CALL FOR PAPERS
Radicalization and Media Logic:
Surveillances and Self-Mediatization in Social Media and Politics
A special issue of Medijske studije/ Media Studies Journal
to be published in Vol. 8, issue 15 (June 2017)
Dr Robert Imre, University of Newcastle, Australia and University of Tampere, Finland
Dr Stephen Owen, University of New South Wales, Australia
About the issue
The current state of usage of social media platforms and various types of communication tools gives us a new form of political expression at all levels. Pressed to mediatize themselves, political actors of all kinds—protestors, official political/party representatives, individual issue-drivers, and political participants—are all increasingly driven to involve themselves in complex processes of self-mediatization. The corollary of this increase in self- mediatization is a deepening engagement with the surveillance assemblage through what is often experienced (or presented to users) as mundane aspects of social-surveillance. The posting of material to, or consumption of content on social media communications makes constant interaction with the platforms de rigueur—and often compulsive—and ensures that levels of monitoring are continuing to press for these political actors to self-mediatize and monitor each others social media status and content.
The standardised architectures and designs of these social media platforms, as well as the various discourses pertaining to the correct uses of them, encourage particular presentations of self and content. As a new form of political participation these social media platforms guarantee a privileging of specific and particular kinds of persona constructs that inhibit politics at one level, while developing an ever-expanding surveillance at another level. As the surveillance assemblage becomes more entrenched the surveillance gaze upon the users of social media platforms is also more apparent. This universal surveillance assemblage perpetually adds layers of content to the social media ensemble, and creates a politics that can no longer exist, by definition, outside of the surveilled social media framing. This creates the illusion of universal participation while at the same time constricting political dialogue as the civilizing and restraining effects of the social media spotlight are brought to bear on each participant using these platforms. Given these constraints, this
special issue seeks papers dealing with some of the affects/effects when dealing with the phenomenon of radicalization.
Topics can include but are not limited to:
Left-Wing Radicalization and the media
Right-Wing Radicalization and the media
Social Media and Radicalization: theoretical views
Religious radicalization and the media
Legitimacy of the state and/or radical causes
Media Regulation and Radicalization
Information about the journal:
Media Studies is an interdisciplinary journal published by the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science. The journal provides an international forum for the presentation of research and the advancement of discourse concerning media, communications, journalism, and public relations, within each field’s cultural, historical, political and/or economic contexts.
The articles should not be published before (neither partially nor completely), nor currently be considered for publication by any other journal or book, nor should the submissions be a translation of previously published articles.
The journal is indexed in the SCOPUS and ERIH Plus databases.
For more see http://www.mediastudies.fpzg.hr
Submission guidelines: Please send your abstract (500 – 700 words) and a short CV with contact information, to the guest editor and please make sure that it addresses the theoretical framework, method and (preliminary) conclusions. The deadline for abstracts is 1 December 2015 and authors will be notified by 20 December 2015.
The deadline for full articles is 1 May 2016.
Upon acceptance, manuscripts shall undergo a rigorous international double-blind peer review. Manuscripts should be written in English, using Times New Roman; size 12; 1.5 line spacing; all pages should be numbered appropriately. The main text of the article should be between 5,000 and 6,000 words (for more see Notes for authors at http://www.mediastudies.fpzg.hr).
Please send your abstract or questions to the special issue editor: