Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network

This is the official publication of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network. It is a fully indexed open-access peer-reviewed journal run exclusively by, and featuring content solely from, postgraduate and early career researchers. 

Networking Knowledge nurtures academic talent in the fields of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, offering early career scholars a vibrant space for innovative scholarly debate, through opportunities to publish their work and get involved in all stages of the editorial process.  

Over the years of its existence, Networking Knowledge has extended its impact and reach, driven by the expertise of hundreds of contributors – authors, editors, guest editors, reviewersLaunched in September 2007, initially with the specific intention to serve the MeCCSA PGN community in the UK, the journal has evolved into a global network of scholars, featuring work from all over the world. Many of our past contributors are now leading academics in their respective fields.  

The journal is driven by the values of rigour, openness, collaboration and academic freedom. It is therefore its core goal to serve the community of postgraduate and early career scholars by fostering a supportive network and advancing knowledge in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies.

Chief Editor:
Bissie Anderson, University of Stirling


Social Influence, Social Distance: Looking at YouTube in Lockdown

August 3, 2020

This guest-edited edition of Networking Knowledge invites proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers for papers that explore YouTube content regarding or impacted by the cultural effects of COVID-19. Case studies could include:

- Domestication of professional spaces i.e. Bon Appetit at Home; Ellen / Jimmy Kimmel at Home

- Professionalisation of YouTube i.e. National Theatre Live

- Live streaming practises i.e. Music Festivals ‘at home’

- The YouTube ‘quarantine aesthetic’

- Travel content during travel bans

- Vlogging the everyday lockdown lifestyle 

- Family channels & home-schooling

- Affordances for new content; limitations of production

Potential contributors are invited to send abstracts of up to 300 words to the editors by 18 September 2020, with decisions to follow by October 1st and full drafts of 5000-7000 words due by 1 February 2021. Proposals for shorter case-studies of 2000-3000 words are also encouraged, as well as creative contributions, reflections, and interviews. Both guest editors can be contacted with queries ahead of the deadline.


Guest Editors

Rachel Phillips – Cardiff University –

Henry Morgan – Cardiff University –

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Current Issue

Vol. 12 No. 2 (2019): Standard Issue

In contrast to previous themed and conference-based issues of the journal, the papers in this standard issue are diverse in their exploration of themes and modes of enquiry. Their themes range from health communication to protest, and from queer narratives to search for home. Significantly, the papers engage with different forms, platforms, and means of mass media, communications, and culture, including community-based communication, forms of political communication, strategies of lobbying, and creative cultural resistance. At the same time, the research contexts of these authors are also varied, with case studies drawn from the EU, Israel, Kenya, and India. However, it is in the diverse nature of these papers that a unique standpoint is offered, bringing together global perspectives on culture, people, and organisations, and their complex interactions with and understandings of media and forms of communications.

Published: September 17, 2019

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