[Air-L] CFP Transformation of Citizenship and Governance in Asia

Judith Schossboeck Judith.Schossboeck at donau-uni.ac.at
Wed Jan 23 02:23:29 PST 2013

Especially for people in Asia!

Call for Papers (Special Issue)
Transformation of Citizenship and Governance in Asia: The Challenges of
Social and Mobile Media
Guest Editors: Marko M. Skoric (Nanyang Technological University,
Singapore), Nojin Kwak (University of Michigan, USA), Ines Mergel
(Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University),
and Peter Parycek (Danube University Krems, Austria)
The proliferation of social media and mobile phones over the last
decade has spurred significant interest in their civic and political
implications not only within the scholarly community, but also among
journalists, practitioners, activists, policy-makers, and ordinary
citizens. While the role of new media platforms in facilitating
macro-level political changes has generally attracted most attention,
these new communication tools are also actively utilized in more
traditional civic and political processes, including community
initiatives and electoral campaigns. Also important is people’s everyday
use of new technologies, which research has uncovered as providing an
opportunity to encounter public affairs news and discourse, enhance
understanding of issues, and get involved in civic and political
activities. Further to this, social and mobile media platforms have
created new channels and means for citizens to interact with governments
and other political institutions, monitor their functioning, and more
actively participate in policy-making processes. There is little doubt
that the emerging social and mobile media practices, including content
generation, collaboration, and network organization, are changing our
understanding of governance and politics.
While the above changes are already widely debated in mature, developed
Western democracies, there is an even greater need to address them in
the context of rapidly developing Asian societies. Although countries in
Asia vary greatly in terms of the levels of economic and political
development, quality of information and communication infrastructure, as
well as their cultural, political and religious traditions, the arrival
of networked new media platforms has lead to some similar
socio-political shifts. Those include an increasing diversity of voices
in the public sphere, greater visibility of political discourse,
increased demands for transparency and accountability, and a
significantly improved capacity for decentralized civic and political
This special issue is aimed at showcasing innovative scholarly works
examining various subjects concerning the role of social media, mobile
phones, and other new technologies in the formation of democratic
citizenship and good governance in Asia. We seek studies that address
relevant topics in a particular Asian country, and also welcome
comparative research on Asian countries or Asian and non-Asian
The authors are encouraged to explore diverse topics, and possible
areas include (but are not limited to):
Use of social media, mobile phones, and other new communication
technologies in elections
Use of social and mobile media by civic and grassroots groups
Influence of new media on citizen choices, participation, and
Patterns of new media use and civic and political consequences
Social media to engage citizens; smart & mobile democracy 
Political elites’ use of social and mobile media
Sustainability of e-participation 
Networks vs. traditional party-structures 
ICTs and their use for governmental transformation
Open data initiatives 
Transparency, participation and collaboration in government 
Crowdsourcing for governance
Service delivery via new communication channels 

Submission Guidelines 
Articles submitted for consideration must be written in English.
Length of paper: 7,500-12,000 words, including footnotes.
Please download the template and relevant guidelines at
Journal Info: http://www.jedem.org
http://www.jedem.org/announcement/view/9 - Announcement
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 31.3.2013
Deadline for peer review: 15.5.2013
Editorial decision: 30.5.2013
Author’s revision: 30.6.2013
If you have questions regarding the process please contact
judith.schossboeck at donau-uni.ac.at (Managing Editor)

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