CFS 4/20/14: Heritage, Development, Digital Technologies, and Pedagogy in Africa and the African Diaspora

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Special Issue

Intersections: Heritage, Development, Digital Technologies, and Pedagogy in Africa and the African Diaspora

Issue 6 of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy

JITP Co-Editors: Stephen Brier and Kiersten Greene

Guest Co-Editors: Marla L. Jaksch, Ph.D. and Angel David Nieves, Ph.D.

JITP welcomes work that explores critical and creative uses of interactive technology in teaching, learning, and research. For Issue 6, we are seeking submissions under the theme of "Intersections of Heritage, Development, Digital Technologies, & Pedagogy in Africa & the African Diaspora."

Recent scholarship in development studies has highlighted the importance of new digital technologies as tools for furthering social justice while at the same time revealing continued economic and educational inequalities. How are information communication technologies (ICTs) being used, challenged, implemented, and incorporated in grassroots and institutional heritage development in Africa and in the Diaspora? We are especially interested in the ways that heritage education, policy and pedagogy intersect in the arts, in the classroom, in the community, in cyberworlds/spaces, and/or in academic and action research.

Submissions should explore the teaching, policy, and/or research impact of digital media—e.g. application software, social media, virtual environments, audio or visual media, and the Internet—on heritage, historic and cultural conservation, and development in Africa and/or in the Diaspora.

Submitters are encouraged to address research and/or teaching and learning questions through inter-, multi-, and/or trans-disciplinary approaches in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences and to include any kind of multimedia element(s) in what they submit.

Possible topics for submissions could include (but are not limited to):

Teaching digital and virtual heritage as a subject
Distance learning
Digital texts and editions
Mapping software/spatial Humanities
Collaboration (Community, across academic disciplines, etc.)
Virtual worlds/reconstructions, e.g., Edward Gonzalez-Tennant's digital history of Rosewood, Florida (
Digital storytelling
Unintended consequences of using digital media
Authorial/ownership issues
Creative Commons licensing
Ethics and digital media
Access issues / "digital divides"
Social media/social networking
Technologies of colonialism
Email and the historical record
Mobile technologies (cell/Smart phones, PDAs), e.g., MAMA mobi (, a South African mobile app on maternal and child health
Cyberculture(s) and Race
Politics of knowledge; new knowledge production
Globalization and digital media
Portability of learning materials
Class/race/gender/nation and digital media
Digital media and the arts
Personal vulnerabilities/exposures in the digital world
Creating digital media
Immediacy/ubiquity of information
Disciplinary shifts
In addition to traditional long-form articles, we invite submissions of audio or visual presentations; aural/video interviews, dialogues, or conversations; creative/artistic works; manifestos and jeremiads; or other scholarly materials. All submissions are subject to an open review process. Manuscripts should be less than 8,000 words, though editors will consider longer pieces on a case-by-case basis. Submissions received that do not fall under the specific theme of Issue 6 but do fall under the broader themes that JITP features will be considered for publication in a future issue.

Important Dates

The submission deadline for the Fall 2014 issue is April 20, 2014. When submitting using our Open Journal Systems software, under "Journal Section," please select the section titled "Issue 6: Special Issue." Submission instructions are below.

About the Journal

All work appearing in the Issues section of JITP is reviewed by the issue editors and independently by two scholars in the field, who provide formative feedback to the author(s) during the review process. We intend that the journal itself—both in our process and in our digital product—serve as an opportunity to reveal, reflect on, and revise academic publication and classroom practices. All submissions for this special issue will be considered for our "Behind the Seams" feature, in which we publish dynamic representations of the revision and editorial processes, including reflections from the authorial and editorial participants.

Research-based submissions should include discussions of approach, method, and analysis. When possible, research data should be made publicly available and accessible via the Web and/or other digital mechanisms, a process that JITP can and will support as necessary. Successes and interesting failures are equally welcome (although see the Teaching Fails section below for an alternative outlet). Submissions that focus on pedagogy should balance theoretical frameworks with practical considerations of how new technologies play out in both formal and informal educational settings. Discipline-specific submissions should be written for non-specialists.

As a courtesy to our reviewers, we will not consider simultaneous submissions, but we will do our best to reply to you within two to three months of the submission deadline. All work should be original and previously unpublished. Essays or presentations posted on a personal blog may be accepted, provided they are substantially revised; please contact us with any questions at