CFP –  Media:Culture:Policy

communication +1 invites submissions for its upcoming issue, Media:Culture:Policy.

Edited by Sean Johnson Andrews, Janice Peck, Gilbert B. Rodman, and Fan Yang

The relationship between culture and policy has long been a major topic for media and cultural studies, but we hope to broaden what we mean by cultural policy – from policies that are explicitly regulating something we call the “cultural” – including media or traditional rituals or symbols – to include the practice of policy-making and the cultural legitimation of law and policy itself, regardless of the object or dimension of social life it regulates.  In short, pieces in this collection would argue for (or at least accept) an understanding of policy as a cultural production, representing a certain ideological outlook, and therefore expect cultural policy studies to consider a wider range of policies; at the same time, it would be interested in the cultural mechanisms through which policies are promulgated and enforced – from think tanks to social media flak, from the global circulation of ideologies to the local practices of appropriation/resistance. In a sense, then, it is an understanding of policy that highlights its mutual constitution of and through culture. In the tradition of Policing the Crisis, it asks us to think about the dialectical process of cultural legitimation that is needed to make a set of policies seem reasonable and just, and the way that policies and laws then go on to determine the culture of the future. Media and communications are a central channel for these processes, making their regulation all the more important. Contributions to this collection would try to keep all three of these dimensions in mind as they explore a broader array of policy areas.

We welcome submissions that push at the traditional boundaries of cultural policy studies.  We are especially interested in exploring key areas of contemporary life as locations of that dialectic of culture, media, and policy and sites of political and social struggle, for example,

  • More conventional areas of cultural policy and media studies, such as work on copyright, open access, privacy, data mining, internet filtering, neutrality, surveillance, etc. in national and transnational contexts
  • Education policy, using a cultural legitimation approach (for instance Sandra Stein, The Culture of Education Policy).
  • Environmental policy, especially the cultural effects of the oil industry involvement in U.S. and global debates about climate change and the role of media in those debates.
  • Law/policing policy and the expansion of the carceral state/prison-industrial complex (e.g. Michelle Brown, The Culture of Punishment).
  • Health (physical & mental) policy, such as looking at the dramatic expansion of the pharmaceutical industry and corresponding explosion of bio-medical explanations for social & personal distress.
  • Transportation policy, especially the privileging of automobility in both “developed” and “developing” worlds.
  • Food policy as cultural policy – and the cultural representation of food from those in the commercial mass media to the role of the food industry in health research, as in the recent revelations over sugar research in the 1960s.
  • The relationship between urban policy and media representations in transnational locales, such as in the work of Steve Macek and Mike Davis.
  • Policies on other controversial recent policy areas, from tax breaks and welfare reform, to (im)migration, drone warfare, torture, and the “global war on terror.”
  • And the question of who has the power to make policy and how.

Please submit short proposals of no more than 500 words by December 19th, 2016 to Review the overall C+1 submission guidelines for relevant information:

Review of submissions will be complete by late January, with invitations sent shortly after.

Upon invitation, full text submissions will be due April 10th, 2017, with expected publication in September 2017.

About the Journal

The aim of communication +1 is to promote new approaches to and open new horizons in the study of communication from an interdisciplinary perspective. We are particularly committed to promoting research that seeks to constitute new areas of inquiry and to explore new frontiers of theoretical activities linking the study of communication to both established and emerging research programs in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. Other than the commitment to rigorous scholarship, communication +1 sets no specific agenda. Its primary objective is to create is a space for thoughtful experiments and for communicating these experiments.

For free access to the issue, and all of communication +1, please visit .

communication +1 is an open access journal supported by University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries and the Department of Communication

* Editor in Chief: Briankle G. Chang, University of Massachusetts Amherst
* Managing Editor: Zachary J. McDowell, University of Massachusetts Amherst

*Advisory Board*

Kuan-Hsing Chen, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Sean Johnson Andrews, Columbia College Chicago
Nathalie Casemajor, University of Québec Outaouais
Bernard Geoghegan, Coventry University, United Kingdom
Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
David Gunkel, Northern Illinois University
Peter Krapp, University of California Irvine
Catherine Malabou, Kingston University, United Kingdom
Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
John Durham Peters, University of Iowa
Gil Rodman, University of Minnesota
Florian Sprenger, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany
Jonathan Sterne, McGill University
Ted Striphas, University of Colorado, Boulder
Greg Wise, Arizona State University

For more information about the project in general, as well as short pieces, lectures, and interviews, visit

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