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Jennifer Hessler <[log in to unmask]>
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*CFP: Media Fields JournalIssue 10: Digital DistributionSubmission
Deadline: October 24, 2014*

In the past few years, media studies scholars such as Alisa Perren, Stuart
Cunningham, and Ramon Lobato, have persuasively made the case for the
importance of studying distribution. No longer considered simply the “space
between production and consumption,” distribution has quickly become a site
of study in and of itself. In its myriad forms, distribution serves as the
construction of difference, as the instantiation of hierarchies, and, as
Sean Cubitt puts it, “the material ground of cultural dominance and
political power.” Therefore, the study of distribution increasingly becomes
a key locus from which to start our investigations into the cultural,
political, and social ramifications of media.

Alongside this newfound attention to distribution, scholars have also begun
to trace the rise and proliferation of digital technologies. Over a decade
after the coining of the term Web 2.0, and fifteen years after the launch
of Napster, the number of platforms and formats for the digital circulation
of media has skyrocketed and, consequently, their ensuing communities have
multiplied. Contemporary media studies has turned its attention not only to
digital technologies themselves but also to the new media ecosystems
emerging from these technologies.

By considering these two intertwined, burgeoning trends in media studies
scholarship, this issue of Media Fields Journal will explore how the
theorization and practice of distribution transforms in light of the
digital. If distribution is the movement of things—information,
commodities, values, etc.—through space, the digital has now complicated
what each of these aspects constitutes. The types of things that can be
distributed across media have changed; the ways these things move are
different; even the space through which they move has shifted. Furthermore,
what phenomena, technologies, and practices fall under the purview of
distribution have become more varied and disparate.

For the Digital Distribution issue, Media Fields Journal seeks submissions
that address questions about the role of distribution—as a practice, as a
space, or as a process—in light of the digital. What are these new
technologies and platforms, and how do they alter our relationships to
media content? How have relations of power between producers and consumers
been restructured? How is geographical space itself reconfigured or
reimagined? How is the exchange of values and affects facilitated by
digital networks? How has the digital changed the very metaphors used to
discuss distribution, such as pipes, conduits, channels, networks, flow,
etc.? In turn, how do these metaphors shape our projects and our theories
of distribution?

We invite submission that engage with the interconnections between
distribution, the digital, and space in relation to topics such as:

Geoblocking, International Censorship, Reformatting, Global Internet
Penetration and Platform Availability, Satellite and Cable Infrastructure,
Geographical Case Studies

*Informal Distribution Practices:*
Piracy Practices and Networks, Do-It-Yourself Distribution, Cyber
Underworlds and the “Darknet”

*Social Space:*
Online Fan Practices, Social Networking, Social Apps

*Regulation and Policy:*
Cloud Governance, Net Neutrality, Spectrum Management, Privacy Rights,
Regulating E-Waste

*Digital Platforms and Evolving Business Practices:*
Connected Viewing and Mobile Media, Content Flow and Windowing, Web TV, TV
Everywhere, Format Theory, Digital Radio and Podcasting, Platform
Interfaces and Design, Audience Segmentation and Metadata

Essay submissions are typically 1500-2500 words. We encourage submissions
from any disciplinary approach relevant to media distribution. Scholarly or
critical contributions in atypical formats are welcome. Along with your
submission, please include a 50-word biographical statement in the body of
your email or as a separate attachment. Email submissions or inquiries to
Issue Editors Jennifer Hessler and Juan Llamas-Rodriguez at
[log in to unmask] The deadline for submission is *October
24, 2014*.

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