[Air-L] CFP: The Mobile Media Reader

noah.arceneaux at sdsu.edu noah.arceneaux at sdsu.edu
Wed Oct 6 15:12:34 PDT 2010

Call For Submissions: The Mobile Media Reader 

Editors: Noah Arceneaux (San Diego State University) and Anandam Kavoori 
(University of Georgia) 
Peter Lang Publishing 

We are currently seeking contributions for The Mobile Media Reader, an 
anthology to be published by Peter Lang in 2012. This project began as an 
update of The Cell Phone Reader, a 2006 anthology of critical studies of various 
aspects of mobile communication. Given the dramatic and ongoing technological 
changes associated with mobile devices, we have now decided to compile an 
entirely new set of essays. 

The hype and hyperbole associated with mobile media recall the utopian hopes 
described by Carey and Quirk in their classic essay “The Mythos of the Electronic 
Revolution.” Portable, hand-held devices, originally designed for voice 
communication, are now promoted as the latest technological device necessary 
to live a complete, 21st century, middle-class life. Meanwhile, all of the 
established media industries, including television, film, music, and print, seek to 
reach consumers through mobile devices, altering their products and economic 
models in order to do so. In light of these developments, this anthology seeks 
historical studies and culturally informed critiques of different forms of mobile 
media. We are especially interested in essays that reveal earlier precedents for 
this current phenomenon, or works that reveal how business models and 
theories developed in the past should be re-evaluated for mobile audiences. 

The following list indicates the range of potential topics. 
-	Location-based advertising 
-	Privacy and surveillance concerns related to mobile devices 
-	Government efforts to restrict mobile communication 
-	New forms of television, designed for mobile devices 
-	Ringtones as a new musical genre 
-	History of hand-held video games 
-	Cultural reception of the Walkman 
-	Politics of spectrum allocation 
-	Innovative uses of mobile communication by ethnic/racial/cultural groups 

Those interested in contributing should send an abstract (500 word max.) to 
Noah Arceneaux by October 22, 2010: 
noah.arceneaux at sdsu.edu 

Provisional Timeline: 
Abstracts accepted until October 22, 2010. 
Contributors notified by November 26, 2010. 
First drafts (6,500 words, Chicago Style) due May 16, 2011. 

Noah Arceneaux 
Assistant Professor of Media Studies 
San Diego State University 

Noah Arceneaux
Assistant Professor of Media Studies
San Diego State University

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