Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution

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Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution
First Monday
Guest editors: Raphaël Nowak (Griffith University, Australia) and Andrew Whelan (University of Wollongong, Australia)

2014 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of the peer-to-peer application Napster. Developed by a student, Shawn Fanning, with the help of his friend Shawn Parker and uncle John Fanning, Napster established music downloading as a mass phenomenon. By 2001, 50 million users had downloaded content with Napster. Many other applications followed – Gnutella, Kazaa, LimeWire, eMule, Soulseek, BitTorrent, among others – further developing and entrenching p2p technology. Continue reading

Cute Studies

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Cute Studies
Special issue of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture
Deadline: 15 April 2014

Cuteness has a global reach: it is an affective response; an aesthetic category; a performative act of self-expression; and an immensely popular form of consumption. This themed issue of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture is intended to launch the new, interdisciplinary, transnational academic field of Cute Studies. Continue reading

Business in Popular Culture

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Business in Popular Culture
Deadline: 1 February 2013

We are putting together a collection of papers that explore various representations of business in popular culture. The topics could range from fashion, design and branding to popular media, social media and entertainment. We seek abstracts from academics, scholars and practitioners who have an innovative approach to business and popular culture. Continue reading

Journal of Visual Culture

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Internet Memes and Visual Culture
Special Issue of Journal of Visual Culture
Issue Guest Editors: Laine Nooney (Stony Brook University) and Laura Portwood-Stacer (New York University)

The Editors are currently seeking proposed contributions for a special issue of the Journal of Visual Culture on Internet Memes and Visual Culture, to be published December 2014. Continue reading

Studies in Australasian Cinema

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New issue
Studies in Australasian Cinema

Studies in Australasian Cinema (ISSN: 17503175) is an internationally refereed journal produced in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. The journal explores screen cultures, texts, theory, production, reception, history and scholarship in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific. Continue reading

The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture: The Crime Issue

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The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture
The Crime Issue

Following on from the successful conference in Melbourne, I should like to remind you that next year’s special issue of The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, which will be launched in Brisbane at the 2013 conference, is on crime. So, if your conference paper this year was on crime (crime fiction, crime on TV or film, true crime, and so on), or if you have written or would like to write a paper on this topic, please consider sending it through to me at this email address: alistair.rolls@newcastle.edu.au

Authors should refer to the journal’s website for details about style, but I should like to ask at this stage that you aim to keep papers within the 5,000-6,000-word bracket and that you make sure that you have secured permissions for any images that you would like to use (and the journal is keen to have images).

The deadline for getting papers to me is end September 2012.

Alistair

Doing Fieldwork in Nightlife Scenes and EDMCs

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Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture
Doing Fieldwork in Nightlife Scenes and EDMCs
Guest editor: Luis-Manuel Garcia
http://dj.dancecult.net/

This special edition of Dancecult seeks to address the fact that, although many EDM (Electronic Dance Music) projects have a significant ethnographic component, there are few methodological resources available to ethnographers of EDM scenes/cultures. Continue reading

Justice Framed: Law in Comics and Graphic Novels

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Justice Framed: Law in Comics and Graphic Novels
Special issue of Law Text Culture Volume 16

Comics and graphic novels are gripped by issues of law, legality, order, and justice. However legal scholarship, even in the emerging field of law and popular culture, has yet to return the obsession, studiously ignoring the insight and opportunity comics provide for illuminating, developing, and critiquing law. The goal of Volume 16 of Law Text Culture will be to rectify this villainous oversight. Continue reading