[csaa-forum] 'waiting to participate' cfp

Goggin, Gerard g.goggin at unsw.edu.au
Wed Jan 28 15:36:40 CST 2009

[apologies for x-posting]

Call for papers

'Waiting to participate:
emerging modes of digital storytelling, engagement & online communities'

Special issue (eds) Gerard Goggin and Larissa Hjorth

Communication, Politics & Culture
Vol.42, No.2 (2009)
(formerly Southern Review: Communication, Politics & Culture)

What does it mean to speak of Oparticipation in the broadband society¹? What
are the pros and cons of Oparticipation media¹? How do modes of
participation, engagement, empowerment and exploitation change within
different contexts and technocultures?

Web 2.0 ­­ and its attendant dispersed forms of digital storytelling, user
created content (UCC) and social practices ­­ has heralded development of
divergent models for participation, democracy and agency. These particular
forms of empowerment and exploitation are informed by both the local and
regional, and much can be learnt from comparisons between regional and
global trends. For example, how are forms of social, creative and affective
labour involving Web 2.0 and Social Networking Systems (SNS) demonstrating
emerging forms of intimacy, co-presence and what it means to be online? What
theoretical and conceptual frameworks aid understanding of these practices?
What methodologies are appropriate for researching them?

This special issue of Communication, Politics & Culture seeks to investigate
the emerging modes of communication, creative practices, and micro-politics
occurring within the rise of Web 2.0 and the so-called user revolution. In
this issue we seek papers exploring the limits and possibilities of online
communities and Web 2.0 cultures, specifically drawing from cross-cultural
examples to highlight the persistent role of the local in the far-from-even
global phenomenon of the broadband society.

Manuscripts are evaluated by the editorial committee and anonymously by
external referees. Deadline for full papers: 25th May 2009.

The maximum length of articles is
10,000 words, shorter pieces welcome. Please follow the style guide
available at

For further inquiries please email both: Gerard Goggin
(g.goggin at unsw.edu.au) and Larissa Hjorth (larissa.hjorth at rmit.edu.au)
Gerard Goggin
Professor of Digital Communication 
& Deputy Director
Journalism and Media Research Centre
University of New South Wales
Sydney 2052 NSW Australia
e: g.goggin at unsw.edu.au
w: +61 2 9385 8532 m: +61 428 66 88 24
f: +61 2 9385 8528

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