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[ecrea] Call for Papers || Mobile Digital Practices, 5th Issue of Digital Culture & Society
Wed Feb 01 23:23:44 GMT 2017
I am happy to announce a CfP on Mobile Digital Practices: Situating
People, Things an Data. As the fifth issue of Digital Culture & Society,
we are inviting contributions to the sections stated below.
Deadline for abstracts is Feb 19, 2017.
If you have questions regarding the call or the journal, please do not
hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Best regards from the issue editors,
Anna Lisa Ramella with Asko Lehmuskallio, Tristan Thielmann and Pablo Abend
Mobile Digital Practices: Situating People, Things and Data
Abstract deadline: February 19, 2017
Edited by: Anna Lisa Ramella, Asko Lehmuskallio, Tristan Thielmann and
The fifth issue of Digital Culture & Society will address particular,
situated forms of movement of people, things and data through the lens
of practices. Practice-based approaches have concomitantly become
pivotal for describing how people, things and data are interrelated in
what can be called digital practices. While discussions surrounding the
“practice turn” (Schatzki et al. 2006) in social theory have found their
way into other disciplines including media studies, it has yet to be
clearly identified how practices can be deciphered in terms of scale and
order (Swidler 2010) and how the specifics of digital practices can be
best spelled out (Couldry 2012). A number of scholars in media and
anthropology have worked towards describing the various settings of
“what people do with media” (Couldry 2004) in terms of media practices
(Bräuchler/Postill 2010). Almost simultaneously, a mobilities turn has
been identified, framing subjects of the social sciences through the
lens of movement and networks (Sheller/Urry 2006). We aim to apply these
approaches to a mobile digital realm; hence, we invite to discuss how
particularly digital practices can be described, framed and researched
and how they produce and are produced by the mobility of people, data
and devices (Morley 2011).
We invite theoretical and/or empirical contributions discussing digital
practices and the relationship of humans, things and data from a
situated perspective: whether as phenomena to be studied in and of
themselves, or as part of innovative research designs. Disciplinary
approaches may be rooted in (digital) media and cultural studies, media
or digital anthropology, among other social sciences. Interdisciplinary
contributions, such as those from science and technology studies or the
digital humanities, are particularly encouraged.
Paper proposals may relate to, but are not limited to, the following
questions concerning mobile digital practices. When submitting an
abstract, authors should make explicit to which of the following
categories they would like to submit their paper:
Field Research and Case Studies (full paper: max. 8.000 wordsWe invite
articles that discuss empirical findings from studies that approach the
relationships between humans and data. These may include practices of
circulating or collecting data as well processes of production and
evaluation. Studies may also trace the flow of data by paying attention
to the practices involved, or follow the practices to gain insight into
the movement of data.
Methodological Reflection (full paper: max. 8.000 words)
We invite contributions that reflect on the methodologies employed when
researching mobile digital practices. These may include, for example,
the specificities of ethnographic fieldwork in online/offline
environments; challenges and opportunities faced when qualitatively
researching quantifiable data and vice versa; approaches using mixed
methods; discussions of mobile and circulative methods; and reflections
of experimental forms of research.
Conceptual/Theoretical Reflection (full paper: max. 8.000 words)We
encourage contributions that reflect on the conceptual and/or
theoretical dimension of mobile digital practices, and discuss or
question how the digital can be defined, what it can describe, and how
it can be differentiated. We also invite articles that interrogate terms
such as digital or practice and call for alternatives in the
conceptualization of data and “what people do” with it.
Entering the Field (2.000-3.000 words; experimental formats welcome)
This experimental section presents initial and ongoing empirical work in
digital media studies. The editors have created this section to provide
a platform for researchers who would like to initiate a discussion
concerning their emerging (yet perhaps incomplete) research material and
plans as well as methodological insights.
Deadlines and contact information
Expressions of interest/Initial abstracts (max. 300 words) and short
biographical note (max. 100 words) are due on: Feb 19, 2017.
Authors will be notified by Feb 26, 2017, whether they are invited to
submit a full paper.
Full papers are due on: May 1, 2017.
Notifications to authors of referee decisions: July 1, 2017
Final versions due: August 1, 2017
Please send your abstract and short biographical note to Anna Lisa
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