SEAMSJ Special Issue 4.2 - Digital Media Culture in Southeast Asian Societies
SOUTHEAST ASIAN MEDIA STUDIES JOURNAL
SPECIAL ISSUE 4.2:
DIGITAL MEDIA CULTURE IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN SOCIETIES
The proliferation of emerging digital media technologies and the datafication of everyday life has transformed our processes of social interaction, cultural production, and decision-making processes. Key to the widely adopted uses of digital media technology are the notions of the individual, the group, freedom, autonomy, and democracy. However, these ”Western” ideologies and their applications may create tensions and conflicts within the traditional Southeast Asian social imagination of group harmony. These controversies may involve social conduct, changing cultural forms, participatory practices, various forms of spectatorship, and governance as demonstrated through the liberating potential of digital media technologies as instruments of individual empowerment. In this special issue of SEAMSJ, we ask the pertinent question: What is our understanding of authorship, consumption, cultural participation, and political agency regarding Southeast Asian social imagination of group harmony?
AREAS OF INTEREST INCLUDE
Cultural analytics and data (algorithms, databases, data mining, surveillance, data practices, and digital methods)
Digital individuals (social groups, social interactions, gaming, gender issues)
Digital transformation of the mediascape (entertainment, movies/TV, news, art, Netflix, YouTube, Twitch, and others)
Knowledge production (fake news, alternative expertise, social issues, misinformation)
Effects of the ongoing pandemic and its impact on uses, forms, or functions of digital media
- Authors submit a 500-word abstract with 5 keywords, a list of 5 main references, and a short bio of up to 50 words by October 1, 2021.
- Submissions of academic articles adhering to the journal’s aims and scope will be considered for publication.
- Submitted articles must focus on the media in Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and/or Vietnam).
- Authors wishing to submit book reviews, event reviews, and/or film reviews that adhere to the theme of the special issue should submit a short proposal and wait for approval.
- In the email subject line, state that your submission is for special issue 4.2.
- October 1, 2021 Deadline for submission of 500-word abstracts
- October 15, 2021 Notification of accepted abstracts
- February 15, 2022 Deadline for submission of full papers (6000-7000 words)
- Review Process: Double-blind peer review and feedback
- May 15, 2022 Revised paper due
- July 15, 2022 Target publication date
ABOUT THE GUEST EDITOR
William F. Smith, PhD, is Associate Professor at College of Communication and Media Science at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has over 15 years of extensive experience living and teaching in China, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy—summa cum laude and Antonin Artaud Fellow, from The European Graduate School (EGS) at Canton of Valais, Switzerland. His research explores the disruptive nature of technology and the overarching implications of communication on society—social and cultural phenomena, especially in the context of social transformation and global issues that are impacted by the mediascape.
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