CFP: [Collections] M/C Journal 'citizen' Issue (1/18/08; journal issue)

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Axel Bruns
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                          M/C - Media and Culture
           is calling for contributors to the 'citizen' issue of

                                M/C Journal

M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a crossover journal
between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed
journal. In 2008, M/C Journal celebrates its tenth anniversary.

To see what M/C Journal is all about, check out our Website, which contains
all the issues released so far, at <>.
To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit

                        Call for Papers: 'citizen'
                 Edited by Jason Wilson and Barry Saunders

Citizen is a word we hear more frequently all the time, but it's also one
whose meaning has never seemed less clear. "Citizen journalists" and "e-
citizenship" initiatives are everywhere, but so are signs of crisis in
democratic institutions and processes.

The online tools used to promote new forms of active citizenship are
products of an era where the traditional focus of citizenship - the nation
- seems far less powerful and important than ever in the face of global
flows of capital, communication and culture. The exhortations to pursue new
forms of political engagement - like public affairs blogging and citizen
journalism - can only be read alongside the mounting evidence of a
widespread disengagement from politics. It's not clear whether or how
democratic institutions can (or ought to) adapt themselves to the changing
modes of participation. And it's also unclear whether the online spaces
given over to political debate do anything more than further polarize our
conversations. But can institutions and an increasingly diverse online
public sphere change and adapt to one another to renew democratic

For this edition of M/C Journal, we're looking for pieces that weigh up the
impact of new forms of political participation. We'd especially like to
encourage articles that reflect on concrete attempts to increase
participation in the political process, and to promote citizenship. Whether
you'd like to reflect on an initiative you've participated in, or link
theory with interesting examples of media practice and activism, we'd like
to feature your contribution.

Submit papers of 3,000 words in length to the editors at

Article deadline: 18 January 2008
Issue release date: 12 March 2008

M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture") in 1998
as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting
of media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C
Journal for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for
comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are blind

Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2008 and 2009:

'citizen': article deadline 18 January 2008, release date 12 March 2008
'equal': article deadline 7 March 2008, release date 7 May 2008
'able': article deadline 2 May 2008, release date 2 July 2008
'publish': article deadline 27 June 2008, release date 27 August 2008
'country': article deadline 22 August 2008, release date 22 October 2008
'recover': article deadline 10 October 2008, release date 10 December 2008
'still': article deadline 16 January 2009, release date 11 March 2009
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M/C Journal is online at <>.
All past issues of M/C Journal on various topics are available there.


                                                     Dr Axel Bruns

-- General Editor M/C - Media and Culture From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List more information at on Sun Nov 11 2007 - 23:52:55 EST