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Digital Culture & Society is a refereed, international journal, fostering discussion about the ways in which digital technologies, platforms and applications reconfigure daily lives and practices. It offers a forum for critical analysis and inquiries into digital media theory. The newly established journal provides a publication environment for interdisciplinary research approaches, contemporary theory developments and methodological innovation in digital media studies. It invites reflection on how culture unfolds through the use of digital technology, and how it conversely influences the development of digital technology itself.
The journal is a research platform for those who are interested in the interdisciplinary field of digital media studies. It involves topics such as New Materialism, Gamification, Surveillance and Privacy, Big Data, Sensory Ethnography, Quantified Self, Extimacy, and Digital Cartography. This however, is a non-exhaustive list, and new topics will continuously supplement these themes due to the dynamic of the research field. The journal’s goal is to create a cross-disciplinary repository on the interconnection between research fields such as media studies, cultural studies, science and technology studies, sociology, gender studies, anthropology, game studies, media/art history and information science.
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The journal addresses an international audience and will involve authors from diverse disciplinary and national backgrounds. Being based in Europe, it aims at encouraging dialogue referring to European perspectives on digital media theory and research. A peer review procedure ensures the quality of publications. The editors likewise wish to foster an inclusive publication policy, with particular regard to the inclusion of non-native English speakers. In cases where the reviewers are convinced of a paper’s academic quality, but raise concerns related to its style or grammar, language editing may be provided. Digital Culture & Society is published as electronic and printed journal by transcript Verlag. This international publishing house is based in Germany and focuses on interdisciplinary research in media studies, cultural studies and media/art history. (Learn more: www.transcript-publishing.com).
The Journal Digital Culture & Society welcomes contributions addressing the relevance of interventional approaches, such as research by design and media archaeology, or input related to material culture studies, actor-network theory, critical code studies and software studies.
Digital Culture & Society seeks contributions that display a clear, inspiring engagement with current debates in theory and/or methodological issues. Emphasizing the relevance of new practices and technology appropriation for theory as well as methodology debates, the journal also encourages empirical investigations.
The journal’s structure reflects the editors’ aim to spark and incorporate the discourse on digital media practices, theory, history and methodologies. Each issue consists of 3 main sections:
Submission procedureThe current Call for Papers is available here: http://digicults.org/callforpapers/
Initial submissions should be abstracts only. The editors invite contributions which react to the topic/s suggested in the respective call for papers. Early stage research might be suggested for the section “Entering the Field.” It should show a relation to the CfP, although the main argument may be less developed than in the case of the papers for section 1. The editors will select abstracts; and authors will then receive an invitation for the submission of a full paper. Authors who are invited to submit a full paper will receive further information on the journal’s guidelines (citation, formatting, etc.). The full papers will be peer-reviewed and the authors will receive the feedback of the reviewers for a final revision of their paper. The publisher will provide final editing.
Submission guidelinesThe initial abstracts should be 300 words in length. Authors are asked to submit a short biographical note indicating their institutional affiliation. Invited full paper submissions should be 6.000-8.000 words in length for the main section. Submissions to “Entering the Field” should be no longer than 2.500 words.
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