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Call for Submissions to the 2017 issue of Immediacy, a Media Studies online journal

Call for Submissions to the 2017 issue of Immediacy, a Media Studies online journal

Topic: The Digital Revolution

In 1991, the protocols of the World Wide Web were set in place by a team of European computer scientists, and now, twenty-five years later, “the web” has permeated every aspect of our existence, individually, nationally, and globally. Using the technological infrastructure of the Internet, itself created in the 1950s, the web has made sharing information the cornerstone of everyday life. New terms have arisen to describe phenomena and activities that web-based interactions have made possible: malware, digital decay, digital forensics, smartphones, networking, cyber attacks, cyber security, bots, the sharing economy, information overload, big data, selfies, and many others. Recently, the German filmmaker, Werner Herzog, explored the impact of these developments in his aptly titled film, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016). As with all new technologies, utopic and dystopic scenarios abound, ranging from Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together (2011) to Clay Shirky’s writings on connectivity and communication.

This web-anniversary issue of Immediacy seeks to explore the ramifications of the web (and of computer-based communication more generally) in its social, political, technological, cultural, and psychological dimensions. What can this moment in time tell us about our attitudes to new technologies? After a 25-year cycle of conceptual boom-and-bust regarding the miracles and the deficits of technology, is it time to rethink what technology can and cannot do? Waves of enthusiasm regarding the Internet, Facebook, big data, and machine intelligence have inevitably been followed by concerns about privacy, cyberbullying, surveillance, terrorism, and crime. What are some ways of taking stock of these developments? Where are we headed?  We invite submissions in diverse formats and employing a wide range of research methodologies. Both critical and creative projects are welcome. Topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Digital storytelling
  • Social networking
  • Technology and society
  • New media anthropology
  • Web art
  • Robotics
  • History of interactivity
  • Race in cyberspace
  • Privacy and surveillance
  • Infrastructure studies
  • Materialities of media
  • Interactive documentary
  • Digital photography
  • The Internet of Things

Please send a title and short description of your proposed project or essay (250 words) by Jan 20, 2017 to  immediacy@newschool.edu

Completed projects will be due April 9, 2017

Immediacy is a student-centered, online journal of the School of Media Studies at the New School in New York. Emphasizing the School’s philosophy for the integration of media theory, history, and myriad forms of media practice, the purpose of the journal is to provide a space for fresh approaches and perspectives in the understanding of media. We encourage graduate, undergraduate, and doctoral students in all media-related fields to use this online forum to test ideas, creatively solve communication problems, and engage in rigorous conceptual analysis of media. Each themed issue is devoted to a deeper examination of a pressing question or problem through experimental, documentary, artistic, narrative, and written forms of expression.

While Immediacy publishes only innovative and high quality student work, it is not, as of now, a peer-reviewed journal. Immediacy is edited by Media Studies faculty member, Sumita Chakravarty, and a small team of graduate students.

FORMAT GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS

Video: Please upload to video hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo) and send us the link to the project.
Photography: JPEG, GIF, PNG.
Digital Audio: MP3 or WAV format.
Scholarly Essay: Limit 1,000 words, not including ‘Works Cited.’
Web-based Project: please send us the URL

Also requested, a 50-word bio and a headshot for the Contributors page.

Note: The Immediacy website is under reconstruction. It will be available online in January 2017.

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