[Air-L] CfP: ICTs and the Structural Transformation of the Private Sphere
charles.ess at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 02:04:31 PST 2012
Dear AoIRists - sent on behalf of our colleagues Fortunati and Bakardjieva -
Call for papers:
Special Issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies
ICTs and the Structural Transformation of the Private Sphere
Edited by Maria Bakardjieva and Leopoldina Fortunati
The European Journal of Cultural Studies has expressed interest in
publishing a special issue on the above topic. We invite scholars who
conduct research in the area of new media in the private sphere and are
interested in the questions we pose in our proposal to contribute
original papers. Our goal is to have international diversity of
contributions and hence experiences, sensitivities and conceptual
perspectives. All submitted papers will undergo double-blind peer review.
The deadline for submission of the completed papers is July 1, 2012.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Feel free to send us your
papers whenever you have them completed.
Maria Bakardjieva (bakardji at ucalgary.ca)and Leopoldina Fortunati
(fortunati.deluca at tin.it)
ICTs and the Structural Transformation of the Private Sphere
The objective of this special issue is to pick up the examination of ICTs
in private spaces where domestication theory and research left off
(Silverstone et al., 1992, Silverstone, 1994, Berker et al, 2006). The
domestication perspective has enabled researchers to account for the
active role of users in making sense of and appropriating new
communication devices. The next step, in our view, is to ask what happens
to the domesticators once the domesticated technologies have become
deeply and intimately incorporated and inscribed into the spaces and
rhythms of their daily lives. Do activities, relationships and roles in
the household remain fundamentally the same, or may be some cultural and
even civilizational changes take hold? Does the private sphere retain
its basic structure, or does it undergo a significant re-configuration?
Our main interest in this issue, then, would be to explore the
transformations occurring in the private sphere as a result of the
widespread use of ICTs. Sociological theory has considered the private
sphere as typically exemplified by home life and family relationships as
well as the very notions of the private that members of a culture share
such as the proverbial bubble of personal space and the fuzzy, but
nontheless persistent set of experiences individuals consider exclusively
their own. Communication research, for its part, has shown how different
media have systematically punctured and eroded the already porous
boundary delineating the private sphere: from the startling ring of the
telephone and the ensuing moral panic at the realization that any
stranger could potentially disrupt the peace and quiet of the home to the
intricate reconfiguration of the family?s routines and its members?
relationships with the outside world that television brought about. The
current generation of ITCs has carried that erosion further to the extent
that the very idea of the private sphere has become problematic and
almost untenable. The honoured abode of private life, the home, has been
penetrated by gadgets and practices that decimate its introvert and
intimate activities. At the same time fragments and instances of private
life have broken out of the fragile boundaries of the home and have
profusely populated the public world with the assistance of mobile
devices. But if this is so, then how are some of the essential and
defining functions of the private sphere being reconfigured and
outsourced in the new media age? How, where and by whom is intimacy
established as a central humanizing condition? How, where and by whom is
the emotional nurturing of the human being and its moral education
performed? How are human bodies and identities created and reproduced, if
the primordial role of the family and the order of home space are being
Thus, the structural transformation of the private sphere poses also the
question of the division of domestic labor and the personal and social
position of women. Feminist research has already demonstrated that the
appropriation and practices of use of ICTs have become a terrain of
feminine initiative, creativity and social change. What has the influx of
ICTs meant for women?s traditional responsibilities and the material and
immaterial work they do in the household? Have women been able to
appropriate new media technologies in ways consistent with their current
role as mothers and ?handlers? of extended family networks? Or have they
been swept away by the flood of new voices, enticements and imperatives
channeled by ICTs? Have women been able to use ICTs for re-negotiating of
their traditional roles and changing them? Have ICTs created ?more work
for mother? (Cowan, 1983) and, if so, what kind of work is it?
The private sphere, it can be argued, has been challenged by the market
and, more broadly, by the economic system, on the one hand, and the
public and semi-public world, on the other. It has been effectively taken
over by interactions of commercial, ideological and sociable nature to
the extent that its defining rituals ? the family dinner, the morning
?goodbye? kiss, the Sunday outing or game ? have been washed away by
diversions that have drawn family members apart into their own individual
enclaves of interest and sociability. Furthermore, the primary and most
characteristic mode of communication among family members ? the immediate
face-to-face and body-to-body encounter ? has been eclipsed by mediated
exchanges such as the e-mail message or Skype call from one bedroom to
another, or the texted announcement of coming back late tonight. The key
function of the private sphere in reproducing and nurturing human bodies
has been even more undervalued in a culture where disembodied activities
and interactions have become the venerable norm.
The economic system, for its part, has not stopped at radio jingles and
television ads, but has brought the shopping mall into the heart of the
living room and has injected commercial appeal into the most personal
pursuits and intimate friendly interactions. It has reached for the place
of the ultimate moral and cultural authority that shapes identity. Even
more profoundly, it has devised techniques for extracting economic value
from the affective labour of ICT users carried out within private spaces
and times in an unprecedented volume and intensity (Terranova, 2004).
This special issue will cast light on these developments through
theoretically informed empirical studies that will cover a broad spectrum
of issues and experiences related to the transformation of the private
sphere across a variety of national contexts. We are hoping to be able to
put together a diverse and yet conceptually consistent collection of
contributions that trace the structural transformation of the private
sphere in rich empirical detail and imaginatively consider its social and
Berker, T., Hartmann, M., Punie, Y. & Ward, K., eds., (2006).
Domestication of media and technology. Maidenhead and New York: Open
University Press, pp. 80-102.
Cowan, R. (1983) More work for mother: The ironies of household
technology from the open hearth to the microwave. New York: Basic Books.
Silverstone, R. (1994) Television and everyday life. London and New York:
Silverstone, R.; Hirsch, E., and Morley, D. (1992) Information and
communication technologies and the moral economy of the household. In
Silverstone and Eric Hirsch (eds), Consuming technologies: media and
information in domestic spaces (pp. 15?31). London: Routledge.
Terranova, T. 2004. Network culture: Politics for the information age.
London, Ann Arbor, MI: Pluto Press.
Format of mss: Each manuscript should contain:
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of the article.
Articles in journals: Chen, K.H. (1996) 'Not Yet the Postcolonial Era',
Cultural Studies 10(1): 37&BAD:ndash;70.
Articles in books: Morris, M. (1988) The Pirate's Fiancée: Feminism
Reading Postmodernism. London: Verso.
Articles in edited books: Schudson, M. (1991) 'The Sociology of News
Production Revisited', in J. Curran and M. Gurevitch (eds) Mass Media and
Society, pp. 141&BAD:ndash;59. London: Arnold.
Unpublished articles: Van Zoonen, L. (1996) 'One of the Girls? Or the
Incipient Feminization of Journalism?', keynote address to the Norwegian
Research Council, Oslo.
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