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[liberationtech] CFP: Special issue of New Media and Society: Mobile Communication and the Developing World

Seeta Peñ–a Gangadharan whoa at
Tue Feb 3 18:45:23 PST 2009

Call for papers

Special issue of New Media and Society: Mobile Communication and the 
Developing World

Rich Ling & Heather A. Horst, guest editors
We are seeking papers for a special edition of the journal New Media & 
Society focusing on mobile communication and media, and its impact on 
the developing world. We are interested in papers that empirically 
describe the use of mobile practices as well as the convergence of 
mobile and other platforms in the developing world (e.g. Africa, Asia, 
Latin America, Eastern Europe or other locations in the "global south"). 
Successful papers will examine the integration and use of mobile 
communication technology and its implications (both positive and 
negative) in individuals' lives. We are seeking papers that investigate 
the global as well as the local appropriations of mobile media use and 
its relationship to social change and/or development. Papers might 
address issues such as:

*       What are the social, cultural, gender related and political 
dimensions of mobile communication in the developing world?
*       What are the determinants, obstacles and implications of the 
adoption and use of mobile communications?
*       What are the dimensions of inequalities and how does mobile 
communication address these inequalities?
*       How does mobile communication facilitate activities such as care 
giving, coordination, social cohesion, money transfer, commerce, locally 
and globally?
Submissions may be in the form of empirical research studies or 
theory-building papers and should be 5000 - 7000 words (in English). 
Papers must reflect new scholarship and not have been previously 
published (it is possible to submit revised conference papers). Authors 
interested in submitting to the special issue should send their 200-word 
abstract to either guest editor (Rich Ling or Heather Horst) on or 
before 1 March 2009.  A sub-set of these abstracts will be selected for 
further development. Papers based on the abstracts that have been 
accepted for further consideration, will be due on 15 July 2009. Authors 
of papers selected for formal review may be invited to participate in a 
Pre-Conference Workshop at Association of Internet Research meetings on 
7 October 2009 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA.

About the editors of this NM&S special issue:

Rich Ling (richard.ling at 
<mailto:richard.ling at><mailto:richard.ling at 
<mailto:richard.ling at>>) is a sociologist at Telenor's 
research institute located near Oslo, Norway, and a guest Professor at 
the IT University of Copenhagen. He has also been the Pohs visiting 
professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan. He is 
the author of the recently published book New Tech, New Ties: How Mobile 
communication is reshaping social cohesion as well as The Mobile 
Connection: The cell phone's impact on society, and along with Scott 
Campbell he is the editor of The Reconstruction of Space and Time 
Through Mobile Communication Practices. For the past fifteen years, he 
has worked in the research arm of Telenor and has been active in 
researching issues associated with new information communication 
technology and society with a particular focus on mobile telephony.

Heather A. Horst (hhorst at 
<mailto:hhorst at><mailto:hhorst at <mailto:hhorst at>>) 
is a sociocultural anthropologist at the Humanities Research Institute 
at the University of California, Irvine. She is the co-author (with Daniel
Miller) of The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication that 
examines the implications of mobile phones for development in Jamaica 
and is co-author with Mizuko Ito, et al. of a forthcoming book published 
by MIT Press, entitled Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: 
Living and Learning with New Media  She received her Ph. D. in Social 
Anthropology from University College London. Before joining UCHRI, she 
worked as a research fellow at the University of the West Indies and 
University College London and a postdoctoral scholar at University of 
Southern California, and University of California, Berkeley where her 
focus has been on the appropriation of new media and communication 
technologies in Jamaica and the United States.

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