About the Journal: Digital Culture & Society
Digital Culture & Society is a refereed, international journal, fostering discussion about the ways in which digital technologies, platforms and applications reconfigure daily lives and practices. It offers a forum for critical analysis and inquiries into digital media theory. The newly established journal provides a publication environment for interdisciplinary research approaches, contemporary theory developments and methodological innovation in digital media studies. It invites reflection on how culture unfolds through the use of digital technology, and how it conversely influences the development of digital technology itself.
The journal is a research platform for those who are interested in the interdisciplinary field of digital media studies. It involves topics such as New Materialism, Gamification, Surveillance and Privacy, Big Data, Sensory Ethnography, Quantified Self, Extimacy, and Digital Cartography. This however, is a non-exhaustive list, and new topics will continuously supplement these themes due to the dynamic of the research field.
The journal’s goal is to create a crossdisciplinary repository on the interconnection between research fields such as media studies, cultural studies, science and technology studies, sociology, gender studies, anthropology, game studies, media/art history and information science. It welcomes contributions addressing the relevance of interventional approaches, such as research by design and media archaeology, or input related to material culture studies, actor-network theory, critical code studies and software studies.
Digital Culture & Society seeks contributions that display a clear, inspiring engagement with current debates in theory and/or methodological issues. Emphasising the relevance of new practices and technology appropriation for theory as well as methodology debates, the journal also encourages empirical investigations.
The journal’s structure reflects the editors’ aim to spark and incorporate the discourse on digital media practices, theory, history and methodologies. Each issue consists of 3 main sections:
- The thematic section of each issue is dedicated to an overarching topic, which will be examined through interdisciplinary contributions. Topics are specified in the respective call for papers. The editors aim to include a range of articles that involve theoretical and/or methodological debates, where appropriate, in the light of authors’ own empirical investigations.
- “Entering the Field” is dedicated to the presentation of empirical work and potential research fields in digital media studies. The editors have created this section to provide a platform for researchers who are not able to provide a full-fledged paper yet, but would like to initiate a discussion concerning their research material or methodological insights.
- “In Conversation with ...” presents dialogues between the editors and authors of recently published works in the field of digital media studies. Thereby, the overall topic of the published work is integrated and located within the wider frame of the journal’s emphasis on digital culture and society.