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Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 1, 2018


Joshua Braun,

New book series with The MIT Press, Distribution Matters

We are pleased to announce a new book series with The MIT Press, Distribution Matters.

We welcome proposals and inquiries from scholars on this list and hope you will spread the word. For further information, please contact the series editors, Josh Braun and Ramon Lobato (details below and at

Many Thanks,

Josh and Ramon


A new MIT Press book series

Distribution Matters explores how media content, ideas, and information move through the world — and to what effect.

Distribution networks — from postal services to social media platforms — affect in essential ways who has access to cultural resources, and on what terms. The Distribution Matters book series explores the impact of strategies, business models, and infrastructures for distribution across the media industries, including screen, print, broadcast, and digital media. It seeks to publish cutting-edge, critical scholarship that offers new ways to understand the movement of media through time and space.

The series is open to media scholars within a range of humanities and social science fields, including media studies, communication history, anthropology, sociology, science and technology studies, internet studies, and cultural studies. We welcome proposals from scholars whose work explores how access to cultural resources is variously enabled, constrained, choreographed, and contested in and through distribution. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

* the histories of media distribution networks, their path dependencies, and  social consequences

* distribution dynamics within particular sectors, such as games, video,  publishing, and advertising

* logics of digital distribution (platformization, aggregation, recommendation,

 filtering, blocking, etc.)

* governance and regulation of distribution networks

* theoretical debates about circulation, networks, mobility, virality, and other issues everyday working practices and cultures of distribution

* informal distribution and piracy

For further information, please contact the editors:

Dr. Joshua Braun (U of Massachusetts Amherst) - Dr. Ramon Lobato (RMIT U, Australia) -

More information and a printable version of this flyer are available at <>


Issue Announcement: Intersectionalities and Media Archaeologies

communication +1 is proud to announce our latest issue:

Intersectionalities and Media Archaeologies

Edited by Zachary J. McDowell and Nathanael Bassett

The emerging field of media archaeology has opened up new avenues of research across fields and provided a way to challenge accepted historical layers of social and technical arrangements. Drawing from a variety of entangled theories and methodologies, bringing in German media theory, new materialism, digital humanities, software studies, cultural studies, Foucauldian frameworks, and others, media archaeology interrogates dead media, alternative technological schema, the composition of infrastructures, everyday objects, and other phenomena, providing new insights and recontextualization for scholars from an array of backgrounds. However, despite the interconnected promise of Media Archaeology, the practices and theories remain limited in their engagement with much of critical cultural communication and media studies.

In the introduction to “What is Media Archaeology,” Jussi Parikka notes that “we need to be prepared to refresh media archaeology itself.” This collection is meant to continue exactly that - to highlight and connect ways to theorize and “refresh” the concepts related to media archaeology in connection with the study of communication. We have gathered an array of intersectional engagements with and applications of media archaeological practices as they function theoretically, methodologically, spatially, institutionally, and in relation to the study of communication.

With this issue, the first of two in this collection, we hope to begin providing scholars a space in which to explore the promise of media archaeology as a critical set of lenses.


Introduction: Currents in Communication and the Media Archaeological Zachary McDowell and Nathanael Bassett

Constructing the invisible - Computer graphics and the end of Optical Media Ricardo Cedeño Montaña and Christina Vagt

Sticky Media. Encounters with Oil through Imaginary Media Archaeology Naomie Gramlich

In History, the Future: Determinism in the Early History of Photography in France Emily Doucet

Cultural Techniques of Mirroring from Lecanomancy to Lacan George C. Vollrath

From Book To Bookish: Repurposing the Book in the Digital Era Nicola Rodger

What is Feminist Media Archaeology?

Jörgen Skågeby and Lina Rahm

An (An)Archive of Communication: Interactive Toys as Interlocutors Nikita Braguinski


Dialogues: Dylan Trigg

communication +1 is a peer reviewed open access journal, part of Open Humanities Press and is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

More info and access the issue at


Book Announcement: "Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports"

We are pleased to announce the release of Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports (Peter Lang, 2018). Abstract is below and more purchase information can be found at:

Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports (Peter Lang, 2018)

Andrew C. Billings, U of Alabama

Leigh M. Moscowitz, U of South Carolina

Series information:

Never before have we lived in a time in which sport and gay identity are more visible, discussed, debated—and even celebrated. However, in an era in which the sports closet is heralded as the last remaining stronghold of heterosexuality, the terrain for the gay athlete remains contradictory at best. Gay athletes in American team sports are thus living a paradox: told that sport represents the "final closet" in American culture while at the same time feeling ostracized, labeled a "distraction" for teams, dubbed locker room "problems," and experiencing careers which are halted or cut short altogether.

Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports is the first of its kind, building upon the narratives of athletes and how their coming out experiences are shaped, transmitted and received through pervasive, powerful, albeit imperfect commercial media. Featuring in-depth interviews with out-athletes such as Jason Collins, Dave Kopay, Billy Bean and John Amaechi; media gatekeepers from outlets like ESPN and USA Today; and league representatives from Major League Baseball and the National Football League, this book explores one of the starkest juxtapositions in athletics: there are no active out players in the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL, yet the number of athletes coming out at virtually every other level of sport is unprecedented. Interviews are fused with qualitative media analysis of coming out stories and informed by decades of literature on the unique intersection of sport, media, and sexual identity.

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