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[ecrea] cfp_Media and Nationalism
Fri Feb 02 17:30:20 GMT 2018
*Media and Nationalism in the Network Society*
According to the network society theory eloquently elaborated by Van
Dijk and Castells, in an age of hyper-connectivity and blurred cultural
boundaries, those who are not part of the network society are becoming
unemployable and thus turn to national as opposed to global and cast
so-called protest votes. Thus, the past decade has witnessed an upsurge
of nationalism in the West, with the rise of the Far Right movement.
This eventually resulted with victories of nationalist parties, national
sovereign governance as opposed to transnational collaborations,
seclusion as opposed to connectivity and inclusion, demise of equality
and diversity policies, demise of identity politics, criticism of
women’s rights and feminism, etc.
While many see events in the UK and the US (Brexit vote and the Donald
Trump’s victory) as new and problematic victories of the Far Right and
the upsurge of nationalism masked under the term patriotism or
conservativism, this movement started much before with Far Right winning
national elections in many European countries not all of Western origin
and culture. For example, in Austria Jorg Heider won elections and
joined the Austrian Government as a coalition partner in 2000. In
post-Communist Europe, nationalist parties gained power after the fall
of Communism and in that they advocated return to the tradition and
enforced nationalist policies.
While there has been lots of work published on media and nationalism,
new events deserve a new consideration. The question is no longer
whether the media push an agenda because agenda studies have
demonstrated so for decades. The question is how nationalism is
conceptualised and how nationalist policies and ideas are being
promoted? How traditional media promote these particular policies and
what this means for current media landscape? What is the role of social
media in promoting nationalism and nationalist candidates? How
candidates reach out to potential voters and which media are driving
these new nationalist movements? Is there a strong generational divide
and how different generations respond to different policies? Have
traditional media embraced a stakeholder orientation and started to
produce content that their readers want to read? If so, what does this
mean for the future of journalism? How have editorial policies changed
over time and how editorial policies affect political divides? If social
media activism is influencing the publics, what is the role of
traditional media, to join in and continue producing content for SEO
enhancement or insist on their traditional role to report the truth and
be impartial? What is the role of SEO in current media landscape and has
SEO influenced changed in current journalism?
The questions this book aims to tackle are therefore,
Which platforms do nationalists use and how they promote their work, and
achieve popular support?
What is the role of traditional media in promoting nationalistic policies?
Have media turned towards stakeholder orientation (advocated
predominantly by the Left) and started to produce content that their
readers want to read, which helped the Far Right agenda? If so, how this
happened, i.e. is it because of changed nature of journalism and the
need to follow user-generated content such as comments, blogs, vlogs,
SEO strategy, etc.?
How is it possible that two diametrically opposite political candidates
use social media to promote their policies (Obama vs Trump) in a very
What media Diaspora reads, and what is their role in national elections?
Is there a generational divide when it comes to nationalism, and if so,
how is this negotiated in network society? Who is networking and in
which way? Which platforms people use and for which purposes?
How is SEO changing journalism?
Changes in editorial policies and their influence on political divides
Abstract should be sent to both editors at following email addresses,
(M.Topic /at/ leedsbeckett.ac.uk) <mailto:(M.Topic /at/ leedsbeckett.ac.uk)>
(niamh.kirk4 /at/ mail.dcu.ie) <mailto:(niamh.kirk4 /at/ mail.dcu.ie)>
Abstract due: 1 March
Acceptance notices: 15 April
Full papers due: 1 September
Chapter length: 7000 words including references
Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words, and the completed
chapters should be no more than 7000 words. Extensive theoretical
introductions are not necessary in chapters because an introductory
study will provide an overview of existing work and debates surrounding
the position of women in the media. Case study context should be
explained in each chapter.
We will look for a publisher once we receive all manuscripts. We aim to
publish the book in the UK or the US, with one of mainstream academic
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