Call for Papers | Journal of Media Innovation: Special Issue and Workshop on Media Innovation and Social Change

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The Centre for Research on Media Innovations at the University of Oslo invites researchers to submit articles related to the area of Media Innovation and Social Change. Submissions will be peer reviewed and considered for publication in a special issue on this topic in the open-access Journal of Media Innovation. As part of the publication process, authors of accepted papers will be invited to participate in a workshop at the Department of Media and Communication, at the University of Oslo on 18-19 January, 2019. The workshop will focus on a collaborative review of accepted papers with the intention of developing them for publication in the special issue.

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Key dates:
22 November 2018: Submissions of extended abstracts/draft papers (from 1500 to 6000 words)
30 November 2018: Notification of acceptance/rejection
18-19 January 2019: Workshop
1 May 2019: Submission of full and revised papers
1 November 2019: Publication of Special Issue (Online first available)

Research in the field of media innovations focus on understanding change as it relates to new players in the media landscape, new roles of media users, new business models and new media formats (cf. Storsul and Krumsvik, 2013). To date, studies of media innovations have primarily explored media innovations that occur within established media organizations and institutions, but not significantly explored the perspective of societal change. However, media innovations do have consequences for social processes, with particular regard to participation, empowerment and democracy. To date, the social implications of media innovations remain significantly under-researched. This Special Issue aims to address this research gap. We invite a range of theoretical and empirical research.

Published research articles will explore the relationship between media innovation and social change by focusing on topics such as: Media innovation and activism; Minority, marginalized or disadvantaged communities; User empowerment and user participation in Media Innovation; Media innovation and ethical dilemmas (including business ethical dilemmas); Media innovation and social movements; Media innovations that are initiated either wholly or partly outside of traditional media organizations; Media innovations and technological infrastructure for social change; and, governance and policy issues.

   Keynote speaker:
The workshop will include a keynote lecture from Professor Christopher Csíkszentmihályi  – ERA CHAIR, Scientific Director, and Member of Faculty at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute. Christopher works with Civic Media, Sociotechnical Systems, Robotics and Media Activism.

Stefania Milan, Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and Associate Professor (II) of Media Innovation at the University of Oslo and Niamh Ni Bhroin; Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.