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  • 15.01.2021 08:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Networking Knowledge

    I am guest-editing a special issue on mediatization during the COVID-19 pandemic for Networking Knowledge - journal of the UK's Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network, and am looking for PhD researchers working in cognate areas.

    The journal is run by doctoral and early career researchers, and is a great opportunity to cut your teeth at all aspects of the editorial process - peer review, publishing, copyediting and production.

    The articles in the special issue I'm guest-editing are currently at peer review stage, but I would like to open this opportunity to colleagues who might want to get involved. For example, I would welcome anyone with expertise in mediatization to approach me about joining me as co-editor. I'd also invite special issue commentary, interview and book review contributions.

    For example, I would welcome anyone with expertise in mediatization to approach me about joining me as co-editor or a reviewer. I also specifically invite special issue commentary, interview and book review contributions. 

    If this sounds appealing, let's talk!

    You can reach me on bissie.anderson@stir.ac.uk or @bissieanderson on Twitter.

  • 13.01.2021 17:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special issue of "Transformations: Journal of Media, Culture and Technology", in collaboration with Medea research lab, Malmö University, Sweden

    Deadline: February 5, 2021

    http://www.transformationsjournal.org/calls-for-papers/

    Guest editors are Dr. Bojana Romic and Dr. Bo Reimer, Malmö University, Sweden.

    This special issue (#36) of “Transformations” entitled “Artificial Creativity” aims to stir a discussion about the cultural, societal, and ethical aspects of robots or AI engaged in creative production.

    Machines engaged in creative activities can be traced back to Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s automata 'The Writer' and 'Musical Lady' (1770s), which involved calligraphic writing and the performing of music respectively. In the 1950s, Jean Tinguely’s 'Méta-matics' produced generative artworks, in response to the long-standing questions about the role of the artist.

    Most recently, a number of artworks have featured robots that draw (Robotlab), paint (Moura), or make music (Weinberg, 2020). It has been announced that the 10th Bucharest Biennale in 2022 will be “curated” by Jarvis, an AI system created by Spinnwerks, Vienna (FlashArt, 2020).

    These tendencies provoke at least two lines of inquiry. On one hand, what are the possibilities and potential pitfalls of AI technologies in the cultural sector? For example, AI makes its recommendations and choices based on its exposure to large databases, and yet worries pertain about the “increasing automation of the aesthetic realm”, that might, over time, reduce cultural diversity (Manovich, 2017).

    On the other hand, AI technologies encourage debate about the meaning and purpose of human creativity (Gunkel, 2017). The title of this special issue is a playful rendering of the term artificial intelligence, which also serves as a reminder that technological innovations are often ripe with organismic language (Jones, 2017; Boden, 2004).

    The call for papers invites researchers from different areas of expertise, including but not limited to: creative arts research, science and technology studies (STS), media and communication studies, critical cultural studies, humanities, human-robot interaction (HRI), ethics of technology, design anthropology, social sciences, gender studies, posthumanism, architecture, game studies, and voice interface design.

    We especially encourage submissions rooted in the humanities, with a focus on robots (i.e. embodied AI) invested in creative/artistic labour. We also welcome submissions that critically address the contested terms “artificial intelligence” and “creativity”.

    “Transformations” in an independent, open-access, blind-peer review journal, with no author charges (APCs).

    Abstracts (400 – 500 words excluding references) are due 5 February 2021, with a view to submit articles by 31 May 2021.

     Abstracts should be forwarded to: bojana.romic@mau.se

    Bibliography:

    Boden, Margaret. The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms. Routledge, 2004.

    Flash Art Feed. “The 10th Bucharest Biennale: the first biennial curated by Artificial Intelligence in VR.” May 27th 2020

    Gunkel, David. “Special Section: Rethinking Art and Aesthetics in the Age of Creative Machines: Editor’s Introduction.” Philosophy and Technology, vol. 30, no. 3, 2017, pp. 263–265.

    Jacquet-Droz, Pierre. The Musical Lady. 1770s, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel.

    Jacquet-Droz, Pierre. The Writer. 1770s, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel.

    Jones, Raya. “What makes a robot ‘social’?” Social Studies of Science, vol. 47, no. 4, 2017, pp. 556–579.

    Manovich, Lev. “Automating Aesthetics.” Flash Art, vol. 50, no. 316, 2017, pp. 85-87

    Moura, Leonel. Swarm Painting 08. 2002, Courtesy of Robotarium, Alverca / Sao Pãulo.

    Robotlab. The Big Picture. 2014, Courtesy of Robotlab. ZKM, Karlsruhe.

    Weinberg, Gill. “Shimon: Now a Singing, Songwriting Robot: Marimba-Playing Robot Composes Lyrics and Melodies with Human Collaborators.” 25 Feb. 2020, www.news.gatech.edu/2020/02/25/shimon-now-singing-songwriting-robot.

  • 13.01.2021 14:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Galactica Media: Journal of Media

    Deadline: November 15, 2021

    Galactica Media: Journal of Media invites you to participate in a special issue entitled "Visual Rhetoric in Traditional Media".

    Link: https://galacticamedia.com/index.php/gmd/visreth

    Description:

    “Only the media techniques of the 19th century, that is, photography, gramophone and film, had saved the sensuous reality from the absolutism of the book – however, one could formulate more radically: before the absolutism of language”, – N. Bolz writes in the book "Das ABC der Medien". The proposed opposition between writing as an "informational" media (which was most interesting to McLuhan) and "sensory" media needs critical reflection. This is especially important in conditions when a person's immersion in the media space implies that not only the information brain memory should be involved, but also various performative practices of experience and memory of the body. The mutual transfer of medial practices between writing and the visual arts creates a distinctive situation where the emphasis is not on the image itself, but on its perception. This aspect is especially relevant after and within the framework of the iconic turn in the sciences of culture and art. In particular, various artistic practices and visual culture objects are considered more often in the visual rhetoric context. The difficulty is to avoid the blind (automatic) borrowing of this concept from the linguistics and classical rhetoric sphere. The visual image as the most exact way of expression is not only the usual practice of our everyday culture, overflowing with phenomena that have a visual (more broadly – sensual) nature, but also is a key to understanding the social and cultural practices of the past.

    In this issue of Galactica Media we invite the authors to explore the traditional media, in particular, writing and spatial arts, in mutual relation to each other, since, as we know, "the meaning of a media can only be understood from its interaction with other media" (N. Bolz). The interdisciplinary nature of rhetorical studies allows us to place image theory in the context of visual anthropology and media theory, thereby revealing the complex relationships associated with a work of art and its interpretation, the stages of its creation and perception, as well as the relationships between different media. We suggest to the authors of the issue basing on the material of various arts to turn to the problems of combining rhetoric and imagery.

    Also, the possible topics might include following (but are not limited to) themes of:

    - Visual techniques for text constructing

    - Rhetorical figures in musical pieces

    - Visual rhetoric and the using of tropes in the visual arts

    - The using of visual rhetoric in architecture and design

    - Theatricality as a combination of media practices

    - Visual rhetoric: between logic and expression

    - Rhetoric as an external extension of the image (similar to "extension of man" in the media)

    The Deadline for submission of manuscripts for specialized issue is November 15, 2021. You can send your manuscripts through the electronic manuscript submission system marked “For the thematic issue ‘Visual Rhetoric in Traditional Media’” – Manuscript submission system (please read manuscript requirements carefully) – https://galacticamedia.com/index.php/gmd/about/submissions or by email: admin@galacticamedia.com

    All papers are first reviewed by the Guest editors, then peer reviewed by two experts, and only then the editorial board makes the final decision to include the article in the issue.

    Guest Editor: PhD, Anna A. Troitskaya, Institute of Philosophy of St Petersburg State University. St Petersburg, Russia

  • 13.01.2021 14:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    February 1, 2021

    Online

    The Institute for Media and Creative Industries of Loughborough University London, in collaboration with the School of Journalism, Media and Culture of Cardiff University, invites for:

    IMCI Speaker Series: Freire's mindprint on participatory communication and civil society development

    Launch of the Special Issue: The legacy of Paulo Freire in civil society Development (Revista Commons Vol.9, N.2)

    Guest Speakers: Cássia Ayres (Universidade Lusófona do Porto, Portugal) and Leonardo Custódio (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)

    It will be the occasion for the launch of the Special Issue: The legacy of Paulo Freire in civil society Development (Journal Commons Vol.9, N.2), that is the second special issue coming from the Brazil Seminar, that gathered around 30 scholars at Loughborough University London in 2018 to discuss the legacy of the Brazilian educator in the fields of participatory communication and civil society development in Brazil and beyond.

    We’ll be happy to have you with us the 1st of February from 2pm to 4.30pm (UK time).

    Registration required, please: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/freires-mindprint-on-participatory-communication-and-civil-society-dvlp-tickets-135997192263

    Participants registered will receive a link to join the meeting close to the date.

    The special issue, with articles in English and Spanish, can be downloaded in Open Access here: https://revistas.uca.es/index.php/cayp/issue/view/432

  • 13.01.2021 14:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Charles University, Prague

    We are seeking two PhD students to develop projects aligned with the grant “Developing Theories and Methods for Game Industry Research,” starting in 2021, headed by Dr. Jaroslav Švelch, and located at Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism.

    Project Description:

    Following the rising interest in the study of game industries and the advances in game production studies, the dissertation should focus on digital game production in a specific country or region, based on the student’s preferences. The project can investigate the production routines, design patterns, the content of locally produced games, values and discourses of industry practitioners, or reception of local productions by players and journalists. The project may but does not have to include a historical perspective. Theoretically, it is expected to draw from game studies (especially game production studies), the theory of cultural industries, and/or cultural studies. Interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome. The methods may include ethnography (including interviews), textual analysis/close readings of game titles, discourse analysis, or content analysis. The student will be working on the project within a team that includes senior researchers Vít Šisler and Jaroslav Švelch and postdoctoral researchers Tereza Krobová and Jan Švelch.

    Candidate requirements:

    Candidates must complete their Master’s degree by August 30, 2021. They are expected to be well-versed in the theory and methods required to study game industries or cultural industries in general. While the program can be studied in either English or Czech language, we require fluency in English. The candidates are expected to present papers at academic conferences and produce publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

    Practical arrangements:

    Starting in the Fall semester of 2021, the successful applicants will enroll into the Media and Communication Studies PhD program. The standard duration of the program is 4 years. For the duration of the grant project (that is until December 2023), the student will participate in the project as a paid researcher (please enquire for details). For the whole duration of 4 years, they will also receive a doctoral stipend. Successful applicants are eligible for a relocation fee from the project budget. The student(s) are generally expected to physically attend doctoral classes and research meetings, but remote participation is possible in case of continuing pandemic-related restrictions.

    Application submission:

    The deadline for the application is APRIL 30, 2021. To apply, the candidate must submit a structured CV, a dissertation project (1,500–2,000 words including references) and a list of literature they wish to discuss at the admission interview. We strongly encourage prospective applicants to get in touch earlier to consult the application. The admission interview will focus on the dissertation project and the selected literature and can be conducted remotely.

    More information about the admissions process, along with a link to the online application form are available here: https://iksz.fsv.cuni.cz/en/admissions/phd-programme-media-and-communication-studies

    For more information about the positions and the grant project, please contact Jaroslav Švelch at Jaroslav.Svelch@fsv.cuni.cz.

    To learn more about the doctoral program, please check this webpage: https://iksz.fsv.cuni.cz/en/study/phd-studies.

  • 13.01.2021 10:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Review of Communication Research (RCR) invites the submission of systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses. We have three open calls listed below. Please, feel free to send a proposal before writing the article or consulting any doubt with the editors:

    EMPATHY AND PROSOCIAL OUTCOMES IN COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES

    https://www.rcommunicationr.org/index.php/rcr/announcement/view/3

    Contact: Benjamin Li Junting (benjyli@ntu.edu.sg) cc editor@rcommunicationr.org.

    EMOTION IN HEALTH COMMUNICATION

    https://www.rcommunicationr.org/index.php/rcr/announcement/view/2

    Contact: Nathan Walter (nathan.walter@northwestern.edu), Jiyoung Lee (jlee284@ua.edu), cc editor@rcommunicationr.org.

    SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE SELF-CONCEPT

    https://www.rcommunicationr.org/index.php/rcr/announcement/view/1

    Contact: Giorgio De Marchis (editor@rcommunicationr.org)

    Moreover, we invite you to publish your best literature reviews in RCR. Please, consult us (editor@rcommunicationr.org) or upload your manuscript to the submission site (www.rcommunicationr.org). Thank you for considering RCR as a potential venue for your best work. With kind regards.

    About the journal

    Review of Communication Research (RCR, www.rcommunicationr.org ) is an open-access academic journal that has become a reference for the publication of literature reviews and meta-analyses for the field of Communication.

    The articles we publish are highly cited. According to the SCOPUS SNIP indicator, RCR ranks in the top 2% journals in the Social Sciences, and #14/434 in Communication; Scopus SJR 2019: top 10%; Scopus CiteScore 2019: top 19%.

  • 13.01.2021 10:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) at the University of Zurich

    The position is based in the division "Strategic Communication & Media Management" headed by Prof. Dr. Nadine Strauß. This division is part of the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) at the University of Zurich (UZH).

    Your Responsibilities

    • Completion of a dissertation in three to four years
    • Collaborating in existing projects and developing new projects with members of the team "Strategic Communication & Media Management”
    • Research and teaching in innovative areas of media management and related areas
    • Teaching in German at BA level
    • Conference participation, publications, further academic qualifications, academic service

    Your Profile

    • Excellent Master's degree in Communication Studies or related areas
    • Strong interest in research of media management, sustainable business models (media enterprises), innovation and user-oriented content
    • Experience with quantitative and qualitative methods and data analysis (e.g. content analysis, surveys, experiments, interviews); interest and first experiences in computational methods
    • Fluent in English (spoken and written)
    • Advantageous: Familiarity with the Swiss and/or German media systems

    What We Offer

    • The department offers an outstanding research and teaching environment, a wide range of work areas and an inspiring intellectual climate.
    • The division "Strategic Communication & Media Management" fosters a culture of cooperation and mutual support towards new recruits. It offers new members excellent opportunities for national and international networking.

    Place of Work

    • Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zürich

    Start of Employment

    • From 1 April 2021 onwards or, in coordination with the candidate, at a later date.

    Documents for Application:

    • A letter of motivation addressing the match between your profile and the position
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 1-2 page outline of potential dissertation idea that could fit the division's profile
    • Copies of transcripts, degrees, relevant certificates
    • A full text example of a representative academic work (e.g. MA thesis)

    Deadline: 16 February 2021

    More info: https://jobs.uzh.ch/offene-stellen/research-and-teaching-assistant-in-media-management/ba86ff14-d653-403e-bfbf-d071b04735c9

  • 13.01.2021 10:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) at the University of Zurich

    The position is based in the division "Strategic Communication & Media Management" headed by Prof. Dr. Nadine Strauß. This division is part of the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) at the University of Zurich (UZH).

    Your Responsibilities

    • Completion of a dissertation in three to four years
    • Collaborating in existing projects and developing new projects with members of the team "Strategic Communication & Media Management”
    • Research and teaching in innovative areas of strategic communication, sustainable/environmental communication and neighboring areas
    • Teaching in German at BA level
    • Conference participation, publications, further academic qualifications, academic service

    Your Profile

    • Excellent Master's degree in Communication Studies or related areas
    • Strong interest in research of strategic communication, organizational communication, corporate communication and sustainability
    • High affinity towards the topics: sustainable business models, sustainable finance, climate change and sustainable development
    • Experience with quantitative and qualitative methods and data analysis (e.g. content analysis, surveys, experiments, interviews); interest and first experiences in computational methods
    • Fluent in English (spoken and written)

    What we Offe

    • The department offers an outstanding research and teaching environment, a wide range of work areas and an inspiring intellectual climate.
    • The division "Strategic Communication & Media Management" fosters a culture of cooperation and mutual support towards new recruits. It offers new members excellent opportunities for national and international networking.

    Place of Work

    • Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zürich

    Start of Employment

    • from 1 April 2021 onwards or, in coordination with the candidate, at a later date.

    Documents for Application:

    • A letter of motivation addressing the match between your profile and the position
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 1-2 page outline of potential dissertation idea that could fit the division's profile
    • Copies of transcripts, degrees, relevant certificates
    • A full text example of a representative academic work (e.g. MA thesis)

    Deadline: 16 February 2021

    More Info: https://jobs.uzh.ch/offene-stellen/research-and-teaching-assistant-in-strategic-communication/ba3f48d9-636d-4db8-ae3d-82df1041fcdd

  • 13.01.2021 10:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    January 20-22, 2021

    EJCAM

    Link: https://univ-amu-fr.zoom.us/j/94343904478?pwd=U1d6bEcxeFU2SEI3TmFtT0RyOFJuQT09#success

    Zoom open at 8 :30 AM (French hour), means 7 : 30 AM GMT.

    This colloquium is sponsored by SFSIC (French society of information and communication sciences).

    Wednesday 20th January:

    09:00 am - 09:15 am: Opening session by Michel Durampart, Director of IMSIC et Alexandre Joux, Director of EJCAM

    09:00 am - 10:00 am: Guest: Benoît Grevisse, Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium)

    10:00 am - 10:30 am: coff ee break

    10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Fighting against fake news, a reaffi rmation of journalism? (1)

    • Ogunyemi O., University of Lincoln (UK), «An investigation of professional structure and accountable veriĕ cation at the BAME press in the UK.»
    • Toursel A. & Useille P., Valencian University (France), «Quand le fact-checking bouscule le rapport entre journalisme et vérité : une approche épistémologique.»
    • Chabbeh S., Lyon 2 University (France), «Fake news et fact-checking. Le journalisme tunisien à la recherche de professionnalisme et de légitimité»

    12:30 pm - 14:00 pm: lunch break

    14:00 pm - 16:00 pm: Fighting against fake news a reaffi rmation of journalism ? (2)

    • Carlino V., Neuchatel University (Switzerland), «Un retour vers les publics ? Les journalistes entre vériĕ cation collaborative et transparence des pratiques professionnelles»
    • Lelo, T. & Figaro, R., University of São Paulo (Brazil), « e Brazilian fact-checking landscape under the platforms’ guidance»
    • Nicey, J., Bigot, L., Sourisce, N., University of Tours (France), «Réinterroger les relations des unités journalistiques françaises de fact-checking avec les plateformes numériques : entre opportunismes et instrumentalisation»

    16:00 pm – 16:30 pm: coff ee break

    16:30 pm – 17:30 pm: Guest: Lucas Graves, Wisconsin University, Madison (USA)

    18:00 pm: cocktail

    Thursday 21st January

    09:00 am - 10:00 am: Guest: Elsa Fornero, University of Turin (Italy)

    10:00 am - 10:30 am: coff ee break

    10:00 am - 12:30 pm: Political journalism and health journalism: specialised journalism to confront fake news

    • Gerguri D., University of Pristina (Kosovo), «Infodemic and use of social media by citizens in Kosovo during Covid-19»
    • Thimm C., University of Bonn (Germany), «Fake news in the Corona Crisis – Public Broadcasting Strategies on Instagram»
    • Bassoni M. & Lukasik S., Aix Marseille University (France), «Fake news et publicisation d’une controverse médicale. Le « cas Raoult » à l’heure de la pandémie Covid-19»
    • Theviot A., Catholic University of the West (France), «Les «localiers» face à la propagation de fausses informations en période de campagne électorale »

    12:30 pm - 14:00 pm: lunch break

    14:00 pm - 16:00 pm: researchers & professionals workshop-debate

    16:00 pm - 16:30 pm: coff ee break

    16:30 pm -18:30 pm: Reception of false information and platforms: a reinforcement of cognitive biases ?

    • A. Cordier, C. Dolbeau, P. Georget, E. Jaubert-Michel, F. Millet, Vassili Rivron, University of Rouen & Université of Caen (France), «Perception des infox et mobilisation de l’esprit critique en temps de crise sanitaire : les apports de la méthode Living Lab»
    • K. Nuvoli, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), Aix Marseille University/CIVIS (France), «Manipulation de l’information et radicalisation»
    • F. Dauphin, University of Picardy (France), «Fake News et complotisme : comment YouTube renforce les biais cognitifs ?»

    18:00 pm: cocktail

    Friday 22nd January

    09:00 am - 11:30 am: At the source of information: media education facing the logic of platforms

    • Berriche M., Paris Institute of Political Studies (France), ««T’as vériĕ é la source ?» la vigilance des publics aux «fake news» à l’heure du numérique.»
    • Paulino F. O., Guedes Coelho J. F. , Bolaño C. R., Molina F., Yuri Soares Franco, Milena Marra, Luana Cavalcanti, Luiggi Fontenele, Patricia Bezerra, University of Brasilia (Brazil), «Journalism, Ethics and education in the Federal District»
    • Nouaille N., Paul Sabatier University (France), «Mentir : c’est dire, inventer, transformer la vérité ?»
    • Cordier A., University of Rouen-Normandie (France), «Le journaliste : une ĕ gure d’autorité dans la tourmente»
    • Petit L., Sorbonne University (France), «EMI et plateformes : de la nécessité de repenser l’approche critique. Le cas Google»

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Guest: Nathalie Pignard-Cheynel, University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

    12:30 pm: closing session by Pauline Amiel, Deputy director of EJCAM

    Scientific c committee

    • Amiel Pauline (IMSIC, Aix Marseille University)
    • Bousquet Franck (Lerass, Paul Sabatier University – Toulouse 3)
    • Cabrolié Stéphane (IMSIC, Aix Marseille University)
    • Graves Lucas (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
    • Grevisse Benoît (MiiL, UC Louvain)
    • Jeanne-Perrier Valérie (GRIPIC, Paris Sorbonne University)
    • Jenkins Joy (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford)
    • Joux Alexandre (IMSIC, Aix Marseille University)
    • Mercier Arnaud (CARISM, Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas University)
    • Pignard-Cheynel Nathalie (Université of Neuchatel)
    • Sebbah Brigitte (Lerass, Paul Sabatier University – Toulouse 3)
    • Smyrnaios Nikos (Lerass, Paul Sabatier University – Toulouse 3)
    • Vovou Ioanna (ICCA University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, Panteion University, Athens)
    Organization Team
    • Coordination : Joux Alexandre (IMSIC) & Amiel Pauline (IMSIC)
    • Bassoni Marc (IMSIC)
    • Belgacem Fetta (IMSIC)
    • Cabrolié Stéphane (IMSIC)
    • Cappuccio Alexia (IMSIC)
    • D’Aiguillon Benoît (IMSIC)
    • Lukasik Stéphanie (IMSIC)
    • Pélissier Maud (IMSIC)
  • 13.01.2021 10:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special Issue of Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies

    Deadline for abstracts: March 7, 2021

    Expected date of publication: April 2022

    Guest editors: Daniela van Geenen (University of Siegen), Dr. Karin van Es (Utrecht University) and Dr. Jonathan Gray (King’s College London)

    The criticism of knowledge technologies has a long tradition in science and technology studies (STS), feminist studies and media studies approaches often addressing the ways in which technologies frame epistemic processes in scientific and technical settings (e.g. Latour, 1987; Latour and Woolgar, 1979; Haraway, 1988 and 1997; Chun, 2011; Galloway, 2012; Manovich, 2013). Knowledge technologies are not just the preserve of natural scientists and engineers, but also present in a wide variety of everyday and professional settings – including social and cultural research, in particular, in critical approaches to ‘Big Data’ and algorithmic systems. Importantly, these tools frame how we approach our objects and sites of study; they are not neutral, but active mediators impacting the ways knowledge is produced and disseminated.

    This special issue explores the contemporary relevance of the notion of ‘critical technical practice’ (Agre, 1997a) to digital research in the humanities and social sciences including internet studies, critical data studies (e.g. Iliadis and Russo, 2016), critical algorithm studies (Gillespie and Seaver, 2016), and software studies (e.g. Rieder, 2020). Philip Agre (1997a and b) coined the notion of critical technical practice (CTP) in his work on artificial intelligence, proposing the challenge of having ‘one foot planted in the craft work of design and the other foot planted in the reflexive work of critique’ (Agre, 1997b: p. 155). The issue aims to bring together, advance, and reflect on recent work on the relevance of critical technical practice(s) for scholarship, pedagogy, and public engagement around digital devices and computational tools in the context of social and cultural research. It takes up recent calls advocating the relevance of such approaches to tool development, research, and education in cultural and social studies in order to approach digital media as both objects and instruments of investigation (e.g. Dieter, 2014; Gray, Bounegru, Milan, and Ciuccarelli, 2016; Gray and Bounegru, forthcoming; Rieder & Röhle, 2012 and 2017; Van Es, Wieringa, Schäfer, 2018; Van Geenen, 2018 and 2020).

    The editors welcome contributions from a range of disciplinary perspectives that explore questions such as:

    ● How can researchers organise critical inquiry with and about such digital tools, methods, and data collections?

    ● How can devices such as network graphs, spreadsheets, scrapers, APIs, machine-learning tools, and code libraries be repurposed in cultural and social research, with a critical sensibility towards their genealogies and sociocultural lives?

    ● How can methods be taken as sites of experimentation around the composition of collective life, between research and other areas of practice (e.g. activism, education, journalism, or policy)?

    Deadline abstracts: 7 March 2021

    Please send a 500-word abstract and a 100-word bio to the guest editors: daniela.vgeenen@unisiegen.de, k.f.vanes@uu.nl and jonathan.gray@kcl.ac.uk

    Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to send full contributions by 2 August 2021.

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