Call for full papers of ZER Journal on TV

ZER is a semi-annual journal on communication edited by the Basque
Public University and it is beginning a transformation stage. Among its
new objectives, the journal will focus on highlight specific topics. It
is not related to monographs, so ZER will continue to publish articles
focused on communication. ZER is inviting a call for papers for issue
46, May 2019, from scholars whose research interest connects with
television. In recent decades, some voices have warned about the future
of television and audiovisual media and have questioned its media

ZER aims to address the process of reconfiguration and adaptation of the
contemporary television panorama. These are the suggested topics:

-Changes in content production and new professional challenges
-Multiple forms of distribution and different business models
-TV and new forms of consumption: speed watching, multiple devices
-The challenge of public, local, community and regional television
channels. New financing strategies
-New television platforms, new formats and new narratives
-Changes in the relationship of information and entertainment
-Big Data and television.
-Social networks and participation
-Communication Politics on regional, state and community fields
-The big global changes: blockchain

The deadline for ZER applications is March 31th, 2019. The originals may
be sent in English, Basque and Spanish. The information for the
registration and sending of originals can be found at

Guest editor: PhD Andoni Iturbe Tolosa (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea /
University of the Basque Country)

CFP: What is Technology? Value – Velocity – Vortex



What is Technology? (2019) will examine the vortices of interaction among practical arts and tools, techniques and processes, moral knowledge and imagination to navigate our everchanging media/life/universe. In a broad sense, technology can be understood as methods of intelligent inquiry and problem-solving in all domains of human life. The conference-experience will enact a collaborative network of transdisciplinary research by cultivating communication as the heart of science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics, and environments.

The ninth annual What is…? will bring together natural and social scientists, scholars, government officials, industry professionals, artists and designers, as well as alumni, students, community organizations, and the public. We invite proposals for scholarly papers, panels, and installations on a wide variety of issues and topics. Please see for additional details.

Proposals may address the following questions (as well as others):
• How are technologies and values related? What are velocities of technology (e.g., acceleration studies)?
• What are the forces of technology? Is there only one form of technology or different kinds?
• What are current approaches to the study of technologies? How is technology interpreted through various lenses (e.g. critical theory, cultural studies, eco-phenomenology, feminism, globalization, intersectionality, journalism, media studies, metamodernism, new materialism, political economy, posthumanism, rhetoric, semiotics, etc.)?
• What are philosophies of technology? Where do technology and ethics interface/interact?
• What is science and technology studies (STS)? What are the digital humanities (DH)? What is the relationship between science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and communication/media/film studies, or other disciplines in the humanities (e.g. anthropology, archaeology, comparative literature, curatorial studies, library studies, psychology, sociology)? What is STEM+C (computing), E-STEM (environmental), or STEMM (medicine)?
• How does technology relate to—or converge—music, architecture, design, craft, and/or art (e.g. STEAM)?
• How do technologies’ scale, pace, and pattern transform/limit their impact?
• What are immersive technologies (e.g. apps, Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Realities, IoT, gamification, etc.)?
• What are the implications of emerging technologies (e.g. AGI, creative coding, holography, information literacy, nano-bio-info-cogno, predictive analytics, regenerative medicine, risk analysis, robotics, 3D bio-printing, etc.)?
• How are the natural sciences and technology coming together (e.g. artificial biology, bioinspired design, biomimicry, data science, ecological system analysis, environmental analysis, etc.)? Is biology itself technology?
• How do technologies obscure and/or highlight issues of gender, race, class, and/or indigeneity? What are indigenous knowledge and technologies? What is emerging research on equity, access, and learning?
• What are the positive/negative consequences of media technologies for the public interest?
• What relationships are there between technology and warfare, innovation and defense, etc.? What are emerging discourses of cyberinfrastructure, cyberlearning, cybertraining, or cybersecurity, etc.?
• How is technology related to disability studies, accessibility/alter-abled education, accessible/assistive technologies, and mobility? How does technology relate to birth/life/aging/death, and/or contemplation/well-being?
• What are technological determinism, technological realism, and technological humanism? technophilia versus technophobia, technological utopianism versus dystopianism, and/or technological singularity versus multiplicity?
• How is collective intelligence, and/or collective wisdom, engaging and/or changing our lives?
• How might technologies contribute to socio-technical community resilience and/or thriving communities?

Send 150–200 word abstracts for papers, panels, or installations by DECEMBER 21, 2018, to: Janet Wasko •
University of Oregon • Eugene, Oregon • 97403-1275 • USA

CFP Im@go (A Journal of the Social Imaginary): Objects as symbols of daily life

The matter of the imaginary
Objects as symbols of daily life


Editors: Fabio La Rocca & Antonio Tramontana



Objects define the boundaries of our daily life. They reveal a constant in our anthropological root while building up the fenced area of our life. In their being technologically advanced and witnesses of the age of globalization, objects seem to play always the same script: they go with the gesture, they lead it and they give a preestablished direction to the richness of expressions of our body substance (Leroi-Gourhan). This is an anthropological issue that is, however, interwoven with the generation of social forms if we take into account that objects are as a knot of an endless network of exchanges and relations among different personalities that meet around the object itself (Simmel). Sub specie aeternitatis, but also historical matter. Technical and cognitive competences find their expressivity in the reign of the objects: a kind of general intellect gathering around its substance and that finds also ways of opposing the will of its producer and/or user (Marx). Objects are not only the crystallization of a gesture, or of a social knowledge. Into an object are concentrated desires and hopes, memories and feelings, dreams and utopias (Benjamin). Last but not least, objects are signs that, in their referring to one another, create a single global system that surrounds us daily.


However, objects seem to be more than the mere sum of the parts through which they are built. Notwithstanding the multifarious ways of studying them, they always keep a certain degree of excess that escapes the world of knowledge.It seems that there is an obscure matter next to the touched object, to the object that resists, next to the object that drives and wraps us, next to the numinous components of the objects and next to the existential richness of the object. This obscure matter is not possible to get and, still, it does not die. But there is even more than this. By rephrasing Durand, it seems that there is a symbolic component ontologically and chronologically preceding the materiality of the object itself.


In containing substance and symbols, in gathering together convenience and dream, in composing the rationality of function and the irrationality of desire, objects do stand as melting points of the complexity of human beings and they find in daily life the scenario for the emergence of those things. When applied to objects, the lens of the imaginary may represent the gateway to access the untameable excess of substance, a viaticum to access the dark side. When looking at an armchair or a car, a gadget or a body prosthesis, a book or a piece of cutlery, a glass or a smartphone, in considering each of these objects a symbolic image having a materiality, it is possible to get in touch with that “universal symbolic language through which we give a shape to feeling, images, ideas and actions” (Wunenburger). Objects thus become the “matter of the imaginary” and it is with them that we are lead into the generative process of social meaning that is determined in daily life. In this perspective, objects are energetic entities that push the collective behaviour to take on unprecedented shapes: we are gathered together or separated on the base of the deep emotive dimension rooted in the symbolic component contained in objects. On the other hand, the investigation of the ‘removed’ gets harder and harder when it becomes less accessible, that is the bigger our exposure to that materiality is, the smaller our ability to investigate the invisible qualities of objects. The more objects crowd our life, the less we manage to get in touch with their imaginary component.


This is our proposal for im@go next issue: a journey in the exploration of daily daydreams via the study of the invisible order of today’s time. A journey into enter the viscerality of things and to rediscover the symbolic dimension contained in objects used in our daily life.


Proposals may be submitted in Italian, English, and French, and sent simultaneously to:;;


Deadline for the submission of abstracts: February 10th, 2019
Notification of abstract acceptance: February 27th, 2019
Preliminary papers to the editors: April 14th, 2019
Revised peer-reviewed papers to the editors: June 10th, 2019
Publication: June 2019