The following Call for Papers may be of interest to readers of this blog.
Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies
Convergence 20(3), a special issue on New Media, Global Activism and Politics
Guest editors: Carolyn Guertin (University of North Texas at Dallas) and Angi Buettner (Victoria University of Wellington)
Deadline for refereed research articles: 30 August 2013
Indignados. Arab Spring. #Occupy. The 99%. Idle No More. #Upsettler. GlobalNoise. Strike Debt. These are just some of the new terms to emerge from the global mass protests of the last two years. They are part of a sea change as political engagement, citizen journalism and tactical media evolve as tools of protest and communication. These terms mark only one small part of a much larger shift in media production and distribution that is the rise of user-generated content or social media. Within digital culture, the creative act has become a form of activism carried out through the repurposing of pre-existing materials and media for political change—and it is a practice that has swayed policy, overturned governments and politicized subcultures and peoples on a global scale.
In the 19th century, the crowd emerged as a new social force. It was a force, it was argued, that shook the foundations of society and led individuals to commit irrational acts. In the 21st century, we have seen the power of crowds re-emerge as an ostensibly smarter and more nimble cultural force empowered by mobile technologies, crowdsourcing methodologies and networked systems. How has activism changed as a result of new technologies? How are new media enlisted to assist in the planning and enactment of socio-political change? How are governments and political candidates using social media? How has social media altered policies, elections and the democratic process?
Topics might include: Hacktivism; Wikileaks; Arab Spring; #occupy; Indignados; Idle No More; #upsettlers; Global Noise; Crowdsourcing; Lobbying; Flashmobs, smart mobs or network armies; Riot simulation or protest modeling; Microblogging as a form of protest; Protest apps, including geolocative ones; Eco-activism; Activism in education; Gaming and new media activism; New media and the environment; Politics and new media; Activist or protest art; Appropriation, subvertising, culture jamming or memes; Slacktivism; Clicktivism; Cyberfeminism; DIY culture; Global protest networks; Participatory culture; eDemocracy; Government sponsored social media; Public media initiatives; Elections and social media