[cfp: queer technologies in communication]

Critical Studies in Media Communication*

Special Issue: Queer Technologies in Communication


Katherine Sender, University of Auckland, k.sender@auckland.ac.nz

Adrienne Shaw, Temple University, adrienne.shaw@temple.edu

Abstract deadline: 30 September 2014

Decisions on abstracts: 15 October 2014

First drafts due: 28 February 2015

Second drafts due: 31 July 2015

Final drafts due: 31 October 2015

Publication: April 2016 (Volume 33, issue 2)

Communication and media scholars have productively engaged with the
representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)
people in popular media. They have also investigated how LGBTQ people and
communities connect via communication technologies. This special issue
invites scholars to engage with a third framework for understanding
intersections among gender, sexuality, and communication technologies: how
can queer theory and queer methodologies complicate our understanding of
communication technologies, their structures and uses, and the cultural and
political implications of these?

Papers might address topics that include:

Historically and contemporarily, how do communication technologies create
the possibilities for queer cultural production and consumption?

In what ways do the design, structure, and underlying architecture of these
technologies presume a gender normative or heterosexual subject?

What would a queer design or queer restructuring of these technologies

What would a queer “hack” of communication technologies involve?

How are queer and trans* lives particularly affected by surveillance
technologies? How do big data organize assumptions about gender and sexual
identities? How might queer and trans* people resist these normalizing

How do queer and trans* people use computer applications and technologies
to navigate a world that is not necessarily built with them in mind?

How are queer mobilities and transnational gender and sexual formations
facilitated and/or hindered by communication technologies?

We are interested in work that addresses a broad range of communication
technologies including, but not limited to: radio, television, music,
games, social networking sites, the internet, mobile phones, film, video,
print media, computers, information systems, and so on. We also encourage
authors to address the intersections of class, race, nationality, religion,
and other structuring formations with gender and sexuality. Should you wish
to discuss possible submissions, please email both special issue editors at
the email addresses above.

*About the Journal*

*Critical Studies in Media Communication (CSMC) *publishes scholarship in
media and mass communication written from a cultural studies and critical
perspective. Research articles selected for publication make a substantial
contribution to existing literature in media studies, provide novel
theoretical insights that have the potential to stimulate further research,
and serve as foundational contributions for debates within and beyond the
field of communication. While each essay is well researched, primary
emphasis is on the theoretical contribution the essay makes through the
development of concepts, terms, and ideas that move the field in new and
exciting directions.

*Submission Details*

Abstracts must be no longer than 500 words, and can be submitted as a Word
document via email to adrienne.shaw@temple.edu with the subject head:
“Abstract for special issue of CSMC.” Please make sure your name and the
paper title is on the abstract itself, not only in the email.

If accepted to be developed into full papers, all manuscripts must conform
to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th
edition, 2010). Full papers should not exceed 7,000 words including
references, notes, figures, and tables. Shorter pieces will be considered.

Essays significantly longer than 7,000 words may be returned.


[paid online psychology study]

Posted on Air-L:

*Self Expression and Perception by Others ($10)*

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at the City University of New York. I am conducting an online research
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The study would involve completing a short eligibility questionnaire, and
if eligible, the final study will require you to write short stories about
how you are perceived by other people in your life.

I am interested in including a diverse group of people in the study
regarding age, gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Completion will take about 30-45 minutes, and you'll receive a $10 Amazon
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[best short stories about south africa's democracy]

20 Years of Democracy
Alert! Today, Books LIVE unveils the final list of short stories for the Twenty in 20 project, a Twenty Years of Freedom initiative whose aim is to identify the best South African short fiction published in English during the past two decades of democracy.
The project comprises a collaboration between Books LIVE, Short Story Day Africa and the Department of Arts and Culture.
Earlier this month, the four Twenty in 20 judges met to debate the longlist of fifty stories – generated by over 200 submissions from Books LIVE readers – and whittle it down to the final list of the twenty works of fiction that will stand as South Africa’s best since 1994. Over three hours, there was robust conversation and a bit of horsetrading, but it never came to fisticuffs (although at one point Queensbury rules were invoked!).
The result is a list that will serve as a baseline for future writers to aspire to; that will provide pleasure to readers for generations to come; and that will serve as a longstanding reference for South African literary posterity.
The chair of the judges, Mandla Langa, said, “This collection of short stories reflects the diversity that enriches our young democracy. It’s a smorgasbord of ideas to cater for any appetite.”
The Minister for Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, sent the following statement on the Twenty in 20project to Books LIVE:
The Twenty in 20 project is one of our efforts to ensure that all sectors of our society are part of the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of our freedom and democracy.
We are making this announcement shortly after the passing of one of the most prolific short story writers who ever lived — Nadine Gordimer, South Africa’s first Nobel laureate in Literature. When the news of her passing started spreading like wildfire, I was reminded of the famous saying that, “When a big tree falls, the earth shakes.” Indeed, the sound of this giant’s fall reverberated across the globe.
South Africa has a rich tradition of short story writing. Over the years, we produced some of the most outstanding short story writers, including the likes of Gordimer, Bloke Modisane, Casey Motsisi, Bessie Head, Njabulo Ndebele, and many other notable literary voices. These are the giants on whose shoulders aspiring writers should stand. As we celebrate the solid foundation that these pathfinders have laid, we simultaneously try to cultivate a new generation of writers to continue with this glorious tradition while confronting the new challenges of our society.
The wide-ranging Twenty in 20 stories explore varied themes but have one thing in common: they are truly South African stories. Each one makes a unique contribution to our literary landscape.
Here then, without further ado, are the top twenty English short stories of South Africa’s democracy (note you can scroll within the document – also available here – to see the complete list details), organised alphabetically by the author’s surname:

Congratulations to the judges on creating a fine, final Twenty in 20 list.
As project convener, Your Correspondent would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Short Story Day Africa for its untiring work in creating the formal longlist, which has already caused an appropriate degree of literary commotion. I’d also like to thank Mandla Langa for his steady chairmanship during the awards process; and to doubly thank him, Karabo Kgoleng, Mtutuzeli Matshoba and Fiona Snyckers for paying such considered attention to such a diverse body of work.
Project process and timeline
Here is the remaining key date of the Twenty in 20 short story project:
September: The Twenty in 20 compilation of short stories is launched as a new compilation at National Book Week.
About the Twenty in 20 judges
Mandla Langa (Chair) was born in Durban and studied at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, Eastern Cape province. He left Fort Hare after playing an active role in student uprisings in 1972. He went into exile in 1976, and lived in countries such as Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Hungary and the United Kingdom. In 1980 he won the Pan African DRUM Magazine story contest and in 1991 he was awarded the Arts Council of England bursary. His latest book, The Lost Colours of the Chameleon (2010) was shortlisted for the prestigious Sunday Times Fiction Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book – Africa Region. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver.

Read more here.

[cfp: digital inequalities]

Special Issue "Digital Inequalities"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Roderick Graham
Department of Sociology, Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02903, USA
Website: http://www.roderickgraham.com
E-Mail: rgraham@ric.edu
Phone: +1 401 456 8727
Interests: social stratification; race and ethnicity; new media technologies; Internet studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,
Scholars have focused considerable effort on understanding the economic and technological changes in our information society. However, there are also tremendous social changes. Ever increasing amounts of political participation, crime and deviance, education, social networking, and selection of intimate partners are done through information and communication technologies. With so much social activity occurring in the digital environment, it is imperative that scholars explore the implications of this shift.
One area of exploration is the various inequalities that occur because of differences in access or usage between groups. The purpose of this Special Issue, a continuation of the inaugural “Inequality in the Digital Environment” Special Issue published in 2013, will be to explore these inequalities. Previous papers presented research on racial inequalities, access to technology for people with disabilities, and gender differences in online aggression.
Papers for this issue can extend these discussions or explore other issues. Some potential topics include inequalities in:
  • material access to the Internet
  • civic and political participation in the online environment
  • digital literacy
  • social capital
  • telecommunications infrastructure between and within nations
  • social support
  • diversity of usage (With respect to both hardware and software)
  • representative content (web content that reflects the culture or interests of the audience)
  • framing of news stories or events
  • the production of racial and ethnic stereotypes

Read more here.


[from cardboard box to play washing machine]

Having conducted our Ivory Soap experiment, DS1 then hoped for his own washing machine... we had a cardboard (beer) box on hand and crafted our own. I might be crude by my little one loves it. This kept the 3 year old busy for quite a long time. Long enough for me to do our *real* laundry and get supper going. Win-win.


[From Soap Bar to Puffy Fun]

I've been eyeing the Happy Hooligans' Ivory soap experiment for some time but just haven't had a chance to try it out. Well today, finally, DS1 and I were able to conduct our own scientific interpretation of the original Steve Spangler Souffle.

Here are the very simple steps to follow.

  1. Procure a bar of Ivory soap (must be Ivory rather than Dove or other brands. Steve Spangler explains why
  2. Examine the soap? What properties does it exhibit?
  3. Unwrap the soap and place it on a microwavable plate, bowl, tray etc... (we used a large plate)
  4. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes. We cooked the soap for about 1:40. I don't think you can have the soap in the microwave for too long but you'll see that the magical puffing and morphing starts to slow at around 1:20.
  5. Extricate your now puffy soap, careful that the soap and plate can be quite hot.
  6. Once cooled, proceed to examine your soap. How is it different from before? Colour? Texture? Smell?