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Digital Media and Gaming Culture – NEPCA Hybrid Fall Conference 2024
deadline: 15.06.2024
category: Event
Northeast Popular/American Culture Association

The 2024 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) will host its annual conference this fall as a hybrid conference from Thursday, October 3 – Saturday, October 5. Virtual sessions will take place on Thursday evening and Friday morning via Zoom, and in-person sessions will take place on Friday evening and Saturday morning at Nichols College, Dudley, Massachusetts. Considering the significance of virtual technologies to our contemporary moment, presentations that grapple with the complexities of the digital in our daily lives, such as the use of artificial intelligence technologies, are particularly welcome. For this conference, think about the expansive potential of the concepts of “digital media” as well as “gaming culture”; we want to be able to represent a wide range of projects that fall within these categories. Presentations can consider digital media and gaming culture from a narrative, technological, or analytical perspective and are not limited to traditional papers. We encourage presentations that offer discussion of the applications of gaming; tutorials on digital media and/or gaming practices; and sessions that center gaming, as a practice, for the session itself. Non-digital gaming is also encouraged, as are experiments with gamification in the classroom. Finally, analyses of individual game titles or types are always welcome. Topics that might be covered include, but are not limited to: Analysis of particular game type(s) and/or title(s) through particular analytical lens(es) Discussion of gaming practices and/or digital media practices in daily life and/or education Practice-based reports on the implementation of digital media and/or gaming within one’s own work (art-making, social interaction, the workplace, education, etc.) Workshops on gamification of class activities and/or game-based learning Analysis of practices of play that happen within gaming and/or digital spaces We welcome those who have not previously presented at conferences, especially those new to this field. In your proposal, feel free to center your own experience as a player of games or participant in digital culture, as well as offer scholarly engagement with the material.

Beyond Play: The Transformative Power of Digital Gaming in a Deeply Mediatized Society
deadline: 15.06.2024
category: Event
Centre for Media , Communication and Information Research (Zentrum für Medien- , Kommunikations- und Informationsforschung; ZeMKI) , University of Bremen

Digital Games and gaming are carriers, accelerators and subjects of change in media culture and society. In this capacity they serve as an interlink between media industries, digital technologies, media cultures, and social practices, making them ideal cases to analyze contemporary transformation processes in the context of (deep) mediatization, digitalization, and datafication. This conference call hence builds on the premise that to understand the significance of digital games and gaming in a deeply mediatized society we need to look beyond play, i.e., the contents of games and the interaction with games alone. We call to go beyond reducing games to mere playing, examining their placement and connection within digital media environments as gamevironments to research how our communicative practices and their contexts transform through games, as well as how these games are reshaped through communicative practices. A perspective that goes beyond play indicates that researching games and gaming also allows for insights into the deepening of the mediatization and datafication of society.

Navigando nell’era Onlife: ripensare l’educazione in un mondo digitale/ Navigating the onlife era: rethinking education in a digital world.
deadline: 29.06.2024
category: Publication
keywords: onlife educazione education digitalization
Corpo , Società ed Educazione

The key themes of the call are: • The onlife paradigm: To explore the interconnected nature of our digital and physical lives, emphasising its impact on individual development and societal interactions. • Critical awareness in education: The objective is to address the challenge educational professionals face in developing critical awareness that is capable of understanding the intricate relationships between individuals, technology, and culture. • Modern educational practices: To investigate innovative approaches that can translate this understanding into modern educational practices, emphasising promoting existential balance. • Digital literacy and identity: The goal is to address the importance of using digital technologies to nurture a new sense of existence in younger generations while also striving to bridge the digital divide and promote equal access to education and opportunities. • Virtual body and identity: With the perspective of discussing the primary challenge faced by educational professionals in developing critical awareness of the intricate relationships between individuals, identity, real, and virtual body.

Special Issue Journal of Intercultural Communication Research on "Theorizing in Intercultural Communication: Past, Present, and Future"
deadline: 30.06.2024
category: Publication
Journal of Intercultural Communication Research

Over the last decades, the field of intercultural communication has been committed to promoting knowledge and understanding of intercultural, international, and cross-cultural communication research across many contexts. Scholars across disciplines, including (but not limited to) psychology, sociology, anthropology, and education, have developed theories to describe, explain, and predict how individuals, groups, and cultures communicate within and between one another. Recent socio-cultural, technological, and environmental developments have brought new changes and challenges regarding the use and application of such theories as guiding frameworks. As scholars, we have been adapting to embrace these new dimensions; therefore, we found it fitting to dedicate a special issue to current theorizing in our field. This special issue offers a platform to discuss theories that have shaped the field of intercultural communication and consider how they may need to be adapted to reflect our contemporary needs as scholars, educators, and practitioners. Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts that focus on the development of intercultural communication theorizing that contribute to our understanding of individual-level and societal level phenomena at the international, intercultural, or cross-cultural level. We encourage manuscripts from a wide range of scholarly areas and welcome all methodological approaches. Both empirical research reports and theoretical or conceptual essays are welcomed. In addition to our emphasis on methodological pluralism, we encourage submissions that reflect global, underrepresented, and/or marginalized experiences. Goals and Scope of the Issue We leave it up to contributors to identify what they see as key theories, in order to gather a wide range of perspectives on what is perceived as central theoretical developments in intercultural communication. Topics could include (but are not limited to) empirical inquiries or theoretical essays on (a) the development of intercultural communication as a flourishing area of inquiry; (b) the evolution and/or refinement of foundational theories in light of recent social, technological, and environmental changes; (c) the role of intercultural communication theorizing in applied settings (e.g., academic, organizational, health contexts); (d) the replication (and comparison) of previous studies in contemporary settings; or (e) the intersection of intercultural communication theorizing, power, and ideology as agents and catalysts for change. Specifically, we invite articles engaging with the following questions and areas of inquiry: • How have theories in intercultural communication contributed to delineating the conceptual and methodological scope of the discipline and positioned it within the global academic community? • How do key theories in intercultural communication resonate in today’s world and what revisions might be necessary to move these theories —and the field— forward? • How have key theories in intercultural communication been applied to empirical contexts and how can these findings contribute to current theorizing? • What theories in intercultural communication have remained at the periphery and at what costs? How can these marginalized forms of knowledge be reclaimed today and applied to clarify contemporary challenges? • What gaps can still be identified and addressed to reflect major contemporary technological, cultural, and social issues?

Digitalisation Research Seminar (DigiSem 2024) Digital Freedom - Autonomy, Wellbeing and Participation
deadline: 10.07.2024
category: Event
Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt) , Center for Advanced Internet Studies , Hans-Bredow-Institut , Weizenbaum Institute for Networked Society

We invite submissions addressing one of the three main topic-areas. In your abstracts, please also share your thoughts on one of the postulated statements, as we are encouraging an open discussion including participants’ own experiences and opinions. Topic 1: Autonomy How autonomous are we, or do we want to be, in dealing with data and technologies? What choices do individuals, companies and institutions have in the face of BigTech players? Is more security in the digital world bound to trade-off with individual freedom? Regarding freedom of research in particular – ff will artificial intelligence increase our freedom to use and leverage data, tools and networks? Or will their costs and access restrictions have an inhibiting effect on research or benefit only a small subset of researchers? Statement 1: The more autonomy the better. Statement 2: Digital autonomy fosters freedom of research. Topic 2: Wellbeing Do we have more freedom (e.g. for other activities, leisure time, empowerment) through digital solutions/AI in the world of work and private life – or less? How do we measure digital freedom in terms of wellbeing or happiness? Do we still have the choice to live an analogue/digital autonomous life? Statement 1: Digital freedom enhances our personal well-being. Statement 2: Digitalisation saves time. Topic 3: Participation Which means do we have to shape digital infrastructures through active participation? How can civil society’s role as active, self-determined power be supported in different political systems and market contexts? What impact does (a) restricted access to media and technologies have on democratic processes and opinion forming/building, either on a local or on an international scale? Is free access to digital space for everyone a goal that can and should be achieved? Statement 1: Digitalisation promotes democratisation. Statement 2: Participation should not require digital access. Format Accepted submissions will be presented orally (approx. 20 min slots including Q&A) within a session. Presentations will be followed by a joint discussion of the session participants focusing on the statements postulated above.

FROG – Future and Reality of Gaming 2024 “Gaming the Apocalypse” 18th Vienna Games Conference
deadline: 01.08.2024
category: Event and publication
Center for Applied Game Studies , University for Continuing Education Krems

The 18th Vienna Games Conference – FROG 2024 – is dedicated to connections between play & games, crisis and hope, and invites game scholars, creators, educators, students, activists and enthusiasts from around the globe to come together and reflect on the apocalypse through a lens of games & play. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: Games about the apocalypse: what fascinates us about doom, and how is the (post-)apocalypse “modeled” in games? What makes the end of the world such a fruitful premise for computer games and other media? Games for a sustainable future: in what ways can games help understand the problems we face today, and how can they assist us develop strategies to save it? Apocalyptic visions in games: how do games change the ways we think about our world and the threats to it? Is there something specific about the dystopian futures presented in computer games, and what can games help us see about the future (and what do they obscure?) that other media don’t? Gamers against doom: what are the skills games teach us that can help us face the future together? Are gamers better equipped to face the challenges of a world in crisis? And can gamification help to bring humankind together across ideological divides to avoid its downfall? Games in education for crisis awareness: How can game-based education approaches help to inform and educate about current or imminent crises? What potential do games have to simulate crisis scenarios and develop critical thinking? And how can they foster resilience, not only during times of crisis, but also against the disconcerting effects of (fake) news and conspiracy narratives that herald impending doom? Games for hope: what are the visions for a better future that games can promote? Can games instill hope differently than other media, and in what way? And how can we avoid that such hopes end up in mere escapism, but foster real life action instead?

Academic Publishing in Media and Communication Studies in the Digital Age:Overcoming Structural Barriers to Integrate Global South Scholarship
deadline: 01.08.2024
category: Publication
keywords: communication, online media, asymmetries, global communication, communication studies
NordMedia Network

The internationalization of research in the Media and Communication field holds immense potential, yet also faces numerous challenges when it comes to including scholars from the Global South. Against this background, emerging technologies and practices - such as digital media, online publishing, and non-profit open-access initiatives - are powerful tools for democratizing scholarly dissemination. Accordingly, such technologies offer the opportunity to overcome geographical barriers and connect with audiences worldwide, enabling scholars from peripheral and semi-peripheral countries to share their findings globally without being hindered by traditional gatekeepers that may favor Western-centric perspectives. Additionally, non-profit open access and open science initiatives promise to offer unrestricted access to research findings, breaking free from financial constraints that disproportionately affect scholars from resource-constrained regions. This special issue aims to expand our understanding of such phenomena and bring together contributions - especially cross-national comparison empirical studies - to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the internationalization of academic production and collaboration among countries in the South with or without partners from the Global North. We welcome manuscript submissions related (but not limited) to the following topics. Disparities in knowledge production and research dissemination among countries of the Global South and the Global North when it comes to Communication and Media studies. Inequities in access to academic resources, such as research funding, infrastructure, updated facilities, and technological resources, exploring their respective impact on research from the Global South. Structural barriers to the global circulation of knowledge, namely challenges to the international dissemination of findings by researchers, students, and academic publications in Communication. Challenges encountered by students and researchers from the Global South in pursuing academic mobility and establishing international collaboration opportunities. Obstacles and opportunities in Communication Studies for fostering a more equitable and inclusive educational environment that recognizes diverse perspectives worldwide. The roles of digital media/online publishing and non-profit open access in leveling the playing field of scholarship publishing for scholars from the Global South. Case studies highlighting successful dissemination of Global South scholarship, as well as difficulties faced by non-Global North publication outlets and academic associations. Critique of ideologically biased academic standards and procedures that disadvantage the Global South, unrelated to academic rigor and research integrity. Discrepancies in publishing opportunities and impacts among English and non-English speaking countries. Evaluation of policies and strategies aimed at reducing disparities in the internationalization of communication studies. Investigation of the role of international academic networks and collaboration in promoting equitable internationalization and knowledge exchange in communication studies. Exploration of intersectionality and power dynamics in internationalization efforts, influencing the participation and recognition of scholars from underrepresented backgrounds. Innovative solutions to level the playing field for scholars in the Global South and non-English speaking countries. Future directions of internationalization in communication studies, including potential shifts in paradigms, practices, and policies.

DFG Priority Program "Jewish Cultural Heritage"
deadline: 14.08.2024
category: Research grant / fellowship / scholarship
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

The priority program conducts interdisciplinary and multi-perspective research into the developments of both the social and cultural-political significance and the handling of Jewish cultural heritage in Europe and its global connections. The overarching goal of the program is the (re-)discursification of the cultural heritage of Jews with reference to Critical Heritage Studies. The latter show how the cultural heritage of the past is activated in the present and how it is socially constructed and linked to a range of social, economic, cultural and political processes. In the first phase of the program, desiderata in the scientific research, cultural-political representation and social use of Jewish heritage were identified and translated into questions on the basis of interdisciplinary research. The second phase focuses on empirically based and contemporary basic research, which shows potential for practical implementation through the development of concrete models and concepts for the vitality and sustainability of Jewish heritage. If, for example, Jewish cultural heritage, in its material and immaterial form, is integrated into the contemporary lifeworlds of Jews and non-Jews, the question arises as to whether and to what extent empirical research into those lifeworlds provides important insights into the contemporary, often transformed forms, echoes, provides meanings and contexts of Jewish heritage. How does knowledge of the social embedding of Jewish cultural heritage require concrete measures to preserve and pass on it? To what extent can empirically collected data on society's handling of Jewish heritage cause a reorientation of the discourse on cultural sustainability and ultimately lead to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals being reconsidered? Target group and methodological framework The priority program is aimed at scientists from all disciplines who deal with objects and concepts of contemporary Jewish cultural heritage in an interdisciplinary manner, with critical consideration of questions of cultural sustainability. The prerequisites for participation in the priority program are, in addition to the content orientation in the sense of the above-mentioned scientific objective - formally, the interdisciplinary structure of the individual projects as a tandem (involvement of at least two disciplines); - methodologically, the integration of social constructivist perspectives in the sense of critical heritage studies, which clearly go beyond purely affirmative and documentary approaches to Jewish cultural heritage; - and an empirical approach as a basis for developing transfer concepts between science and society. Participatory or dialogic integration is also desirable - Jewish actors and institutions in the sphere of influence of local and/or global cultural heritage policy; - citizen science approaches, for example at the interface between academic and practice-oriented areas of cultural heritage; or - Actors of cultural work at the levels of education, cultural mediation, cultural/minority policy, community work, museum practice, remembrance policy or civil protection. Against this background, the following can and should be critically questioned and reflected: - the multidimensional relationships between Jewish cultural heritage and society; - the heterogeneous publics of Jewish heritage, taking into account the current status of Jewish cultural heritage in contemporary Jewish living environments, which are largely determined by current social developments in the world; - Transformations of Jewish heritage in the present, or in a (well-founded) historical perspective. The project applications should therefore provide information about the project's internal understanding of transfer-oriented research and its theoretical premises, as well as the intended form of the application potential developed from the projects.

Interculture Journal Call for Papers for a Special Issue (May 2025)
deadline: 30.08.2024
category: Publication
keywords: Interculturality, Cultural Complexity, Cultural Differences, Relational Paradigm
Interculture Journal

Embracing a Relational Paradigm to Navigate Cultural Complexity. We invite scholars from diverse disciplines, including but not limited to cultural studies, communication studies, organizational theory, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy, to contribute conceptual contributions, empirical studies, interviews and reviews that explore a relational view on cultural complexity and its conceptual and practical implications. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: • Mapping the current developments and trends in intercultural communication under the lens of a relational paradigm • Overview of relational concepts in the field of intercultural communication (e.g. Bolten 2020, etc.) • Theoretical frameworks for understanding the creation of shared meaning and action • The role of relational processes in shaping culturally complex events and practices • Strategies for navigating cultural complexity in organizational contexts • Innovative approaches to cross-cultural communication, management and cooperation • Implications of cultural complexity for inter- and transcultural competence and training • The impact of globalization and digitalization on inter-, cross- and transcultural practices • Methodological approaches for studying relational aspects of cultural complexity • Teaching and learning concepts building on a relational view on cultural complexity Submissions should engage with contemporary debates and offer insights into the potentials of a relational paradigm for the fields of intercultural communication, multicultural teamwork or transcultural cooperation. 2024-12-31 Submission of papers 2025-03-31 Feedback based on peer-reviews 2025-05-31 Submission of revised papers 2025-09-30 Publication of the special issue Submission information In the scheduled issue, articles may be published in English, German, French, Spanish or Portuguese as well as in more than one of these languages. The editorial team is therefore accepting abstracts in these languages. Please e-mail abstracts no longer than 300 words to the co-editor Julika Baumann Montecinos, and reach out to her for inquiries or further information, too:

Funding Opportunities for Costa Rican-German Research Projects
deadline: 30.09.2024
category: Research grant / fellowship / scholarship

This initiative aims to bring together relevant and competitive researchers from Germany and Costa Rica to design and carry out jointly organised research projects of outstanding scientific quality. Funding within this initiative will be available for collaborative research projects consisting of researchers from Germany and Costa Rica. Within these research teams, each national funding organisation will generally only fund those project components that are carried out within its own country (DFG in Germany and CONARE in Costa Rica). The collaborative research projects should involve active communication and cooperation between the participating researchers. (...)