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[ecrea] Fwd: WPCC Call for Papers: Media Ethnography

Wed Dec 14 19:24:47 GMT 2011

Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC), Vol 9, Issue 3
Media ethnography: The challenges of breaking disciplinary boundaries
Scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines have embraced ethnography as a
way to understand media as artefacts, experiences and practices. Whilst this trend has
contributed significantly to the study of media, culture and society, researchers that adopt
or are inspired by ethnographic approaches to the study of media face the challenges of
producing knowledge on both the margins and intersections of clearly demarcated
disciplines. What are the constraints and opportunities created by media ethnography’s
inherent hybridity? How can researchers effectively locate the field, especially given the
rise of multi sited and digital ethnographies? What range of research methods is
appropriate? To what extent can media ethnography be thought of and practiced as an
independent field? What is distinctive about the knowledge that is produced through an
engagement with media ethnography?
Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture invites submissions from international
and multidisciplinary perspectives that explore some of the key debates around media
ethnography and/or draw on media ethnography (or studies inspired by it) to produce
original empirical research. In keeping with the aims of WPCC, we welcome submissions
from new and emerging scholars.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
* Challenges and opportunities, strengths and weaknesses of media ethnography
* Ethical concerns in media ethnography
* Media ethnography, social activism and social change
* Sensory ethnography and anthropology of the senses
* Media ethnography, power and authority
* Media ethnography, presence, non-presence, digital ethnography and the concept of
“the field”
* We particularly encourage the submission of original empirical studies of
media which draw on ethnographic approaches
A 300 word abstract, full contact information for the corresponding author, and a
biographical note (up to 75 words) on each of the authors should be submitted by no
later than 3 February 2012. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified in February
2012 and will then be invited to submit a full paper by 15 June 2012.
Complete manuscripts should be prepared in English in MS Word and adhere to the
Manuscript Submission Guidelines (; they
should be 6000 - 8000 words, including notes and references. Papers should be
accompanied by an abstract of 100-150 words and up to six keywords. The manuscript
must contain a separate title page that should include: the title of the manuscript; the
name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s); full contact details of the author(s); the author's
brief biographical statement. An invitation to submit a full paper does not constitute a
commitment for publication; all papers will be subject to anonymous peer review following
Please send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to the issue editors, Dr Andrea
Medrado and Helena Nassif at: (andrea.medrado /at/
Deadline for abstracts: 03 February 2012.
Deadline for complete manuscripts: 15 June 2012.

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