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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
The guest editors have raised funding to cover the processing fee for all articles that go to publication.