SEAS : Call for Book Chapter on Social Media Activism

Contributions drawing on events from the following regions are   encouraged: Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia…

Deadline : 1st October 2016

Activism / Digital Activism / Hacktivism

Call for chapters for an edited book on the evolution and growth of digital activism. The book will enrich the understanding of contemporary protests and their cultural, historical and technological expression. It will look in detail at the role social and digital media play in enabling protests and the new constitution of activism, including how people have employed innovations in technology to tackle global problems.  The editors are also interested in old forms of activism from the pre-social media era (civil rights, anti-Vietnam war, women’s movement) as a way of providing an historical context for, examining the differences between and comparing earlier and new forms of activism.

Possible Topics
A list of possible (but not exhaustive) topics and themes that contributors could submit:

  • How do we make sense of the kinds of political participation and activities flourishing in online spaces?
  • What conditions, under which participation in social media thrive, lead to successful political activism?
  • Does the Internet help to bring down or bolster dictatorships?
  • How are digital media technologies used to coordinate action?
  • What does the concern about “slacktivism” or “clicktivism” mean for physical street protests?
  • Is “slacktivism” or “clicktivism” still considered a form of participation by other means?
  • Is there a relationship between online and offline activism?
  • How have hacktivists used digital tools to disrupt large groups, corporations, institutions and individuals (e.g. leaks, network shutdowns, data mining, malware attacks)?
  • Do activists simply create pre-digital forms of activism using digital tools?
  • What are the factors that explain participatory differences across old and new social movements?
  • Is terrorism a form of activism?
  • If pre-digital activists relied on word of mouth, petitions, pamphleting, posters, sit-ins and membership in a political party to bring people together to fight for a common cause, how do contemporary digital activists work? What are the differences in styles and methods of communication? How do these differences matter, if at all?
  • How is the Internet changing the political environment and the conditions for protest?
  • Is traditional activism dead?

Please send an abstract of your proposed chapter (no more than 300 words) by 1 October 2016 with a short bio (no more than 100 words).

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 1 November 2016
Deadline for full papers (5,000-6,000 words excluding references): 1 February 2017
Publication: mid-late 2017

For more information please download the call here.