Call for Papers: International Journal of Cultural Studies

Migration, Digital Media and Emotion

Guest edited by Donya Alinejad and Sandra Ponzanesi

In contexts of migration and transnational mobility, spheres of lived sociality have long spanned borders and nation-state territories. More recently, however, the use of mobile digital devices has become ubiquitous within many forms of migratory mobility, especially when they come paired with the latest iteration of Web 2.0, or “the social web.” Yet these developments in media technologies not only allow for information exchange but also foster a globally mediatized emotional exchange, which leads to new interactions between media, migration, and emotion. As the use of these devices and platforms penetrates the most intimate relationships and exchanges shaped by transnational distances and mobility, we are reminded anew of how migration has always been shaped by more than rational, economic considerations. Continue reading here.

International Journal of Cultural Studies is a fully peer-reviewed journal and a leading venue for scholarship committed to rethinking cultural practices, processes, texts and infrastructures beyond traditional national frameworks and regional biases. Established to revitalize cultural studies against the dangers of parochialism and intellectual ossification, the journal interrogates what culture means, and what culture does, across global and local scales of power and action, diverse technologies and forms of mediation…


  • 15 February 2019
    Proposals of 500-750 words should include an abstract and a short description explaining whether/how previous or current research relates to the special issue theme. Please also include a short bio of 250 words including name, affiliation, and contact details.
  • Notification of acceptance/selection: 31 March, 2019
  • Deadline for full papers: 31 August, 2019

Please send submissions to and We look forward to receiving your submissions. For more information read here.

Conference: The Audience Turn in Journalism Studies

22 January 2019  –  25 January 2019
KNAW – Trippenhuis
By invitation only | More information or questions: audienceturn[at]

During this Academy colloquium, international academics will highlight the links and contrasts in their research findings relating to digital and other news use and practices. They will also formulate challenges for the study of this rapidly evolving research area.

This Academy colloquium is intended to extend our knowledge of the impact of the digitisation of journalism on news use practices and the way in which public commitment is shaped. An innovative aspect is that the colloquium is based on a user perspective rather than the maker perspective that is dominant in journalism studies.

The colloquium is an attempt to understand how digitisation and the increasingly participative character of journalism is shaping the way in which people respond to news and how a social connection is being created by news. This urgently requires new theories, concepts and research methods in which the user is central.


Professor Irene Costera Meijer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Professor Marcel Broersma (University of Groningen)

Book: Images of Dutchness – by Sarah Dellmann

Images of Dutchness
Popular Visual Culture, Early Cinema and the Emergence of a National Cliché, 1800-1914

Why do early films present the Netherlands as a country full of canals and windmills, where people wear traditional costumes and wooden shoes, while industries and modern urban life are all but absent? Images of Dutchness investigates the roots of this visual repertoire from diverse sources, ranging from magazines to tourist brochures, from anthropological treatises to advertising trade cards, stereoscopic photographs, picture postcards, magic lantern slide sets and films of early cinema. Through the combined analysis of words and images, the author identifies not only what has been considered “typically Dutch” in the long nineteenth century, but also provides new insights into the logic and emergence of national clichés in the Western world.

Sarah Dellmann worked as researcher and lecturer at Utrecht University, University of Groningen and Amsterdam University College, the Netherlands.

This publication is part of  Framing Film, a book series dedicated to theoretical and analytical studies in restoration, collection, archival, and exhibition practices in line with the existing archive of the Eye Filmmuseum.

Masterclass with Prof. José van Dijck at KNIR

Social Media and Political Governance: Rome, Italy, Europe

Date: 25 March – 1 April 2019 
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2019

The emergence of social media over the past fifteen years has had a notable impact on the daily lives of European citizens. Particularly in the field of politics and city governance, the surge of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have changed the communication and media landscape. This masterclass will address 1) the impact of social media on political communication in Italy and 2) its impact on local governance and citizen engagement. We will focus on Italy and Rome as highly interesting battle fields of mediated politics and governance in a volatile European environment.

First, social media have changed the way politicians communicate with and relate to their constituencies not only during election campaigns, but continuously. Politicians and political movements from both the Five Star movement and Lega Nord have invested heavily in online communication with their electorate. Through Facebook and Twitter, they align and confront citizens to win over public opinion. Second, social media have transformed the way city governments engage with citizens; local governments have started to encourage the use of social media platforms to help improve democracy, promote transparency and citizen’s knowledge of the political process and their engagement.

However, the ubiquitous implementation of social media platforms in political communication and local governance is not without problems. Over the past two years, critical studies have shown that social media can help promote and manipulate particular viewpoints, processes, and outcomes. European discussions over social media as promotors of populism, hate speech, and fake news have prompted academics in various fields (from political science, media studies, communication theory, governance studies) to reflect on the dynamics underpinning social media platforms and their effects on media institutions and democratic processes. We will be looking into the local, national and supra-national (European, global) dimensions of this wicked problem.

Prof. dr José van Dijck (UU), drs. Andrea Vreede (Rome), dr. Pepijn Corduwener (UU).

5 ECTS, assigned upon completion of the final essay.

Active contribution to discussions, and a final essay, to be submitted within one month after the stay in Rome.

Course language

The masterclass is open to a maximum of 15 selected participants from all relevant disciplines (particularly political sciences, governance studies as well as media studies) at (R)MA or PhD-level, as well as to early career academics. Prospective participants from all over the world may present their candidature.

Fees and Bursaries
Selected participants from KNIR partner universities (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, Universiteit Leiden, Universiteit Utrecht, Radboud Universiteit, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) will receive full KNIR bursaries, comprising all expenses related to the masterclass (tuition, lodging in Rome, conference fees, etc.). Additionally they receive a €100,- reimbursement of their expenses for travelling to Rome after submission of their final essay. Personal expenses, including meals, are not included.

Selected participants from other institutions need to cover their own expenses, but will be housed at the KNIR at a reduced rate of € 200,- for the duration of the Masterclass.

Applications are welcome until 15 January 2019. Notice on acceptance will follow before 1 February 2019. Candidates can apply by filling out the application form via the link below, submitting a motivation letter, a recent CV and an updated overview of study results.

Facilities in Rome
All participants will be housed at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome’s Villa Borghese Park. From there, it is only a short walk to the historical centre of Rome. The KNIR accommodation consists of shared bedrooms and bathrooms, and includes a living and dining space, a large kitchen, washing machine and wireless internet. All residents have 24/7 access to the library and gardens of the Royal Netherlands Institute.

More info
Phone: (+39)063269621

The study load is the equivalent of 5 ECTS (140 hours) and comprises eight days of study in Rome. Each student should arrange with his/her university whether the course can be part of the existing curriculum. Upon successful completion of the course, the KNIR will provide a certificate mentioning the study load and evaluation tools.

To apply: visit KNIR-website

CfP Soapbox: Journal for Cultural Analysis

Call for Papers: 1.2 ‘Off the Grid’

Grids govern our landscapes and cityscapes, our paintings and grocery lists, our maps and our borders, both walled and imaginary. They get us our energy and water, they fuel our online social lives, and structure the ways we perceive and move through space. On the one hand, the grid is a representational mode, one of rendering the world under a Euclidean regime of points, lines, and areas. On the other, it is the material infrastructure of utilities, transit routes and architecture. In an increasingly networked control society, data, numbers, and figures are in a constant feedback loop with material reality. Across this material-physical and the cultural-technical – between instantiations of the grid as artistic practice and as the “stuff you can kick” (Lisa Parks 2015) – we find a mess of politics and ideology, corporate and common interest.

For this issue, we encourage thinking ‘Off the Grid’ – calling for papers that envision and/or enact within, outside, through or against systems of perception, matter, energy and space. Papers might explore perspectives against logics that distribute power across concepts and cables, design and tarmac, techniques and technologies. This might mean engaging with what Shannon Mattern calls the “ether and ore” of contemporary urban and rural societies (2017), or it could involve tracing (dis)order in less concrete structures of visuality, spatiality and discourse. Is there a connection between a landscape gridded with pipelines and by modern scientific cartography? Or perhaps a shared logic between a grid of fiber-optics and the data societies it facilitates? To what extent is the grid by its very operation an instrument of national or corporate power – or can it be appropriated for the commons?

Ultimately, going ‘Off the Grid’ might be considered a romantic, futile gesture; a slantwise shift across preordained perspectives; an impossible step outside ideology; or an urgent tactic of resistance. If Western modernity and the grid go hand in hand – as suggested by Rosalind Krauss’ account of modern art’s gravitation towards “flattened, geometricized, ordered” forms (1985) – then what would it mean to challenge, repurpose or reject it? Does the concept still help us to understand the world, or limit expression within it?

For the second issue of Soapbox, a graduate peer-reviewed journal for cultural analysis, we invite young researchers to submit abstracts that critically engage with notions of the ‘Grid’. We encourage submissions that are directed towards, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Modes of resistance or alternatives to the grid as mode of organisation
  • The grid as (or as alternative to) network, assemblage, empire and/or entanglement
  • Grids at the intersection of cultural geography and cultural analysis
  • Infrastructure: infrastructural crises and failures, the edge of infrastructure
  • (De)centralised power: the energy commons, democracy and climate crisis
  • Cityscapes, urban ecologies and planning
  • The rural as ‘off the grid’, against the grid, or as a grid
  • Living off the grid: alternative lifestyles and escapism; survivalism and wilderness
  • Grids in modern and contemporary art, architecture and design
  • Visual (dis)order and film: quadrants, grids and golden ratios in mise-en-scène
  • Grids in and as gaming; ‘NPCs’, ‘normies’ and meme culture
  • Data, networks and digital traces

Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) to by December 1. The full papers (3000-5000 words) are due February 15. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Soapbox also welcomes texts on any topic, all year-round – send full drafts of 4,000-6,000 words to

Also consider contributing to our website, where a variety of styles and formats is encouraged, including short-form essays, reviews, experimental writing and multimedia. Please get in touch to pitch new ideas or existing projects for us to feature there.

More information: visit website