The special issue “Ferments in the Field: The Past, Present and Future of Communication Studies” has now been published in the Journal of Communication 68 (2): 219-451. The issue is edited by Jack Qiu and WIAS Director Christian Fuchs.

Journal of Communication (JoC) published its special issue “Ferment in the Field” in 1983 (vol. 33, no. 3). Thirty-five years later, discussing the origins, current state, and prospects of our field prevails. This special issue titled “Ferments in the Field: The Past, Present and Future of Communication Studies” presents 20 articles, plus an introductory essay/reflection by Fuchs and Qiu. The issue assesses the field and provokes discussions about the status of communication studies. By proposing a new “Ferments in the Field” issue, the goal was to recapitulate and renew the spirit and critical discourses of the 1983 special issue.

Editorial

Ferments in the Field: Introductory Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Communication Studies
by Christian Fuchs; Jack Linchuan Qiu
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 219–232

Original articles

Cultural Voyeurism: A New Framework for Understanding Race, Ethnicity, and Mediated Intergroup Interaction
by Osei Appiah
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 233–242

Rethinking Political Communication in a Time of Disrupted Public Spheres
by W Lance Bennett; Barbara Pfetsch
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 243–253

#CommunicationSoWhite
by Paula Chakravartty; Rachel Kuo; Victoria Grubbs; Charlton McIlwain
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 254–266

Media, Communication, and the Environment in Precarious Times
by Miyase Christensen; Annika E Nilsson
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 267–277

Materializing Communication: Making the Case for a Relational Ontology
by François Cooren
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 278–288

For a Practical Discipline
by Robert T Craig
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 289–297

Intergroup Communication: Identities and Effective Interactions
by Cindy Gallois; Bernadette M Watson; Howard Giles
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 309–317

Mediating Neoliberal Capitalism: Affect, Subjectivity and Inequality
by Rosalind Gill; Akane Kanai
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 318–326

Moving Beyond Self-Castigation: Let’s Reinvigorate Communication Policy Research Now!
by Natascha Just; Manuel Puppis
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 327–336

Global Media Studies: A Critical Agenda
by Marwan M Kraidy
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 337–346

Charting an Itinerary for Postcolonial Communication and Media Studies
by Sangeet Kumar; Radhika Parameswaran
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 347–358

Media Materialties: For A Moral Economy of Machines
by Graham Murdock
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 359–368

The Paradox of the Paradigm: An Important Gap in Media Effects Research
by W Russell Neuman
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 369–379

Self-transcendent Media Experiences: Taking Meaningful Media to a Higher Level
by Mary Beth Oliver; Arthur A Raney; Michael D Slater; Markus Appel; Tilo Hartmann …
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 380–389

Changing Concepts for a Changing World
by Colin Sparks
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 390–398

Paradigm(s) Lost? Islands of Critical Media Research in Communication Journals
by Slavko Splichal; Boris Mance
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 399–414

Media as Data Extraction: Towards a New Map of a Transformed Communications Field
by Joseph Turow; Nick Couldry
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 415–423

The Ebb and Flow of Communication Research: Seven Decades of Publication Trends and Research Priorities
by Nathan Walter; Michael J Cody; Sandra J Ball-Rokeach
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 424–440

Power, Meaning and Geopolitics: Ethics as an Entry Point for Global Communication Studies
by Herman Wasserman
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages 441–451

Book reviews

Marconi: The Man who Networked the World
by Paul Heyer
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages E1–E3

Mediating nature: The Global Discourses of Ecological Crisis and Utopia
by Derek Moscato
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages E4–E7

Becoming Digital: Toward a Post-Internet Society
by Gerald Sussman
Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, 1 April 2018, Pages E8–E10

 

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