Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture (Volume 8, Issue 3 - Fall 2017)
Societies in Flux: Media, Democratisation, and Political Socialization

Guest Editors: Nael Jebril (Bournemouth University), Matthew Loveless (Center for Research and Social Progress), and Jamie Matthews (Bournemouth University)

Call for Papers (also attached)

Issue 8.3 of Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture (Fall 2017) seeks to compile an empirically-based understanding of the role of media in countries in transition as it relates to individuals’ political attitudes, values, and behaviour.

There is a corpus of work across several disciplines such as political science, mass and political communication, anthropology, and sociology on political socialisation. However, they have not coalesced into an understanding – much less a theoretical body of knowledge - of individual political socialization via traditional and new media in periods of national change.

One reason for this is the depth of each of these fields given that the wide swath of potential media (i.e.: television news, electoral campaigns, social media, public radio, inter alia) and potentially related political outcomes (personal efficacy, voting, political knowledge, etc.) interact in a variety of contexts. In particular, the context of democratization shifts the (theoretical) ground under the feet of existing theories by blurring the distinction between private and public media, motivations for individuals’ media consumption, and the debut of the new technologies of social media in a world dominated by traditional print and broadcast media theories. Thus, the assumptions underpinning well-established theories of the West find little firm ground.

Media scholars must confront the troublesome reality that elements of both democracy and authoritarianism coexist in countries in transition. In this context, the simple and normative assumption of a positive relationship between changes in the quantity and quality of information sources (and the expansion of freedom of expression) and successful democratic socialization can be misleading. Investigations into media effects (at the individual level) may find the formation and change of individuals’ attitudes a more fertile area of research as well as one that is more closely related to democratisation theory.

This requires a break away from deductive approaches. We should stop thinking about the media in terms of static, traditional models which are inadequate for explaining the dynamic processes of democratisation. We may well need more inductive research that is theory-generating rather than theory-testing. Put slightly differently, there is a need to enhance our knowledge about the dynamics of media audiences in transitional contexts. Studies need to enhance our understanding of how information-seeking behaviour and/or preferences for political information consumption are affected by rapid changes to political and information environments and how audiences make sense of complex media transformations that accompany political transitions. This may require integrating theories of non-mechanical media effects and democratisation in order to shed light on the relationship between individuals’ media behaviour and choices and the subsequent take-up of democratic values following regime changes. Therefore, meaningful research will likely explore media use, contextualise analyses that are conducted at various levels (cross-nationally or ideally with times series/panel data), and be open - if not responsive - to the grey areas of inductive feedback that are likely in countries and societies in transition.


We seek empirical and theoretical answers to the following questions:

1.  How does regime change affect audience’s reliance on and perceptions of news media?

2. How do individuals’ media consumption change during democratic transitions? What do they consume and to what political effect?

3. What are the most likely political outcomes for individuals – i.e. values and attitudes - to be affected by media during transition?

4.  What is the role of international media in fomenting, encouraging, or catalysing public support for democratization?

5. Are there individual-level differences in media choice consumption and/or effects across democratizing, transitioning, or post-authoritarian contexts?

6. To what extent and how do the internet and social media influence the role of traditional media in democratization?

7. Ultimately, to what extent does the success of democratic political socialization require – genuinely require – a free media? Is there empirical support for the necessity of free media – the new marketplace of ideas - in the normative theory of democratization?

8. How effective are the internet and social media in influencing the development of individuals’ democratic attitudes, values, and behaviour?

Further details on the general state of research on media and change for democracy can be found at:


Submission guidelines

Prospective authors should submit an abstract not exceeding 250 words directly by email to:

Nael Jebril ( and Matthew Loveless  ( by 23 September 2016.

Please include your name, affiliation and contact details in all correspondence.

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and authors will be notified about the outcome of the review by

7 October 2016.

A selection of authors will be invited to submit a full paper (from 6000 to 8000 words) due on 15 January 2017.

Full paper submissions are to be original, scholarly manuscripts that follow the journal’s submission guidelines


-formatted according to Intellect House Style guidelines 

-sent in Microsoft Word .doc/.docx format ONLY as e-mail attachments to and

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and the issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2017 (November).

Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture is published by Intellect and is online at,id=165/

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Call for Papers - Book 2.0 6.1&2

The autumn issue of the peer-reviewed journal Book 2.0 will be focusing on all aspects of poetry.  We already have articles promised on the continuing popularity of the sonnet, the republication marking the 50th anniversary of J H Prynne’s The White Stones, the contrasting histories of surrealism in British and American poetry, and a ‘conversation’ of pieces on how best to support and encourage student poets, but we would still welcome further contributions.

If you would like to contribute an article or a review, please send a brief outline to Mick Gowar, principal editor, at  
The final deadline for finished articles will be Wednesday, 28 September. 

Download the CfP here.
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Drama Therapy Review receives North American Drama Therapy Association Research Award

Drama Therapy Review has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the North American Drama Therapy Association Research Award. The NADTA Research Award is given to members of NADTA in recognition of significant contributions to the field through research demonstrating the efficacy of drama therapy. The editorial team consisting of Nisha Sajnani, Christine Mayor, and Meredith Dean share this award with contributing authors, their advisory board, and the production team at Intellect. 

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CFP: Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies

This is a call for papers for an international conference on Innovations and Tensions: Italian Cinema and Media in a Global World, hosted at The American University of Rome, 9th-10th June 2017.

Possible submission topics include:

Italian cinema and international co-productions

LGBTQ cinema

Borderlands and the changing geographies of liminal spaces

Diasporic and accented filmmakers / filmmaking

For more information please click here





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Smart Cities Week, 27th-29th September Washington D.C

Developed by the Smart Cities Council, the recognized leader in smart cities education, Smart Cities Week® is North America's premier smart city conference and exhibition focused on holistic, integrated approaches to smart cities that save money while improving results.

The event highlights best practices breaking down barriers to progress and instilling a culture of collaboration — cross-cutting solutions that public officials can use to improve livability, workability and sustainability in their communities. 

You will see, hear and experience showcase demonstrations of the next wave of innovative, integrated technologies that are helping cities save money, build more robust economies and enhance citizens lives.

Smart Cities Week® is your opportunity to learn about, see and be inspired by the smart technologies that are already working in cities just like yours. The event will give you knowledge, insight and proven ideas that you can put to work right away.

Smart Cities Week® will focus on three key themes:

 Connectivity: Improving connections with citizens as well as between key stakeholders

 Climate: Combining technology and innovation to make cities more sustainable and resilient

 Compassion: Using digital technology to reduce suffering and improve the lives of all citizens


Join government and industry thought leaders in Washington, D.C. on September 27-29, 2016 for the second annual Smart Cities Week®

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Special Issue: Film, Fashion & Consumption 4.2&3
#Marilyneveryday: The persistence of Marilyn Monroe as a cultural icon

Intellect is delighted to announce the new special issue of Film, Fashion & Consumption 4.2&3, on #Marilyneveryday: The persistence of Marilyn Monroe as a cultural icon guest edited by Lucy Bolton will be available soon! This issue includes interviews with the British Film Institute and the National Portrait Gallery on Curating Marilyn.

Articles inluded in this issue are: Trashing Marilyn: Reflections of a metabiographer by Sarah Churchwell, Marilyn and her female audiences: Consumption,transgression, emulation by Pamela Church Gibson and Ghostlythreads: Painting Marilyn Monroe's white dress by Cathy Lomax. 

This issue includes exclusive interviews with the BFI and National Portrait Gallery. 

More information here

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Journal of Arts Writing by Students 2.1

Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of JAWS 2.1 is now available to purchase.

Articles included in this issue are: Feminist Aesthetics: Representing women in contemporary Chinese art by Su yang, 'That b**** ruined my catwalk': FEMEN, Fashion Week and the female perspective by Leah Dungay and An Architecture of resistance by Helen Brewer

More information on this journal can be found here 



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Dahlia Schweitzer: Reflections from New York's Film Forum Festival's screening of Office Killer

Cindy Sherman’s ‘Office Killer’ had a rare screening at New York’s Film Forum festival on Saturday 4th June. Dahlia Schweitzer, author of ‘Cindy Sherman’s Office Killer: Another Kind of Monster’ was at the festival to introduce the screening along with Cindy Sherman. Here are here reflections of the event:

Almost two decades ago, I saw a little movie called Office Killer. When I say “little,” I don’t mean that it lacked style or attitude or impact. When I say “little,” I mean that it only grossed $76,000. By no means should this paltry sum indicate empty theaters, Molly Ringwald and Carol Kane and Jeanne Tripplehorn performing for miniscule ticket sales. Rather, the movie had no chance to make money because Miramax bought it and buried it – and buried it has remained to this day.

Until last Saturday, June 4th , when New York’s Film Forum theater screened Office Killer as part of a festival of female-directed films. Office Killer does not just star a lot of women, it was directed by the influential American photographer Cindy Sherman, as well.

All of which is to explain why Cindy Sherman and I hosted last Saturday’s screening.Cindy, because she directed the movie, and I, because I wrote the book. Cindy Sherman’s Office Killer: Another Kind of Monster, as I mentioned in my introduction to the film, is not just the definitive book about the movie, it’s the only book on the movie.

For whatever reason (and I speculate, in the book, about why), Miramax buried the movie, and it stayed that way, ignored despite the tremendous volume of text devoted to Sherman’s photographs. The popular refrain (and I heard it, over and over, at the Forum) was, “I had no idea this movie existed.”

In our digital media saturated life, when Netflix offers countless options, matched only by the trifecta of Amazon, Hulu, and actual television, it is easy for things to get lost. Which is why it was so fantastic for me to watch Office Killer in glorious 35mm in a sold out screening last Saturday, to hear the squeals and laughs and applause for which Office Killer is long overdue. And which is why I’m delighted that the Broad’s museum latest show, “Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life,” includes the film, right alongside her photographs, where it belongs.

And there’s my book, in Broad gift shop, surrounded by all the books about her photographs, just as equally part of the conversation.

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Editor of Art & the Public Sphere, Mel Jordan, in conversation with the Royal College of Art

As a new pathway focusing on the Public Sphere launches as part of the School of Fine Art’s Contemporary Art Practice programme, Royal College of Art Blog talks to Dr Mel Jordan, Reader in Art and the Public Sphere at RCA and leader of the new Public Sphere MA pathway, which addresses the changing debates around public art and the public realm. Dr Jordan is the principal editor of Intellect's journal Art & the Public Sphere.

To read the interview 'Borders are for Crossing' follow this link:

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CFP: Special issue of The Soundtrack on ‘Sound and Music in Emerging Audiovisual Media’


At a time when technology routinely alters audiovisual media at the levels of production, distribution and reception, this theme issue of The Soundtrack will consider the impact of the digital landscape on the various relationships between sound, music and moving images. The issue aims to bring together scholars and practitioners with expertise in sound studies, digital media and music, in order to explore topics such as: tech-influenced developments in the music video, the emergence of the ‘visual album’ format, and sound quality on streaming platforms and in virtual reality and reworked media.

For example, how does the recent popularity of lip-syncing as entertainment fit with previous models of audiovisual synchronisation? Does this trend, which includes viral YouTube videos and the show /Lip Sync Battle/ (2015—), complicate previous scholarship on the relationship between the voice and the body on the soundtrack, such as Rick Altman’s (1980) analysis of ‘cinema as ventriloquism’? What is the sonic impact of the shift towards consuming moving image media on sites such as Netflix, and using laptops and portable devices? How have technological developments facilitated a new wave of music videos; such as Björk’s 360-degree virtual reality video for ‘Stonemilker’ (2015)? And why, in the words of Sony Interactive’s audio director, Garry Taylor, can badly implemented audio ‘seriously hinder people’s acceptance of their virtual reality’?

Reflecting on these changes, articles will ideally reassess the relevance of conclusions previously drawn about the links between sound, music and moving images, while using broader theories of technology and digital culture to develop modified approaches for analysing these links. Authors are welcome to generate their own research topic, although submissions which address the following subjects are particularly encouraged:


New trends in audiovisual synchronisation

New developments in the music video

The relationship between ‘visual albums’ and cinema

Sound and digital streaming

Sound and reworked media, such as audiovisual essays

Sound and virtual reality


*Submissions: *

Please send abstracts of 300-400 words and a short bio to guest editor,

Jennifer O’Meara, at>by August 10th 2016.


Expressions of interest and inquiries regarding potential topics are also welcome.

Full articles should be 6,000-8,000 words in length.


About The Soundtrack:,id=146/,id=146/


The Soundtrack is a peer-reviewed journal published by Intellect. Multi-disciplinary in nature, the journal brings together research in the area of music and sound in relation to film and other moving image media.

Publication timeline:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: August 10^th 2016

Applicants notified: August 24^th 2016

Full articles due: November 2016

Final articles due: April/May 2017

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