::fibreculture:: CFP: Radical Histories in Digital Culture (deadline extended to January 31, 2012)

Melissa Gregg melissa.gregg at sydney.edu.au
Mon Jan 16 00:39:53 CET 2012

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Call for Proposals
Issue 117: Radical Histories in Digital Culture
Deadline extended to January 31, 2012
The Radical History Review seeks submissions for an issue that will explore
the political and historical implications of the accelerated proliferation
of digital culture in the first decade of the 21st century.
We are now in the midst of a dramatic cultural and political change as
digital culture in the form of personal communication devices, online social
networking sites, instant mass messaging, multiuser video games, and
numerous other digital media forms, reshape the way we communicate and
interact with each other. Just as the modern industrial era reshaped the
nature of human and political subjectivity, the digital information era is
reshaping social movements, how we view ourselves in relation to the social
and political, and rewiring where, how, and with whom we engage in political
This issue of RHR will examine the impact of digital culture on political
life at the local, national, and transnational level, such as the ³Twitter
Revolution² in Iran, social networking and the Arab Spring, and the popular
use of digital communication tools in ³Occupy Wall Street². It will explore
the strengths and weaknesses, and popular perceptions, of digital media in
struggles for justice through a series of interlocking themes including but
not limited to:
1.     The mobilization of local, national, and transnational social
movements through the use of social network sites, tweets, texting, and
other forms of networked and instantaneous communication forms.
2.     The rhetoric of digital ³equality² and unequal access to digital
culture: class, race, region, and gender, and access to social media and
digital communication technologies.
3.       The impact of digital culture on collective memory, conceptions of
the historical, historical research methods, and the writing of history.
4.       The role of history in digital humanities: archival practices,
collecting history online, historical text mining, and digital storytelling.
5.     New and emerging communication gatekeepers, stealth campaigning,
corporate/state deception or propaganda, online surveillance or information
mining, and the state¹s manipulation of networked information in
war/conflict situations.
6.     Oppositional consciousness and a reshaping of civic involvement and
political participation in a digital world.
7.     Individualism, social networking, and the emergence of a neoliberal
subjectivity in cyberspace.
8.     ³Serious² video games and social change; multiuser online games and
the countering of complex social/political challenges.
9.     Art, culture jamming, and a contestation of visual culture by artists
or artist groups working in the digital arena.
10.  Digital technology and journalism/photojournalism: from the
proliferation of alternative news sources to the impact of cell phone photos
and video as documentation.
11.  Digital culture and the law: the policing of cyberspace; digital media
as legal evidence.
12.  Radical software, open-source initiatives, and efforts to liberate
software, hardware, or digital media infrastructure from corporate/state
13.  Radical pedagogies for the digital age.
At this time we are requesting abstracts that are no longer than 400 words;
these are due by January 31, 2012 and should be submitted electronically as
an attachment, to contactrhr at gmail.com with ³Issue 117 submission² in the
subject line.
By February 29, 2012, authors of approved abstracts will be asked to submit
their full articles for peer review. The due date for completed drafts of
articles is July 1, 2012. An invitation to submit a full article does not
guarantee publication.
Please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a Word
document along with the text. If chosen for publication, you will need to
send high-resolution image files (jpg or tif files at a minimum of 300 dpi),
and secure written permission to reprint all images. For preliminary e-mail
inquiries, please include ³Issue 117² in the subject line. Those articles or
other materials selected for publication after the peer review process will
be included in issue 117 of the Radical History Review, scheduled to appear
in Fall 2013.
Abstract Deadline: due January 31, 2012

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