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[Commlist] CFP MedieKultur, Special Issue: Digital activism and participation: affect, feelings and politics
Fri Feb 26 10:56:49 GMT 2021
CFP MedieKultur, Special Issue: Digital activism and participation:
affect, feelings and politics
The relationship between digital media and political engagement has been
subject to intense interest in the field of media studies for the past
several decades. Here, questions relating to connective and collective
modes of action, affordances and the relationship between affect,
materiality and engagement have been studied in particular in relation
to movements with an overt activist character (e.g. Bennett and
Segerberg 2014, Castells 2015, Highfield 2016). However, there is room
for further exploration of the ways in which digital media have created
new grounds for political protest.
In the shape of likes, comments, photos, videos or texts, digital media
have generated a public audience and response to individual experience,
personal feeling or political attitudes - consequently blurring the
lines between digital sociality and digital activism - between the
individual and the collective. The various ways that digital media have
come to shape, constitute and reconfigure our everyday lives and
practices, thus call for an investigation of existing notions of
activism, social and political engagement. The aim of this special issue
is, thus, to create a space for reflection on the role of digital media
in participatory movements as new possibilities for politicizing
personal and intimate lives emerge. We are specifically interested in
movements that do not necessarily take a conventional activist form, and
furthermore how affect and feelings shape these movements.
In the 1970s, the feminist catchphrase ‘The personal is political and
the political is personal’ reinforced an understanding of private and
public domains as mutually constitutive and inextricably connected. In
recent years, affect theory further developed this perspective by
arguing that feelings /are/ inherently political (e.g. Ahmed 2004,
Papacharissi 2015, Wahl-Jorgensen 2019). Indeed, they /do/ things. Held
together, these perspectives highlight how ‘personal’ feelings and
affect can be drivers for political change and for the creation of
communities of both in- and exclusion. Digital media furthermore has the
ability to connect and create communities of spatially and socially
dispersed individuals, offering a space for affective and ‘private’
connections to become public and political.
In this issue we welcome contributions that reflect upon the role of
feelings, affects or emotions as catalysts for political participation
or digital activism - and with this, contributions that either from a
theoretical or empirical perspective grapple with the fundamental
question: what can be defined as digital activist practices?
We encourage submissions that engage with one or more of the following
·What are the boundaries and/or relation between activism and other
kinds of social engagement via digital platforms?
·How are feelings and affects mobilized in digital spaces as catalysts
for community building, connectivity and change?
·What are the political potentials and pitfalls of ‘the private’ in
·How is everyday life and the mundane entangled with political struggles
for change and/or recognition on social media?
·How do the potentials of digital media affect power dynamics and
relations in activist struggles?
Please submit an abstract of maximum 500 words (excluding references) by
April 15th 2021 on MedieKultur’s website:
<http://www.tidsskrift.dk/mediekultur>. Authors will be notified of
their acceptance by May 15th 2021. The deadline for submission of full
papers is September 1st 2021. Articles that are accepted for further
process by the editors will go into peer-review in November 2021. We
expect to have decisions on manuscripts and potential further revisions
by January 2022. We expect to publish this special issue in June 2022.
Editors for this special issue: Lene Bull Christiansen (Roskilde
University), Maj Hedegaard Heiselberg (Roskilde University) and Katrine
Meldgaard Kjær (IT University of Copenhagen) (kakj /at/ itu.dk)
<mailto:(kakj /at/ itu.dk)>.
MedieKultur does not take any charge for submission and publication.
Ahmed, S., 2004. /The cultural politics of emotion/. London: Routledge.
Bennett, W.L. and Segerberg, A., 2014. /The logic of connective action,
digital media and the personalization of contentious politics/.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Castells, M., 2015. /Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in
the Internet Age. Second Edition/. Cambridge: Polity.
Highfield, T., 2016. /Social Media and Everyday Politics/. Cambridge:
Papacharissi, Z., 2015. /Affective Publics. Sentiment, Technology, and
Politics./ Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wahl-Jorgensen, K., 2019. /Emotions, media and politics/. Cambridge:
John Wiley & Sons.
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