CALL FOR PAPERS: Power, the State, and the Social Media Network
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Power, the State, and the Social Media Network.
St. Antony's International Review, a peer-reviewed journal of international affairs based at the University of Oxford, seeks abstracts and submissions for a special issue concerning the relationship between political power and control, the state, and the use of social media networks.
The call for papers reads as follows (contact information is also listed below):
Billions of people around the globe now use online and mobile social media networks as their primary source for political and social communication, discussion, and education; they are quickly becoming a facet of everyday life. From the Arab Spring uprisings and the London riots to the “blackout protests” against US internet legislation, it is apparent that social media networks are also impacting our state and our political and juridical structures in new and profound ways. They present the possibility of transcending territorial borders and circumventing and overcoming local political powers and authorities; they are, perhaps, beyond all state and social control.
St Antony’s International Review (STAIR) is a peer-reviewed journal based at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. We invite academics, policymakers, and other specialists from all disciplines to examine the rapidly proliferating interdependence and interconnection between social media, power, and the state. We seek to publish theoretically informed discussions that explore the new ways that these networks can determine and affect how citizens and groups interact with their state, and in turn, how their state must act towards them. Authors may wish to reflect on the following issues:
␣ Communication: Does social media facilitate free speech and liberal rights, or does it allow for easy surveillance or co-option by other forms of power? Is it an egalitarian way to collaborate for political action, or does it limit expression and communication to specific groups with particular technologies? Is it a new solution to collective action problems, or is it all just a digital hype that will soon fade away?
␣ Control: Can (or should) the state regulate political content of social media sites? Should the state have the right to shut down social media networks during moments of domestic instability or threat? With billions of users, has a site such as Facebook become more powerful than many states?
␣ Power: Does social media violate the sovereignty of states that are opposed to its presence? Can social media be weaponized? Does social media promote any type of political agenda for particular groups or states? Is it a purveyor of new social and political norms, or a lazy form of activism that generates false hope in followers?
␣ The State: Do social media networks represent a new transnational medium of communication that transcends borders, economies, and societies? Are we witnessing the creation of a global political consciousness? Or, is it just hot air?
The Review welcomes abstracts of up to 500 words in length. In addition, we seek to publish book reviews of works that relate to this theme.
Please send abstracts and review proposals to the editors of this issue:
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