From: "Catherine D'Ignazio" <>
Date: Mar 11, 2018 8:06 AM
Subject: [civicmedia-researchers] Journal of Civic Media - Call for
To: "civicmedia-researchers" <>

Hi folks -

Graduate students in the Civic Media Art & Practice program at the
Engagement Lab/Emerson College have launched a journal of civic media.

Please share the Call for Submissions widely!

*Theme: **Public Engagement in the Smart City*

*Publication Date: *August 2018

*Submission Due Date: *Friday, April 20, 2018

*About the Journal*

The Journal of Civic Media (JCM) seeks submissions for its inaugural
edition. JCM is a twice-yearly, graduate student edited, peer-reviewed
publication published by the Engagement Lab at Emerson College. The focus
of the journal is on the practices of using media and technology to
facilitate democratic process, ranging from global digital platforms to
community based media initiatives.  The objective of the Journal of Civic
Media is to provide a forum for scholars, practitioners, students and the
general public to read about and discuss the complex landscape of the field.

*Call for Submissions*

A discussion about ‘smart cities’ can quickly become an invitation for
contemplation, bewilderment, passionate discourse or vehement dismissal.
The term has been appropriated by municipalities, consultants, companies
(transit, energy, sensor, etc.), and technologists looking to capitalize on
hashtag-friendly jargon. Public sector representatives hail smart cities
for their increased levels of service, readiness, or ability, but for many
members of the public, the term represents surveillance, invasion of
privacy, or pricey taxpayer-funded projects. The definition of ‘smart city’
is hotly debated and its potential for staying power demands a critical

For its inaugural issue, the Journal of Civic Media seeks papers that
contemplate the value of a smart city as it is or should be determined by
the people who live, work, learn or play there. The emerging discussion on
public engagement in smart city environments is drawing from critical
traditions of Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, Mark Graham and Joe Shaw. There
is need to challenge and develop this thinking so that it is responsive to
the particular conditions of the contemporary “smart” city.

The Journal of Civic Media seeks submissions on all aspects related to
public engagement in the smart city, including but not limited to:


   The presence of community voice in smart city activities

   The contemplation of non-technology smart city interventions

   The effects (real or imagined) of typical ‘smart city’ activities on
   privacy and security

   Meaningful, uncommon or uncontemplated smart city engagement strategies

   Analog/non-digital approaches to engagement and how they may be applied
   to smart initiatives

   Race and class in urban technology projects

We invite graduate students, faculty and practitioners in the civic media
field to submit paper proposals.  Papers should be between 1,500 and 2,500
words, including references.

Please review the Journal of Civic Media’s full Editorial Policies
<> prior to
submission. Inquiries and submissions should be sent to journalofcivicmedia@ by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018. Selected submissions for
the current call will be published in the August 2018 volume of the Journal
of Civic Media.

Catherine D'Ignazio
Research Affiliate, MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media  ||   @kanarinka   ||   +1 617 501 2441 <(617)%20501-2441>
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