Call for Chapters - “The Intersectional Internet: Race, Gender, and Culture Online” [March 15, 2011]

full name / name of organization: 
Andre Brock (University of Iowa)
contact email: 
andre-brock@uiowa.edu

Technology as Culture: Media, Machines, and Ideology

I am soliciting research articles or essays for an edited collection on the production, maintenance, or contestation of cultural identities in information and communication technologies. I invite contributions from scholars and practitioners in any field or endeavor that approaches information and communication technologies from a cultural or humanist perspective. I am interested in chapters that contextualize ICTs within sociocultural contexts drawing upon the interactions of multiple categorical axes of identity (e.g., race and class).

The collection, entitled “The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, and Culture Online”, will be published by Peter Lang in late 2012 as part of the Digital Editions series (Steve Jones, series editor). For this collection, intersectionality frames the examination of intersecting, multiple identities that complicate, extend, and maintain Internet/ICT beliefs, design, and practices.

Contributions should address technocultural beliefs from a structural perspective, examining institutional discourses about technology’s effects on perceptions of intellect, sociability, progress, or culture as mediated by technology.

ICTs recreate social worlds in situ, removed from direct physical and emotional feedback and contravening time and geographical constraints. However, this social separation from the material world still retains ideologies born of physical, temporal, and social beliefs. That ideological retention can be seen in technological beliefs privileging governments over citizens, corporations over people, and the expansion of white privilege in cyberspace.

Contributions to this section could consider but are not limited to:

technology debates on privacy
identity formation in the media
public policy debates about the expansion of broadband to underserved areas
Internal or external discourses about technology’s possibilities for mainstream or minority cultures.
technoculture and the West
the Social Web a decade after 9/11

Authors are requested to submit an abstract of no more than 750 words (in plain text or word format) by March 15, 2010 to andre-brock@uiowa.edu. Authors will receive confirmation of receipt immediately and decision notifications will go out on April 1, 2011.

The abstract submission should contain the names and institutions of the author along with contact information (name, e-mail, postal address, phone and fax numbers) and the working title of the proposed essay/writing. Submitted manuscripts should be original work, not concurrently submitted to any other venue. NOTE: Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
popular_culture
science_and_culture