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  • JOIN US! Opportunities for Peer Reviewers

    September 22, 2020

    Are you a postgraduate or early career researcher in media, communication or cultural studies? Do you want to develop your academic CV with valuable experience of the peer reviewing process?

    Networking Knowledge is looking for volunteer peer reviewers from across the field of media, communication and cultural studies.

    Whatever your area of research and expertise, if you have an eye for detail and a passion for top quality scholarship, we’d love for you to join our team of peer reviewers, who help to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the Networking Knowledge journal.

    Signing up is easy – just fill in our short form here.

    For more information, email Rebecca Jones (Associate Editor) at rebecca.jones@strath.ac.uk

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  • 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 – phillipsrm9@cardiff.ac.uk

    Henry Morgan – Cardiff University – morganhc@cardiff.ac.uk

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  • Climate, Creatures and COVID-19: Environment and Animals in 21st Century Media Discourse

    July 7, 2020

    Few issues dominate twenty-first century media and public consciousness quite like climate crisis and the environment. Existing research invites updated considerations of the need for the media to articulate holistic, rooted understandings of the place of the human in the world. There is a need for further work which speaks to the rapidly changing reality of the twenty-first century, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing urgency of climate crises, and changed ways of working, communicating, and thinking and being in the world. In particular, there is a need to consider how media voices during the current pandemic, and increased interest in environmental themes over the last few years, have informed public action, attitudes and even policy.

    Networking Knowledge invites contributions from postgraduate and early career researchers for a special issue dealing with this topic from any disciplinary perspective or across disciplines, including both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

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  • #TogetherApart: Hypermediatization, (inter)subjectivity and sociality in the time of pandemic (Special Issue)

    April 21, 2020

    Media technologies have become deeply embedded in our lives as “ecologies of communication through which human life is sustained” (Couldry, 2020, p. 119). Nowhere does this statement ring more true than in the COVID-19 pandemic reality, an unprecedented rupture which has brought the world to a halt, changing the ways we live, work and play. 

    As digital technology remains the only means of staying connected, it becomes important to critically explore the current reality of 'deep mediatization' (Couldry & Hepp, 2017). Networking Knowledge invites contributions from postgraduate and early career researchers for a special issue dealing with the different manifestations of hypermediatization in society, culture, and communications from any disciplinary perspective or across disciplines. 

    Topics may include but are not limited to:

    • Mediated sociality as the new normal
    • Hypermediatization and its impact on daily life
    • Creativity in lockdown
    • Performative (inter)subjectivity and affect: changes in the ways we view ourselves and relate to others
    • Authenticity, truth and trust in mediated communications
    • COVID-19 media coverage: the return of the expert?

    Please submit a 500-word abstract (not including references) and 100-word bio to the journal editor, Bissie Anderson: bissie.anderson@stir.ac.uk by 1 July 2020. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 1 August, with full papers (detailed submission guidelines can be found here) to be submitted for peer review via our OJS system by 1 November 2020. We aim to publish the special issue in the spring of 2021

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  • Call for 2020 special issues

    January 5, 2020

    The journal invites prospective guest editors to propose collection(s) of articles on a theme of their choice for inclusion in Networking Knowledge

    This is a valuable opportunity for postgraduate and early career researchers to gain experience in all aspects of peer-reviewed journal publication, as well as interact with peers who have similar research interests.  

    Themes can be drawn from any subject area in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies. They should represent a specific cutting-edge research focus but be open enough to accommodate a range of disciplinary, methodological and/or geographical areas.  

    We particularly encourage proposals centred on some of the pressing issues of our times (e.g. living in a datafied society, challenges facing journalism in the new decade, misinformation, the rise of AI), but also ones that challenge methodological and theoretical boundaries, and advance inter- and cross-disciplinary research.  

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