Conferences & CFPs

  1. Special issue of the Popular Culture Studies Journal: Serious Play
    1. Abstract Submission Deadline: Oct 31st, 2020
  2. Call for Papers: Sexual Datafication
    1. Abstract Submission Deadline: Oct 30th, 2020
  3. Call for abstracts: MedieKultur “PlatformedBodies”
    1. Abstract Submission Deadline: Nov 1st, 2020
  4. Journal of Hate Studies Call for Submissions
    1. Submission Deadline for Full Papers: Dec 30th, 2020
  5. “Critical and Creative Engagements with Petro-Media” / special issue of Imaginations
    1. Submission Deadline for Full Papers: Dec 10th, 2020
  6. Topical Collection on Governance and AI: Challenges for a sustainable digital ecosystem
    1. Submission Deadline for Full Papers: Jan 9th, 2021
  7. Call For Chapters: A Media Anthropology of India
    1. Abstract Submission Deadline: Nov 10th, 2020



Special issue of the Popular Culture Studies Journal: Serious Play

The Digital Cultures Collaboratory in the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a research group comprising graduate students, library staff, and faculty. Since 2017 this group has operated Serious Play, a channel on the Twitch live streaming network devoted to gameplay and reflective commentary. In April 2021, the Collaboratory will organize a Live Streaming Symposium that challenges participants to make live presentations using Twitch or a similar platform, involving simultaneous gameplay and reflective, critical, or instructional commentary.

We are proposing a special issue of the Popular Culture Studies Journal (PCSJ) titled “Serious Play: Legitimizing Live Streaming as Popular Culture.” This issue will explore the live digital streaming of gameplay (analog or digital) as well as other forms of active performance. The articles and texts will consider the topics of live streaming, pedagogy and performance, virtual environments, and related subjects, and they will all read live streaming as a legitimate vehicle for popular culture. The issue will also showcase recorded video of some or all of the five to seven presentations from the Collaboratory’s digital symposium (to be held in October 2021) alongside articles by members of the Collaboratory that place this work in context of changes in the infrastructure and social organization of higher education. The issue would also include reviews of relevant media pieces, streams, performances, and books.

We are interested in examples from leading streaming platforms like Twitch, and we interpret live streaming broadly and do not exclude other possibilities that consider live streaming as a legitimate avenue of popular culture. Potential subjects might include:

  *   Ethnographies of live streaming
  *   Live streaming and “the future of broadcasting” (as T.L. Taylor writes in Watch Me Play)
  *   Forms of streaming practice
  *   Intersections of other pop culture media and live streaming
  *   Live streaming in response to global crises
  *   Discussions of how live streaming can build, maintain, or hinder communities
  *   Live streaming in education as pop culture and pedagogy
  *   Reflections on streaming and online communities
  *   Live streaming and the archive
  *   Political economy of streaming platforms
  *   Live streaming and e-sports
  *   Let’s plays, YouTube, and popular culture
  *   Interactions of social media and play

While not required, we encourage submissions that include video or hybridize print with other media. This could be a supplementary video essay, live stream, game, image, podcast, or mod. We suggest that authors may want to consider something like the creative multimodal elements found in Metagaming by Stephanie Boluk and Patrick LeMieux. Articles should be scholarly, drawing on research and theory, but must also be accessible to the broadly educated, non-specialist audience of PCSJ.

Please visit the following link for more information about the Collab, Serious Play, the journal issue, and how to submit an abstract:

Call for Papers: Serious Play – Midwest PCA/ACA<>

The Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association is a regional branch of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association.MPCA/ACA usually holds its annual conference in a large Midwestern city in the United States.

If you have any questions about the special issue, please contact Janelle Malagon (, Erik Jon Paul Kersting (, or Christopher J. Olson (


Call for Papers: Sexual Datafication

This proposal for a special issue in the journal of Big Data & Society explores the concept of sexual datafication: the relationship between big data and the development of gender and sexuality in the twenty-first century (Saunders, 2020). Urgent contemporary research in fields such as digital humanities, sociology and public health have examined the socio-political impact and ethical implications of big data (Kitchin 2013; Zwitter 2014; Mittelstadt and Floridi 2015; Daniels, Gregory and Cottom 2017; Snyder and Zhou 2019). This special issue will be the first to focus on how big data collection - conducted by governments, corporations and medical institutions - takes place specifically in relation to the gendered and sexual body. It asks questions regarding, for example, how big data is deployed in international philanthropic initiatives fighting for women’s human rights; the problems and value of big data in understanding particular health needs of LGBTQ+ communities; and the new ways in which ‘sex tech’ and dating and fertility applications gather biomedical and socio-sexual information on populations. This special issue seeks to answer questions about how big data intersects with gender and sexuality from an international perspective, critically engaging with the varied objectives and ethical ramifications of big data collection taking place in different continents and cultures. The overarching goal of this special issue is to explore the most significant ways in which sexual datafication has become central to the power relations and biopolitics of the gendered body in the digital age. It also asserts the fundamentally interdisciplinary nature of sexual datafication as a new area of study, and therefore invites scholars from disciplines including the Medical Humanities, (Digital) Sociology, Disability Studies, Digital Humanities, Science and Technology Studies, Political Economics, Gender Studies, and Cultural and Media Studies.

This special issue invites proposals on the following topics, but is not limited to these:
  *   Big data as twenty-first century sexology
  *   The role of big data in sexual health provision and education
  *   Datafication in the medical sector, especially in relation to LGBTQ+ service users
  *   Fertility applications
  *   Crip sexuality and gender in relation to digital technologies and big data
  *   Dating applications
  *   Sexual technologies such as smart vibrators and AI sex robots
  *   The gender politics of data visualisation
  *   Algorithms in relation to the gathering of big data connected to gender and/or sexuality
  *   Datafication initiatives connected to gender and/or sexuality in the digital South
  *   The political and cultural implications of big data connected to specific initiatives such as UN Women Data Hub
  *   New materialism and the gendered body
  *   Datafication and embodiment
Please submit your abstract and a short bio to Rebecca Saunders at<> by Friday 30th October 2020.


Call for abstracts: MedieKultur “PlatformedBodies”

MedieKultur: Journal of media and communication research has a new call for abstracts on “Platformed Bodies”.

Over the last couple of decades, the global social, political and economic landscape has been marked by rise and dominance of social media. These transnational owned social media and communication services fundamentally alter both the ways economic value is produced, as well as the fundamental ways that social life is lived. To understand this dual impact we have seen a wealth of theoretical innovation, with platform studies proven to be an immensely powerful instance (Gillespie, 2010; Van Dijck, et al., 2018). In an early work, Van Dijck supplies a key intervention when suggesting that techno-cultural constructs and socioeconomic structures should be integrated in an ecological approach to better capture “the mutual shaping of social media and the culture of connectivity” (Van Dijck, 2013, 26). In other words, intertwining cultural and economic analysis is key for understanding the current moment in which digital platforms, services and devices are of increasing importance to more and more aspects of society and everyday life.

In this analysis however, the question of the body as a somatic reality, a social construct, and a site of experience and contestation, is less clear. It is this intersection that this special issue of MedieKultur takes aim at. We invite submissions that combine analysis of platforms and the body.

Bodies as an situated site of experience has long been of interest to media and communication studies. Especially in works inspired by critical, feminist and queer theory (Sedgwick, 2003; Ahmed, 2004; Sullivan and Murray, 2009), and medical anthropology (Mol, 2002) is the body interrogated for the ways it mediates relations of technology, identity, sociality, and power. Because “the body” as an analytical unit is constructed in many different ways, its analysis also varies. Rather than adhere to one definition, however, we invite submissions that reflect such multiplicity, presenting different perspectives on the platformed body.

We ask that contributions engage with one or more of the following general questions:
   * How do bodies emerge in relationship to platforms?
   * What is the body’s relationship to platform content, technological infrastructure, and/or its user base?
   * How do platform dynamics intersect with race, gender, sexuality, disability, and other categories of body and social distinction?
   * What does attention to the body infuse into the theories of platform analysis?

We encourage contributions that explore such topics and questions
including but not limited to:
   * Health topics: self-monitoring, mediated health communications, counterpublic health, and health monitoring
   * Sexuality: hookup apps, porn, media panics, and (de)platformization of sex
   * Social media: celebrity, fandom, and influencers
   * Fitness
   * Food and nutrition
   * Geographical Displacement: Platforms of refugee and immigrant life and movement
   * Activism and resistance
   * Non-human bodies: Robotics and animals
   * Death and dying

Please submit an abstract of maximum 500 words (excluding references) by November 1st 2020 on MedieKultur’s website:

Authors will be notified of their acceptance by November 6th 2020. The deadline for submission of full papers is March 1st 2021.

MedieKultur does not charge for submission, review or publishing articles, and no payment from the authors will be required.

Articles that are accepted for further process by the editors will go into peer-review in March 2021. We expect to have decisions on manuscripts and potential further revisions by May. The special issue will be published around December 2021.

Editors for this special issue are: Kristian Møller (IT University of Copenhagen): and Maja Nordtug (University of Southern Denmark and Aarhus University):

Journal of Hate Studies Call for Submissions

The Journal of Hate Studies General Issue, Vol. 17 with a Forum on“Pandemania”
Guest Editor: Lisa Silvestri (Gonzaga University)

*The Journal of Hate Studies* is an international scholarly journal promoting intellectual engagement with processes that embolden the expression of hate. The goal is to establish a deep repository of theory and research on which to ground practical anti-hate interventions. For example, past articles in the journal have:
·      Examined hate in any one or more of its manifestations (e.g. racism, misogyny, antisemitism, homophobia, religious intolerance, ethnoviolence, anti-immigrant animus, etc.).
·      Considered how hate is institutionalized, maintained, or perpetrated through culture, organizations, policies, politics, media, discourses, epistemologies, etc.
·      Developed, adapted, or refined disciplinary specific or trans-disciplinary research methods for understanding and/or effectively addressing hate.

*The Journal* reflects the optimism that understanding hate can lead to itscontainment, allowing humans to flourish without fear of reprisal.

For this issue, we will accept both general submissions on any topic within the field as well as contributions destined for a subsection featuring conversations on hate taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic. General submissions range between 6,000-8,000 words. Forum submissions are shorter, ranging between 3,000-5,000 words. Potential topics covered by the
“pandemania” forum can include, but should not be limited to, the following COVID-19 focused topics:
Racism and anti-racism
Masks and social distancing
Institutional violence
Digital manifestations of hate

We invite both textual and visual submissions employing interdisciplinary and innovative approaches in the humanities and social sciences. To float ideas and proposals for the general submission or for this forum, specifically, please contact

*Brief Guidelines for Submissions*
The Journal seeks compelling articles written with precision and depth that find resonance with an interdisciplinary audience. A primary criterion for acceptance is the level to which the article enriches, extends, and advances the study and understanding of hate in its multiplicity of forms.

Research-based submissions should follow 7th APA format and include a discussion of approach, method, and analysis. Submissions focusing on pedagogy should balance theoretical frameworks with practical considerations of how particular approaches play out in both formal and informal educational settings. Discipline-specific submissions should be written for non-specialists.

For further information on style and formatting, accessibility requirements, please consult:

*Submission and Review Process*
All work appearing in The Journal undergoes extensive double-blind peer-review. As a courtesy to our reviewers, we will not consider simultaneous submissions, but we will do our best to reply with reviewer comments within 4 months of the submission deadline. All work should be original and previously unpublished. Essays or presentations posted on a personal blog may be accepted, provided they are substantially revised.

Important Dates
Submission deadline for full manuscripts is *December 30, 2020*. Notification of acceptance expected April 30 *for publication in early fall 2021*. For full journal details, including themes and goals, general topic areas, submission instructions or to apply to become a reviewer, please


“Critical and Creative Engagements with Petro-Media” / special issue of Imaginations

Guest edited by Rachel W. Jekanowski (Memorial University) & Emily Roehl (Texas State University)


This special issue of Imaginations will concentrate on media engaging with petroleum and its attendant socio-political and economic structures. Drawing on technology and media studies, energy humanities scholarship, and a range of methods in visual and cultural studies, the contributors will theorize contemporary and historical uses of media to resist and facilitate petroleum infrastructures. Building on Imaginations’ long-standing engagement with petrocultures scholarship, including their 2012 special issue “Sighting Oil” (Sheena Wilson and Andrew Pendakis, eds.), this issue will mobilize critiques of corporate petro-media with decolonial methods from a range of disciplines, focusing on the interlacing of oil, settler colonialism, Indigenous resurgence, and media production. The issue will consist of peer-reviewed essays from scholars and practitioners, artist interviews and contributions (including samples of multimedia work with accompanying artists statements), and a review section (including a comparative book review essay, curatorial reviews and responses to digital exhibitions in the age of COVID-19, etc.). We are particularly invested in featuring research-creation and media-rich scholarship.

We invite submissions that take up different facets of media production by Indigenous, immigrant, and settler artists, activists, and corporate representatives to examine the complex entanglements of cultural production, settler colonialism, and fossil fuel extraction. Given our location on occupied Indigenous territories where we work as researchers and educators, we assert that energy developments are always already implicated within histories of colonialism and white settlement in North America. Critically, we invite contributions that include and foreground visual media in their analyses, featuring original videos, archival photographs and film stills, and photographs of authors’ art installations.

We invite submissions that engage with the following topics (including but not limited to):

* the way media networks and ways of viewing the world support the extraction, production, and consumption of fossil fuels and interact with the financial and socio-political systems the production of oil requires;
* the way media, like energy infrastructures, are used as conduits for the transportation and transmission of fuel, people, capital, and ideas about sovereignty, identity, futurity, and relationships to the nonhuman world;
* the way various media—from corporate films, digital photography, games, and television advertisements, to activist protests and social media—have alternatively been used to uphold, legitimize, critique, and resist energy practices within settler colonial nations like Canada and the United States.

Submissions are also welcome from the following fields and approaches (including but not limited to):

- cultural studies
- energy studies
- critical Indigenous studies
- critical settler colonial studies
- decolonial approaches to media
- environmental humanities
- Indigenous sovereignty
- film and media studies
- literary studies
- multimedia and digital arts
- petrocultures
- research-creation methods
- social and environmental justice
- feminist, queer, and posthumanist approaches to petro-media
- interventions from critical race studies

In sum, this special issue will contribute to discussions within media and literature studies about the imbrication of energy, communication, and art, while foregrounding Indigenous resurgence, energy justice movements, and deepening attention to the asymmetrical effects of climate change on communities and environments.


Recognizing the challenges of producing work during a pandemic, and reflecting the editors’ commitment to experimenting with mixed methodologies and media-rich scholarship, this special issue will feature shorter research essays alongside artist submissions and research-creation. Research essays should be 3000-5000 words; artist contributions and curatorial reviews can be 500-2000 words. Citations should adhere to the MLA Style Guide.

All submissions must be sent to and copied to and Please include a separate sheet with short biographical and contact information. Media can be emailed as an attachment or accessible by hyperlink.

The Imaginations Journal style sheet is accessible here.


We plan to notify contributors as to the status of their submissions by May 2021 at the latest. The special issue is tentatively planned for publication in Fall 2021.

Please direct questions and inquiries to issue editors Emily Roehl ( and Rachel W. Jekanowski (


Topical Collection on Governance and AI: Challenges for a sustainable digital ecosystem

Guest Editors:

Eva Thelisson, MIT Connection Science Lab, AI Transparency Institute, Switzerland,

Amandeep Gill, Global Health Centre project on International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR), Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland,

Himanshu Verma, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland,​​​​​​​

Kshitij Sharma, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway,

Marc Rotenberg, Center for AI and Digital Policy, Michale Dukakis Institute, USA,

Danielle Belgrave, Healthcare Intelligence Group, Microsoft Research, UK,

Ann Cambon-Thomsen, French National Center for scientific research, France,


This special issue proposes to explore the normative and conceptual foundations of digital governance, digital ethics and digital regulation of Artificial Intelligence in the context of the sustainable development of the digital ecosystem.

Designing AI

As design choices have a normative effect, we invite papers exploring the norms and governance embedded in code and infrastructure. The vision, values and business model of the organizations are encoded in the design of AI tools and shape how personal data are processed and users attention and conduct are altered. The special issue invites contributions that critical explore the challenges related to designing AI.

AI and values

Values evolve depending on the socio-cultural, politico-economic and technological context. We invite contributions related to the impact of the design of AI on the future of human values, rights and liberties, including autonomy, the right to privacy, the rule of law, and democratic institutions.

Legal and Ethical Policy

The special issue seeks to identify and address new legal and ethical challenges related to the sustainable development of the digital ecosystem, with a focus on how to adapt AI-relevant norms of conduct to diverse cultural, social, and political contexts.

Possible topics include:

    Digital governance, digital ethics and digital regulation

    Ethical and legal considerations surrounding AI

    Ethics of privacy and intellectual property

    Platform economies

    Algorithmic transparency and accountability

    The democractic governance of AI

    Convergence between AI, IoT and Blockchain technologies

    Sustainable design

    Internet architecture and Human Rights

    Data ownership

    AI auditing and certification

    Liability and Insurance schema

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

Deadline for submission: 9th January 2021


Submissions should be original papers and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Extended versions of high quality conference papers that are already published at relevant venues may also be considered as long as the additional contribution is substantial (at least 30% of new content).

Authors must follow the formatting and submission instructions of the AI and Ethics journal at

During the first step in the submission system Editorial Manager, please select “Original Research” as article type. In further steps, please confirm that your submission belongs to a special issue and choose from the drop-down menu the appropriate special issue title.


CfP Streaming media: production, interfaces, content and users

Streaming is an increasingly used form of content distribution. Content providers from different areas of the media industries have shifted to this digital form of distribution and many users have followed. With this special issue on streaming media, we are looking for articles that study streaming from different perspectives and contribute to a better understanding of how streaming is a phenomenon that deeply affects established media industries such as film, television, gaming, music, radio/podcasts, books and audio books.

Streaming as a technical notion refers to transmitting and receiving digital data over the internet; a process distinguished by the end-user being able to watch, listen, or read content as the file is being transmitted. Streaming as distribution systems hence facilitates on-demand use and consumption of media content. However, as communication and media scholars we are broadly interested in streaming media, that is, the structures, relations and practices including and surrounding streaming as distribution systems. This encompasses (at least) studies of media industries and production, interfaces, content, and use of streaming media.

We have seen the emergence of many new streaming services from global superplayers as well as national streaming providers and small local services. The amount and size of these new streaming services is so substantial that we have yet to analyze many of the platforms that are available (often through both apps and websites) thoroughly. This special issue seeks empirically grounded, conceptual and methodological contributions about the changes and continuities represented by streaming media.

Accordingly, we encourage contributions to the following topics and are grateful for additional perspectives:

  • Key concepts and theoretical discussions in research about streaming
  • Studies of media industries and the impact of streaming on organizations and productions
  • How streaming media transform value creation and value networks in different industries
  • The strategies of commercial and public media providers facing the competition from global superplayers
  • Streaming media and national and/or regional media policy (e.g. efforts to sustain media diversity; requirements for a certain percentage share of local content)
  • To what extent and how streaming impacts content creation
  • How specific genres are impacted by streaming
  • How audiences/users appropriate and make sense of streaming media, or how streaming media have consequences for what content people choose to consume
  • The consequences of algorithms and/or personalization of content (from a service provider perspective; from a content creator perspective; from an interface perspective; from a media user perspective)
  • Methodological reflections and discussions about how we should study streaming
  • Comparative studies of streaming from different industries (e.g. comparing gaming platforms with music platforms)
  • Studies with different data sources on streaming (e.g. comparing insights about users with insights about a particular media industry)
  • Transnational studies of streaming
  • The promotion and branding of streaming services and content (e.g. trailers, adverts, etc.)

 Please submit an extended abstract of 1000 words (including references) by 15th of October on MedieKultur’s website:

Authors will be notified of their acceptance by 25th of October. The deadline for submission of full papers is 1st of January 2021.

Articles that are accepted for further process by the editors will go into peer-review in January and February 2021. We expect to have decisions on manuscripts and potential further revisions by March. We expect to publish this special issue by Summer 2021. 

Guest editors for this special issue: Mads Møller Tommerup Andersen (Aarhus University) and Marika Lüders (University of Oslo).


Call For Chapters: A Media Anthropology of India

The intertwining of Communication and Media Studies, and the discipline of Anthropology is not new, in the Indian context. Arjun Appadurai’s (1990) considered takes on global communication flows and mediascapes, Purnima Mankekar’s (1999) landmark work on screen cultures, and the steady engagement of anthropologists like Binod C. Agrawal (1985) in Communication and Media Studies, are some instances of efforts at bringing the two subject areas to influence each other. The growing number of ethnographies in Communication and Media Studies showcase the influence of Anthropology’s methodological and epistemological offerings to study various media-related phenomena. Research on media and cultures is underway in various departments of Cultural Studies and Film Studies, in the country and
outside. Similarly, the popularity of digital ethnography, anthropology of popular culture and development, are areas that have caught Anthropology's fancy. Visual Anthropology has emerged as a distinct field within Anthropology, while departments of Sociology carry out ethnographic work on aspects of Communication and Media Studies. These disparate engagements across diverse disciplinary frameworks purport a call for a unification of these efforts. The lack of a reflexive formulation of Media Anthropology as a distinct sub-discipline is strikingly evident., This proposed edited volume on Media Anthropology is a call to recognize, and conceptualize such a sub-discipline in and on India, an area that seems to warrant careful
attention in its own right. It is in this context that we seek to lay out the genealogy of such a body of work, take cognizance of the ‘practice’ turn in Communication and Anthropology alike, contend with technology’s current multiple offerings, and provide insights from decolonial and
non-Western perspectives. We ask a range of questions: What are the key works that would feature in a genealogy of a Media Anthropology of India? Can one conceptualize such a sub- discipline as comprising only ethnographic work, or do there exist other methodological and
epistemological inputs that could go into its formulation? Is media synonymous with technology and related cultures? On a related note, how would such a sub-discipline contend with accusations of technological determinism and evolutionary undertones? How does the ‘practice’ turn in Communication and Media Studies that seeks to go beyond media-centrism (Couldry, 2004; Budka, 2020) propel human-centric work? What are the politics of the digital turn as seen through empirical realities in India? Finally, what does Media Anthropology of India have to offer in terms of critical perspectives and for the current decolonial turn that the social sciences are contending with?

In a bid to answer these questions, we propose a set of themes that are not exhaustive by any means:
Ø Conceptualising a Media Anthropology of India
Ø Genealogical accounts and reviews of media anthropology research in/on India

Ø Methodological interventions, including but not limited to multi-modal methods, autoethnographies, policy ethnography, design ethnography and the like
Ø Media histories and historiographies, and their linkages to the anthropological
Ø Anthropological lenses on media, popular and tech cultures, including but not limited to the study of newsrooms, cinema, AI
Ø Accounts of Praxis, drawing on precarities and informality of labour
Ø Studies of identities and marginalities of various kinds, also enabled by the recognition of intersectionalities
Ø Encountering the Transnational and Global
Ø Infrastructures and the Urban
Ø Capturing the Datafication of human lives that is currently underway
Please email your abstracts to, by November 10, 2020. The chapters themselves could be written in diverse formats like reflexive essays, commentaries, thick ethnographies, interviews and beyond, facilitating a range of inquiries into the sub-discipline. The editors will work with the shortlisted authors to weave together the edited volume, for which interest has been expressed by a prominent international publisher.


Preeti Raghunath is an Assistant Professor at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC), Pune, India.

Haripriya Narasimhan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Liberal Arts, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, India.