Conferences & CFPs

  1. Special Issue CFP: Political ideology in everyday social media use

Social Semiotics, Taylor & Francis journal

1 March deadline for submitting abstract and biography

  1. CFP: Media and Fakery Special Issue

Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies

Abstract submission deadline: *1 March 2020*

  1. Thematic Section on "Critical Perspectives on Migration in Discourse andCommunication"

Studies in Communication Sciences (SComS)
Deadline: July 31, 2020

  1. CALL FOR PROPOSALS Cinema and Media Cultures in the Middle East

Book Proposals
Peter Lang Publishing

  1. Call for Chapters – Fame and Fandom: Functioning on and offline (provisional title)

Submission of extended abstracts: *February 29^th 2020*


Democracy dies playfully. (Anti)-Democratic ideas in and around video games

Deadline for 300-word abstracts 01. March 2020

  1. Special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies on ‘Archives and SpecialCollections’

Abstract deadline 28 February 2020

  1. CFP: Fandom and Controversy

Special issue of American Behavioral Scientist edited by Rebecca Williams and Lucy Bennett

Abstract due by 31 March 2020

  1. Special Issue of Culture Machine *Machine Intelligences in Context: Beyond the Technological Sublime*

Submission of abstracts 1 March 2020

  1. Call for papers: Special Issue of M/C Journal on exclusion

Article deadline: 2 Oct. 2020

  1. Call for book chapters: women and activism in the digital age

Deadline for Abstracts: March 31, 2020



Special Issue CFP: Political ideology in everyday social media use


To be published in Social Semiotics, Taylor & Francis journal


Scholars have looked extensively at social media in terms of its potential to reinvigorate democratic participation and/ or bring new political voices into our civic sphere (Coffey and Woolworth 2004; Denisova 2019; Merrin 2019). But everyday social media use is less about voicing political views and more about engaging in the mundane, where in the matter of a few minutes we laugh along to memes and mash ups that ridicule the powerful, comment on shared music videos, read a food recipe and watch someone unbox a new pair of trainers. From the perspective of Critical Discourse Studies, social media brings the opportunity to look at the political and ideological in a different way. Here, we can critically consider how ideologies infuse the everyday and mundane forms of communication across and between platforms where we engage with and communicate about entertainment, family issues, celebrity and political gossip, transport, health, food, sport and leisure. In this special edition, we start from the perspective that this type of engagement is ideological, deeply inscribed with values and ideas. It is in everyday use where discourses are articulated, parodied, altered and/ or taken for granted. And it is this area our special issue critically explores.


Scholars have previously shown the need to look for the political and ideological in popular culture (Adorno 1991, Williams 1963). In Critical Discourse Studies, some recent special issues make the same case (Machin & Van Leeuwen 2016; Way 2019) based on the idea that it is in popular culture and the everyday where we most experience politics “as fun, as style, and simply as part of the taken for granted everyday world…. [though these] are infused by and shaped by, power relations and ideologies” (Machin 2013: 347). Our special issue differs from this previous work, looking specifically at social media. We consider how ideologies like neoliberalism, sexism, racism and populism (to name a few) are embedded in our everyday engagement with social media.


Papers are welcome which critically look at any social media platform and topic. Suggestions for critical reflection include:


Retail reviews

Food and restaurants

Film and television

Music videos

Diet and fitness


Travel destinations and tourism

Mash ups, memes, viral media about the powerful


Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words in length, plus a short author biography to Dr Lyndon Way, Liverpool University at and Professor Gwen Bouvier, Zhejiang University at by 1 March 2020. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 31 March 2020.


Dates to remember:

1 March deadline for submitting abstract and biography

1 August deadline for submitting full-length paper for blind review

1 November submit final revised paper

January 2021 papers published


Please note than acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee publication. All submissions will undergo double blind peer review once completed articles are submitted.




Adorno, Theo. 1991. The Culture Industry: Selected essays on mass culture, London: Routledge

Coffey, B., and S. Woolworth (2004), ‘Destroy the scum, and then neuter their families: The web forum as a vehicle for community discourse?’, Social Science Journal, 41(1): 1–14.

Denisova, Anastasia. 2019. Internet Memes and Society: Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts. Routledge: New York and London.

Machin, David. 2013. “What Is Multimodal Critical Discourse Studies?” Critical Discourse Studies 10(4): 347– 355.

Machin, David and van Leeuwen, Theo (Eds). 2016. Multimodality, politics and ideology, Journal of Language and Politics 15(3).

Merrin, William. 2019. “President Troll: Trump, 4Chan and Memetic Warfare”. In Trump’s Media War (Eds) Catherine Happer, Andrew Hoskins and William Merrin pp. 201-226. Palgrave Macmillan: Switzerland.

Way, Lyndon (Ed). 2019. The Politics of Sound: Intersections of Music, Discourse and Political Communication, Journal of Language and Politics 18(4).


Williams, Raymond. 1963. Culture and Society, Harmondsworth: Penguin.



CFP: Media and Fakery Special Issue Continuum: Journal of Media &
Cultural Studies

Digital communications have inaugurated a proliferation of resources for
faking the origins of information. As developments such as the
‘deepfake,’ fake news or AI-generated content destabilise presumptions
of informational dependability and authenticity, it becomes increasingly
clear that a new set of communication theories are needed to probe these
complex mediated relations. We invite scholars working in media,
communication and cultural studies to submit abstracts that interrogate
the impact of media fakery on theories of media, communication and
cultural studies.

A Special Issue on the topic of Media and Fakery will be submitted to
/Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies./

While all media contains elements of creative fabrication, we define
media fakery as an attempt to conceal the origins of information that
must contain a degree of human intentionality to be considered ‘fake.’
Rather than understandings of ‘the fake’as merely a vehicle to undermine
or exploit trust, which inform characterisation of fake news as mis- or
dis-information, ‘media fakery’ attempts to broaden the scope of
interrogation. We are interested in a new era marked by an increasing
acceptance that all of us can ‘fake’ communications; an era of media
fakery is one in which digital resources for manipulating and
fabricating content are more broadly available. While scholars and
journalists survey growing mistrust in the veracity of online
communications, it is possible too that this mistrust might be a healthy
adjustment to an experimental, shared space in which all manner of new,
socially distributed informational manipulations and machinic
collaborations have become possible. We propose to explore the cultural
implications of these trends, and to examine fakery’s relevance to
changes in media ecology more broadly. This proposed Issue considers the
role of intentionality in the construction of media that purports to
‘be’something that it is not or originate from a source that it does
not. Additionally, the Issue explores the way these opportunities for
fabrication and falsity create an ambiguity around our implicit
association of content and authorial identities, implicating producers
and consumers in complex, and (potentially) politically subversive ways.
The ambiguous (in origin, in veracity, in identity) configures
encounters with media fakery in ways that enable consumers to question
the processes of communication they are engaged with, or it allows
producers a means of self-protection (to both defensive and offensive
ends). The implications of these digital ambiguities migrate to offline
worlds, lives, and behaviour, as fakery online comes to irrevocably
change our notions of relationality.

The fake may destabilise our trust in media and belief systems, but it
equally destabilises established media and communication theories. In
problematising existing theories and looking ahead to the theoretical
and socio-cultural implications of current media trends, this Issue
hopes to prompt reflection that brings new perspectives to media,
communication and cultural studies.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

   * fake news
   * the deepfake
   * public trust in journalism and politics
   * “truthiness,” pseudoscience and pseudo-communications
   * affect, cognitive biases and media psychology
   * the distribution of fake media in social networks
   * Facebook and Twitter bots
   * satirical news websites
   * hoaxes, false authorship and fraud
   * artificial intelligence and authorship
   * gender, ethnicity and sexual identity in digital communications
   * identity theft, catfishing and online identities
   * post-truth political communications
   * astroturfing, front organisations and advertorial
   * public relations and propaganda
   * data mining and targeted content
   * algorithmic aggregators and generators of news
   * “mockumentary” media
   * fakery in transmedial and transnational communications
   * ambiguity, authenticity and intentionality
   * empirical research in media fakery production and reception




Please submit the following to:**

   * 250 word (max) abstract
   * 100-150 word biography



Abstract submission deadline: *1 March 2020*

Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2020

Article submission deadline: 1 July 2020

Editorial review: August 2020

Author revisions based on editorial review: September 2020

Submission to /Continuum/: September 2020



Thematic Section on "Critical Perspectives on Migration in Discourse and

Studies in Communication Sciences (SComS)

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Edited by Dimitris Serafis, Jolanta Drzewiecka, Sara Greco

We are seeking contributions for a thematic section of Studies in
Communication Sciences (SComS) exploring discursive constructions of
migration. SComS is a peer-reviewed journal of communication and media
research with platinum open-access (no article processing charges).

The massive movement of migrant and refugee populations from war and
conflict zones to Europe in summer 2015 created a state of emergency for
the member-states and institutions of the European Union (EU). More
specifically, in the context of the so-called “refugee crisis”
(2015-2017) new fences and borders were raised in Europe as well as
alarming racist and hateful discourses were disseminated (see Mussolf
2017; Assimakopoulos et al. 2018). During this polarized period, studies
that adopt a critical perspective focused on the examination of
migration, racism and xenophobia across various fields of research in
communication sciences (see e.g. Krzyzanowski, Wodak & Triantafyllidou
2018). This thematic section aims at advancing this perspective in
communication sciences by gathering cutting-edge research revolving
around the discursive/communicative constructions of the migratory
phenomenon and the related new forms of racism traced in various
European countries (e.g. Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Austria,
Switzerland, United Kingdom etc.). In doing so, this issue attempts to
present coherent research tools and approaches to expose racism and
xenophobia cultivated in Europe during the past years of "crisis,"
thereby facilitating cultural and critical resistance to these very
problems. We are looking forward to receiving submissions from different
disciplines in the broader area of communication that combine critical,
interdisciplinary perspectives, innovative methodological approaches,
and rigorous empirical analyses of the discursive/communicative
construction of migration in different European countries during the
“refugee crisis”; we also encourage papers that compare discourses in
more than one European country.

Submissions relating (but not limited) to the following disciplinary
perspectives are invited:

·Political Communication

·(Social) Media Communication

·Intercultural Communication

·Discourse Theory

·Discourse Analysis

·Critical Discourse Analysis




Submission guidelines
The journal welcomes submissions in English, German, French, or Italian,
but the abstracts must be in English. All submissions should be uploaded
on the SComS platform: <>.

Paper submissions will be due 31 July 2020. Final acceptance depends on
a double-blind peer review process. The expected publishing date of this
special issue is April 2021.

For any further information, and if you wish to discuss the relevance of
your research proposal to this thematic section, please contact Dimitris
Serafis ( <>).


·Full papers are required no later than July 31, 2020

·1st review will be provided by September 30, 2020

·2nd submission should be submitted by November 15, 2020

·2nd review and notification of acceptance will be provided by December
31, 2020

·Final papers should be submitted by February 15, 2021



CALL FOR PROPOSALS Cinema and Media Cultures in the Middle East
Peter Lang Publishing

Book Series Editors: 
Terri Ginsberg (The American University in Cairo)
Chris Lippard (University of Utah)

Book proposals are sought for publication in a new book series, Cinema and Media Cultures in the Middle East, the purpose of which is to demarcate and critically examine the shifting terrain of film- and media-making in the Middle East, and of practices of film and media studies regarding it, testing them both against their larger, social enabling conditions at the national, regional, and transnational levels. Titles in the series will engage recent developments in the field of Middle East film and media studies and will help point the field in an intellectually meaningful, pedagogically effective direction in relation to both current and, in some cases, significant, previously ignored, older work.

The proposed series is conceived at a moment during which Middle Eastern film and film criticism have begun to develop in new directions. Recent years have witnessed a modest increase in scholarly engagement with topics and modes of inquiry often previously considered outside academic discourse.  A handful of books and special journal issues published in English over the past half-decade, focusing on specific Middle Eastern countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Iran, Palestine/Israel and Turkey, as well as the long-overdue establishment of cinema studies as an emerging field of academic inquiry within universities located in the Arab world, indicate a preponderance of previously unproblematized issues now circulating within the field.  These include critical questions from queer and transgendered perspectives about the representation of women, and from indigenous and settler colonial studies perspectives about the representation of migrant workers and refugees, the growing importance of documentary, digital animation, and hybrid shooting, the continuing influence of global cinema imperatives, and the revival of interest in militant, revolutionary and third cinema aesthetics.

Proposals should indicate an interest in engaging Middle Eastern cinema theoretically and/or historiographically, in challenging and innovative ways. Welcome are critical genealogies based in research at newly available film and document archives; new theoretical approaches to cinema of the region, including decolonial critiques of Western scholarship, and analyses that draw from important, seldom-referenced film critical texts in languages of the region; translations of key, book-length texts in these languages; and new interventions into neglected aspects of more traditional areas such as genre, auteur, and national film criticism. Likewise of interest are projects that engage philosophical and analytic theories and methodologies in order to shed critical light on contemporary conditions of cinematic production and reception in the Arab world and wider Middle East.

A successful proposal might therefore offer critical innovations in the study of stylistic and non-Western variants on theory, methodology, and argumentation; bring to the fore indigenous, decolonial, queer, transnational, and new media approaches to Middle Eastern cinematic representation; make available important texts previously inaccessible to Anglophone readers; and provide intellectually challenging avenues for comprehending, analyzing, and understanding contemporary and historical cultural politics and systems in the Middle East region. 

Please send inquiries, or submit your prospectus along with supporting material, usually an abstract, one or two sample chapter(s), and your curriculum vitae, to:

Terri Ginsberg (The American University in Cairo) -
Chris Lippard (University of Utah) -

Book Publishing Prospectus forms are available at: Book_EN_May2018.docx

Guidelines for Publication Ethics are available at:

Editorial Advisory Board
Greg Burris (American University of Beirut)
Patricia Caillé (Université de Strasbourg)
Donatella Della Ratta (John Cabot University)
Kay Dickinson (Concordia University)
Kevin Dwyer (Independent Scholar)
Sarah El-Richani (The American University in Cairo) Hadi Gharabaghi (New York University)
Iman Hamam (The American University in Cairo) Hossein Khosrowjah (St. Mary’s College of Los Angeles) Bindu Menon (Azim Premji University)
Najat Rahman (Université de Montréal)
Helga Tawil-Souri (New York University)
Alia Yunis (University of Manchester)



*Call for Chapters – Fame and Fandom: Functioning on and offline
(provisional title)*

Both celebrity and fan studies have experienced significant growth in
recent years. While different in trajectory, both fields are intimately
connected through an emphasis on the impact and implications of popular
culture. Often scholars in fan and celebrity studies examine similar
cultural phenomena from different scholarly perspectives; be it
representation or responses to media texts, construction or
deconstruction of famous persona, or the affordances of online platforms
to foster interaction. To date, a consolidated approach to the study of
fans and celebrities and points of intersection, is relatively rare.

Two conferences were held at the end of 2019 in Australia aimed to
address the intersections between celebrity and fan studies. One
conference, focusing on fan studies, was held by the Fan Studies Network
Australasia (FSNA); the other on fame, celebrity and fandom held by the
Fame and Persona Research Consortium (FPRC). To extend the discussion
from the conferences and further explore intersections between fan and
celebrity studies, a proposal for an edited volume will be submitted to
the University of Iowa Press.

We call for submissions for chapters and invite scholars in both
celebrity and fan studies to consider the practical, theoretical and
social implications of intersections between celebrity and fan studies.

We invite submissions from scholars in all regions of the world, but
especially encourage submissions from scholars researching celebrity and
fan studies in Asia and the Pacific.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

   * Online fan/celebrity interactions
   * Offline fan/celebrity interactions
   * Overlap between on/offline fan and celebrity practices
   * Intersections between fan and celebrity studies
   * Rethinking para-social relationships
   * Diversifying study of media texts, fans and celebrities

*Submission materials:*

Please submit *800-word extended abstracts* addressing the following:

   * Theoretical/conceptual framework
   * Methodology
   * Argument
   * Indicative conclusions

Please also include a *150-200-word bio*.

Extended abstracts should be sent to:
<>by February 29^th 2020.

*Key Dates:*

Submission of extended abstracts: *February 29^th 2020*

Notification of acceptance: March 15^th 2020

Submission of book proposal: June/July 2020



Special Issue GAMEVIRONMENTS 2020

Democracy dies playfully.
(Anti)-Democratic ideas in and around video games

by Eugen Pfister, Tobias Winnerling, Felix Zimmermann


Deadline for 300-word abstracts 01. March 2020


All video games are political. That is, while a vocal minority urges
publishers and developers alike to refrain from any political
statements, video games and their production are always in and of
themselves political. They communicate and (re-)produce political values
and hence may contribute to the construction of collective identities.
Above anything else the majority of video games teach us to recognize
the good from the bad. Actors develop morality and an ethical compass
not only based on influences from families, peer groups and (school)
education but also based on experiences with popular culture of which
video games are a vital part. Keeping in mind that most of European
gamers nowadays are living in democracies while at the same time public
belief in our political system is eroding, we must focus all the more on
this political dimension. How do video games communicate and frame
democratic processes, in their in-game representations and
game-mechanics as well as in their production and reception cycles?

A first step would be to search for democratic aspects or building
blocks in the narratives, aesthetics and game-mechanics of video games.
A first glance might be sobering. Modern-day gaming experiences -
especially in blockbuster productions - are often characterized by a
tendency to put player agency at the forefront. The fetish of the
all-mighty lone wolf character as protagonist may appear to not be
compatible with ideas of democratic participation, deliberation and
compromises. The so-called ‘God Games’ have earned their names for a
reason, and this reason does not incorporate players simulating a
situation where they might be voted out of office. One might ask,
however, if video games and their elaborate simulations are not, in
fact, particularly suited to emulate the finding of common ground
between the many. For example, there are more and more games focusing on
online and offline cooperation and societal problem-solving.

Secondly, reports of workplace harassment, burnout-inducing crunch
practices and mass layoffs call into questions whether the
industrialized mass production of video games is prone to undemocratic
tendencies of marginalisation and oppression. Meanwhile, unionization
appears to make ground in the internationalised game industry, aiming to
bring democratic participation to the workplace. Another question then
might be whether the supposedly ‘new’ digital economy is in any
substantial way different from other types of industries and the
historically well-known problems with codetermination at the workplace
they have been prone to produce.

Finally, a ferocious vocal minority of self-proclaimed gamers is hard at
work trying to regulate who should and who shouldn’t participate and
have a say in gaming culture. For example, the so-called
gamergate-movement can be of interest to researchers not least because
of its anti-democratic impetus and its employment of techniques to
discourage and inhibit communication on topics of participation and

We encourage reflections on any of the mentioned contexts and invite
contributions on how the long and volatile tradition of democracy has
shaped games, is shaped by games or is and has been represented in games
and the contexts of their production and use.

Topics for further investigation may include, but are not limited to:

•    Imaginations of modern democratic systems and practices in video games
•    Symbols related to democracy and (historical) personalities in
video games
•    Historical perspectives on the representation of democratic
processes in video games (transitions, directions, …)
•    Historical perspectives on the representation of notably
un-democratic processes
•    Representations of historical democracies (e.g., in genres such as
global strategy)
•    Video games as spaces to experiment with democratic practices
online and offline
•    Video games as spaces to experiment with undemocratic practices or
as a challenge to democratic ideas
•    Games from different political systems (i.e., from Iran, Russia or
the PR China)
•    Games as media for civic education in democratic systems (both
state-sponsored and free market productions)
•    Games and their surrounding discourses as processes of democratic
deliberation or anti-democratic obstruction
•    Gaming communities and their role in democratic and non-democratic


Submit a title and 300-word abstract to Felix Zimmermann
( by 01.03.2020.

Possible formats for submission include:
a) regular academic articles
b) interviews
c) research reports
d) book reviews
e) game reviews

All articles submitted will be subject to double-blind peer-review.
There is no article processing charge.

For more on submission formats and guidelines see:


Title and abstract submission: 01.03.2020
Full text submission: 01.07.2020
Review results returned: 01.09.2020
Revised text submission: 15.10.2020
Online publication: December 2020



Special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies on ‘Archives and Special

Download the CFP here >>

ISSN 2046-6692 | Online ISSN 2046-6706

3 issues per volume | First published in 2012

Abstract submissions are invited for a special issue of the Journal of
Fandom Studies. This issue will focus on archives and special
collections relevant to scholars of fan studies. Topics addressed might
include profiles of institutional collections with primers for use,
research, archiving and curatorial practices performed by fans, and
archival and archontic theory.

Other possible topics include:

   * Historical perspectives on collecting fan material in libraries and

     Race, gender and queerness in fan collections and in library subject


     Logistical and ethical issues of access to fan materials


     Current research and collecting gaps in the documentary record

Contributors may also submit short profiles (500 words) of relevant
institutional collections with curatorial contact information as part of
a special ‘Research Guide’ section of this issue.

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under
consideration by other publications.

Please send abstracts of 250 words (including a title and keywords) with
biographical statements of 100 words to Cait Coker (
<>) and Jeremy Brett (
<>) by 28 February 2020.

If accepted, contributions should be no longer than 9000 words,
including notes and references, with completed drafts expected in
October 2020.

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under
consideration by other publications.

Journal of Fandom Studies is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal,
first published by Intellect in 2012. The multi-disciplinary nature of
fan studies makes the development of a community of scholars sometimes
difficult to achieve. Journal of Fandom Studies seeks to offer scholars
a dedicated publication that promotes current scholarship in the fields
of fan and audience studies across a variety of media. We focus on the
critical exploration, within a wide range of disciplines and fan
cultures, of issues surrounding production and consumption of popular
media (including film, music, television, sports and gaming). Journal of
Fandom Studies aims to address key issues, while also fostering new
areas of enquiry that take us beyond the bounds of current scholarship.

Potential topics include:


     ethics of fan studies


     historical perspectives on fan studies






     consumer/producer interactions


     archival work (using collections such as the AMPAS collection of fan
     letters, fanzine collections or online archives)


     competing histories of fan practices and fan studies


     analyses of specific fandoms (i.e. Buffy, Supernatural, Justin
     Bieber, True Blood, etc.)


     fan studies theory/cultural studies theory

The editors welcome general papers (between 6000 and 9000 words),
interviews and book reviews (between 800 and 1200 words) as well as
suggestions for thematic issues.

Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work
upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by
contributors at half price.



*CFP: Fandom and Controversy*

*Special issue of American Behavioral Scientist edited by Rebecca
Williams and Lucy Bennett*

In 2005, /American Behavioral Scientist/ published a special issue on
Fandom, which contained articles that continue to resonate and influence
the field today. This proposed special issue seeks to offer a follow-up
to that foundational issue, offering new perspectives on fan cultures
which respond to the changes that have happened in the fifteen years
since its publication and acknowledging the complex cultural, social and
political landscape that we currently occupy. The issue seeks to
showcase voices from both established and emerging scholars, offering
work that addresses these key concerns from a range of perspectives. Its
focus is on the relationship between fandom and moments of fissure or
controversy, including how this intersects with the current political
and cultural moment.

Although fandom can very often involve admiration and pleasure towards a
person or text, there are also moments where disappointment, shame, and
displeasure occur (Jones 2018). In the past decade accusations of sexual
harassment and assault surrounding celebrities such as Michael Jackson,
R, Kelly, and the spread of the #metoo hashtag, have caused some fans to
re-evaluate their attachments to famous figures and celebrities,
challenging how we conceive of concepts such as ‘anti-fandom’ (Gray
2003), so-called ‘cancel culture’, or the spread of formsof ‘toxic
fandom’ (Proctor and Kies 2018) or ‘reactionary fandom’ (Stanfill 2019).
However, other fans have sought to maintain their fandom for these
celebrities, offering justifications and solidarity to their object of
fandom in the face of these controversial moments.

Indeed, the wider current social and political landscape offers a set of
unique challenges that has a clear impact on how we understand the
discourses and practices of fandom. As the United Kingdom deals with the
consequences of Brexit and leaving the European Union, as Europe itself
negotiates its future, and as the United States faces a series of new
challenges under the Trump Presidency, the political and the personal
intersect like never before. Meanwhile protests in Hong Kong have
captured the world’s attention as fannish modes of communication
including memes are appropriated for political and cultural purposes
(Teixeira 2019). The issue thus encourages scholars from a range of
national perspectives, especially those from non-Western countries and
those outside of the Global North.

The emerging overlaps between fandom, controversy and the political
moment can be seen in the use of fannish language to describe key
politicians such as those who support the UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn
as Corbynistas (see Hills 2017, Sandvoss 2017, Dean 2017), fans of the
previous Leader Ed Miliband which led to the so-called Milifandom (see
Hills 2015, Wahl-Jorgensen 2019, Sandvoss 2015), or the emergence of
young female fans of former UK Prime Minister Theresa May, referred to
as Mayllenialls (Smith 2017). The approaches of Fan Studies have been
employed to understand loyal supporters of President Donald Trump
(Wahl-Jorgensen 2019), whilst the tools of online fandoms such as
forums, social media, memes and hashtags have been employed by a range
of groups with varying political viewpoints and agendas (Sandvoss 2013,
Booth et al 2018, Wilson 2018). The increasing celebrification of
politics has perhaps reached its nadir in the star status of Barack
Obama (Sandvoss 2012) and the election of Donald Trump to the office of
President (see Negra 2016) but the blurring of boundaries between the
political and the famous continues as rumours swirl about the intentions
of famous figures as diverse as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and
Disney CEO Bob Iger to run for office.

Meanwhile, existing fandoms continue to mobilise both political and
activist efforts (Jenkins 2012, Hinck 2019) to combat human rights
violations and respond to natural disasters (e.g. the efforts of the
/Supernatural/ fandom in raising money for relief for victims of
Hurricane Harvey in Texas). Other fan groups often find themselves
thrown into unforeseen controversial political moments, as in the
juncture of singer Ariana Grande fans with narratives around
international terrorism after the bombing of her concert in Manchester,
or the co-option of Taylor Swift by members of the alt-right.

Given these intertwining threads, this issue focuses on the confluence
of fandom and controversy. Seeking contributions from a range of
disciplines including media and cultural studies, fan studies, politics,
celebrity studies and beyond, contributors are invited to submit
proposals on any of the above examples, the following topics, or any
other aspect of the linkages between fandom, controversy and politics
(in all its forms):

   * Celebrity/fan connections
   * Discourses of “superfandom”
   * Disappointment and shame within fandom
   * Links between fandom, controversy and the public sphere (e.g. fandom
     of certain figures or political parties, fannish resistance to
     political readings of texts)
   * Fandom as citizenship/fans as citizens
   * Forms of anti-fandom or non-fandom
   * The intersections between celebrity, fandom and political culture
   * Fan activism
   * The use of social media and its language (e.g. memes, hashtags, GIFs)
   * Affect and emotion
   * The importance of places and spaces, both physical and virtual
   * The creation of transformative works (e.g. fanfiction, fan videos)
     that address these issues
   * Material cultures
   * The ethics of studying these forms of participatory culture and fandom
   * Stan culture
   * Fandom and cancel culture
   * Toxic fandom

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words in length, plus a short
author biography to Dr Rebecca Williams at
<>and Dr Lucy Bennett at <>by *31^st March
2020*. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by *30^th April 2020*.

Please note than acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee
publication. All submissions will undergo double blind peer review once
completed articles are submitted.


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Special Issue of Culture Machine *Machine Intelligences in Context: Beyond the Technological Sublime*

Edited by Peter Jakobsson, Anne Kaun & Fredrik Stiernstedt

We are seeking contributions for a special issue of /Culture Machine/
<> – an international open-access
journal of culture and theory – exploring /Machine Intelligences in

/Culture Machine/is a series of experiments in culture and theory. Its
aim is to seek out and promote scholarly work that engages provocatively
with contemporary technical objects, processes and imaginaries from the
North and South. Building on its open ended, non-instrumental, and
exploratory approach to critical theory, /Culture Machine/ calls for
creative scholarship and research that contests globalizing technical
narratives and their environmental logics of extraction.

This special issue is a long overdue confrontation with the hype
surrounding artificial intelligence. The supposed blessings that AI will
bestow upon datafied societies, as well as the associated dangers, are
now well-known both to the academic specialist and to the general
public. Representatives from the tech sector and the world of politics
claim that the fourth industrial revolution will be powered by AI and
that AI will eventually become ubiquitous within politics, industry,
culture and in everyday life. The impulse behind this special issue is
to interrogate these prophesies a bit closer and to get a look behind
the shiny surfaces of these new, often unseen technologies. Because it
does seem that what AI actually promises, and most of all, what it
actually delivers, is neither found in the realm of the fantastic nor
the uncanny, and a lot of it is not even particularly new, intelligent
or artificial.

The task of this special issue is thus to provide a counter-narrative to
the dominant accounts of AI. It is not a matter of debunking AI, of
unmasking the ideological interests behind it or revealing its dirty
algorithmic secrets, but of putting AI in its critical contexts beyond
the technological sublime – ie. the myths surrounding current
technological developments that are meant to inspire both awe and
fantasies of control and mastery. By combining phenomena that do not
normally go together, such as AI and intersectionality, this special
issue seeks to un-familiarize the familiar and to make unexpected
connections, while also exploring potential critical and more just
futures. One question that seems particularly pertinent to ask is of the
relations, substitutions and combinations of different forms of
intelligence, both human and more than human, and to explore how these
come together in different contexts.  Contributions that employ critical
perspectives from either the social sciences or the humanities are
welcome, but we also invite and encourage experimental and
transdisciplinary approaches, including contributions from the
information sciences, software studies, and articles focused on case
studies of AI with stakes for Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

It is time to move past an understanding of AI that borders towards
viewing it as a technological sublime. In order to do so we should
analyse it as a broad phenomenon that questions the integration of
machinic forms of intelligence in lived settings, particularly across
the relations it is generating in the Global South.

We welcome proposals that address, build upon and expand the following

   * Critical interrogations of definitions and conceptualizations of
   * Pluralities of machine intelligences
   * Sensory capacities and AI
   * The biopolitics and geopolitics of AI
   * Sex, gender and AI
   * Race and AI
   * Critical interrogations of AI narratives
   * Critical perspectives on AI sited in the Global South
   * Progressive regulation of AI

Please submit a 500-word abstract and 2 page CV to
<> by 1 March 2020


Submission of abstracts                              1 March 2020

Notification of acceptance                               20 March 2020

Submission of full papers                                  1 September 2020

Peer Review                                             
                  15 November 2020

Revision                                                     15 December

                                                                January 2021



Call for papers: Special Issue of M/C Journal on exclusion

Exclusion is the antithesis of integration. In everyday life
interactions, with and without media, mechanisms of exclusion and
inclusion emerge simultaneously, contradicting each other and often
politically motivated. Social media and social media groups have been
praised as realms of political activism, as sheltered places for
minority groups, or as platforms to give hitherto unheard voices a forum
(e.g. #metoo). At the same time social media came to the fore as realms
of exclusion and othering: we are witnessing verbal abuse, threats, and
death threats on social media platforms against migrants, politicians,
LGBTIQ persons, women, or activists. We are familiar with professional
media output employing excluding terminologies and depictions of the
outsider, thus evoking and strengthening ideas of the "other" (e.g. in
terms of gender, ethnicity, political opinion, space, and place). We
watch on screens in factual and fictional formats the depicted "other" -
either as absent or as stereotyped.

This issue of/M/C Journal/seeks to contribute to a deeper understanding
of the mechanisms of societal exclusion in and through media with a
special focus on - but not restricted to - social media. Following the
discussions of the Mediated Communication, Public Opinion, and Society
Section at IAMCR Madrid 2019, we invite contributions on the theme of
"exclusion" from a wide spectrum of social, cultural, institutional, and
affective domains.

Areas of investigation may include, but are not limited to:

·exclusion in/through journalism

·exclusion in/through social media

·exclusion in/through fictional media

·exclusion of communication

·forms of exclusion

·functions and dysfunctions of exclusion

·exclusion, inclusion, and integration

·exclusion and racism

·exclusion and sexism

·exclusion and populism

·migration and exclusion

·exclusion and social tensions

Prospective contributors should email an abstract of 100-250 words and a
brief biography to the issue editors. Abstracts should include the
article title and should describe your research question, approach, and
argument. Biographies should be about three sentences (maximum 75 words)
and should include your institutional affiliation and research
interests. Articles should be 3000 words (plus bibliography). All
articles will be double-blind refereed and must adhere to MLA style (6th


·Article deadline: 2 Oct. 2020

·Release date: 2 Dec. 2020

·Editors: Susanne Eichner, Corinna Lüthje

Please submit articles through this Website:

Send any enquiries



Call for Chapters: Women and Activism in the Digital Age (temporary name, edited collection)

Edited byCarmit Wiesslitz, PhD

Deadline for Abstracts: March 31, 2020

The#MeToo movement has been mentioned in academic discourse as an
effective online campaign that became widely spread and was covered
extensively in the news media worldwide. When referring to this
campaign, Internet researchers highlight the powerful role of social
media platforms in activism in the digital age and many scholars talk
about this campaign in this context. However, there is a very limited
discourse about the fact that women are the leading figures behind this
successful campaign or about their distinctive use of and related
experience in the online public sphere. In fact, academic discourse has
rarely put forward the topic of women activists and their use of social
media. Why is it so important to place this issue at the focus of
research? First of all, because the field of politics and
extra-parliamentary politics is known as an extremely
male-oriented/dominated sphere in which women are forced to struggle to
successfully promote themselves and their agendas. Secondly, women’s
organizations have unique features, specifically related to the way they
run their organizations and operations, which often are more democratic
and egalitarian. Thirdly, saliency and reliable representation in public
discourse is a challenge, not only for women’s groups but also for all
minority groups. The Internet may constitute an alternative, possibly
more egalitarian, communications platform.

This leads us to the following questions; Does the Internet provides
women activists with a new platform to voice their agenda? Is the
Internet perceived and used as a tool of empowerment? The contribution
of research on these questions is related not only to the Internet and
new digital platforms, but also to its focus on women, an important
minority group, and its acknowledgement of women’s activism in the
virtual world.

This collection will hopefully open a window into the role and status of
women’s groups that aspire to join forces to organize collective action
using the Internet, and furthermore to gain an understanding of the
discourse that women create on social media and other digital platforms.
Hence, this book will present various case studies of women from around
the world who use the Internet to facilitate social change on topics,
including, but not limited to, the following:

- Women’s groups and social change organizations and their on-going online

- Case studies of ad hoc campaigns and spontaneous viral collective
action, such as
the #MeToocampaign.

- Distinct dimensions of Internet activism, from organizing
offline/online protests and
mobilizing for collective action, to producing and distributing memes,
videos, and

- The Internet as a safe space: women’s discourse and online
conversations of
activists or non-activists (features, uses, and perceptions of value)

The book is intended to be multidisciplinary volume that embraces a
broad range of disciplinary perspectives, including, but not limited to,
media studies, civil society and democracy, social movements,
alternative media, feminisms, Marxism/neo-Marxism, globalization,
structural/post-structural, and others. Furthermore, this book may offer
empirical multidisciplinary perspectives and a wide array of
methodologies for researching digital activism using various online
platforms and apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, What's
Up App, and others.

Interested authors should send an abstract of 500 words, 3-5 references,
and an up-to-date bio to Carmit Wiesslitz ( no later
than _March31, 2020,_with “Women and activism in the digital age” in the
subject line.

Acceptance notices will be sent by May 31, 2020

Full papers of 6,000 to 8,000 words (including all references) will be
due November 30, 2020.

I intend to submit a proposal to Palgrave Macmillan (which already
expressed its initial interest in this project and is awaiting the
submission of a full proposal) after I have a confirmed table of
contents and list of contributing authors.

About the editor: Carmit Wiesslitz, PhD,is the author of Internet
Democracy and Social Change: The Case of Israel
published by Lexington Books. Her research areas include civil society,
democracy and the Internet, media and social change, alternative media,
women's organizations and new media. She is a lecturer in the Department
of Politics and Communications at Hadassah Academic College, Israel.