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Anirban K Baishya <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 9 Jul 2018 14:28:51 -0500
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Hello All,
I am currently editing an issue of Spectator, University of Southern California, Cinema and Media Studies Division's journal ( The issue is titled "Small Media and Everyday Life: Digital Media Beyond Big Data".
Please find the CFP pasted below:

Call for Papers/ Small Media and Everyday Life: Digital Media Beyond Big Data (Spectator Volume 38.2, Fall 2019)

Contemporary discussions on digital media and its effects often tend to focus on “big data” as the primary locus of conversation. Such discussions tend to range from the uncritical embracement of the possibilities of big data in areas such as the advertising and entertainment industries, to doomsday scenarios of surveillance and privacy risks under the increasing interconnections between corporate and state structures. This focus on big data structures often tends to overlook the numerous smaller changes that have taken place in social and communication practices with the advent of digital media. Such changes involve the emergence of “smaller” media forms that integrate themselves into practices of everyday life through routinized usage and habit. One caveat here: “smaller” media is not a judgment on the scale of the media, or their structural complexity, but rather serves as a pointer to the forms of their adoption and adaptations that elude the “big” sweep of corporate and state structures. While such media may indeed be produced by corporations and conglomerations, they may be used in unintended and even subversive ways by their target audiences.

This issue of Spectator dedicates itself to such forms of adaptations, repurposing and habit that run counter to the utilitarian motivations behind the production and distribution of media forms. How have digital media affected our contemporary conversation styles, both online and offline? In what ways has the integration of network communication devices in everyday life changed our experience of urban spaces? How have online shopping portals and apps changed our practices as consumers? What is the impact of new media on contemporary forms of religiosity and faith-practices? What changes in film and televisual media consumption have taken place with the emergence of both legal streaming options, and underground access through torrent-sites and illegal streaming? This issue is also interested in works that look media practices beyond the West, especially those that diverge from seemingly “normative” uses of media through re-assemblage and tactical usage. Works that interrogate digital media forms through an integration of theory and practice are also encouraged.

Deadline for Submission: November 27, 2018
Spectator is a biannual publication and submissions that address the above topics in the following areas are now invited for submission. Possible topics include, but need not be limited to:

Social media, cellphones and conversation style
Navigation Apps and everyday life in the city
“Binge watching” and the new spectator/cinephile.
Dating Apps and digital intimacy
Sexting, Camsites and digital-smut
Digital Media and the organization of protests
Social media and virtual communities
Habit, routine and the new-media ecology
Digital Media, Space and Temporality
Surveillance and self-tracking practices
Digital technology and health
Smart technology, domesticity and the “connected home”
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Manuscripts to be considered for publication should be sent to:

Anirban K. Baishya, Issue Editor

The Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies

School of Cinematic Arts, Room 320

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

Email: [log in to unmask]

Submissions should be e-mailed directly to the issue editor. Manuscripts should include the title of the contribution and the name(s) of authors. As well as the postal address, e-mail address, and phone numbers for author who will work with the editor on any revisions. All pages should be numbered consecutively. Contributions should not be more than 5,000 words. Please include a brief abstract for publicity. Authors should also include a brief biographic entry.

Articles submitted to the Spectator should not be under consideration by any other journal.

Book Reviews may vary in length from 300 to 1,000 words. Please include title of book, retail price and ISBN at the beginning of the review.

Forum or Additional Section contributions can include works on new archival or research facilities or methods as well as other relevant works related to the field.

Electronic Submissions and Formatting. Authors should send copies of their work via e-mail as electronic attachments. Please keep backup files. Files should be Microsoft Word in PC or Mac format, depending on the editor's preference. Endnotes should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Upon acceptance, a format guideline will be forwarded to all contributors as to image and text requirements.


Anirban Baishya
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Division of Cinema and Media Studies
School of Cinematic Arts
University of Southern California

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