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[Commlist] CfP: Critical Sociology of Media and Communication
Sat Oct 08 13:24:41 GMT 2022
REMINDER - CFP: CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION:
THEORETICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO A DISCONNECTED FIELD
SYMPOSIUM IN CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY
SUPPORTED BY Research Network 18 – Sociology of Communications and Media
Research of the European Sociological Association
GUEST EDITORS: Paško Bilić and Thomas Allmer
Alongside Durkheim and Weber, Marx is often credited as one of the
founding figures of sociology in almost all major handbooks and
introductory courses to sociology. Yet, contrary to this elementary
recognition, rarely does the debate within mainstream sociology offer an
analysis of how generations of critical scholars influenced the canon
and our understanding of contemporary society.
The situation is similar within the field of sociology of media and
communication, although with an added layer of complexity. Even though
some of the founders of sociology in the first and second generation of
the Chicago School studied communication (e.g. Goffman, Mead, and Park),
the relationship between sociology, media and communication has been,
for the most part, tenuous and vague. Many authors have argued that,
with the growth of public opinion research and institutionalization of
communication, media, and journalism departments, sociology has
abandoned media and communication altogether (e.g. Berelson, 1959; Katz,
1983; Pooley and Katz, 2008).
Others would argue that sociology has much to offer to the study of
media and communication (e.g. Benson, 2014; Chen, 2018; Waisbord, 2014).
However, the role of critique in these discussions is not developed
fully. At the same time, many critical scholars have never abandoned the
study of media and communication and have, instead, developed a deeper
sociological understanding of the field (e.g. Fuchs, 2011; Golding and
Murdock, 1978; Meehan & Wasko, 2013; Mosco, 2009; Wasko, 2001). In this
understanding, the focus is on a range of topics such as capitalism,
power, media industries, the public sphere, democracy, ideology,
nationalism, authoritarianism, labor, gender, and social inequality to
name a few.
This special issue of Critical Sociology seeks papers exploring the
critical sociology of media and communication. Contributions examining
epistemological, ontological and axiological/praxiological dimensions
are particularly welcome. We invite sociologists, media and
communication scholars, critical theorists, interdisciplinary, and other
scholars to address one or more of the following or related questions:
* Which theoretical approaches are needed to study the sociology of
media and communication critically?
* How should sociology study media and communication critically?
* Why is the critical sociology of media and communication needed?
* What should be the focus of analysis for the critical sociology of
media and communication?
* How are society and communication best defined, explained and
critiqued by the critical sociology of media and communication?
* What can critical theory offer to the sociological study of media and
* How do approaches and thinkers inspired by Marx enrich the field of
sociology of media and communication?
* What is the historical role of the critical study of media and
communication within the discipline of sociology? How has it changed
* Does the critical sociology of media and communication differ from
other critical approaches such as critical theory and political economy?
How are they related to each other?
* Are there any specific regional approaches to the critical sociology
of media and communication?
* Which political processes need to be supported by the critical
sociology of media and communication to achieve a commons-based society?
* How can the critical sociology of media and communication contribute
to the development of public data infrastructures and communication
* Given that production and reproduction of critical media and
communication sociology depends on the material and human resources, how
can such an approach best be sustained?
* How can different critical approaches to media and communication
overcome divisions and separation and work together in the age of
digital capitalism, fake news, big data positivism, new nationalism and
Abstract submission: 31 October 2022
All abstracts will be reviewed and decisions on acceptance/rejection
will be communicated to the authors by the end of November 2022
Full paper submission: 15 April 2023
Please submit the article title, author name(s), contact details and an
abstract of 200-400 words to Paško Bilić, (pasko /at/ irmo.hr), and Thomas
Allmer, (thomas.allmer /at/ uti.at)
ABOUT THE GUEST EDITORS
Paško Bilić is a critical sociologist working at the Institute for
Development and International Relations in Zagreb, Croatia. His primary
research interests include the sociology of media, the political economy
of media, and media regulation. He is the co-author (with Toni Prug and
Mislav Žitko) of The Political Economy of Digital Monopolies (Bristol
University Press, 2021), Sociology of media: routines, technology and
power (Jesenski and Turk – in Croatian, 2020) and editor (with Jaka
Primorac and Bjarki Valtysson) of the Technologies of labour and the
politics of contradiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Website:
Thomas Allmer is a social scientist, based at the University of
Klagenfurt in Austria. His research focuses on critical social theory,
political economy of media and communication, digital media and society,
digital labour and capitalism, and universities and academic labour. His
publications include Towards a Critical Theory of Surveillance in
Informational Capitalism (Peter Lang, 2012) and Critical Theory and
Social Media: Between Emancipation and Commodification (Routledge,
2015). His forthcoming book, Universities and Academic Labour in Times
of Precarisation and Digitalisation, will be published with Routledge in
2023. Website: http://thomasallmer.net
ABOUT THE JOURNAL
Critical Sociology, Website: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/crs
Editor: David Fasenfest, Wayne State University, USA
Critical Sociology is an international peer reviewed journal that
publishes the highest quality original research. The journal seeks to
engage and promote critical thinking by publishing articles from all
perspectives broadly defined as falling within the boundaries of
critical or radical social science. Critical Sociology is included,
among others, in the following abstracting and indexing databases:
Scopus, Social Science Citation Index, and Sociological Abstracts.
Once the Symposium has been published in Critical Sociology, we are
planning to materialize the collection in the form of an edited volume
as part of the Studies in Critical Social Science book series by Brill.
The book will initially appear in hardcover by Brill and in paperback by
Haymarket Press about a year after publication.
Benson, R. (2014). Strategy follows structure: a media sociology
manifesto. In: Waisbord, S. (ed.) Media Sociology: A Reappraisal.
Cambridge University Press, pp. 25-45.
Berelson, N. (1959). The state of communication research. The Public
Opinion Quarterly 23(1): 1-6.
Chen, W. (2018). Abandoned not: media sociology as a networked
transfield. Information, Communication & Society 21(6): 647-660.
Fuchs, C. (2011). Foundations of critical media and information studies.
Golding, P. and Murdock, G. (1978). Theories of communication and
theories of society. Communication Research 5(3): 339-356.
Katz, E. (1983). The return of the humanities and sociology. Journal of
Communication 33(3): 51-52.
Meehan, E. and Wasko, J. (2013). In defence of a political economy of
the media. Javnost 20(1): 39-53.
Mosco, V. (2009). The political economy of communication. SAGE publications.
Pooley, J. and Katz, E. (2008). Further notes on why American sociology
abandoned mass communication research. Journal of Communication 58(4):
Waisbord, S. (ed.) (2014). Media sociology: A reappraisal. Cambridge
Wasko, J. (2001). Understanding Disney: The manufacture of fantasy.
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