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[ecrea] Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism - tripleC Special Issue

Mon Feb 05 20:44:30 GMT 2018

Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism
Special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique
Edited by Thomas Allmer and Ergin Bulut
Volume 16 (1), 2018, pp. 44-240

We are delighted to announce the publication of the tripleC special issue 'Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism’, edited by Thomas Allmer and Ergin Bulut. The special issue has been published in tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, volume 16 (1), 2018, pp. 44-240, and is available here:

The overall task of this special issue is to gather critical contributions examining universities, academic labour, digital media, and capitalism. The articles collected (1) provide the context, history and theoretical concepts underlying academic labour, (2) analyse the relationship between academic work and digital media/new information and communication technologies/the Internet/social media, and (3) discuss the political potentials and challenges within and beyond higher education institutions.


Thomas Allmer and Ergin Bulut: Introduction: Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism

Thomas Allmer: Theorising and Analysing Academic Labour

Maxime Ouellet and Éric Martin: University Transformations and the New Knowledge Production Regime in Informational Capitalism

Richard Hall: On the Alienation of Academic Labour and the Possibilities for Mass Intellectuality

Marco Briziarelli and Joseph L. Flores: Professing Contradictions: Knowledge Work and the Neoliberal Condition of Academic Workers

Jamie Woodcock: Digital Labour in the University: Understanding the Transformations of Academic Work in the UK

Jan Fernback: Academic/Digital Work: ICTs, Knowledge Capital, and the Question of Educational Quality

Christophe Magis: Manual Labour, Intellectual Labour and Digital (Academic) Labour. The Practice/Theory Debate in the Digital Humanities

Karen Gregory and sava saheli singh: Anger in Academic Twitter: Sharing, Caring, and Getting Mad Online

Andreas Wittel: Higher Education as a Gift and as a Commons

Zeena Feldman and Marisol Sandoval: Metric Power and the Academic Self: Neoliberalism, Knowledge and Resistance in the British University

Güven Bakırezer, Derya Keskin Demirer and Adem Yeşilyurt: In Pursuit of an Alternative Academy: The Case of Kocaeli Academy for Solidarity (Non-Peer-Reviewed Reflection Article)


tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society provides a forum to discuss the challenges humanity is facing in the capitalist information society today. It promotes contributions to critical media and communication studies following the highest standards of peer review. It is the journal´s mission to encourage uncommon sense, fresh perspectives and unconventional ideas, and connect leading thinkers and young scholars in inspiring reflections. tripleC is indexed in Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index, SCOPUS, Communication Source (EBSCOhost), DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals and CSA Sociological Abstracts (selected sociological content of tripleC).


Thomas Allmer is Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK, and a member of the Unified Theory of Information Research Group, Austria. His publications include 'Towards a Critical Theory of Surveillance in Informational Capitalism' (Peter Lang, 2012) and 'Critical Theory and Social Media: Between Emancipation and Commodification' (Routledge, 2015). For further information, please see:

Ergin Bulut is Assistant Professor of Media and Visual Arts in Istanbul. His research interests include political economy of media, digital media and politics, and media labor. Together with Michael A. Peters, he edited 'Cognitive Capitalism, Education and Digital Labor' (Peter Lang, 2011). His work has been published in International Journal of Communication, TV & New Media, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Media, Culture and Society, and Journal of Communication Inquiry.

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