Call for Proposals
Issue 117: Radical Histories in Digital Culture
Deadline extended to January 31, 2012
The Radical History Review seeks submissions for an issue that will
explore the political and historical implications of the accelerated
proliferation of digital culture in the first decade of the 21st
We are now in the midst of a dramatic cultural and political change as
digital culture in the form of personal communication devices, online
social networking sites, instant mass messaging, multiuser video games,
and numerous other digital media forms, reshape the way we communicate
and interact with each other. Just as the modern industrial era reshaped
the nature of human and political subjectivity, the digital information
era is reshaping social movements, how we view ourselves in relation to
the social and political, and rewiring where, how, and with whom we
engage in political action.
This issue of RHR will examine the impact of digital culture on
political life at the local, national, and transnational level, such as
the “Twitter Revolution” in Iran, social networking and the Arab Spring,
and the popular use of digital communication tools in “Occupy Wall
Street”. It will explore the strengths and weaknesses, and popular
perceptions, of digital media in struggles for justice through a series
of interlocking themes including but not limited to:
1. The mobilization of local, national, and transnational social
movements through the use of social network sites, tweets, texting, and
other forms of networked and instantaneous communication forms.
2. The rhetoric of digital “equality” and unequal access to digital
culture: class, race, region, and gender, and access to social media and
digital communication technologies.
3. The impact of digital culture on collective memory, conceptions of
the historical, historical research methods, and the writing of history.
4. The role of history in digital humanities: archival practices,
collecting history online, historical text mining, and digital
5. New and emerging communication gatekeepers, stealth campaigning,
corporate/state deception or propaganda, online surveillance or
information mining, and the state’s manipulation of networked
information in war/conflict situations.
6. Oppositional consciousness and a reshaping of civic involvement and political participation in a digital world.
7. Individualism, social networking, and the emergence of a neoliberal subjectivity in cyberspace.
8. “Serious” video games and social change; multiuser online games and the countering of complex social/political challenges.
9. Art, culture jamming, and a contestation of visual culture by artists or artist groups working in the digital arena.
10. Digital technology and journalism/photojournalism: from the
proliferation of alternative news sources to the impact of cell phone
photos and video as documentation.
11. Digital culture and the law: the policing of cyberspace; digital media as legal evidence.
12. Radical software, open-source initiatives, and efforts to liberate
software, hardware, or digital media infrastructure from corporate/state
13. Radical pedagogies for the digital age.
At this time we are requesting abstracts that are no longer than 400
words; these are due by January 31, 2012 and should be submitted
electronically as an attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Issue 117
submission” in the subject line.
By February 29, 2012, authors of approved abstracts will be asked to
submit their full articles for peer review. The due date for completed
drafts of articles is July 1, 2012. An invitation to submit a full
article does not guarantee publication.
Please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a
Word document along with the text. If chosen for publication, you will
need to send high-resolution image files (jpg or tif files at a minimum
of 300 dpi), and secure written permission to reprint all images. For
preliminary e-mail inquiries, please include “Issue 117” in the subject
line. Those articles or other materials selected for publication after
the peer review process will be included in issue 117 of the Radical
History Review, scheduled to appear in Fall 2013.
Abstract Deadline: due January 31, 2012