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[Commlist] CFP Convergence Special Issue 'Conspiracy Theories in Digital Environments'

Sun Mar 14 16:59:35 GMT 2021

  *Conspiracy Theories in Digital Environments*

 *Special Issue of Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies*

Guest editors:

Dr. Jing Zeng (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Prof. Mike S. Schäfer (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Prof. Thaiane Oliveira (Federal Fluminense University, Brazil)


  Deadline for Abstracts: 1 May 2021

  Notification on submitted abstracts: 4 June 2021

  Full article submission deadline: 1 September 2021

 “Conspiracy theories” have garnered increased attention among scholars, in news media and public discourse. Despite the recent expansion of scholarship about conspiracy theories, more academic attention is required to systematically and comprehensively interrogate the role of new media technologies in shaping, disseminating, but also potentially mitigating conspiracy theories. Cross-cultural and cross-platform perspectives are particularly needed in order to investigate the full scope of the topic. This requires not only methodological innovation, but also new theoretical ideas and conceptual heuristics. This special issue aims to assemble scholarship from different disciplinary perspectives that offer conceptual reflections, methodological advances, and in-depth discussions of conspiracy theories in digital environments. We particularly welcome submissions investigating this topic in countries or regions in the Global South. The editors welcome contributions that explore, or go beyond, questions such as:

- Which actors propagate conspiracy theories in digital environments, how prevalent are conspiracy theories in public discourse, which users contribute to this reach and in what ways does it affect them?

- To what extent do the communication and social functions of online conspiracy theories differ across cultural contexts? How do conspiracy theories operate online in different political systems?

- What conceptual and theoretical approaches are needed to analyse conspiracy theories in digital environments - in how far do existing concepts and theories have to be adapted or are novel concepts and theories needed?

- What methodological approaches are suitable for cross-platform/cross-lingual/cross-national analysis of conspiracy theories?

- How do platform affordances influence conspiracy theories in digital environments, especially in the case of emerging or “fringe” platforms (such as TikTok, 8kun, Gab or Parler)?

Please send a 500-word abstract and a 100-word bio to guest editors: (j.zeng /at/ <mailto:(j.zeng /at/>, (m.schaefer /at/ <mailto:(m.schaefer /at/>, and (thaianeoliveira /at/ <mailto:(thaianeoliveira /at/> by 1 May 2021.

No fee is required to submit and publish articles in the special issue.

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