Rejecting both cyberutopian and cyberskeptic approaches UWP's latest title POLITICIZING DIGITAL SPACE published in the Critical Digital and Social Media series argues that online space is a function of people and how they use it, thus opening up possibilities for politicization while also creating pitfalls. Available to read and download now for free author Trevor Garrison Smith argues that politics in its proper sense can be distinguished from anti-politics by analysing the configuration of public space, subjectivity, participation, and conflict. Interpreting contemporary theories of the political in terms of the internet the author develops theoretical work by Arendt,Rancière,Žižek and Mouffe to present a clear and coherent view of how in theory, politics can be digitized and how the internet can be deployed in the service of truly democratic politics.
How the impact of collaborative production has played out in creative industries is the topic of the fourth UWP book title. COLLABORATIVE PRODUCTION IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES edited by James Graham of Middlesex University and Alessandro Gandini of Kings College, London picks up the baton from such titles as Production Studies, The Sequel and Be Creative by Angela McRobbie and a variety of other titles discussing digital labour. The book focuses on the sociotechnical and aesthetic dimensions of collaborative creative work that have been somewhat overlooked and was developed out of work instigated by the Promotional Cultures Research Cluster at the University of Middlesex, UK. It looks at particular examples in film, television, publishing, art and social media collection in order to further a critical understanding of the integral role collaboration plays in contemporary media and culture. The book - itself a collaborative production from scholars based in the UK, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong and France is available to read and download for free.
KNOWLEDGE IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL CAPITALISM will be the second title in the CDSMS series available from May 26th for download here and purchase in print At a preview book launch event held at the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies on Friday May the 26th, Dr Zukerfeld will discuss 'Capitalist Piracy? Creative Industries, "Free" Knowledge and Cognitive Exploitation. Drawing upon insights from his new book KNOWLEDGE IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL CAPITALISM: AN INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE MATERIALISM, Mariano Zukerfeld will discuss how the creative industries took off, how they were propelled by unremunerated knowledge, and how they continue to be so today. Conclusions are offered for discussion in respect to alternative approaches. The aim is to foster a fresh understanding of capitalist exploitation and of how the processes surrounding knowledge might inform future thought. Full details from WIAS
UWP's second title was recently published, a comparative set of studies exploring the topic of Naval Leadership in the period 1700-1850. Editors Richard Harding and Agustín Guimerá assembled scholars from France, Spain and the UK who collectively scrutinised the social characteristics and visions of respective naval leaders as a new understanding of the individual and society was taking hold across Europe. Amongst the topics covered are the reputation of Louis XV's Vice-Admirals, the effectiveness of the British Royal Navy in the eighteenth century and the French Navy during Revolution and Empire. Amongst the leaders specifically considered are Admiral Louis Guillouet, Comte d'Orvilliers, Le Bailli Pierre-André de Suffren ( a precursor of Nelson), Admiral Antonio Barceló, José de Mazarredo and John Jervis.
In March 2017 – it happened so quickly as a surprise – close to 18 months after our first publication the relaunch of Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, UWP's total views and downloads for our publications have surpassed 100,000. Now the total is soaring past 102,000 for our three publications and numerous further books and journal issues are scheduled for 2017.
UWP will release further information later this Spring about a range of new publications and the great response to them.
Much to debate during this quarter with many events assessing the state of scholarly communications. First up Press Manager Andrew Lockett delivered a presentation as part of Academic Book Week on the topic of 'Open Access and the Humanities: A Long Revolution?'. The event, a part of Publishers Association Digital Publishing forum, in association with UCL Information Studies and EDITEUR addressed the topic of Selling Digital Affordances to Scholars exploring how humanities researchers could be encouraged to move to open access. At Sussex University the focus shifted to Open Publishing more generally and where the dynamic and increasingly diverse range of scholarly publishing options is moving. Under the microscope at the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers event How to Build a Successful Open Access Books Programme thoughts presented from UWP were on the related the topic of 'The Micro-Press, the Publishing Network and Collaboration' on the 22nd of February.
Exciting times for WESTMINSTER PAPERS IN COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE as a new audio commentary issue on the topic of reshaping Media and Cultural Studies for a new era of is to be published in 2017 as January turns to February.
In the words of Dr Tarik Sabry in the edition's editorial:
'In an age of ongoing economic and political crisis, military conflict displacing millions of people and systems of governance and democracy in question, a reassessment of the questions posed by the disciplines of media and cultural studies is called for. Traditional paradigms for conceptualising the media are further challenged by shifts in the media environment resulting from the growth of digital and mobile media. This is a defining moment for the field and a time for reflection and re-evaluation.'
The contributors will be: Paddy Scannell, David Morley, Annabelle Sreberny, David Gauntlett, Paolo Gerbaudo, Anastasia Kavada, Jeremy Gilbert, Colin Sparks, Daya Thussu, Fernando Resende, Jaeoho Kang, Viola Milton, Wenshan Jia, Joanna Zylinska, Christian Fuchs and Kaarle Nordenstreng.
Further details are available from WPCC's home page.
The Press Manager of UWP Andrew Lockett will be joining colleagues from UCL Press and Manchester UP on a session tomorrow during Academic Book Week at a forum that examines a concern for humanities publishing SELLING DIGITAL AFFORDANCES TO SCHOLARS.
Presented under the auspices of the Publishers Association Digital Publishing Forums Publishers Association Digital Publishing forum, in association with UCL Information Studies and EDITEUR the event will take place at Roberts Building UCL's campus at Wednesday 25th January 4-5pm.
To book a free place on this seminar please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further details available here
Managing Disruptiveness as the New Norm - WPCC: 11: 1 (2016) is out and published.
Research articles on media and digital disruption cover industries and topics as diverse as: hybrid TV, German Newspapers, co-creation platforms, video games, business models and the long term future of Russian media. Other features treat trade book publishing and the prospects for media management research via an interview with Google Digital News Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute, University of Oxford. Dinara Tokbaeva guest edited.
Critical Digital and Social Media Studies is a new book series edited by Prof Christian Fuchs on behalf of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and published by the University of Westminster Press (UWP). We invite submissions of book proposals that fall into the scope of the series.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE Monday 30 January 2017 23:00 BST, per e-mail to Andrew Lockett (University of Westminster Press Manager), A.Lockett@westminster.ac.uk.
CALL DETAILS After the publication of the first title in the series we invite submission of book proposals (adhering to the guidelines set out below) accompanied by one full chapter for books in the range of 35,000-80,000 words. The books in the series are published online in an open access format available online without payment using a Creative Commons licence (CC-BY-NC-ND) and simultaneously as affordable paperbacks. We are able to publish a number of books in the call without any book processing charges thanks to generous support by the University of Westminster Library that covers these fees. Potential authors are welcome to contact the series editor outside of the initial time frame of this call for book proposals but should note that priority for funding support for suitable projects will be given to those proposals meeting the deadline. There is a preference for the submission of proposals for books whose writing can be finished and that can be submitted to UWP within the next 6-9 months.
Outside these time frames authors are welcome to submit to the publisher (email@example.com), but will be notified if funding has already been allocated and the prospective date for the next call for publication. Authors who have access to open access fee-funding (e.g. covered by research project funding, universities or other institutions) that can cover the fees for layout and production are welcome to contact the publisher outside of the submission dates, but should note selection is based only on grounds of quality and suitability for the series notwithstanding that the series wishes to welcome as many suitable titles as possible. We welcome submissions of a book outline proposal with (exactly one) sample chapter. We can only accept suggestions for books written in English. For further details see the Proposal Guidelines below or if you have questions about the publishing process email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRITICAL DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA STUDIES: AIMS AND SCOPE
The book series “Critical Digital and Social Media Studies” publishes books that critically study the role of the Internet, digital and social media in society and make critical interventions. Its publications analyse how power structures, digital capitalism, ideology, domination, social struggles shape and are shaped by digital and social media. They use and develop critical theories, are profoundly theoretical, and discuss the political relevance and implications of the studied topics. The book series understands itself as a critical theory forum for Internet and social media research that makes critical interventions into contemporary political topics in the context of digital and social media. It is also interested in publishing works that based on critical theory foundations develop and apply critical social media research methods that challenge digital positivism. It furthermore is interested in digital media ethics that are grounded in critical social theories and critical philosophy. The book series’ understanding of critical theory and critique is grounded in approaches such as critical political economy and Frankfurt School critical theory.
Example topics that the book series is interested in include: the political economy of digital and social media; digital and informational capitalism; digital labour; ideology critique in the age of social media; new developments of critical theory in the age of digital and social media; critical studies of advertising and consumer culture online; critical social media research methods; critical digital and social media ethics; working class struggles in the age of social media; the relationship of class, gender and race in the context of digital and social media; the critical analysis of the implications of big data, cloud computing, digital positivism, the Internet of things, predictive online analytics, the sharing economy, location- based data and mobile media, etc.; the role of classical critical theories for studying digital and social media; alternative social media and Internet platforms; the public sphere in the age of digital media; the critical study of the Internet economy; critical perspectives on digital democracy; critical case studies of online prosumption; public service digital and social media; commons-based digital and social media; subjectivity, consciousness, affects, worldviews and moral values in the age of digital and social media; digital art and culture in the context of critical theory; environmental and ecological aspects of digital capitalism and digital consumer culture.
For books to be considered for the series please follow the guidelines below including the following:
UWP proposals to be presented under headings rather than as a questionnaire the following being suggested as a framework.
• 1. Case for the book, its scope (short 150 word summary)
• 2. Author details and biography.
• 3. Context for the book (relation to the wider academic field/s) and relation to CDSMS series aims.
• 4. Summary of the book's aims (longer summary)
• 5. Chapter plan.
• 6. Readership and how to reach it.
• 7. Competing and related books.
• 8. Delivery date, length and any other publishing specifics.
• 9. Sample Chapter (attach exactly one sample chapter).
The following material should be incorporated.
1) Name of book and a description in 150-200 words; why a book is needed in the area and what is distinctive and unique about the book in terms of intellectual contribution and subject matter.
2) In addition a longer summary of the book's distinctive intellectual contribution both in terms of the wider intellectual field but also in terms of the author's own publications history. (This should preface the chapter plan mentioned in 5).
3) Details of author or principal editor/editor’s contact details and one paragraph detailing institutional affiliations, relevant previous publications and relevant history of research underlying the book.
4) If a single or dual authored book, the length of the book, the proposed delivery date.
5) A chapter plan would be required with a paragraph of content about the coverage of each chapter and brief details of bibliography, appendices and other apparatus proposed.
6) Any presentation or production preferences or typesetting or production requirements for the book including use of illustration, data, specialist typography or colour printing.
7) Core readership and subject areas the book would appeal to and cover, and any tertiary audiences either in terms of general interest or other academic fields.
8) An account of competing titles and books closest resembling that in your proposal; what is the books unique intellectual contribution?
9) How should the readership for the book in your opinion be best identified and reached? What factors do you think are most relevant in terms of ensuring the book is successfully published and makes an impact? Are there other things you think it important to stress about the readership for the book and how they might be reached?
Series proposals are peer-reviewed in accordance with standard university press practice via the series editor, editorial board members and additional external referees where appropriate.
PUBLISHED (2016) IN THE SERIES
CRITICAL THEORY OF COMMUNICATION: LUKÁCS, ADORNO, MARCUSE, HONNETH AND HABERMAS IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA Prof Christian Fuchs, Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Westminster
For Download and Purchase.
FORTHCOMING 2017 AND ONWARDS (all titles provisional)
KNOWLEDGE IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL CAPITALISM: AN INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE MATERIALISM
Mariano Zukerfeld (CONICET), Argentina.
A RADICAL POLITICS FOR THE INTERNET: Digitizing the Political Theories of Arendt and Rancière
Trevor Smith (from 2017), Carleton University Ottowa.
THE US STATE, DIGITAL WEAPONS, AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY
Scott Timcke, University of the West Indies, at St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago.
THE SPECTACLE OF ‘FREE’ LABOUR: READING DEBORD IN THE CONTEXT OF DIGITAL CAPITALISM
Edited by Marco Briziarelli, University of New Mexico and Emiliana Armano, the State University of Milan.
SOCIAL CAPITALISM: ACCUMULATION AND ALIENATION
Kane Xavier Faucher, Western University, Ontario, Canada.
CRITICAL DATA STUDIES: EXAMINING BIG DATA PRACTICES AND
Dr Annika Richterich, Maastricht University
Dr Thomas Allmer, University of Stirling, UK
Dr Mark Andrejevic, Pomona College, USA,
Dr Miriyam Aouragh, University of Westminster, UK
Charles Brown, University of Westminster, UK
Dr Eran Fisher, Open University of Israel,
Dr Peter Goodwin, University of Westminster, UK
Prof Jonathan Hardy, University of East London, UK
Dr Kylie Jarrett, Maynooth University, Ireland
Dr Anastasia Kavada, University of Westminster, UK,
Dr Maria Michalis, University of Westminster, UK,
Dr Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
Dr Vincent Mosco, Queens University, Canada,
Dr Jack L Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Dr Jernej Amon Prodnik, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia,
Dr Marisol Sandoval, City University London, UK
Dr Sebastian Sevignani, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany
Dr Pieter Verdegem, University of Westminster.
Our first book CRITICAL THEORY OF COMMUNICATION the pioneer title in a series Critical Digital and Social Media Studies edited by the book's author Professor Christian Fuchs is now out. The book may be downloaded for free here.
For those who prefer print (or print and digital) UWP is running a competition for a free print copy of the book for two winners. To enter just email email@example.com with the name of the town or city where Karl Marx was born. Winners will be chosen randomly from correct answers after the end of International Open Access week. Entries will be accepted until midnight Western Standard Time on the 30th.
Thoughts on the current development of new university presses springing up in the UK were published earlier this week arising from the University Press Redux conference that took place earlier this year.
For this article on NUPs cowritten by Press Manager Andrew Lockett with Lara Speicher of UCL Press see here.
The full edition available to read for free via open access of Learned Publishing's special issue The University Press Redux is also available now too.
In a world dominated by the likes of Facebook, Google, Amazon and other corporate technology multinationals the first book (published today) in a new book series entitled Critical Digital and Social Media Studies CRITICAL THEORY OF COMMUNICATION by series editor Christian Fuchs explains why a dialectical and cultural-materialist critical theory of communication is so vital for understanding our society and environment.
Publication is marked by a launch event at Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster Wednesday 18.30 today hosted by the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and the University of Westminster Press.
The University of Westminster Press is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement to publish a book provisionally entitled Critical Data Studies: Examining Big Data Practices and Discourse Ethics by Dr Annika Richterich, Assistant Professor in Digital Culture at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. The book provides a systematic overview of the emerging field and shows how a critical data studies perspective can be used to analyse the influence of Big Data on academic research and will form part of the Critical Digital and Social Media Studies series edited by Professor Christian Fuchs
Agreement has been reached to publish a book that provides a narrative account of teacher development in terms of building knowledge around the usage of technologies in the classroom. Developing Educators for the Digital Age provides a story of teachers engaged in the multiple dimensions of their profession, and presents a practical framework for capturing knowledge in action. Author Paul Breen is Senior Lecturer in The University of Westminster’s Professional Language Centre.
Book launch: Critical Theory of Communication
Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster
Wednesday 12 October 2016, 18.30
University of Westminster Press and Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies are pleased to mark the first book publication from UWP, Critical Theory of Communication, by Professor Christian Fuchs. It is the first book in a new book series entitled Critical Digital and Social Media Studies.
Professor Christian Fuchs will be giving an introduction to his new book that revisits writings of Frankfurt School authors in the age of the Internet. He argues that today we need to transcend Habermas' communication theory by establishing a dialectical and cultural-materialist critical theory of communication. The approach he takes starts from Georg Lukács' "Ontology of Social Being" and draws on works by Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse and Axel Honneth. It sets these approaches into a dialogue with Raymond Williams’ cultural materialism, outlining why such analysis is so vital for understanding a world dominated by the likes of Facebook,Google, Amazon and other corporate technology multinationals.
Introduction by University of Westminster Provost Professor Graham Megson
Setting up a university press in the digital age Andrew Lockett, Press Manager, University of Westminster Press
Critical Theory of Communication: New Readings of Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and Habermas in the Age of the Internet talk by Professor Christian Fuchs, Director of Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies
Event details and registration
Wednesday 12 October 2016, 18.30
Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street
The event is free, but registration is required: register at Eventbrite.
Denise Rose Hansen, Executive Assistant, Institute for Advanced Studies firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Christian Fuchs is the Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and the Communication and Media Research Institute. He is editor of the journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique and a member of the European Sociological Association's Executive Committee. His fields of work are critical theory of society; critical digital media studies; information, media, communication & society.
The abstract deadline is approaching in just over three weeks for the Call for papers: REDESIGNING OR REDEFINING PRIVACY from Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture: 12:2.
Deadline for abstracts: 1st October 2016
Please send abstracts to WPCC2015@gmail.com
The revelations of Edward Snowden in 2013 came as a wake-up call for a public that increasingly depends on the internet for numerous everyday activities. A shift of boundaries between the state and the public came to the fore placing state scrutiny at the centre of public debates, at least for a while. Recent studies suggest that individuals who consider themselves as ordinary citizens disregard surveillance on the basis of the argument, “nothing to hide, nothing to fear”. Others like Stoycheff, 2016 suggest that surveillance has contributed to a chilling effect on minority views, which are forcefully silenced.
The FBI-Apple dispute about a locked and encrypted iPhone shifted the attention to privacy by design, which introduced an interesting paradox: companies that harvest personal data of individuals for their own commercial interest are to be found protecting the same data from government agencies and promising privacy via encryption. In a neoliberal context, though, many companies are driven by the maximization of profit rather than the common good. Thus, such actions can be seen as shrewd customer relationship management to boost their loyalty. Blaming the “bad” state that spies on people, the “good” companies come to "protect " human rights such as privacy.
This raises serious questions that need to be addressed: do new technological developments empower the user and ensure privacy and freedom of expression as the discourse suggests? Should citizens place their rights in the hands of big corporations? Do many individuals now show more trust in corporations than in democratically elected governments? If so what are the implications for democracy as such? Should the response to risks of computer-based surveillance be yet more advanced technology? This special issue calls for papers that contribute to the ongoing debate about surveillance, focusing on the implications for democracy following Snowden’s revelations and the shift to privacy by design.
Themes may also include but are not limited to the following:
The role of corporations and the state in the digital era
The rethinking of privacy, democracy, and freedom of expression
Citizens’ experience of the surveillance state
Privacy by design as a response to surveillance
New forms of resistance to surveillance
Trust in corporations and the state
National and international privacy protection policies and data protection laws
Submission of Abstracts:
Prospective authors of research articles of between 6,000-8,000 words including notes and references are encouraged to send a 250-word abstract to WESTMINSTER PAPERS IN COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE no later than 1st October 2016.
The editorial team of WPCC will inform authors of abstracts by the 15th October 2016 if the abstract meets the brief of the issue and if they would like to request submission of a full text with a view to inclusion, subject to peer-review and editing on delivery.
Deadline for full-text submission: 1st February 2017.
Authors of those abstracts encouraged by WPCC or new submissions should register at the journal website by 1 February 2017 attaching the article. Authors will be notified as soon as possible about acceptance, revisions or rejection and the outcome of the review process with a view to publishing accepted articles subject to any amendments requested. Please route communications about articles submitted via the journal's online system.
Please submit articles via: http://www.westminsterpapers.org/about/submissions/
The University of Westminster Press is delighted to confirm plans to publish a new volume that explores Debord’s notion of ‘Spectacle’. This collection (full title The Spectacle Of ‘Free’ Labour: Reading Debord In The Context Of Digital Capitalism) represents a critical inquiry into how within Web 2.0 media, knowledge workers produce, consume and reproduce processes of subjectification as well as precarious forms of digital labour. The book is edited by Marco Briziarelli of the University of New Mexico and Emiliana Armano, of the State University of Milan and includes a range of international scholars analysing the growing phenomenon of free labour in the realm of digital capitalism.
The University of Westminster Press is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement to publish a book provisionally entitled Social Capitalism: Accumulation and Alienation by Kane Xavier Faucher from Western University’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Ontario, Canada. The book will explore how the seemingly ubiquitous positivity surrounding the concept of ‘social capital' conceals economic instrumental rationality as it operates within current data and information regimes. The work will further seek to locate social capital – and its manifestations such as online narcissism and aggression – within the realm of critical media studies in such a way that its connection to alienation is realized.