:15 has been moved to room s10.

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Political Agency in the Digital Age conference programme

The final programme for the Communication and Democracy section’s 2015 conference is ready. It promises to be an interesting and timely event, and we look forward to stimulating discussion and new insights.

The final programme is available here: Political Agency in the Digital Age programme

The full programme is available here: Political Agency in the Digital Age full programme incl abstracts

Information on the venue and the rooms http://www.tilmeld.dk/ECREAcommunicationanddemocracy2015/venue.html

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Political Agency in the Digital Age Conference

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September 6, 2015 · 2:50 pm

Preliminary programme

Political Participation in the Digital Age. Media, Participation and Democracy

ECREA Communication and Democracy Conference 2015

9-10 October 2015, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Remember to register before 1 July for the reduced early bird fee.

We have received a high number of quality submissions. The overall conference programme is now ready:


Friday 9 October
9.00–9.30 Coffee and Registration
9.30–10.30 Keynote session: Nick Couldry
10.45–12.15 Parallel Paper Session
12.15–13.15 Lunch
13.15–14.45 Parallel Paper Session
15.00–16.30 Parallel Paper Session
16.30–17.00 Coffee
17.00–18.00 Keynote session: Anastasia Kavada
18.00–19.30 Reception
Saturday 10 October
9.15–10.15 Keynote session: Guobin Yang
10.30–12.00 Parallel Paper Session
12.00–13.00 Lunch
13.00–14.30 Parallel Paper Session
14.45–16.15 Parallel Paper Session
16.15–16.30 Coffee
16.30–18.00 Parallel Paper Session

Special events:

Young scholars workshop. Politics in Academia: On the (im)possibility of activist scholarship and scholarly activism. In this interactive session senior and junior address challenges that arise when academics are overtly politically normative in their research and dissemination, including institutional and societal reactions and hands-on engagement with social and political practice.

DigAct workshop. This session inaugurates the DigAct network (Digital Activism in China, Scandinavia and USA) that brings together American, Chinese and Scandinavian scholars of a vivid and striving field at the intersection of media and communication studies, sociology, cultural studies and political science focusing on the role of digital media and its most important predecessors for political mobilization and organization.

Civic Engagement and Social Media book launch. In this session the contributors to the book Civic Engagement and Social Media. Political Participation Beyond Protest present cases of civic engagement in relation to business and society.


The detailed conference programme will be available after the registration deadline.

Registration for the conference is open here http://www.tilmeld.dk/ECREAcommunicationanddemocracy2015

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Call for Papers ECREA Symposium “Political Agency in the Digital Age: Media, Participation and Democracy”

ECREA Communication and Democracy Conference 2015 9-10 October 2015, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Abstract Deadline: Friday 1 May 2015

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Anastasia Kavada, University of Westminster
  • Guobin Yang, Annenberg School for Communication

Theme Research on media and politics has traditionally tended towards separating the sphere of politics from political processes in other societal spheres, focusing on parliamentarian politics and formal, institutionalised interest group politics (e.g. unions). At the same time, there has been a tendency to focus on elites, whether political, corporate, media or cultural. With the emergence of digital media, the research agenda within the field of media and politics research is shifting towards exploring interrelations between institutionalised politics and political processes in other societal spheres, and moving beyond elites to also include “ordinary” people. The personalization of digital media and the rise of user-generated content have led to an increased interest in personal self-expression of citizens at an individual level as a political act. While this represents an important development, it also warrants fundamental questions about what counts as politics and who count as political actors. At the same time euphoric accounts of the potential of digital media for political agency are questioned critically both in terms of actual potential and the wider structures in which they are embedded. The conference aims to gather papers that provide a differentiated analysis of political agency in the digital age.

We are seeking contributions that address questions of shifting agency in connection with changing media technologies, while considering a dialectical relationship between social and media-related change. Contributions could address – but are not limited to – the following topics •    Social movement/radical/alternative media  • Digital activism •    Materiality of media participation •    Spaces of participation and protest •    Civic resilience in times of crisis •    Digital media uses in extra-parliamentarian and non-institutionalized politics •    Digital media representations of extra-parliamentarian and non-institutionalized politics •    Digital media at the intersections of traditional politics and social movements •    DIY citizenship and digital media •    Performance and political agency •    Everyday life and civic culture •    Popular culture and civic engagement •    Digitization and individualisation

Submission details Individual presentations  Please submit a 300 word anonymised abstract.

Panel proposals Panel proposals should include a 300 word panel rationale plus individual 200 word abstracts from a minimum of four speakers.

Please submit your abstract here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cd2015

Deadline for submission is 1 May 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be issued by 1 June 2015.

Registration and Fees

Early bird registration €50 (until 1 July 2015)

Early bird reduced student fee €30 (until 1 July 2015)

Full fees €75

Reduced student fee €40

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