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 will include conceiving the theme and its parameters, seeking and selecting authors of 5-8 articles through  both  commissioning  and  an open call for papers, managing the peer review process, copy-editing articles and contributing a short editorial introduction to the finished collection. Guest editors will be supported throughout the process by the Journal Editor, who will oversee the production process and prepare the articles for online publication. 

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.  

As a guide, here is a list of some of our previous special issues:  

  • Exploring the Intersections of Fashion, Film and Media 
  • Digital Comics 
  • Sex and Sexualities in Popular Culture 
  • Gender and Screenplay: Processes, Practices, Perspectives 
  • Together While Apart: Mediating Relationships and Intimacy 
  • Time and Technology in Popular Culture, Media and Communication 
  • Branding TV: Transmedia to the Rescue 
  • Protest and the New Media Ecology 
  • Mediatizing Gaza 
  • Be Your Selfie: Identity, Aesthetics and Power in Digital Self-Representation 
  • New Perspectives on Cinematic Spectatorship and Digital Culture 
  • Audiences and Their Musics: New Approaches 
  • Ageing in a Networking Society 

Proposals should be no more than 500 words and include: 

  • A provisional title of the collection 
  • The proposed theme, including a brief explanation of existing relevant research and what the collection will seek to contribute 
  • Brief examples of potential contributors (to be commissioned) and article topics (to be included in a call for papers) 
  • Name(s), institution(s) and e-mail address(es) of the prospective guest editor(s)  

Expressions of interest in editing a special issue should be sent to the Journal Editor, Bissie Anderson, at