[Air-L] CFP - Continuum Special Edition: "Mediated Youth Cultures"

Brady Robards brady.robards at gmail.com
Sat Apr 3 23:20:34 PDT 2010

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Call for Papers: "Mediated Youth Cultures"
A special issue of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies  
(ISSN: 1030-4312)

Abstracts due May 14

Guest Editors: Andy Bennett & Brady Robards (Griffith University,  

Conventionally speaking, the study of youth cultures and their  
associated practices has been focused around the notion of the youth  
cultural group as a locally situated, physical entity. In recent  
years, however, research has pointed to the impact of digital media  
technologies on young people, their cultural practices and forms of  
interaction. In particular, it has been noted how more recently  
introduced communication technologies, notably the internet and the  
mobile phone, have opened up new, often ‘virtual’ spheres of  
interaction between young people. This in turn begs new questions  
about the nature of youth culture in the early 21st century. This  
special edition of Continuum will consider the impact of new  
communication technologies on youth culture and the way the latter  
have altered and enhanced the forms of interaction underpinning youth  
cultural practice.

Papers are being sought in the following areas:
- Mediated youth identities
- Engagement with online social spaces (social network(ing) sites,  
online games and other virtual environments)
- Youth engagement with peer-to-peer file sharing
- ‘Trans-local’ youth cultural formations
- Access to sport and extreme sport (Roller Derby, breakdancing,  
martial-arts, etc.)
- Risk-taking behaviour (chemical cultures, piracy, etc.)

Abstracts (of approx. 200-300 words) should be submitted to b.robards at griffith.edu.au 
  no later than 14th May 2010. Authors are invited to contact Andy  
Bennett (a.bennett at griffith.edu.au) to discuss their approach in  
advance of submitting abstracts. Successful authors will be asked to  
submit a full paper, which will be subject to a blind refereeing  

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