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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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