CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS — Special Issue: Culture, Technology and Globalization in the Information Age
Issue Editor: Shaheed Nick Mohammed, Pennsylvania State University at Altoona
Culture as lived experience and academic concept exists and evolves under the pressure of global trends in the modern information age. Outdated notions of culture as a set of parochial markers of identity lose their relevance in a world where identities are not only hybrid, but also fluid and (often deliberately) constructed from multiple competing influences. Technologies of the information age enable cultures to exist outside of the confines of geography, history and politics traditionally associated with cultural emergence and maintenance. These technologies foster transnational and diasporic communities, enabling traditional migrants to reconstruct the traditions of home wherever they may wander. At the same time, these technologies also enable non-traditional groups with members of diverse geographic and historic backgrounds to evolve into their own “cultures” that feature membership, participation, mythology and lore in evolving forms.
The Electronic Journal of Communication invites papers on the multiple intersections of Culture, Technology and Globalization in the Information Age for an upcoming special themed issue to be published in early 2013. Manuscripts may take a variety of empirical or theoretical perspectives; topics may include, but are not restricted to, the following areas:
* virtual diasporas,
* identity and technology,
* hybridity and group/identity construction,
* “culture” in the Information Age,
* ethnogenesis and imagined communities.
Regardless of the specific topic, special emphasis should be placed on fundamental social changes that arise from the increasingly important role of information technologies in defining and transforming human culture. For the full call, see here. Address all manuscripts and queries to Shaheed Nick Mohammed. Authors who would like to discuss paper ideas are encouraged to contact the editor.