Call For Papers: Crossroads In Cultural Studies, 2016

people-walking-alternate1-500x500.jpgThe Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference has played an important role in the creation of a global discussion of Cultural Studies. It has become a major international conference where scholars from all five continents gather regularly to exchange research, views, and insights. Organized by the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS), the Crossroads conference is held every other year in different parts of the world. Previous conferences have taken place in Birmingham (United Kingdom), Urbana-Champaign (USA), Istanbul (Turkey), Kingston (Jamaica), Hong Kong (China), Paris (France), and Tampere (Finland).

A day-long postgraduate/graduate research student conference will precede the main conference (on 13 December, 2016) – this event will be held at Western Sydney University.

Submit your proposal using the online forms before April 30th, 2016: The call for both paper and pre-organised panel proposals is now open. Submission guidelines and forms can be accessed through conference website.

YouTube Conference CFP

yt_1200-vfl4C3T0K.png23/4 September 2016, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London.

Keynote speaker: Professor Jean Burgess

YouTube has just passed its tenth birthday and it is timely to review not only how it has changed in that time, but also its wider influence. By focusing on YouTube as a platform, the conference aims to draw together research that is distributed across disciplines to help cross-fertilise knowledge about YouTube and its users, and to identity the research questions and methods that best capture its ever-expanding reach, impact and significance.

Possible questions to address (but not limited to these):

How has the institutionalisation of YouTube changed its nature?

Has YouTube accelerated processes of media convergence and transformation?

What is the changing relationship of television to YouTube?

How have production techniques and practices developed as the platform matured?

What communities of practice have been influential in the development of YouTube norms?

How has the development of new aesthetic forms been enabled by YouTube?

What innovations in performance and modes of address can be detected on YouTube?

To what degree do YouTube’s affordances operate as a social medium?

What new forms of celebrity and fandom have emerged on YouTube and why?

What wider social, cultural and political changes can be attributed to YouTube’s influence?

Why do we need to regulate the corporate power of YouTube’s owners Google?

Is YouTube a positive space for self realisation and expression of marginalised identities?

How do concerns over data harvesting and privacy apply to YouTube?

How have conflicts over rights affected the monetization of YouTube activities?

What potential does YouTube have as a repository of curated archives?

What are the genres that have thrived on YouTube and what wider significance does this have?  (e.g. education, journalism, advertising and marketing,  campaigning and propaganda,  entertainment, documentary,

drama, comedy and parody, how to …)

Is the development of specific apps for Music, Kids and Gaming a significant new trend?

What research methods are used to study YouTube? What are their strengths and weaknesses?

Please send an abstract of 350 words plus a short bio of 100 words for single papers or 500 words and individual bios for group panels by email attachment to

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 4 April 2016.

French-Turkish Postdoctoral researcher Scholarships

021213-france-changing-stance-positively-to-turkish-eu-relations-1.jpgThe Embassy of France in Turkey offers scholarships for Turkish postdoctoral researchers who intend to go further in their studies in a French academic institution. These fellowships program duration will be equivalent to 2 months. The researchers will be able to leave on May and June or October and November.

Field of studies
These scholarships allow for study in the following fields:
-Mathematics, physics, physic of materials
-Bio-medical technologies, health sciences
-Business studies (including entrepreneurship)
-Arts including applied arts (design)

Scholarship value/inclusions
-Stipend equivalent to 2350€ per month
-Social insurance
-Travel cost shall be covered. The plane tickets dates will be booked accordingly to your postdoctoral stay in the research center.

Condition of eligibility
-Being a postdoctoral researcher (in accordance with European rules, maximum 4 to 5 years after defending your PhD thesis)
-French and/or English speaker

Applications should be sent to the following email address:

PLEASE notify as object: postdoctoral researcher scholarship
Deadline: you can apply until March the 15th 2016
Incomplete applications will not be considered

Application package should include:
– CV
-Research project (maximum 1000 words)
-Two letters of reference (including a letter from the Director of the Department)
-The letter of invitation from the French Research Center hosting (which has to be found by the candidate)
-A cover letter

Avrupa Birliği Eğitim Duyurusu

abAvrupa Birliği ve Türkiye arasındaki “Sivil Toplum Diyaloğu” projesi kapsamında Sinop’ta 21-25 Mart 2016 tarihleri arasında düzenlenecek eğitimlere katılım için aşağıdaki belirtilen alanlarda yüksek lisans ve/veya doktora yapan öğrenciler aranmaktadır. Katılmak isteyen öğrencilerin ulaşım, konaklama ve yemek masrafları proje tarafından karşılanacak olup, eğitimler yerli ve yabancı akademisyenler ve uzmanlar tarafından verilecektir.

21-25 Mart tarihlerinde düzenlenecek olan eğitime İletişim, Grafik tasarım, Sinema TV, Halkla ilişkiler ve tanıtım, Gazetecilik, Metin yazarlığı, Harita mühendisliği ve Mimarlık fakültesi yüksek lisans ve/veya doktora öğrencileri başvurabilirler.

Katılmak ve detaylı bilgi almak isteyen öğrencilerin en geç 1 Mart 2016 tarihine kadar İngilizce olarak kısa özgeçmişlerini; adresine göndermeleri rica olunur.

CFP for special issue of Information Research (JCR)

info_literacy_wordle_390.jpgThe management of personal information has become a central issue in contemporary societies. Ubiquitous information environments, involving mobile ecosystems, the Internet of things, and intensive data utilisation (big and small data Internet), constitute a source of challenges related to the collection and use of personal information in different but converging spheres: In the field of economics, personal information management is increasingly regarded as a key function with specific economic value and a driver for business model innovation and organizational transformation.

In the sphere of law and public policy, it is at the centre of the current debate about the limits of privacy and security, and about how to enhance transparency, accountability and consumer protection.

In the field of media and cultural industries, increasing personal information management capabilities are radically changing both how media relate to their audiences and how audiences use media. How strategic value is conferred on digital media content, as a source of access to personal data, in the context of digital and other industries, is another key issue.

Within the framework outlined above, investigators are invited to contribute original research papers as well as review papers to stimulate the continuing efforts to explore the implications of the management of personal information from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

*Definitions and conceptual implications.

*Management of personal information and personal, consumer, and social behaviour.

*Big Data and information management evolution

*Personal information economics

*The role of personal information management, business model innovation and organizational transformation

*Profiling and personalization systems

*Programmatic advertising and/or other personal information management- based transformations in the advertising systems

*Impact of personal information in media industries and practices: content curation, revenue models, audience metrics, media usage, etc.

*Regulatory challenges and debates.

*Privacy, security, transparency, accountability and consumer protection.

*Social and interactional implications of personal information management

*Mobile communications and personal information

For more information on the publication procedures, please visit the call page.

Call for Chapters: Online Communities as Agents of Change and Social Movements

fistThis new book aims to provide relevant theoretical and practical frameworks and the latest findings in research and practice regarding online communities and social media as agents of social and political change. It will consolidate in one volume current research on this topic from a variety of disciplines that have studied it through different lenses. This book will be an important resource for those who study social movements and for those who participate in or advocate for or against social or political change.

Recommended topics are as follows;

Development of online communities for fomenting social change
Social media as a source of power
Interplay between social and traditional media
Slacktivism in online communities
How online communities influence attitudes and perceptions
Mobilizing resources for social change
Using social media to create personal action frames
Interplay between social movement organizations and online communities
The role of online communities and social media in establishing counter movements
Recruiting advocates for social change
Fundraising in support of social change
The viral propagation of triggers for action
Rules of engagement in social media for social action
Motivating collective action
Leadership of social movements
Collective sense making
Case studies of online communities as agents of social change

For more information on publication procedures, please visit the IGI Global website.

CFP: ‘Teaching Ethics: Why Bother?’ Conference

ethicsEthics is now well established as a compulsory subject in the many communication studies degrees (journalism, public relations, media production, etc). Yet while universities might encourage ethical working routines in their students, very often when the student arrives in the workplace they find they have very little influence on the overall operation. Communication organisations tend to be hierarchically structured with power tending to be held by a small group of executives (often male) at the top. Why then bother with ethics at universities?

The conference aims to provide a space for timely reflection on some of the many issues confronting teachers of ethics in universities. Topics might then include:

  • Highlighting innovative ways of teaching ethics
  • A critique of the major textbooks in the field
  • What examples of ‘good’ practice are used?
  • Critiquing professionalism: the pros and cons of industry codes
  • What place has the political economy critique in ethical debate?
  • Best practice: Promoting inclusivity and challenging discrimination
  • The ‘guest speaker from the industry’ syndrome: Pros and cons
  • Using Facebook, Twitter as teaching aids: The ethical issues
  • The dangers of anglo-centrism: Promoting the international perspective
  • Post-Edward Snowden revelations: Transforming the privacy/confidentiality debate
  • Beyond the free press myth: Ethics and the Secret State
  • How important is it to cover the classics (Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Bentham, Mill, MacIntyre, Rawls etc)?
  • Considering women war reporters: Beyond male stereotypes

These possible issues – and more – will be of interest to those teaching in a range of disciplines: media ethics, journalism, public relations, political communication, media sociology, surveillance studies.

Please send 200-word abstracts to Dr Fiona Thompson ( <>) by 1 July 2016.