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[ecrea] Distribution Matters: A new book series from The MIT Press

Tue Oct 02 18:29:52 GMT 2018

We are pleased to announce a new book series with The MIT Press,
Distribution Matters.

We welcome proposals and inquiries from scholars on this list. For
further information, please contact the series editors, Josh Braun and
Ramon Lobato (details below and at


A new MIT Press book series

Distribution Matters explores how media content, ideas, and
information move through the world — and to what effect.

Distribution networks — from postal services to social media platforms
— affect in essential ways who has access to cultural resources, and
on what terms. The Distribution Matters book series explores the
impact of strategies, business models, and infrastructures for
distribution across the media industries, including screen, print,
broadcast, and digital media. It seeks to publish cutting-edge,
critical scholarship that offers new ways to understand the movement
of media through time and space.

The series is open to media scholars within a range of humanities and
social science fields, including media studies, communication history,
anthropology, sociology, science and technology studies, internet
studies, and cultural studies. We welcome proposals from scholars
whose work explores how access to cultural resources is variously
enabled, constrained, choreographed, and contested in and through
distribution. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

* the histories of media distribution networks, their path
dependencies, and social consequences
* distribution dynamics within particular sectors, such as games,
video, publishing, and advertising
* logics of digital distribution (platformization, aggregation,
recommendation, filtering, blocking, etc.)
* governance and regulation of distribution networks
* theoretical debates about circulation, networks, mobility, virality,
and other issues
* everyday working practices and cultures of distribution
* informal distribution and piracy

For further information, please contact the editors:

Dr Joshua Braun (University of Massachusetts Amherst) - (jabraun /at/
Dr Ramon Lobato (RMIT University, Australia) - (ramon.lobato /at/

More information and a printable version of this flyer are available
at <>.

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