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[Commlist] CFP New Media & Society Special Issue: The Future of Mobile Communication Research
Sun Nov 08 23:16:38 GMT 2020
Special Issue: The Future of Mobile Communication Research A Tribute to
Call for papers for a special issue of New Media & Society, Volume 24, 2022.
Guest editors (ordered alphabetically by last name) • Scott W. Campbell,
Constance F. and Arnold C. Pohs Professor of Telecommunications, Dept.
of Communication and Media, University of Michigan • Adriana de Souza
e Silva, Professor, Dept. of Communication, North Carolina State
University • Leopoldina Fortunati, Professor, Dept. of Mathematics,
Computer Science, and Physics, University of Udine • Gerard Goggin,
Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang
Overview In recent decades mobile communication has become central to
how people navigate and experience everyday social life. As mobile
phones diffused globally in the 1990s, scholars began investigating
changes in how people relate to distant and proximal others, as well as
the physical surroundings. Among the first was Rich Ling, a sociologist
with one foot in industry and the other in academia. Throughout his
career as a researcher with Norway’s Telenor Group and a faculty member
at universities around the world, Rich Ling has contributed to the
foundation of the emerging field of Mobile Media and Communication.
In light of Ling’s approaching retirement as an endowed professor at
Nanyang Technological University, this special issue pays tribute to his
scholarly contributions as we look to the future of mobile communication
research. It is no stretch to suggest that Rich Ling is one of the most
prolific and influential scholars of mobile communication. He wrote the
first single-authored book on the social consequences of mobile
communication, The Mobile Connection (2004, Morgan Kaufmann), which
remains one of the most heavily cited volumes on the subject. His second
book, New Tech, New Ties (2008, MIT Press) reveals how the ritualistic
use of mobile media facilitates cohesion in the intimate sphere of
friends and family. He extended this analysis in his subsequent book,
Taken for Grantedness (2012, MIT Press), which offers a broader
theoretical framework explaining how mobile communication has become
embedded in the social structure. Along with these and other books, Ling
has also published hundreds of journal articles, book chapters, and
industry/policy reports on the uses and consequences of mobile media and
In addition to his own scholarship, Rich Ling’s influence in the field
is evident through his leadership, serving as editor of many volumes,
editor of Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and founding
co-editor of the journal Mobile Media and Communication. Ling is also
recognized for being a generous mentor, providing opportunities for new
generations of scholars to become active in the field. As such, Rich
Ling’s contributions not only shape the past but also strongly influence
the future of mobile communication scholarship.
This special issue seeks papers that envision the future of mobile
communication scholarship in the light of Ling’s contributions to
research and theory. While articles should primarily raise and address
questions about future scholarship in the field, they should also be, at
least to some extent, grounded in some aspect of Ling’s work.
Submissions can focus on different types of topics and approaches.
Articles may centrally address future directions in research questions
pursued, theory, methods, or other aspects of mobile communication
scholarship. We are also open to different types of manuscripts, ranging
from theoretical essays, empirical investigations, critical/cultural
analysis, and other forms of scholarship.
Submission Proposals of no more than 1,000 words should include a brief
abstract and a clear explanation of the main argument and how the full
submission would contribute to the aims of this special issue.
Please email your proposal to (Future.of.Mobile.NMS /at/ gmail.com) no later
than December 30, 2020. Authors can expect feedback on their proposal by
February 1, 2021 and invited paper submissions will be due May 1, 2021.
Invited submissions will undergo peer review following the usual
procedures of New Media & Society. Approximately 10-12 papers will be
sent out for full review. Therefore, the invitation to submit a full
article does not guarantee acceptance into the special issue. Full
articles will need to follow the New Media & Society submission
guidelines. The special issue is scheduled for publication in Volume 24
References Ling, R. (2004). The mobile connection: The cell phone’s
impact on society. San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufman Publishers. Ling,
R. (2008). New tech, new ties: How mobile communication is reshaping
social cohesion. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Ling, R. (2012). Taken for
grantedness: The embedding of mobile communication into society.
Cambridge, MA; MIT Press.
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