[Air-l] cfp: Mobile Phone Culture special issue

Gerard Goggin g.goggin at uq.edu.au
Sun Jul 3 22:24:46 PDT 2005

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Call for papers
special 'Mobile Phone Culture' issue of
Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies (20.3, 2006)
edited by Dr Gerard Goggin (g.goggin at uq.edu.au), Centre for Critical 
and Cultural Studies,
University of Queensland, Australia

In barely two decades since their commercial launch in the early 
1980s, mobile telecommunications have now outstripped their 
fixed-phone counterparts, being used by over a billion people 
worldwide. Mobile phones play an indispensable and distinctive role 
in contemporary societies, woven into the transformation of work, 
leisure, relationships, family, sexualities, glocalization, identity 
formation, embodiment, and fashion and implicated in class, race, 
gender, and disability relations. There is now widespread interest in 
mobile phones among media producers, policy makers, industry, user 
groups, artists, and educators. And a vibrant, interdisciplinary body 
of work on social aspects of mobiles is now also emerging.

Against this backdrop this special collection aims to focus attention 
on inquiry into mobile phone culture, and to promote systematic 
consideration of this important topic by cultural and media studies 

We welcome submissions on topics such as (but not restricted to):

* theories of mobile phone culture
* the relationship of mobile phone culture to general accounts of 
culture and media;
* mobile phone culture and the question of technology
* the domestication and cultural shaping of mobile in different 
countries, cultures, and regions;
* cross-cultural approaches to understanding mobile phone culture;
* the language of mobile phone culture;
* cultural representation of mobiles;
* case studies of use and consumption of mobile devices;
* mobiles and/in bodies;
* exploration of new cultural forms in mobiles (ringtones, text 
messaging, soap opera, short video and film, art, television)
* licit and illicit customising and modification of mobiles
* mobiles and cultural politics;
* mobiles and cultural policy;
* cultural histories of mobiles;
* new mobile technologies (such as camera and video phones, phones as 
audio devices, Blackberries and PDAs, third-generation and 
fourth-generation mobiles, mobile Internet) and identities;
* mobile commons
* the implications of mobiles for concepts and methods in cultural 
and media studies.

Deadline for abstracts is 31 August, 2005.
Deadline for final submission of full papers is 31 December 2005.

Potential contributors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with 
previous issues of the Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural 
Studies and to discuss their ideas with the special issue editor:

Dr Gerard Goggin
ARC Australian Research Fellow, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072 Qld Australia
e: g.goggin at uq.edu.au // www.cccs.uq.edu.au

'Continuum' is an academic journal of media and cultural studies. For 
over a decade it has contributed to the formation of these 
disciplines by identifying new areas for investigation and developing 
new agendas for enquiry in the fields. The journal has consistently 
provided a space for important new voices in media and cultural 
studies, while also featuring the work of internationally renowned 
scholars. Continuum  is now one of the most highly regarded and most 
cited journals in media and cultural studies. Continuum is edited 
from Australia, with an international scope. It is affiliated with 
the Cultural Studies Association of Australia. Information on 
Continuum and instructions for authors may be found at: 

Dr Gerard Goggin
ARC Australian Research Fellow
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072 Qld Australia
e: g.goggin at uq.edu.au   m: 0428 66 88 24
www.gerardgoggin.net// www.cccs.uq.edu.au

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