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New Media / New Society?

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Istanbul University Press

Chapter Proposals: December 1, 2020

Chapter Drafts: June 1, 2021

New Media / New Society? will focus effects of new media on social relations. This volume has a question: Can we describe our society as a new media society? It intends to open new discussions on new media and social relations. The volume interrogates the question of whether (or not), and to what extent, new media have spawned new varieties of social organization, new practices of social interaction and identity, and new structures of material or symbolic social relations. There have been so many claims regarding how postmodern/postindustrial media modalities are contributing to various iterations of utopian and anti-utopian futures, beyond those traditional views of Orwell, Huxley, Marx, and Weber, for example. In the past decades, we have heard academic claims about a variety of effects, for example, including (but not limited to) simulation, misinformation, balkanization, intersectionality, assemblages, affordances, liquification, disruption, fragmentization, saturation/distraction, propaganda, mediatization, culture wars, (de/post/neo)colonization, modes of signification, gamification, crowdsourcing, participatory media, hypertextualization, assimilation, chaos, spectacles, virtuality, augmented reality, digitization, disconnection, mass surveillance, and cyborgology. On the other hand, there have been so many descriptions of society, for example including (but not limited to) information society, post-emotional society, consumption society, network society, internet society, cyber society, new media society, post-modernism, post-humanism, the Anthropocene, and digital society.

The volume New Media / New Society?  interrogates these claims from the perspective of the long view, meaning it looks at such changes over the last half-century (since 1970), and for the same period moving forward (until 2070). Also, there are methodological questions within sociology regarding the examination of new media forms and their relation to the social construction of reality. How media studies/social theory can explain the nature and nuance of new social relations under new media forms, if such new social realities exist?

This volume will be an “agenda for new media and new society discussions,” in that it will clarify the effect of new media on social relations, including specific recommendations for action by researchers, policy makers, and the public. The volume will provide new topics for our projects and books.

This work is tentatively to be published in electronic format by Istanbul University Press, an academic publisher at the Istanbul University, Turkey ( As a project in academic sociology, the volume will cover important national-level and international-level new media and society.

We ask you, individually or with colleagues, to consider submitting a brief proposal (500 words max.) identifying a significant idea/trend from media studies/social theory, to include the following items:

1.Clarify the emergence and development of one or more key concepts from media studies/social theory.

2.Clarify key media technologies and techniques which are interwoven in such dynamics.

3.Explore conceptual and/or empirical aspects of the concept and media practices over the last half century (since 1970).

4.Take stock of the development at the present moment (year 2020).

5.Offer insight into future directions foreseen for the next half century (until 2070).

6.Assess whether (or to what extent) these new media dynamics have resulted in new social forms. That is, clarify if new media leads to new society or vice versa.

We invite researchers to prepare draft statements for proposed contributions to this volume. Please submit a copy of your 1- to 2-page proposal via email to each of the editors by December 1, 2020. Final contributions will be limited to 5000 words maximum (or roughly twenty double-spaced manuscript pages). Chapter drafts will be due June 1, 2021, and final manuscripts will be due November 1, 2021. The e-volume is expected to launch in February 2021.

Papers could address, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  • Alienation
  • Authority
  • Communities
  • Crime, Violence
  • Drugs, Alcohol, Addictions
  • Economy, Work
  • Education
  • Environment, Technology
  • Ethics
  • Family, Marriage
  • Globalization
  • Health Care, Mental Health
  • Inequality, Poverty, Wealth
  • Law, Justice
  • Media, Communications
  • Methods
  • Modernity
  • Politics
  • Pop Culture, Sport, Leisure
  • Population, Migration
  • Privacy / Surveillance
  • Race, Ethnicity
  • Religion, Cultural Issues
  • Secularization
  • Social Conflict, Social Change
  • Social Movements
  • Social Welfare
  • Theoretical Perspectives
  • Urban Issues, Rural Issues
  • Youth, Aging, Life Course

Important Dates

  • 5 October 2020: Call for Chapter Proposals Sent Out to Contributors for
  • Books.
  • 1 December 2020: Proposed Abstracts Due for Chapters.
  • 1 January 2021: Invitations to Contribute & Author Guidelines Distributed.
  • 1 June 2021: Full Manuscripts Due / Begin Review Process.
  • 1 September 2021: First Round of Reviews Completed / Revisions Start.
  • 1 November 2021: Revised Manuscripts Due.
  • 1 December 2021: Submission of Book to Publisher.
  • 1 February 2022: Publication


Murat Şentürk, Istanbul University, Turkey,

Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria Universtiy, UK,

Glenn W. Muschert, Khalifa University, UAE,

Managing Editor

Hamdüsena Eşrefoğlu, Istanbul University, Turkey,



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