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.

Call for book chapters: Mediated cities

Intellect Books will launch its ˜Mediated Cities” book series with three volumes at the conference ˜Digital-Cultural Ecology and the Medium-Sized City”, April 2016. Bristol, UK.

Papers submitted to this conference will form the backbone of the fourth book in the series. To submit, visit: http://architecturemps.com/bristol-uk/ The book series and the conference are organised by the academic journal Architecture MPS, Intellect Books, the University of the West of England and the Centre for Moving Image Research.

Call for Chapters: Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society

Handbook of Research on Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society will publish high-quality, anonymously peer-reviewed essays that explore universal concerns, ethics, objectives, and principles in aspects of emergent technologies related to human-machines, machine-humans, their cyber-relatives, and the proliferation of cyborg activity, culture, engineering, society, and technology. Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics:
* Body and Machine
* Creation and Machination
* Enhancement and Modification
* Technical Engineering Issues
* Applications and Uses in Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society
Creation and Psychosocial Assimilation
* Culture
* Current Artificial Intelligence Initiatives
* Mental Health and Psychology
* Society
* Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in the Media
* Technological Advances and Concerns
Ethics and Philosophy
* Attributes and Consequences of Bionic Implants and Related Interfaces
* Core Human Enhancement Technology Concerns
* Human Rights and Requisite Modifications for Societal Controls
* Android, Cyborg, and Robot Values and Freedoms of Expression
* Metaphysical Moments
* Ethics in Health and Safety Concerns
Policy and Regulation
* Species Control and Potential Societal Threat
* Intimacies with Corporations, Governments, and Military Axes
* Issues in Development
* Trends in Human-Machine Control, Governance, and Policy Issues
Cyborgology, Cyborgenics, Robotics, and Neuronics
* Access, Availability, and Privilege Afforded Human to Machine Alteration
* Corporate Technological Production and Purposed Results
* Pervasive Human-Machine Ubiquity
* Current Trends in Androidology, Cyborgenics, and Robotics
* Participation in The Collective Hive of Perpetually Networked Humans
and Machines
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 1, 2015, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Inquiries: Steven John Thompson (UMUC) | sjt@jhu.edu | thompson@dartmouth.edu

Call for Proposals – Media Events book

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 20.51.19Authors are invited to prepare chapter proposals for a new collection of essays
entitled “Media Events: A Critical Contemporary Approach” to be
published by Peter Lang, Cambridge Scholars Publishers or Ibidem Verlag
Press, London. The proposed book aims to explore the theory of media
events in a variety of international contexts. Possible topics of chapters include (but are not limited to):

– European electoral elections as media events,

– religious media events,

– disaster, terror, war as media events,

– national holidays as media events,

– media event culture and management/ economic crisis,

– historical perspectives on media events,

– crimes and trials as media events,

– media spectacle and media events,

– protests as media events.

– terrorist acts as media events.

If you are interested in being a contributor, please email a proposal of
your chapter (300-500 words) and a short biography (150 words) to
s.poulakidakos@gmail.com by 1 March 2014. The proposal should be
submitted as a single MS Word document with “YourName – MediaEvents” as
the title.

Important dates

Deadline for submitting the abstract (max. 500 words) – March 1st

Acceptance of the abstract – March 30th

The deadline of submitting the articles – July 15th 2014.

The articles (4,000-6,000 words) should adhere to APA Style.

For inquiries, please contact the editors:

Dr. Bianca Mitu, University of Bucharest, Email: bianca.mitu82@gmail.com
Dr. Stamatis Poulakidakos, University of Athens, Email:
s.poulakidakos@gmail.com

Call for Book Chapters: Mapping the Alternative Media in Turkey

ImageThe alternative media works as a source of memory and an archive helping to understand the historical and current structure of alternative politics in Turkey. IT also gives voice to alternative ideologies and politics and makes their political activities visible. In addition, the alternative media, which mainly represents the “otherised”, oppressed and marginalised groups, forms the vanguard of struggle against the hegemony and barbarism of the oppressive, globalized neo-liberal society.

Alternative media, as an umbrella term, applies to those media organs which are typically bottom up organisations. In principle, their organizational structures and decision making processes are democratic, participatory, polyphonic and dialogic. Their opposition to the mainstream media finds its roots, in its form and content, in social and political struggles and is based in radical ideologies such as anarchism, radical democracy and Marxism. The existence of alternative media indicates the struggle to construct a truly democratic and free sphere of communication from a number of broad perspectives, varying from the idea of simply being independent from either the state or capital, to being completely opposed to them. In this context, it is also possible to claim that every organ of the alternative media, as a centre of subaltern resistance, is part of a greater alternative communication network.

This so-called alternative network (or networks) is/are the voice of different political or social groups, communities, minorities or even individuals at the grassroots level. Thus, they open the way for these groups to actively participate in political and social life, as either real “agents” or as “spectacles” in the field of symbolic struggle. Therefore, individuals or groups can find opportunities to get involved in both real and symbolic struggles for hegemony, not only as consumers, but also as producers; as active agents.

Therefore, alternative media institutions either on the micro- or macro-scale cannot be considered as combatants solely at  the informational level. In addition to their struggle to gather, record and spread news and ideas concerning local, national and transnational problems, they also provide a response to the establishment through real political actions. It is not unusual to see their active participation in protests, or even note that they hold the leadership positions in the organisation of some of these dissident political actions. Therefore, their active struggle with the hegemonic powers can also be considered as an effort to create alternative political forms. More commonly however, alternative media operate as the symbolic production centre of alternative politics and as an incubation ground for the intellectual and ideological constructs of social movements.

Alternative media, along with other dissident institutions, are seen as paving the way for a brighter and more just future by being the voice of the voiceless and contributing to the imagining of a different world. Threatening so-called representative democracy by supporting participatory social, cultural and political activities is also deemed useful to this end. By engaging in such activities, they may be able to cause the transformation of political culture in general. More importantly, however, the ways in which subordinate constituents of the society interpret politics and their own means of participation could change in a positive manner. Moreover, such efforts may also lead to the construction of efficient counter-public spheres alongside the more common examples of alternative spaces.

Diverse anti-systemic, reformist and revolutionary ideological orientations, varied political discourses and different modes of action constituting the alternative media landscape mostly open up an opportunity for the “oppressed” to actively participate in these alternative political spaces that are, to a certain extent, diverse, colourful, vivid and, most importantly, innately dialogic.

In this context, we argue that the “duty” of academia should be to understand these alternatives without stigmatizing them as the source of conflicts within the prevailing social system. After all, we as editors, would like to study these initiatives since the imagining of an alternative world may only be possible by embracing the oppressed and their voice, even though the world around us is not particularly welcoming.

Abstracts of papers are sought on topics such as:

·         Radical media (Struggling within legal parameters to push the limits of the existing system

·         Radical- militant media (affiliated with revolutionary organizations)

·         Identity and rights-based media (Human rights, labour and trade-union rights, gender, environment, ethnicity, struggles based on faith or denomination

·         Transnational and diaspora-based alternative media

·         Independent, objective, opposition media

·         Dissident voices, “cracks” in the mainstream media

However, it should be noted that the categories above do not refer to independent categories with clear differences. It is possible to say that; most examples of the alternative media operating in Turkey can be included under more than one of the rubrics mentioned above. Nevertheless, the alternative media organs in Turkey, despite a degree of permeability in the boundaries that separate them, may be seen as belonging more to one or another of the above-mentioned classifications, therefore, these categories will constitute the book’s chapters.

Abstracts of a maximum of 250 words in Turkish and English outlining the topic, theoretical and methodological approach as well as the research question, should be submitted to either Barış Çoban (bcoban@dogus.edu.tr) or Bora Ataman (bataman@dogus.edu.tr) until  December 1 2012.

Call For Chapter Proposals: Research and Design Innovations for Mobile User Experience

Mobile user experience (UX) has gained momentum as a significant area of research in recent years. The emergences of mobile human-computer interaction (HCI) as a separate, unique field in HCI discipline with diverse academic activities and body of literature supports this idea. Although mobile devices allow users to stay connected anytime anywhere, diverse user groups still suffer from usability issues caused by the design of mobile interfaces and the limitations of mobile devices. Although the mobile HCI community is trying to create and adapt research methods, tools, and infrastructure for mobile-specific challenges and opportunities, there is still a limited number of studies on mobile UX, which addresses both researchers and professionals that work in the field of mobile HCI. Secondly, it is not so difficult to observe that the product managers in the sector of mobile communication often ignore usability issues and UX processes because of time and budget limitations. However, when it comes to delivering innovation on mobile devices, new philosophies, researches, and approaches should be taken into consideration.
Objective of the Book
This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area. By including cutting-edge empirical studies and live cases from the professional sector, it intends to prepare a reference book for the mobile human-computer interaction community that will reveal key mobile user experience issues with solid data and guidelines and will support innovative mobile UX design processes.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be professionals and researchers working in the field of mobile human computer interaction e.g mobile user experience and usability and mobile interface design. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support interaction/interface designers, developers, product managers, UX and usability experts, digital marketing experts and digital strategists concerned with digital product and service design.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Storytelling and gamification in mobile UX design
Trust, privacy, content protection, legal aspects & issues in mobile applications & services
Internationalization and localization in mobile UI
Licensing, IPR and legal issues in mobile development
Next generation mobile development environments
Mobile augmented reality systems
Customer loyalty, retention and satisfaction
Innovative design of mobile UI
Gender differences

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 30, 2012, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by June 15, 2012 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 30, 2012. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Publisher
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2013.

Important Dates
May 30, 2012
: Proposal Submission Deadline
June 15, 2012: Notification of Acceptance
September 30, 2012: Full Chapter Submission
November 30, 2012: Review Results Returned
December 30, 2012: Final Chapter Submission
March 15, 2012: Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:

Dr. Kerem Rızvanoğlu, Associate Professor

Faculty of Communication, Informatics Division, University of Galatasaray

E-mail: krizvanoglu@gsu.edu.tr
Dr. Görkem Çetin, TURKCELL

E-mail: gorkem.cetin@turkcellteknoloji.com.tr