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:
Rebecca Jones, University of Strathclyde


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. 14 No. 1 (2021): #TogetherApart: Mediatization, (Inter)subjectivity and Sociality at a Time of Pandemic

Let the distance be physical - created by UNESCO Global Callout to Creatives

This special issue features 12 contributions by early career scholars and artists dealing with the role of mediatization in the COVID-19 pandemic conjuncture. Themes such as mediated intimacy and sociality, pandemic ideology, politicians’ curated authenticity and discursive constructions of self, and playbour and resistance in digital games are examined in five original articles, while three autoethnographic contributions explore the concepts of mediated presence, collectivity, contemplative community, loneliness and relationality. The autoethnographies – in the form of short film, collage and poetry vignettes, respectively – add a personal experiential layer to the broader themes. To generate (mediated) interpersonal dialogue, two artists/academics engage deeply with the autoethographies, further reflecting on the themes explored therein. The issue concludes with an interview with Professor Andreas Hepp, of the University of Bremen, who comments on the contributions and reflects on the role of “deep mediatization” in the pandemic world.

Edited by Bissie Anderson and Santhosh kumar Putta

Cover image:

"Let the distance be physical", by Cristina Estanislao on Unsplash. Submitted for United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives - help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Published: July 5, 2021

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