International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics (Journal)

ISSN 17408296 , ONLINE ISSN 20400918

The International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal committed to analysing the politics of communication(s) and cultural processes. It addresses cultural politics in their local, international and global dimensions, recognizing equally the importance of issues defined by their specific cultural geography and those that traverse cultures and nations.



Editors

Katharine Sarikakis
University of Vienna
katharine.sarikakis@univie.ac.at

Francisco Seoane Pérez
fseoane@hum.uc3m.es

Commentaries Editors

Liza Tsaliki
National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
etsaliki@media.uoa.gr

Izabela Korbiel
University of Vienna
izabela.korbiel@univie.ac.at

Reviews Editors

Ericka Menchen-Trevino
American University, Washington D.C.
menchent@american.edu

Andrea Morán Ferrés
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
anmoranf@hum.uc3m.es

The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics (MCP) is a peer-reviewed journal aiming at analysing social and cultural communication processes with an interdisciplinary approach. MCP pays attention to contemporary issues striving to encourage academic responses to pressing world events, offering policy-oriented thinking.

The content focus is critical, in-depth analysis and engaged research of the intersections of communication and media studies, sociology, politics, economics, and cultural studies with the aim of keeping academic analysis in dialogue with the practical world of communications, culture and politics. 

The journal publishes theoretical and empirical contributions from a wide and diverse community of researchers, and from any methodological and epistemological approach. 

MCP publishes three issues a year. A typical issue includes five articles (max. 7,000 words), three short communications (3,000), and three book reviews (1,500).


Editors

Katharine Sarikakis
University of Vienna
katharine.sarikakis@univie.ac.at

Francisco Seoane Pérez
fseoane@hum.uc3m.es

Commentaries Editors

Liza Tsaliki
National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
etsaliki@media.uoa.gr

Izabela Korbiel
University of Vienna
izabela.korbiel@univie.ac.at

Reviews Editors

Ericka Menchen-Trevino
American University, Washington D.C.
menchent@american.edu

Andrea Morán Ferrés
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
anmoranf@hum.uc3m.es

Editors

Katharine Sarikakis
University of Vienna
katharine.sarikakis@univie.ac.at

Francisco Seoane Pérez
fseoane@hum.uc3m.es

Commentaries Editors

Liza Tsaliki
National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
etsaliki@media.uoa.gr

Izabela Korbiel
University of Vienna
izabela.korbiel@univie.ac.at

Reviews Editors

Ericka Menchen-Trevino
American University, Washington D.C.
menchent@american.edu

Andrea Morán Ferrés
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
anmoranf@hum.uc3m.es

Editors

Katharine Sarikakis
University of Vienna
katharine.sarikakis@univie.ac.at

Francisco Seoane Pérez
fseoane@hum.uc3m.es

Commentaries Editors

Liza Tsaliki
National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
etsaliki@media.uoa.gr

Izabela Korbiel
University of Vienna
izabela.korbiel@univie.ac.at

Reviews Editors

Ericka Menchen-Trevino
American University, Washington D.C.
menchent@american.edu

Andrea Morán Ferrés
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
anmoranf@hum.uc3m.es

Download the Notes for Contributors here:

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The International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics (MCP) is committed to analyzing the politics of communication(s) and cultural processes. It addresses cultural politics in their local, international and global dimensions, recognizing equally the importance of issues defined by their specific cultural geography and those which run across cultures and nations. The content focus will be critical, in-depth analysis and engaged research of the intersections of sociology, politics, cultural studies and media studies with the aim of keeping academic analysis in dialogue with the practical world of communications, culture and politics. 

MCP invites articles (6,000-8,000 words), short commentaries (2,500-3,000), and short polemics (1,000-2,500) on media and cultural politics topics, and in particular on these five themes:

  • Infantilizing culture: the collapse of media content?
  • The death of the intellectual
  • 'In here and out there' -the media, the centre and the regions
  • Getting past 'post-feminism'
  • The media and the end of history - a view from several continents

MCP also welcomes books for review. The journal invites contributions from a wide and diverse community of researchers. It seeks to generate and promote research from both experienced researchers and to encourage those new to this field. The aim is to provide a forum for debate arising from findings, as well as theory and methodologies. A range of research approaches and methods is encouraged.

Download the Notes for Contributors here

Selection of Themes 

Infantilizing culture: the collapse of media content?

Could it really be that 'elitist' cultural pessimists of the twentieth century (like Adorno and Eliot) were embarrassingly accurate about the degradation inflicted on culture by media producers? Should we evolve social policies to treat some media output like cigarettes and junk food? Can local media systems resist? What are the implications for future political engagement when media content is at once youth-focused, consumerist, and escapist? Is it elitist and prejudiced to ask questions like these about quality?

The death of the intellectual: can Beckham replace Sartre?

Is the intellectual a superseded phenomenon like the troubadour or the condottiere - or a vital cultural resource in the consumer world? What associations exist between intellectual labour and the West's domination of material resources and intellectual property? Will the West hear intellectuals from the rest of the world? Is there an intellectual response function to the newest 'Pax' Americana? Is there an intellectual common ground for Islam, Christianity and secularism? Why are the British as embarrassed by intellectuals as the French are by their talent for football?

'In here and out there' - the media, the centre and the regions

How do the media define 'provinces' and 'regions', the 'centre' and the 'periphery'? How do the media drive the interests and values of some locations and suppress those from elsewhere? Is metrocentrism a major form of parochialism of developed media societies? What is the collective geographical subject of news producers, and who is defined through otherness? What are the demographics of inclusion and exclusion, and how do geographical identities relate to ethnicity, gender and class? How do national metrocentrisms map on to international media coverage, not least of the new category, 'asylum seeker'?

Getting past 'post-feminism'

The spectacle of the female body is as never before a standard component of the economies of tv, cinema, and the web, with even pre-teens now the target of legal as well as criminal image-producers across several media. What is the political meaning of these developments? In what ways may we comprehend alternative responses to female spectacle - for example, within some domains of Islam? Does the growth of spectacle of the male body 'equalize' the politics of the image or does it only make it easier to oppress women? Has the reach of techno-economic power made progressive sexual politics irrelevant?

The media and the end of history - a view from several continents

If political action is based on historical consciousness, how do the media affect historical knowledge? Do they help to obliterate history? How much resistance can there be to powerful media-borne versions of history? Does the web liberate individuals from institutional oppression, or increase Western/Anglophone ownership of history? Does computer technology exile history by intensifying the present? Can communities reconstitute their own histories through museums, social action and specialized media? If so, will the result be history or heritage?

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.

Editors

Katharine Sarikakis
University of Vienna
katharine.sarikakis@univie.ac.at

Francisco Seoane Pérez
fseoane@hum.uc3m.es

Commentaries Editors

Liza Tsaliki
National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
etsaliki@media.uoa.gr

Izabela Korbiel
University of Vienna
izabela.korbiel@univie.ac.at

Reviews Editors

Ericka Menchen-Trevino
American University, Washington D.C.
menchent@american.edu

Andrea Morán Ferrés
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
anmoranf@hum.uc3m.es

Editorial Board

Mark  Andrejevic
University of Queensland

Alina Bernstein
Tel Aviv University

Carolyn M. Byerly
Howard University

Craig Calhoun
Berggruen Institute

Stella Chinyere Okunna
Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Sean Cubitt
Goldsmiths

Gillian Doyle
University of Glasgow

Charles Ess
University of Oslo

Des Freedman
Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Rosalind Gill
City University London

Mary Griffiths
Adelaide University

Román Gubern
Autonomous University of Barcelona

Lena Jayyusi
Zayed University

Jan Jirak
Charles University Prague

Steve Jones
University of Illinois at Chicago

Richard Keeble
University of Lincoln

Sonia Livingstone
London School of Economics

Robin Mansell
London School of Economics

Eileen Meehan
Louisiana State University

Vincent Mosco
Queen's University

Marian Meyers
Georgia State University

Virginia Nightingale
University of Western Sydney.

Zizi Papacharissi
University of Illinois at Chicago

Chris Paterson
University of Leeds

Caroline Pauwels
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Manjunath Pendakur
Florida Atlantic University

Monroe Price
University of Pennsylvania

Lizette Rabe
Stellenbosch University

Leslie Regan-Shade
University of Toronto

Karen Ross
Coventry University

David Rowe
The University of Western Sydney, Australia.

John L. Sullivan
Muhlenberg College

Ingrid Volkmer
University of Melbourne

Nira Yuval-Davis
University of East London

Editors

Katharine Sarikakis
University of Vienna
katharine.sarikakis@univie.ac.at

Francisco Seoane Pérez
fseoane@hum.uc3m.es

Commentaries Editors

Liza Tsaliki
National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
etsaliki@media.uoa.gr

Izabela Korbiel
University of Vienna
izabela.korbiel@univie.ac.at

Reviews Editors

Ericka Menchen-Trevino
American University, Washington D.C.
menchent@american.edu

Andrea Morán Ferrés
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
anmoranf@hum.uc3m.es

 
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Editors

Katharine Sarikakis
University of Vienna
katharine.sarikakis@univie.ac.at

Francisco Seoane Pérez
fseoane@hum.uc3m.es

Commentaries Editors

Liza Tsaliki
National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
etsaliki@media.uoa.gr

Izabela Korbiel
University of Vienna
izabela.korbiel@univie.ac.at

Reviews Editors

Ericka Menchen-Trevino
American University, Washington D.C.
menchent@american.edu

Andrea Morán Ferrés
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
anmoranf@hum.uc3m.es

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