Category Archives: CFP (Call for Papers)

CFP: “Democracy and Technology. Europe in Tension from the 19th to the 21st century”

Call for papers “Democracy and Technology. Europe in Tension from the 19th to the 21st century”

September 19-21, 2013, Université Paris-Sorbonne

6th Tensions of Europe Plenary Conference *

Colloque international du projet ANR Resendem **

Deadline paper abstracts: February 25, 2013

Overall Theme of the Conference:  The conference will be devoted to the complex relationship between democracy and technology from a European and transnational perspective. The core of this reflection will be the complementarities and cross-fertilization that arise in the interaction of technology and democracy, but also the frictions, tensions, and paradoxes that emerge in the discourses, representations and interplay of actors. The assumption that technology poses a threat to the liberal democratic political order rooted in the public debate, has fueled a critical approach to technology in humanities and social sciences. This also fueled various shared Europe-wide initiatives of technology assessment. Within the Soviet bloc, on the other hand, technology was promoted as a tool for building socialism.

More recently, calls for the democratization of decision-making related to controversial technical changes made the two terms meet in a dynamic no longer of opposition but of mutual construction: “technical democracy” would be an expansion of democracy, defined primarily as a continuously evolving process rather than a fixed form, open to new questions and new ways to find answers.

This historical conference is open to a wide range of interdisciplinary inquiry. It invites proposals for papers addressing an issue that up to now has mainly been investigated on a national basis. Focusing on circulations and appropriations of technology in a European and transnational perspective, the conference should open new ways to think and talk about the history of Europe.

While European spaces are privileged, papers on the themes of the conference but covering other geographical areas will also be considered.

General areas to be explored are:

Technical democracy: serving the citizen or the consumer?

• The concept of technical democracy, its uses, its meanings, its realities and imaginary through technologies, spaces, periods; • The role of groups of stakeholders such as consumer associations and civil society in the design, ownership, development, or resistance and rejection of technology.

Technology and democracy: a co-construction?

• Democratic regimes facing technological challenges in their economic, political, industrial, ethical, social and/or cultural dimensions;• Technology in political discourses (comparative approaches are welcome); • Technology as vector of democracy: history of voting technologies; • “Democracy by design”: how aspects related to the values of democracy (privacy, transparency, openness, etc.) are considered in the invention of artifacts.

Regulating and governing technology: which models, what practices?

• The evolution, composition, role, challenges and limitations of the regulatory authorities; • The evolution of governance in the field of technology; • Soft and hard power of technology in democracy; • The transition of national and regional governance logics to global governance.

Agoras: spaces for dialogue and debate about technology in democracy

• Public areas of debate around technology and large sociotechnical controversies; • Sites and actors involved in mediating between citizens and technologies; • The relationship between media and technology in a democratic context; • Challenging technology in a democratic context.

Technology against democracy

• Technocracy: confiscated expertise? • Threats to democracy from uses of technology (surveillance, intelligence, propaganda, databases, etc.); • Democracies at war and the technical armaments choices (gas, napalm, nuclear bomb, mines, etc.).

 Session formats

The Program Committee welcomes proposals that address the overall conference themes in the following three formats:

• Individual paper proposals.

• Research sessions with three papers based on original research, and an invited commentator. Because the conference encourages debate, appropriate time for discussion should be allocated to the commentators as well as the members of the audience. The papers will be pre-circulated to all conference participants.

• Research collaboration sessions which are meant to present results of a specific project. The session could be paper based, but could also focus on a discussion of the framing and wider implications of the specific project connected to the future of Tensions of Europe network.

Please note that paper and/or session proposals not directly related to the conference theme but relevant for the TOE network will also be considered. For more information on the TOE intellectual agenda see and

 Deadlines and Time-line

The deadline for proposals is February 25, 2013.

For paper proposals, please submit a title and abstract of no more than 500 words. Authors are invited to submit their titles and abstracts electronically on the homepage of the with a copy sent by email to toe2013paris AT

For session proposals, please submit a brief abstract of the session (maximum 600 words) along with a one-page abstract for each participant. The organizer(s) are invited to submit their session abstracts electronically on the homepage of the conference with a copy sent by email to toe2013paris AT Please note that on the website, for technical reasons, each abstract, even of a research session, has to be submitted individually.

The Program Committee will inform about its decisions no later than April 20, 2013.

Since the conference papers will be made available before the conference on our website, we will ask you to send them as PDF file to toe2013paris AT before July 15th 2013.

We are seeking to provide a contribution towards travel, fees and/or accommodation costs for those who have no opportunity to participate otherwise.

 Program Committee :

Pr Maria Paula Diogo, Chair, Universidade Nova de Lisboa,  Pr Pascal Griset, Université Paris-Sorbonne,  Pr Martin Kohlrausch, K.U. Leuven,  Dr Léonard Laborie, CNRS,  Dr Larissa Zakharova, EHESS.

Please direct queries to Arielle Haakenstad, conference secretary (toe2013paris AT

* Tensions of Europe (TOE) is an international scientific network consisting of almost 300 scientists from all over Europe and the United States. TOE explores the role of technology as an agent of change in European history by organizing inspiring conferences and summer schools as well as by stimulating international research collaboration and disseminating research results to various audiences.

** “Large technical networks and democracy: innovations, practices and groups involved in the long term, from 1880 to the present day (France and Europe)”. Resendem project is supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche. It revisits the history of the fields of mobility, communications and energy, in terms of community involvement in their construction and management.


CFP: Branding in a digital world

Extended Deadline: 1st of March 2013

Branding in a digital world
Advertising Research TWG
ECREA Symposium 4th-5th of July 2013 | Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona


In western media systems that have become increasingly complex brands play a pivotal role in advertising communication – be it in advertising for commodities, political parties or for the media themselves. Brands reduce complexity, they are a common point of reference for suppliers and consumers, they integrate multi-channel campaigns, put lifestyles in a nutshell, attract attention, and effect sales. The symposium addresses research areas, ranging from advertising communicators, media, messages, to audiences, and effects. What are the challenges of branding communication in the 21st century? What might be the USP of communication and media scholars’ advertising research? How do brands affect the self-perception of consumers (e.g. their body image and attractiveness)? What are appropriate theoretical and methodological approaches to analyse semiotically thick and emotionally charged brands? What are effect-interrelations in multichannel branding campaigns? In order to give an overview over the wide variety of advertising research in Europe the TWG welcomes contributions from many different perspectives. Empirical and theoretical work is welcome as well as methodological, historical or critical approaches to advertising research.

Guidelines for Contributions

This symposium will consider papers in form of abstracts for double blind peer reviews. The conference also welcomes panel proposals consisting of 4 presentations.

Authors should provide a 500-words abstract for a single paper proposal. Please note the author names and affiliations on an extra cover sheet followed by an anonymised abstract page.

In all cases the panel proposals should consist of a panel abstract (500 words), in combination with abstracts for each of the individual presentations (500 words). Complete panel proposals only – consisting of 4 papers and a panel abstract – are considered for presentation. No more or less than 4 presentations should form a panel proposal. The proposals should indicate a panel chair or respondent.

All contributions should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format, or PDF format to:

Submitted abstracts preferably conform to APA 6th reference style. The conference language is English.

Important Dates

Extended submission deadline for abstracts (paper and panel proposals): 1st of March 2013, 24.00 CET

Notification of acceptance (paper and panel proposals): 22nd of March 2013

Registration and Reception 3rd of July 2013 Conference Days: 4th -5th of July 2013

Call for Papers: Media Practices in Globalized and Multilocal Lifeworlds Between Economics and Subject-Orientation in merz

The Call is titled “Media Practices in Globalized and Multilocal Lifeworlds Between Economics and Subject-Orientation”.

Responsible editorial team: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Krotz (University of Bremen) and the merzWissenschaft (JFF) editorial department

An increasing number of areas of our lives are becoming profoundly mediatized. This process is also changing the basic conditions of human perception and experience, behavior and activity, and communication. New forms and means of communication are emerging: The new smart phones and tablets, for instance, allow for highly flexible media practices – regardless of time and place we are
able to process media content, communicate with other people and send out our own message into the world. Mobile technology in particular expands the possibility to access content and tools for communication, thus increasingly intertwining individual and mass communication. Acting and communicating are thus becoming multi and translocal. In parallel to this, acting and communicating are, in a new sense of the word, becoming embedded in an economic context: In order to fathom all the options of our self-determined living, we have to stay up-to-date with all the given media content and tools and engage with the corresponding communicative structures. The use of digital media relies on technology and forms of organization that have been designed and developed with an economic interest. What happens to communication and personal data beyond the direct experience has become almost untraceable.

Globalization and economization thus accompany the mediatization processes. The resulting cultural, political, economic and media developments are proving to be closely related, changing the way we construct and reconstruct the world. The subject as interpreter and shaper of their own lifeworld is increasingly obligated to adapt their life to all the requirements “from the outside world”.

The challenges to the subject in these media appropriation processes can be seen as unfolding in different dimensions, such as:

  • Communitization: The social, cultural and political spheres, in which different topics are negotiated according to the counterpart or audience, are constituted increasingly via mediatized social relationships. This creates and reveals new forms of communitization that are not based on traditional bonding, and in which delimitation is experienced and shaped with mediatic means,e. g. in multilocal families, friendships or romantic relationships.
  • Localization: Subjects are forced by medially prestructured relationships and negotiations with others to continually present their different facets and position themselves in relation to various issues, e. g. global or local news topics, and often in relation to the design and shape of local,regional or transcultural identity.
  • Flexibilization: Mobile media practices allow flexibility in subjects’ use of media structures or tools. Flexibility has to be discussed, however, in terms of society’s demands of the individual,which are becoming increasingly more important, e. g. in the work place.
  • Condensation: Mediatization leads to an observable condensation of communications and relationships. This raises questions of proximity and distance in the shaping of our social lives. At the same time, it shows the new need for orientation as it becomes increasingly difficult to fully understand the consequences of our communicative actions, which are observed, recorded and processed on a huge scale.

The change in the conditions of socialization and social action and perception on the one hand leads to new forms of relationships; on the other hand it might lead to a constriction, allowing only the structurally possible, which could in turn lead to a fundamental uncertainty in our communicative acts. The increasing demand for subjects to deal with the requirements of a mediatized lifeworld and
to actively form it by way of their media activity puts the question of the individual between economic interests and their own sovereign acting back in the focus of research in the communication and media sciences.

merzWissenschaft 2012 invites you to submit your research papers examining processes of media engagement in globalized media markets and structures and (multi) local environments from an action-oriented perspective, as well as papers analyzing media structures under current social  conditions, or otherwise targeting these questions empirically or theoretically. merzWissenschaft seeks to back up and push forward the scientific discussion with the provision of
qualified, international papers from various relevant disciplines.

The kind of papers sought:
– are based on empirical or theoretical research,
– offer new knowledge, aspects or approaches to the subject, and
– have not been published elsewhere.

In the first instance, interested authors are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 4,000
characters (including spaces) to our editorial team ( by 20 February 2012. Please ensure
that the papers follow the merzWissenschaft layout guidelines. These are available at www.merzzeitschrift.
de (-> über merz -> für autoren).

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Susanne Eggert by phone on +49.89.68989.120

Deadlines Overview
20 February 2012: Submission of abstracts to
12 March 2012: Decision on acceptance/rejection of the abstracts
11 June 2012: Submission of papers
11 June – 25 July 2012: Peer review
August/September 2012: Revision Period (several phases if needed)
Final submission: 24 September 2012

Call for papers numero 8 revista Prisma Social dedicado al tema de la Incertidumbre social

Desde la Fundación iS+D para la Investigación Social Avanzada les informamos de que tienen la oportunidad de presentar artículos para el próximo número 8 de la revista de investigación social, Prisma Social, que será coordinado por el profesor Carlos Lozano Ascencio de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid.


La Revista Prisma Social está orientada a la difusión de investigaciones procedentes de las Ciencias Sociales. La temática del siguiente número es: Revista Nº 8

Título: La incertidumbre social

Fecha límite de recepción de artículos: 1 de abril de 2012 (envío de material)

Fecha de publicación: junio 2012

La estructura que proponemos para que puedas encajar y enviar tu contribución tiene que ver con la percepción social de la incertidumbre o el fomento de la incertidumbre social, en los siguientes ámbitos:

a) Sobre lo que acontece socialmente según la agenda pública y la agenda mediática.

b) Sobre lo que se hace, es decir, las actuaciones o prácticas sociales frente al acontecer y sus imprevisiones o incertidumbres.

c) Sobre lo que se dice o se comunica a propósito de lo que acontece y lo que se hace.

d) Sobre lo que se piensa en relación a lo que acontece, se hace y se dice.

e) Finalmente, sobre las revisiones de las prácticas sociales y de las formas de comunicación social en relación a la incertidumbre.

Las condiciones y normas de publicación se pueden consultar en la página de la revista.

Los artículos se remitirán a la siguiente dirección de correo:

Fuente: Facultad de Ciencias de la Comunicación
Campus de Fuenlabrada

CfP “Communication Approaches to Participatory Websites and User-Generated Content”

Call for Papers: Special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, “Communication Approaches to Participatory Websites and User-Generated Content.”
Joseph B. Walther, guest editor.

Among the most important developments in CMC are participatory websites
featuring user-generated content (e.g., Web 2.0 sites with product/seller
reviews, social network sites that invite “friends'” contributions,
talk-back features on online news sites, wikis, etc.).
This issue of JCMC will focus on the extension, adaptation, and
application of theoretical approaches to the uses and effects of these
messaging systems.
We invite evidence-based papers that address the creation and impacts of
user-generated content, system-aggregated indicators of user input, and/or
their interplay with owner-generated content, on the perceptions,
attitudes, and behavior of participants and viewers of such sites.
Criteria for acceptance will involve the degree of exemplification of the
communication aspects of the topic, and the degree to which articles join
theoretical analysis with rigorous empirical investigation. Manuscripts
will be reviewed anonymously by a special editorial board and other JCMC
reviewers; authors must prepare submissions to facilitate anonymous

Submissions must not exceed 30 pages, and must reflect APA (6th ed.) style.

Deadline for submission is December 10, 2011.

Please contact the editor with any questions, or to submit manuscripts as
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