Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Intermediaries and interventions

Listening to a range of perspectives and interests, thinking again about angels and halos...

"The question of whether angels have gender is the most fundamental problem of contemporary societies: who will act as intermediary, and how will this person act?"

Michel Serres, in conversation with Mary Zournazi, Hope: New Philosophies for Change

See also: Hari Kunzru interviews Michel Serres

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Call For Papers: Wireless Technologies, Mobile Practices

Canadian Journal of Communication
Special Issue on: Wireless Technologies, Mobile Practices

Mobile wireless devices such as handheld pdas, cellular telephones, and portable computers are part of a changing landscape of communications and culture. In the last decade alone, for instance, the use of cell phones has increased fourfold in Canada signaling a remarkable shift in the telecommunications industry, the convergence of a number of technologies onto a single platform, and new ways of conducting person-to-person communication and creating community. In addition to these devices, Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, WANS, and GPS comprise integrated segments of the new infrastructure of the so-called wireless world as well as an emergent vocabulary for citizens and consumers. The Canadian Journal of Communication invites submissions, in English or in French, for a forthcoming special issue on mobile communications and wireless technologies. We are interested in innovative, critical approaches that decipher a range of mobile technologies and practices in wireless contexts. Possible themes include:

- Everyday uses: sharing our lives via the mobile (text, voice, video)
- Civic engagement, activism and mobile technologies
- Wireless services and emergency communication
- Privacy, surveillance and mobile phones
- Community Wireless Networks
- Policy: CRTC regulations and spectrum policy
- Mobility, Labour: new conditions of work
- Shifting notions of space, place and time in a mobile world
- Rhetoric and discourses on mobility and wireless worlds
- Art, design and mobile technologies
- Mobile genres and cellular convergence
- Global and international perspectives on mobile technologies

Full-length papers (@ 7000-9000 words) should be submitted electronically following the guidelines laid out on the CJC submissions website. Make sure to write in all caps "MOBILE" in the Comments to the Editor field, and to include it on the cover page of your article as well. Do not include your name on the cover page.

Deadline for papers is Sept. 1, 2007 Oct. 1, 2007. Papers selected by the editors will then be sent for peer review for final decision.

Comments and queries can be sent to one of the special issue editors:

Dr. Barbara Crow, York University, bacrow@sympatico.ca
Dr. Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University, kim.sawchuk@sympatico.ca
Dr. Richard Smith, Simon Fraser University, smith@sfu.ca

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