deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2020
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Verge: Studies in Global Asias
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Edited by Jonathan E. Abel (Penn State) Joseph Jonghyun Jeon (UC-Irvine)

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Essays | May 1, 2020

We have been willing participants in our own digital colonization.  This digitalization has some historical roots in Asia and today is routed through Asia.  It is saturated in stereotypical techno-orientalist images of a futuristic Asia, and proliferates through Asian media, finance capital, and artistic production. In short, Asia has been entangled in the global digital culture that occupies our everyday.  As a major node in digital mediations of the world, Asia plays a primary part in producing computational gadgets (whether made by Sunway, LG, or Fujitsu), designing new forms of social media (Line, Weibo, SyncYu, and KakaoTalk), or creating innovative digital content (Bollywood, K-pop, anime).  We welcome scholarship on all forms of Digital Asia.  This may include, for instance, the role Asian diasporas play in global digital life; the social, political, economic, and artistic functions of digital connectivity in Asian communities around the world; the stereotype of Asian identity as binary; the global infrastructures and logistical innovations that increasingly characterize global Asia; and Asian inflections of global activities like the algorithmic determination of risk for venture capital and the corporate and government abuse of big data

This special issue seeks to answer, at least provisionally, some of the following interrelated questions:  How has the digitalization of life in Asia, and of Asian lives, transformed the world?  How does a consideration of cultures that are born digital differ from those that grow up analog?  If daily life has been colonized by the digital, what is globally consistent about contemporary digitalization?  How is Asian cultural digitalization different from, innovating on, or resistant to popular modes elsewhere?  If the putatively real public persona has reigned supreme online since the dawn of Web 2.0, why have anonymous internet activities continued to flourish in Asia?  How do the supposed “new” economies that surround digital production reimagine and/or restructure late capitalist practices, particularly as deindustrialization becomes an increasingly global phenomenon? What is new about Digital Asia and what is atavistic? What does this focus on the digital in all of its forms bring to the surface in Asian and Asian American Studies that would not otherwise be visible?

Essays (between 6,000-10,000 words) and abstracts (125 words) should be submitted electronically to and prepared according to the author-date + bibliography format of the Chicago Manual of Style. See section 2.38 of the University of Minnesota Press style guide or chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual of Style Online for additional formatting information.

Authors' names should not appear on manuscripts; instead, please include a separate document with the author's name, address, institutional affiliations, and the title of the article with your electronic submission. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such references would identify them; any necessary references to the author's previous work, for example, should be in the third person.