A Digital Space to Call Home

deadline for submissions: 
May 3, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
MediaCommons
contact email: 

Each month, the MediaCommons Field Guide hosts a different conversation in Media Studies, Digital Humanities, and Culture Studies asking contributors to connect their interests or research to a core conceptual question. 

We are seeking contributors to shape diverse and intriguing conversations for our May 2019 issue, A Digital Space to Call Home, asking broadly:

How does homelessness and transience translate in digital spaces? 

The responses we hope to compile in this issue can (but need not exclusively) address:

  • Digital nomads
  • 404 errors - when a corpus of labor disappears
  • Concepts of temporal digital nooks
  • Digital Pop-Ups and transient consumption
  • Identity and the digital presence
  • Libraries, wifi, and poverty publics
  • Instagram travel
  • The homeless object/transient digital art

Many scholars elect to submit semi-formal essay responses (400-600 words), however, we also welcome multimedia/interactive and alternate forms of digital submissions.

This Field Guide will go live in late May through mid-June. While the question is live, we publish daily content (Monday-Friday) from scholars who submit responses through the site. If you are interested in participating, we would love to hear your thoughts on this topic and how it relates to your current research.

The Field Guide is an open-access hub for scholarly conversations, a forum for touchstone issues in the Digital Humanities and Media Studies. This past year alone, our editions have included conversations surrounding medical humanities, the future of digital archives, religion and digitality, and public histories blending with critical play. Additionally, the MediaCommons’ mission involves fostering conversation between scholars at all levels of professionalization, with an aim to have a diversity of scholarly voices!

If you would like to contribute, please contact us in order to be scheduled for a response date. For more information on the MediaCommons scholarly network and its history and goals, feel free to visit our website. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, contact coordinating editor D’An Knowles Ball (tknowles@odu.edu), or Avi Santo, MediaCommons’ managing editor (asanto@odu.edu).