Sunday, 20 June 2010

[creative-radio] Thematic issue on Student and University Radio - Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture (Intellect)


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Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture*

Call for papers for a thematic issue on *Student and University Radio*

Guest Editor: Salvatore Scifo

University radios, also called student, college and campus radios,
depending on the local cultural and social contexts were they have
developed, have been a tier of broadcasting and/or narrowcasting
stations that have become a regular feature in campuses across the
Americas, Northern Europe and Australia. In some cases they are also
local community radio stations that serve the communities that live in
the surrounding areas and playing a role in training future
broadcasters, widening the access to the media and a space for activism
and social movements.
In the last decade, these media have been developing at a fast pace also
in Southern Europe, Asia and Africa and adapted dynamically, often with
scarce resources, in the convergent media landscape where they have
experimented the integration with web-based forms of radio broadcasting
and podcasting.

Student Radio and radio stations based in universities have been already
around for almost 50 years, with some early experiences tracing this
even back to the early days of radio and the experimental broadcast of
the 1920s. Even though those stations are, and have always been, placed
in the same premises where media studies are taught and researched, this
is a under-developed area of research and there are limited research
resources available in this area.

Interactions is looking for original, research-based papers that will
contribute to broaden the theoretical and empirical perspectives on
media led by students, or where students are the main volunteer basis
and target audience, by calling for contributions from a broad range of
approaches including Radio Studies, Media Practice, Media History,
Community and Alternative Media and Cultural Studies.

Interactions welcomes analyses of local, regional and national case
studies, and international comparative research, as well as
contributions on media practice, audience studies and ethnographic
studies of these media.

Topics addressed in the papers could include, but are not limited to,
. Country or regional student radio histories
. Student radio practice
. Student radio as a community and alternative radio
. Ethnographic studies of student/university radio
. Student radio and social movements
. Student radio, culture and society
. Student media in the context of digital and web-based media
. Student media audience and reception studies

Applicants may submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to the Issue's
Guest Editor Salvatore Scifo at
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is *Thursday 30 September
2010*. Submission of full papers will be by *Monday 28 February 2011*.

Further information on submission and on previous issues of Interactions
can also be obtained by visiting journal's webpage on Intellect's
website at:,id=165/

Interactions recognises the interdisciplinary nature of the fields of
media, communication and cultural studies and we therefore encourage
diverse themes, subjects, contexts and approaches; empirical,
theoretical and historical. Our objective is to engage readers and
contributors from different parts of the world in a critical debate on
the myriad interconnections and interactions between communication,
culture and society at the outset of the twenty first century.

It is our intention to encourage the development of the widest possible
scholarly community, both in terms of geographical location and
intellectual scope and we will publish leading articles from both
established scholars and those at the beginning of their careers.

Particular interests include, but are not limited to, work related to
Popular Culture, Media Audiences, Political Economy, Political
Communication, Media Institutions and Practices, Promotional Culture,
New Media, Migration and Diasporic Studies.

Principal Editor
Anthony McNicholas
University of Westminster

Associate Editor
Tarik Sabry
University of Westminster

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