«There are times in life when the question of knowing if one can think differently than one thinks, and perceive differently than one sees, is absolutely necessary if one is to go on looking and reflecting at all .»
These lines of Michel Foucault, in his introduction to the second volume of his History of Sexuality, inspire the core concept of this Call for Chapters for a written volume on advanced research methodologies in communication studies. Organizers: Rita Figueiras, Catholic University of Portugal Verónica Policarpo, Catholic University of Portugal (Deadline for submissions is October 31s).
As social phenomena seem to grow in complexity in the mediated world western societies live in, social scientists are invited to reinvent their methodological approaches, defying restrictive views on disciplinary boundaries. Aiming to discuss the most advanced approaches on research methods and techniques for studying communication issues, with a special focus on new epistemologies and qualitative approaches, this book aspires to be a space of inception of new ideas on how to imagine creative methodologies, as well as how to develop the inheritance of classic ones to the study of emergent and complex communication and media phenomena.
The book seeks to address questions concerning both the multiple dimensions of communication methodologies at the intersection of culture and communication, and the innovative methods for designing communication research objects of analysis.
In this volume, Nick Couldry (Goldsmiths, University of London) will specifically address the issue of the varieties of media practice, Eduarda Mendes Rodrigues (University of Porto) of social media network analysis, Álvaro Pires (University of Ottawa) will develop a Universal Theory of Observation for Communication Studies and Empirical Research, based on systemic theoretical approaches, Rosalina Costa (University of Évora) will tackle categorical analysis as a powerful tool to analyze old and new communication objects of analysis, as Dawn Mannay (Cardiff University) will explore ways in which Visual Methodologies may innovatively be used in media and communication studies.
Researchers are invited to send empirical research manuscripts covering one or more of the following themes:
‐ Visual Methodologies
‐ Media as Practice
‐ Social Media Network Analysis
‐ Qualitative materials: rediscovering categorical analysis
Authors are encouraged to write an article specifically for the volume. However, it is also possible to draw on in progress research, adapting this to address the volume theme. Articles need to be written in English, and authors are responsible for language editing. The texts will be submitted to blind peer‐review and selected according to their relevance regarding the goals set out for the volume, coherence of the methodological proposal, originality of scope and theoretical framing.
Articles will need to be between 8000 and 9500 words in length, Times New Roman 12, 1,5 spaces, including bibliography. For more information see the style sheet enclosed.
Please attach a short bio‐bibliographical text (100 words maximum).
Deadline for submissions is October 31st. The editors will return their decision by the end of December.
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