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[Commlist] Call for Papers: Digital Narrative and Interactive Storytelling for Public Engagement with Health and Science

Mon Mar 22 13:53:19 GMT 2021

*Call for Papers: Digital Narrative and Interactive Storytelling for Public Engagement with Health and Science*


Register your interest and submit abstracts at <>

Keywords: digital narrative, interactive storytelling, health communication, science communication, science education, science journalism

We are seeking papers for a joint issue with/Frontiers in Communication/(Science and Environmental Communication; Health Communication) and/Frontiers in Environmental Science/(Science and Environmental Communication) on digital and interactive narratives and science and health education and journalism. This Special Topic aims to investigate how digital media affordances—such as human-machine and human-human interactivity, multimedia capacities, dynamic visual appeal, playfulness, personalization, real-time immersion, multilinear narrative, and so on—have been and can be used to effectively communicate health and science issues. We would like to go beyond the current discourse on fake news, mis/disinformation and online radicalization, which recognizes the malignant effects of digital media on health and science affairs, to refocus on the positive affordances of digital media—both in direct education (e.g., museums, public demonstrations, school settings) and through the media (e.g., news, film, games)—as communication tools and techniques for health and science topics.

The aim of this Research Topic is, therefore, to explore the current state of play, as well as potential future trajectories, of digital narrative and storytelling in the communication of health and science topics. We invite scholarly investigations, including theoretically driven and practice-related research, on any topic relevant to that overall goal. Some potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  * How can science and health be effectively communicated through both
    playful and informative digital narrative and storytelling forms?
  * How can information, education and entertainment be integrated into
    digital narratives about health and science issues?
  * How do the socio-technical affordances of digital health and science
    narrative and storytelling, especially interactivity, affect
    audience experience, message cohesion, knowledge acquisition,
    emotional engagement and, ultimately, health/science literacy?
  * Can digital narrative and storytelling serve as an antidote to
    digital health and science mis/disinformation and online science
    denial more broadly, and in what way?
  * How are interactive narratives currently used for health & science
    communication and what are the social, economic and technological
    constraints on their production?

Types of Manuscripts:
● Empirical Research Papers
● Practice-led research Projects
● Reviews
● Conceptual Analysis
● Brief Research Reports
● Perspectives/Commentaries

Details on manuscript types: <>

Abstract Deadline: 31 March 2021

Full Papers: 30 Sept 2021

The full call is at <>; please register interest using the “Participate” button, and contact Lyle Skains ((lskains /at/ <mailto:(lskains /at/>) with any questions.

Guest Editors: R. Lyle Skains and An Nguyen, Bournemouth University

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