Renaud, a colleague at UQAM, send us a call for paper this morning. It’s from Continuum – the Journal of Media & Cultural Studies and it is obviously relevant for us (future readings!!!)!
Issue 26(5) October 2012 Wising Up: revising mobile media in an age of smart phones Editors: Larissa Hjorth, RMIT University; Jerry Watkins, Swinburne University; Ilpo Koskinen, Aalto University This issue of Continuum explores the impact of smartphones on individuals, families, communities and organisations. A smartphone is a mobile phone which uses 3G and/or WiFi networks to connect to internet-based applications and services. Popular operating systems include Android, Blackberry OS, OS X iPhone, and Windows Mobile. Online, the smartphone can function as a social media portal, a games console, a navigation device and an app platform. It can connect users to services including banking, e-commerce and health. Offline, the smartphone can function as an entertainment deck, a multimedia capture and editing device, and a mobile office. Traversing the online and offline seamlessly, the smartphone represents a new generation in ubiquity and Web 2.0 practices. The ubiquity, usability and processing power of the smartphone can stimulate a range of innovative interactions and experiences for consumers, businesses and content providers. Whilst global sales of mobile phones are in decline, smartphone sales are growing. A corresponding growth in mobile data is attributed to video traffic from smartphones. Content shares such as YouTube and social networks such as Twitter are experiencing increases in content uploads from smartphones. We are interested in papers from a range of disciplinary approaches which critically examine the current and future contribution of smartphone devices and related applications, portals and networks. We are also interested in papers which discuss the wider socioeconomic, sociocultural or sociotechnical policies that are impacted by, and shaping, smartphone practice. Contributions should be consistent with the journal's overall focus on media and cultural studies. Papers could be related - but not limited - to the following questions: * What is the impact of cultural context upon smartphone usage? What part do lifestyle practices play in smartphone adoption? * How, if at all, do smartphones help to mobilise people in times of disaster or political unrest? * How do smartphones and context-aware services change the experience of place and co-presence? What do they contribute to everyday modes of communication conducted on the run? * What types of media literacy and creativity are emerging through smartphone practices? * How can smartphones be applied to developing economies and regional and rural environments? Are smartphones just a device for developed countries? * What types of ideological and image-making processes are going on behind the iPhone versus Android competition? * Is a policy focus on fibre-based broadband network provision appropriate given the capabilities of smartphones? What policy and regulatory challenges and opportunities do smartphones present? * Will smartphones facilitate alternative modes of communication, or will network tariffs, premium content prices, Managed Device Platforms or other barriers to participation mean that they remain 'too smart by half' for those without sufficient digital literacy or economic means? Timing, length, style Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words and a brief bio by May 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org Articles will be due by October 2011. They will be evaluated by the editorial committee and anonymously by external referees. The maximum length is around 6000 words. About the journal Continuum is an academic journal of media and cultural studies. For over two decades it has contributed to the formation of these disciplines by identifying new areas for investigation and developing new agendas for enquiry in the fields. The journal has consistently provided a space for important new voices in media and cultural studies, while also featuring the work of internationally renowned scholars. Continuum is now one of the most highly regarded and most cited journals in media and cultural studies. The journal is of central importance to all scholars involved in the research and teaching of media and cultural studies. It provides vital information and ideas for thinking about the formations of media in culture and the culture of media. Continuum is edited from Australia, with an international scope. It is affiliated with the Cultural Studies Association of Australia. More information is available at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10304312.asp