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[Commlist] A Call for Chapters: Ethnographic Approaches to Alternative Cryptocurrency Function and Development [The Social Lives of Altcoins]
Thu Jan 24 13:52:24 GMT 2019
Call for Chapters: Ethnographic Approaches to Alternative Cryptocurrency
Function and Development [The Social Lives of Altcoins]**
_Propose a Chapter
Erkan Saka & Anıl Sayan
Call for Chapters**
Proposals Submission Deadline: March 18, 2019
Full Chapters Due: May 1, 2019
Submission Date: May 31, 2019
There is an increasing number of studies on cryptocurrencies. Although
many studies are substantive and vital as Holub and Johnson (2018:119)
suggest most works focus on similar topics and there is a need to widen
the scope of research areas (Hileman& Rauchus, 2017). Our book aims to
enlarge the scope of the field with our specific emphasis and intends to
focus on a topic that is understudied: Particular stories/ histories of
alt-coins. The number of cryptocurrencies is rapidly increasing although
bitcoin remains to be the most popular one in media and among lay
citizens. Miners, traders, blockchain-based project startups, financial
journalists, amateur investors, financiers, official discourses and
other actors all contribute to an emerging industry of cryptocurrencies.
A practical materiality (Maurer et al., 2013) emerges out these sets of
actors that make up a particular cryptocurrency (and its community).
Moreover, cryptocurrencies do have value propositions and initiate new
mediators and social ties despite the initial claims in the emergence of
While social attention is increasing on cryptocurrencies, the current
literature is still scant regarding ethnographic interests. There are
only a few ethnographic studies that triggered this particular
perspective (Dodd, 2018; Mai, 2016). Especially, with the articulation
of cryptocurrencies into different social spaces, ethnographic insights
or examinations will be more critical, and they are a need for making
holistic analyzes. Our book will provide comprehensive insights into the
new monetary actors or intermediaries. Accordingly, there is a
significant research opportunity to handle the phenomena from the
ethnographic perspectives or critical thought, and this is what
distinguishes our book from the upcoming projects. Our book will be one
of the earlier publications in this field.
Every chapter aims to focus on how different actors form an assemblage
to create a particular altcoin. Local value (and knowledge) of
cryptocurrencies are created in a contested manner between different
actors. Mai et al. (2016), for instance, compared social media impact on
Bitcoin performance by looking at internet forums and social media
channels (especially Twitter). What particular business models by which
means were communicated to launch an altcoin will be part of a chapter
narrative. Overall, the book intends to study the social lives of
altcoins (Appadurai ed. 1988 can also be seen as an early inspirational
work) in considering above mentioned issues. Therefore, potential uses
of our book are also composed of several academic disciplines;
- Cultural Studies
- Science and technology studies
- Public Policy
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before *March
18, 2019*, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining
the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be
notified by *April 1, 2019* about the status of their proposals and sent
chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by *May
1, 2019*, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for
manuscript submissions at
prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a
double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve
as reviewers for this project.
*Note:*There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts
submitted to this book publication, Ethnographic Approaches to
Alternative Cryptocurrency Function and Development. All manuscripts are
accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All
proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea
Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly
Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference,"
"Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference"
imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please
visit www.igi-global.com <http://www.igi-global.com>. This publication
is anticipated to be released in 2020.
*Submission of Long Abstracts:*18th March 2019
*Submission of Full Chapters*: 1st May 2019
*Provision of peer-reviewed feedback:*31th May 2019
*Submission of revised accepted chapters:*9th August 2019
Erkan Saka (_erkan.saka /at/ bilgi.edu.tr) <mailto:(erkan.saka /at/ bilgi.edu.tr)>_
Anıl Sayan (_anil.sayan /at/ bilgi.edu.tr) <mailto:(anil.sayan /at/ bilgi.edu.tr)>_
Holub, M., & Johnson, J. (2018). Bitcoin research across disciplines.
/The Information Society/, /34/(2), 114-126.
Maurer, B., Nelms, T. C., & Swartz, L. (2013). “When perhaps the real
problem is money itself!”: the practical materiality of Bitcoin. /Social
semiotics/, /23/(2), 261-277.
Dodd, N. (2018). The social life of Bitcoin. /Theory, culture &
society/, /35/(3), 35-56.
Appadurai, A. (Ed.). (1988). /The social life of things: Commodities in
cultural perspective/. Cambridge University Press.
Hileman, G., & Rauchs, M. (2017). Global cryptocurrency benchmarking
study. Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.
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