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[ecrea] CFP: Special Collection of SM+S on "The Platformization of Cultural Production"
Tue Apr 10 14:18:23 GMT 2018
We are pleased to announce a call for submissions to a special
themed collection of /Social Media + Society
“The Platformization of Cultural Production.” The deadline for 750-word
abstracts is _May 15, 2018_. As you will see below, authors of accepted
abstracts are invited to attend a workshop at the University of Toronto
<https://www.utoronto.ca>on October 8-9, 2018; Day 1 will feature a
workshop hosted by the McLuhan Centre <http://www.chi.utoronto.ca/>.
The full call is pasted below or available online here
<https://goo.gl/AmZcGn>. Please contact the editors with questions
(atcfp /at/ platformization.net)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Special collection of Social Media + Society (Open Access Journal)
The Platformization of Cultural Production
Abstract submission deadline: May 15, 2018
Full paper submission deadline: September 15, 2018
Editors: Brooke Erin Duffy/(Cornell University), /David B. Nieborg
/(University of Toronto), /Thomas Poell /(University of Amsterdam) /
This thematic issue explores the platformization of cultural production
against the backdrop of wider transformations in the technologies,
cultures, and political economies of digital media. Platformization
describes the process by which major tech companies—GAFAM (Google,
Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft) in the West, and the so-called
“three kingdoms” of the Chinese internet (Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent)
in Asia—are reconfiguring the production, distribution, and monetization
of cultural products and services. The logic of platformization is
impacting traditional cultural industries (e.g., music, news, museums,
games, and fashion), as well as emergent digital sectors and communities
of practice, such as livestreaming, podcasting, and “Instagramming.”
Accordingly, new industrial formations and partnerships are constantly
being wrought; for example, newspapers increasingly host their content
on Facebook, and game developers offer their products in app stores
operated by Apple and Google.
Given the acceleration and intensification of digital platforms in the
cultural circuit, there is a pressing need to interrogate the stakes of
platformization for content producers and for the cultural commodities
they circulate among digitally networked audiences. We invite
theoretical and/or empirical contributions addressing platform power and
political economies vis-à-vis cultural production. Owing to the relative
recency of research on platformization, this topic warrants an
interdisciplinary focus including scholarship from such fields as media
and communication studies, platform studies, software studies, political
economy of communication, (media) production studies, and business
studies. Platformization exacts widely variable costs across different
spheres of life, and regional and sectoral boundaries. We therefore
invite scholars to contribute papers which advance our understanding of
how the platformization of particular sectors and practices takes shape
within specific geo-national contexts, as well as how this involves new
modes of content moderation and algorithmic curation, evolving forms of
labour exploitation, and app-based systems of distribution and monetization.
We are especially interested in articles that shed new light across
Theoretical approaches to platformization and the social, cultural
and technological contexts of platform-dependent modes of cultural
Intersectional approaches that are sensitive to the gendered,
classed, and racial specificity of platform-dependent modes of
Political economic approaches to platformization, including the
implications for cultural producers and labor relations, as well as
relationships among different institutional actors in platform
Regional approaches to platformization. For example, the impact of
the platformization of cultural industries in particular countries,
or regions, such as the European Union.
Sectoral studies of specific industry sectors and modes of cultural
production and circulation such as journalism, game and music
production, museums, or emerging ‘platform-native’ practices such
streaming and vlogging.
Historical approaches to platformization. Contributions that
investigate the transformation of specific production practices as
they become integrated with, or dependent on digital platforms.
The policy implications of platformization on a local, national or
regional level, or studies of policy interventions.
Formal and informal efforts to resist platformization, such as the
development of platform independent subscription-based distribution
and monetization models.
Infrastructural approaches that are sensitive to the material
dimensions of platform-based modes of cultural production.
Methodological interventions, which reflect on the methodologies
employed when researching cultural production in platform ecosystems.
* 750-word abstracts should be emailed to (cfp /at/ platformization.net) by
*May 15, 2018*. The abstract should articulate: 1) the issue or
research question to be discussed, 2) the methodological or critical
framework used, and 3) indicate the expected findings or
conclusions. Decisions will be communicated to the authors by *June
* Full papers of the selected abstracts should be submitted by
*September 15, 2018* to be discussed at the workshop.
* On October 8-9, 2018 (right before AoIR2018), the special collection
editors will organise a 2-day event hosted by the University of
Toronto. Day 1 will feature a workshop hosted by the McLuhan Centre
<http://www.chi.utoronto.ca/>. Workshop participation is not a
condition for being included in the special collection. The workshop
provides all thematic issue contributors an opportunity for debate
and an initial round of feedback on the papers. Accommodation and
catering during the event will be covered for accepted
contributors. There is limited travel support for junior scholars.
* The deadline for submitting the revised paper for double blind
peer-review is *December 1, 2018*.
* The planned publication date of this special collection of Social
Media + Society is in the *second half of 2019*.
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