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Thu Aug 30 22:13:40 GMT 2018

Futures of media: Shifting spheres

Call for Papers to a special issue of Kybernetes [Clarivate Impact Factor: .980]. Deadline: 15 March 2019. CPF:

Guest Editors:

Markus Heidingsfelder, Habib University Karachi, Pakistan*
Holger Briel, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, PR of China
Steffen Roth, La Rochelle Business School, France, and Yerevan State University, Armenia *Corresponding guest editor. Email: (heidingsfelder /at/ <mailto:(heidingsfelder /at/>.


The concept of publicity as a sphere was first introduced to scientific discourse by Jürgen Habermas in the 1970’s and has had a remarkable career ever since. In this special issue of Kybernetes, we want to turn our attention to three thematic spheres surrounding the concept of the sphere:

 1. The concept: This may include its origins, its history, and its
    potential, as well as its limitations. At this meta-theoretical
    level, comparisons between the ostensibly antagonistic theoretical
    perspectives of systems theory and the theory of communicative
    action of the two become possible. As a consequence, the concept of
    sphere may create a theoretical sphere for discussing the extent to
    which the central aspects of both perspectives are compatible, and
    further, at which junctures they might even be coupled.
 2. The question of which structural and semantic transformations the
    so-called ‘public sphere’ and ‘private sphere’ have undergone in
    recent decades, particularly with regard to globalization and the
    digitization of society.
 3. The idea of transformation: What is it exactly that defines change
    in contrast with its opposite—i.e., the perseverance and consistency
    of structures?

The driving contention of this Special Issue is this: the concept of sphere is a rich theoretical resource that, if freed from its normative implications, can be effectively deployed in order to analyze current social situations …

The full CFP is available for download here: Full paper submission deadline: 15 March 2019.
Contributions to this special issue may be related (but not limited) to topics discussed on the 2nd “Futures of Media“ conference 2018:

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