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[liberationtech] CfP: New Media & Society on "10 years of Facebook"

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Mon Mar 18 15:19:51 PDT 2013

From: Brady Robards <brady.robards at>

*Call for Papers*

Themed Issue of New Media and Society: ‘10 years of Facebook’

Guest editors: Siân Lincoln, Liverpool John Moores University, UK and Brady
Robards, Griffith University, Australia

In early 2014 Facebook will have been online for ten years. Over the past
ten years, Facebook has accumulated over a billion users globally, has
achieved an estimated market value of over $100 billion, and has
consistently been the most used social network site when compared to its
competitors to the point of ubiquity. For many, Facebook has transformed
the ways in which we communicate with each other in practically every
aspect of our lives. Facebook has also attracted harsh criticism from users
for its approach to privacy and transparency, and is regularly at odds with
governments and other institutions over regulation and control. Facebook
blurs traditional lines between what is private and what is public, while
often complicating social relations by naming them and making them visible.
The implications associated with the social network’s rise to dominance are
complex and sometimes challenging, from both the micro levels of the
individual through to the macro levels of society more broadly.

In this themed issue ‘10 years of Facebook’ we wish to explore the current
‘state of play’ with regards to the social, cultural and political
significance of Facebook. Our aim is to bring together current academic
debates surrounding this ubiquitous social network site to assess how,
after ten years in existence, Facebook has made its mark on contemporary
society as a space for social, cultural and political interactions. In
addition, we wish to explore new and emerging approaches to the study of
Facebook that interrogate the often complex relationships between the site,
its users and everyday contexts.

We welcome short 250 word abstracts that reflect on ‘10 years of Facebook’,
taking stock of the impact the site has had on contemporary social life.
While attending to this broad aim, proposed articles will also need to
address a more specific theme. Potential themes include, but are not
limited to, the following:

   - Identity
   - Performance and representation
   - Youth cultures and subcultures
   - Privacy
   - Friendship
   - Relationships
   - Fandom
   - Age/ageing
   - Before life and after life
   - Political activism
   - Social movements
   - Regulation and control
   - Trolling

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to Siân Lincoln ( at by Wednesday 10th April 2013. On the basis of these
short abstracts, invitations to submit full papers (of no more than 8000
words) will then be sent out in late April. Full papers will be due by
August 31, and will undergo the usual New Media & Society peer review
procedure. Invitation to submit a full paper in no way guarantees
acceptance into the issue.



*Dr Brady Robards*
Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Griffith University, QLD, Australia

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