Media and Emotions. The New Frontiers of Affect in Digital Culture (Special Issue of Open Cultural Studies / De Gruyter Open)
Organization: De Gruyter Open / Open Cultural Studies
Editors: Professor Toby Miller (UC Riverside, USA), Dr. Anna Malinowska (University of Silesia, Poland)
The intervention of digitalism and the new media into “a whole way of life” (Williams 1960) has had a significant effect on human emotions and the ways we express and experience feelings in daily interaction . The focus of this special issue is the new media and emotion, analyzed in relation to changing life environments and human emotional interactions. We invite papers that will re-examine the relationship between new media forms, media-ridden realities, and emotional structures (interactions, reactions, affordances etc.) with respect to cultural processes examined from a myriad of scholarly perspectives and methodological approaches.
Suggested topics include: Feelings and the (post)-Anthropocene: emotional interactions between human beings, the natural environment, and non-human technologies; Changes of emotional practice / perception: new sensory dimensions and bodily reactions (non-contact interactions etc. Emotions as objects expressed in new technologies. Affective experiences with the new media; Technologies of emotions / emotions in technologies; Emotional labor and the service industries, from goldmining on-line games to virtual sex work; The commodification and governance of feelings; The relationship between affect theory, phenomenology, and the psy-function (psychoanalysis, psychology, and psychopharmacology; How media-effects models construct the relationship between new media and emotions; The use of feelings discourse in journalism, political communication, and social conflicts
Proposals of 500 words followed by a short bio, listing qualifications and publications, should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 March 2017.