Teknokultura. Journal of Digital Culture and Social Movements – Call for Papers

Teknokultura: Journal of Digital Culture and Social Movements is a peer reviewed online (Open Access) interdisciplinary journal published biannually, now managed by the research group Cibersomosaguas (Complutense University of Madrid). The journal is dedicated to publishing theoretical and empirical works on relations between society and technology with particular emphasis on the conditions, factors and cultural and political effects of technological changes (see previous issues).

Teknokultura: Journal of Digital Culture and Social Movements resists the assimilation of social studies of technology and cyberculture by currently hegemonic sectors of work and, therefore also resists the confinment of such studies only to groups that aim ​​for different modes of production and collectivization of cultural capital. As a hacklab, Teknokultura aims to join collective efforts in order to get deep into techno-social contentious issues, take side before them and encourage “augmented participation”.

Mission statement:
Recently, many theoretical approaches are seeking to analyze technological maturity under non apocalyptic or maximalist points of view. Avoiding technophobic paranoia as well as utopist naivety, we aim to understand techno-social interaction dynamics whether by means of specific case studies or covering wider processes. This has resulted in the fading of the myths and prophecies surrounding possible futures that should lead us either to cybernetic paradise or to the direst of all disasters.

Recent contributions are beginning to dismantle the more naïve or even self-complacent narratives concerning digital society, social networks and online politics and policy. At the same time, the most apocalyptic perspectives are questioned before the new creative possibilities enabled by technology.
Furthermore, we begin to perceive the scale and scope of the relation between technology and emotions, its mediation role in affective relationships and its relevance in the private sphere. The role that new technologies developed in certain areas or microcontexts is disrupting many traditional interpretative frameworks about the place that technology could or should occupy in our society.

The next edition of Teknokultura aims to enhance the maturity of social studies of technology that, beyond our fears and hopes, may give us a better understanding of the new social conditions. Therefore we call for papers focused either on macrosocial analysis concerning policy, politics and Digital Society characteristics; on microcontexts where subjectivities are searching new ways of expression; or even on how big processes are imbricated with personal development of new forms of techno-bio-politics. Thus, from any approach chosen, we seek after articles that converge in this complex as well as paradoxical vision of the Digital Society.


Therefore, concerning this next issue (vol.9, No. 1, June 2012) contributions are expected to address the following topics:

  • Hopes and disappointments. Unfulfilled expectations and self-destructed prophecies.
  • Social conditions and technological advances. Contrasts between technological progress, poverty and over-exploitation of natural resources.
  • Cyberfetishism and other myths of the new technologies.
  • Emotions and technological devices. Emotions and sensations in digital contexts. Technological mediation of affect.
  • Reinterpretation of privacy in relation to new balances of technobiopolitical power.
  • Digital Communities and social isolation: multidimensional relationships mediated by technology.
  • Digital Feminism: the reformulation of the “balances” of gender in the digital age.

Guidelines for presenters
Please use the guidelines on our website when preparing a proposal for presentation: http://teknokultura.net/index.php/tk/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions
Deadline: April 15, 2012
Publication date: June 30, 2012
Contact Us: tk@teknokultura.net

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