Critical Digital and Social Media Studies: Call for Book Proposals

22 January 2016

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.

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: 1 March, 2016, 23:00 BST, per e-mail to Andrew Lockett (University of Westminster Press Manager), A.Lockett@westminster.ac.uk

Contact for Informal Enquiries before Submission:
Per e-mail to c.fuchs@westminster.ac.uk

Call Details

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 first call for book proposals but should note that priority for funding support for suitable projects will be given to those proposals meeting the deadline. Outside these time frames authors are welcome to submit to the publisher (a.lockett@westminster.ac.uk), 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.

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 months. Please note that there will be a second call later in 2016, which allows submission of proposals for books on which the work has at the moment not yet started. 

We welcome submissions of a book outline proposal with (exactly one) sample chapter. For further details see the Proposal Guidelines below or if you have questions about the publishing process email a.lockett@westminster.ac.uk. We can only accept suggestions for books written in English.

 
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. It is interested in the advancement of these approaches in ways that foster critical understandings of how the economy and culture, work and communication, labour and ideology, class and identities (including ethnic and gender identities and issues relating to racism and patriarchy), distribution and recognition, production and consumption, the global and the regional/local, Western and non-Western cultures and societies, the universal and the particular, society and the individual, the public and the private, production and reproduction, etc. are related.

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.

Forthcoming (2016) in the Series “Critical Digital and Social Media Studies”
Volume 1: Critical Theory of Communication: Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and

Habermas in the Age of the Internet and Social Media

By Christian Fuchs

Editor and Editorial Board

Editor:
Prof Christian Fuchs, Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Westminster

Editorial Board:
Dr Thomas Allmer, University of Edinburgh, 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, City 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, Ghent University, Belgium

Contact for Informal Enquiries before Submission:
Per e-mail to c.fuchs@westminster.ac.uk

Proposal Guidelines

For books to be considered for the series please follow the guidelines below including the following:

  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. In both cases 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? Where in particular in terms of specialist literature should reviews be sought? Are there other things you think it important to stress about the readership for the book and how they might be reached.
  10. 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).

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. 

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