Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture
Volume 7, Issue 3 (7.3), Fall 2016:
Chinese Media Histories, from the telegraph to the Internet.
- Gabriele BALBI, USI-Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland)
- Changfeng CHEN, Tsinghua University (China)
- Jing WU, Peking University (China)
Media history has largely focused on North American and single European countries’ media and, among them, especially on the history of broadcasting. This special issue aims to enlarge media history under two perspectives. Geographically, it aims to enlarge “classic” borders focusing on China and it would like to reconstruct the development, the role, and the controversies of Chinese media over time. Temporally, starting from the 19th century, this issue adopts a longue durée approach and, besides broadcasting, aims to integrate communication technologies such as printing press, telegraphy, telephony, photography, movie industry, digital media, and other media. This would help to enlarge classic media history into plural media histories and to bring attention to complex interrelationships between media and modernization process in China since the 19th century.
Articles for this special issue ‘Chinese Media History’ could, for example, address the following ideas:
- Which are the “constitutive choices” (Star 2004) that built Chinese media systems?
- Which was the impact of Western technologies and polices over the development of Chinese media system?
- How did new media technologies, institutions and practices influence the process of modernization in China’s social, cultural and political life?
- Which is the role of Chinese media history in the international media history? To what extent the history of Chinese media system differs from Western ones?
- How can history help in better understanding the media in China today?
Contributors can come from a wide range of disciplines: media and communication studies, telecommunications, political economy, political sciences, cultural studies, social history, geography of communication, and others. The three editors would like to collect papers broad in theoretical analysis and even informative in empirical case studies, in order to provide to European readership a comprehensive and maybe didactical issue on the development of the media in China in the last two centuries. Papers will be also selected with this scope in mind.
Submissions of no more than 7.000 words in length are to be original, scholarly manuscripts formatted according to Intellect House Style guidelines ( http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/MediaManager/File/Intellect%20style%20guide.pdf ).
Notes should appear as endnotes and cited works listed in alphabetical, then chronological, order in a separate ‘References’ section at the end of the article. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word .doc/.docx format ONLY and sent as e-mail attachments to the guest editors, at email@example.com
All inquiries should also be addressed to Professor Balbi at firstname.lastname@example.org
- abstracts of 250 words can be submitted until 15 December 2015
- accepted authors will have to submit the full papers by 15 April 2016
- the issue is scheduled for publication in Autumn 2016.
Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture 8.1: Archives of the Digital
Guest Editors: Hermann Rotermund, Wolfgang Hagen and Christian Herzog, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Digital media has initiated the transformation of archiving practices with implications for audio-visual archives, written archives and libraries. The substitution of finding aids, including paper cards, by databases is in most instances seen as beneficial and an advance. However, the digitization of archival holdings poses a lot of questions that have not yet been thoroughly discussed. The physical nature of the sources is no longer an obstacle to their universal accessibility. Is digitization thus leading to the disappearance of the emphatic notion of the archive, because digitized materials are becoming mere elements of the constantly growing and flowing mass of data in electronic circuits? Will digital techniques replace the archive as an institution? Do we have to envision archives without records and without a documentation strategy – and documentarists as hackers who build ad hoc collections from randomly commented links?
With regard to broadcast archives, it can be observed that the form and comprehensibility of metadata, access and usage regulations have not kept pace with digitization. How can this asynchrony be dissolved? How can the means of digital technology and the Internet be used to create comprehensible and accessible metadata? How can archives be connected – are there historical examples we could learn from?
Articles for this special issue, ‘Archives of the Digital’ could, for example, address ideas and visions for the reconfiguration of archives, or the epistemology of the archive (and its notions), treat exemplary case studies of (interdisciplinary) practices for the interpretation of archival content, or elaborate on the impact of digitization for scholars working in the archives/with archival holdings.
Submissions of 6000–8000 words in length are to be original, scholarly manuscripts formatted according to Intellect House Style guidelines (http:// www.intellectbooks.co.uk/MediaManager/File/Intellect%20style%20guide.pdf)
Notes should appear as endnotes and cited works listed in alphabetical, then chronological, order in a separate ‘References’ section at the end of the article. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word .doc/.docx format ONLY and sent as e-mail attachments to the guest editors, at email@example.com. All inquiries should also be addressed to Professor Rotermund at firstname.lastname@example.org or by dialling +49 (152) 3458 4860.
The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2016, and the issue is scheduled for publication in Spring 2017.