Call for Papers – International Journal of Digital Television

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International Journal of Digital Television
Edited by Petros Iosifidis, Issue 8.3

The Public Sphere and the Social Media (Autumn 2017)
Guest edited by Duygu Karatas (University of Westminster) and Mark Wheeler (London Metropolitan University)

  • Deadline for Proposals: 1 December 2016
  • Notification of Accepted Proposals: 1 February 2017
  • Deadline for Full Papers: 15 May 2017

Social media is said to radically change the way in which public communication takes place: information diffuses faster and can reach a large number of people, but what makes the process so novel is that online networks have the ability to empower people to affect a potentially true form of popular sovereignty.

This special edition will focus on the broad area of virtual democratic behaviour with reference to the social media acting as a public sphere to facilitate new forms of political participation, electoral practices and social movements. Therefore, it will critically interrogate the contemporary relevance of social networks as a set of economic, cultural and political enterprises.

It is the aim of this edition to consider whether the social media can construct a public sphere(s) in which a variety of political and socio-cultural demands can be met. This edition follows on from a day-long conference in June 2016 entitled “Social media, politics and democracy” which was organized to launch Petros Iosifidis and Mark Wheeler’s recent book “Public spheres and mediated social networks in the western context and beyond” (Palgrave, 2016).

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Democratic/post-democratic behaviour and the social media
  • The Public Sphere and on-line activism
  • Social movements and social networks
  • Digital diplomacy, soft power and international relations
  • Traditional political activity and social media campaigns
  • The policy context for on-line outreach
  • The regulatory framework at the national and supranational level for information technologies
  • The political economy of the communications revolution
  • The globalization of information and knowledge
  • The Global South and the social media

The International Journal of Digital Television/ explores the transition to digital TV and the social and cultural questions surrounding the future of television beyond switchover.

It brings together and shares the work of academics, policymakers and practitioners. Content ranges from critical work on technological, industry and regulatory convergence to wider socio-cultural and political questions including audience behaviour, plurality of channels and programming choice, and television and new media’s influence.

Please send an abstract of up to 300 words by 1 December 2016 to

Invited authors will be notified by 1 February 2017 and full articles of 5,000-7,000 words will be due on 15 May 2017.

All submissions will be subjected to double-blind peer review. Following refereeing, final versions of articles will be due on 30 June 2017.

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