UnMediated is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for its inaugural issue, to appear in print and online in early summer 2017. Abstracts and subsequent essays should be theoretically substantial but accessible, with a view to engaging a broad spectrum of readership. Submissions are sought in particular from those in communication and media studies, political science, information and computer sciences, and visual and performing arts; additionally, submissions are welcome both from independent researchers and those with a current institutional affiliation.
Whether through written word or visual narrative, submissions to the inaugural issue of UnMediated should explore the notion of communication on the margins. This thematic necessarily rests on the belief that changes in the social and material environment at once influence and are influenced by divergent communications practices. From the mediation of mass migration to the challenges of data-driven infrastructure development, this issue will examine how practices of communication intersect with and augment the structural dimensions of daily political life among marginalized people, locales, and movements. Possible topics might include, but are by no means limited to:
- The journalistic gaze: intellectual copyright and (self)representation of marginalized peoples
- Tomorrow’s harvest: digital exclusion and the age of data-driven infrastructure and design
- Abstention, refusal, and the (im)permanence of digital memory
- Visualization, interactivity, and the aestheticization of political literacy
- Political consequences of crowdfunding, upvoting, and the will of the majority
A wide range of methodologies and perspectives are invited, contributing to a collection of textual and photographic essays which consider the imprint of communications practices across a broad terrain. As a general rule, pitches and abstracts should be limited to between 200-300 words.
- Long-form articles may be up to 2,500 words in length, and will introduce a new perspective, ongoing project, or novel finding which rests at the intersection of politics and communication.
- Polemics may be up to 1,500 words in length, and will aim to upend established thinking on a given topic. Submissions should aim to strike a balance between constructive commentary and agitation.
- Reviews may be up to 1,500 words in length and will critically examine a piece of recent time-based media (e.g. documentary film, multimedia installation, or public performance) or publication (e.g. refereed articles, academic publications, fiction, or interactive media).
- Interviews may be up to 1,500 words in length and will engage a key decision-maker in extended dialogue. Submissions should aim for concision over exhaustiveness.
- Photo essays and visual narratives will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but space constraints dictate that accepted submissions are not likely to exceed 6 stand-alone images. Submissions which exploit the interplay of words and images are particularly encouraged.
Submission deadline for pitches and abstracts: March 15, 2018
Kindly submit by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org