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CfP on Mobile Digital Practices: Situating People, Things an Data.
As the fifth issue of Digital Culture & Society, we are inviting
contributions to the sections stated below.

Deadline for abstracts is Feb 19, 2017.

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Mobile Digital Practices: Situating People, Things and Data
Edited by: Anna Lisa Ramella, Asko Lehmuskallio, Tristan Thielmann and
Pablo Abend

The fifth issue of Digital Culture & Society will address particular,
situated forms of movement of people, things and data through the lens of
practices. Practice-based approaches have concomitantly become pivotal for
describing how people, things and data are interrelated in what can be
called digital practices. While discussions surrounding the “practice turn”
(Schatzki et al. 2006) in social theory have found their way into other
disciplines including media studies, it has yet to be clearly identified
how practices can be deciphered in terms of scale and order (Swidler 2010)
and how the specifics of digital practices can be best spelled out (Couldry
2012). A number of scholars in media and anthropology have worked towards
describing the various settings of “what people do with media” (Couldry
2004) in terms of media practices (Bräuchler/Postill 2010). Almost
simultaneously, a mobilities turn has been identified, framing subjects of
the social sciences through the lens of movement and networks (Sheller/Urry
2006). We aim to apply these approaches to a mobile digital realm; hence,
we invite to discuss how particularly digital practices can be described,
framed and researched and how they produce and are produced by the mobility
of people, data and devices (Morley 2011).

We invite theoretical and/or empirical contributions discussing digital
practices and the relationship of humans, things and data from a situated
perspective: whether as phenomena to be studied in and of themselves, or as
part of innovative research designs. Disciplinary approaches may be rooted
in (digital) media and cultural studies, media or digital anthropology,
among other social sciences. Interdisciplinary contributions, such as those
from science and technology studies or the digital humanities, are
particularly encouraged.

Paper proposals may relate to, but are not limited to, the following
questions concerning mobile digital practices. When submitting an abstract,
authors should make explicit to which of the following categories they
would like to submit their paper:

Field Research and Case Studies (full paper: max. 8.000 wordsWe invite
articles that discuss empirical findings from studies that approach the
relationships between humans and data. These may include practices of
circulating or collecting data as well processes of production and
evaluation. Studies may also trace the flow of data by paying attention to
the practices involved, or follow the practices to gain insight into the
movement of data.
Methodological Reflection (full paper: max. 8.000 words)
We invite contributions that reflect on the methodologies employed when
researching mobile digital practices. These may include, for example, the
specificities of ethnographic fieldwork in online/offline environments;
challenges and opportunities faced when qualitatively researching
quantifiable data and vice versa; approaches using mixed methods;
discussions of mobile and circulative methods; and reflections of
experimental forms of research.
Conceptual/Theoretical Reflection (full paper: max. 8.000 words)We
encourage contributions that reflect on the conceptual and/or theoretical
dimension of mobile digital practices, and discuss or question how the
digital can be defined, what it can describe, and how it can be
differentiated. We also invite articles that interrogate terms such as
digital or practice and call for alternatives in the conceptualization of
data and “what people do” with it.
Entering the Field (2.000-3.000 words; experimental formats welcome)
This experimental section presents initial and ongoing empirical work in
digital media studies. The editors have created this section to provide a
platform for researchers who would like to initiate a discussion concerning
their emerging (yet perhaps incomplete) research material and plans as well
as methodological insights.

Deadlines and contact information

Expressions of interest/Initial abstracts (max. 300 words) and short
biographical note (max. 100 words) are due on: Feb 19, 2017.
Authors will be notified by Feb 26, 2017, whether they are invited to
submit a full paper.
Full papers are due on: May 1, 2017.
Notifications to authors of referee decisions: July 1, 2017
Final versions due: August 1, 2017
Please send your abstract and short biographical note to Anna Lisa Ramella:
ramella[at] <
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