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    From: Editors spacesofidentity.net has migrated to a new platform. In the future, the journal will be published on the basis
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      spacesofidentity.net has migrated to a new platform. In the future, the
      journal will be published on the basis of Open Journal Systems, a software
      dedicated to peer-reviewed scholarly publications, created by the Public
      Knowledge Project and part of the Canadian Synergies initiative. It is the
      aim of this initiative to provide public, open access to the results of
      scholarly work as well as index, cross-reference, and archive scholarly
      publications on the basis of open-source software, and we are very pleased
      that spacesofidentity.net is now included in this initiative. We would like
      to acknowledge the help of York University Libraries in facilitating the
      move to the new platform.

      For the reader of spacesofidentity.net this will mean a slightly different
      interface, accessed from the same web address. The archive of back issues
      has been migrated but is also still available in its original location.
      Readers can now register in order to subscribe to news and updates (content
      will still be accessible without subscription). Authors can submit their
      articles through a web interface in addition to the standard methods of
      email and hard copy. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to
      contact us.

      To mark the occasion of this move, there will be a special issue of
      spacesofidentity.net. Please distribute the call below widely.

      Editorial team, spacesofidentity.net

      Call for Papers
      Special Issue of spacesofidentity.net
      Digitizing Central Europe: Alternative Media and Spaces of Identity

      In the post-Soviet and new-EU member-state imaginaries of contemporary
      Central Europe, digital media and technologies such as weblogs,
      internet-based social networking, text messaging, internet radio etc. have
      played a significant role in mediating and re-signifying public spheres and
      constructing public homes that negotiate, and often express an ambivalent
      relationship with, national, supra-national, urban and global spaces of
      identity. While often inviting participatory forms of engagement with
      public issues and blurring the boundaries between civic, journalistic and
      academic engagement, the complex, opaque and skill-demanding new
      mediascape of blogging, Web 2.0 and flash mobs has also opened up a
      "digital divide" based not only on affluence but also on age, gender and
      language. This asynchronicity of participation has produced nationalist and
      populist backlashes to global and transnational imaginaries, sometimes
      supported by the more traditional media of radio broadcasts, (national)
      television and the popular press.

      The special issue of spacesofidentity.net invites contributions that
      explore how contemporary media cultures in Central Europe harness the
      normalizing and subversive potential of electronic media for critique and
      identity formation.

      Topics and case studies could include, but are not limited to:
      the impact of digital media on civic engagement, academic and journalistic
      diasporic communities and media cultures
      metroblogging, communities of proximity, and urban culture
      flash mobs and cultures of resistance
      YouTube, documentary, and protest
      comments, web polls and populism
      social networking, poking and popularity
      global Internet English, national languages, and identity formation
      Cyrillics, diacritics and power
      Contributors are encouraged to keep their submissions to less than 10,000
      words. Submissions should not have been previously published in English.
      All submissions should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract and a brief
      biographical note including institutional affiliation. References should be
      given as in-text quotations in parentheses according to MLA style. Full
      references should be formatted in MLA style and placed at the end of the
      document after the endnotes, in alphabetical order. Please make sure that
      any information on your authorship is deleted from the submisson file
      (including the user info in Word and Acrobat). spacesofidentity.net is
      using a double-blind reviewing system, meaning that the identities of both
      authors and reviewers will be concealed from each other. We ask all authors
      to provide the contact details (including e-mail addresses) of at least two
      potential peer reviewers for their manuscript. These should be experts in
      their field of study, who will be able to provide an objective assessment
      of the manuscript. Any suggested peer reviewers should not have published
      with any of the authors of the manuscript within the past five years and
      should not be members of the same research institution. Members of the
      Editorial Board of the journal can be nominated. Suggested reviewers will
      be considered alongside potential reviewers identified.Please send your
      submissions to editors@..., or submit them via the web

      Deadline for manuscript submission: 15 March 2008

      About spacesofidentity.net

      spacesofidentity.net hopes to make a contribution to ongoing debates in
      cultural studies. It scrutinizes the new, post-Soviet symbolic geographies
      that separate insiders from outsiders (informed by history and politics but
      implying identity), investigate the (historically and culturally)
      constructed nature of common symbols and histories, and trace the multiple
      vectors of domination and resistance involved in their emergence. Objects
      of analysis are the histories and narratives in which these conflicting
      forms of identification are negotiated. Feelings of territorial cultural
      belonging, of Heimat and exile can be analyzed, for example, through the
      prisms of migration patterns, diasporic experiences and urban lifestyles.

      spacesofidentity.net welcomes essays and scholarly articles from a number
      of disciplines: history, sociology, and political science, as well as
      literature, linguistics, ethnology, cultural anthropology, cultural
      geography, cultural studies, film studies and gender studies. The aim of
      the journal is to include rather than to exclude various scholarly
      approaches and points of view. Within such a broadly defined framework, we
      consider all topics relevant to the question of identity formation. Even
      though Central and Eastern Europe are the primary geographic areas of our
      interest, we welcome comparative analyses that point out shared experiences
      in the process of defining and redefining spaces of identity.
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