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Call for Papers

Posted By Administrator, Tuesday, December 13, 2016


U of Oregon in Portland o 6-8 April 2017

The seventh annual "What is...? " conference-experience will engage communication, media, and nature by examining everyday life- our lifeworks and lifestyles - emphasizing the lifeworlds (environments) we live in. It will investigate how communication/media constitute and permeate all avenues and forms of life - from scale, pace, and pattern to the public, private, and organic. By building bridges through multidisciplinary networks, the event emphasizes how communication is instrumental in and for living systems. What is life and how is life mediated?

What is Life? (2017) builds on last year's conference, What is Media? (2016), expanding a transdisciplinary notion of medium/media with special attention to its material, historical, and ecological ramifications. It marks the second collaboration with scholars from the natural sciences, life sciences, and the arts.

Featured plenaries will include:

  • Douglas Rushkoff, Communication and Economics (Generation Like, FRONTLINE)
  • Jussi Parikka, Media Archaeology and Aesthetics (A Geology of Media)
  • Amnon Buchbinder, Journalism and Science (Biology of Story)
  • Salma Monani, Environmental Studies (Ecomedia)
  • Brendan Bohannan, Biology and Ecology
  • Toby Miller, Creative Industries and Environmental Studies (Greening The Media)
  • Gabriela Martinez, Cinema/Media Studies and Latin American Studies
  • Mark Johnson, Cognitive Science and Philosophy (Metaphors We Live By)
  • Brook Muller, Architecture and Design (Ecology and the Architectural Imagination)
  • Keynote address by Fritjof Capra, Complexity and System Sciences (Systems View of Life)

    Papers/presentations already accepted address: the value of human life, algorithms and e-waste, biodiversity, science journalism/communication, sustainable design and apps, Chinese rural experience, microbial ecology, women and work, STS and automation, responsibility and integrity.What is Life? invites scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, alumni and students, as well as scientists, artists, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations, and the public to collaborate. We welcome submissions for paper presentations and panels, roundtables, and art installations. A wide range of topics and themes can be found under the Call for Proposals at the conference website (

    Send 100-150 word abstracts/proposals by 13 December 2016 to: Janet Wasko o

    Conference Organizers: Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz (U of Oregon)
    University of Oregon o Eugene, Oregon 97405-1275


    Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies

    Special Issue: 'Youth, Social Media and Gender: opportunity for resistance or reproduction of stereotypes?'

    Edited by Nuria Arauna (Rovira i Virgili U), Tonny Krijnen (Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication), Sofie Van Bauwel (UGhent),

    Our aim is to examine the contexts and cultural understandings that interact with young people's uses of social media from a gender perspective. We would like to cover different related manifestations and experiences related to youth's engagement with social media globally from a critical perspective.

    -Gendered and intersectional self-presentations on Social Networking Sites (SNS) 
    -Youth's agency in constructing gender identities and interactions on SNS
    -Double standards, victim blaming and assessment of peers' activities online 
    -Care vs control behaviour in love and sexual relationships on SNS 
    -Alternative masculinities, transgender and intergender identities on SNS 
    -Adolescent and young people's participation and engagement in alternative online communities 
    -Critical evaluation of revictimization through SNS of teenagers suffering sexual or gender violence 
    -Public controversies (media panics, institutional campaigns, press coverage...) regarding sexual aggression on SNS 
    -Emerging mobile social network services and transgressive gender subcultures

    The journal plans to include articles of 6,500-7,000 words (including references), as well as brief research notes or reports of around 2000-3000 words for the Viewpoint section. Full manuscripts for both sections should be sent in accordance with the Notes for Contributors to the email address by 1 February 2017. All contributions will be subjected to double blind peer review.

    Full text of the call attached and on the CJCS website:

    Tags:  December 2016 

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