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Call for Papers – (In)Equalities and Social (In)Visibilities in the Digital Age – Journal Interações


Call for Papers – (In)Equalities and Social (In)Visibilities in the Digital Age – Journal Interações

The influence of new technologies in public and private spheres of society, rather than a reformulation, has given rise to a new social field and directly interferes with how we perceive the world, relate to it and others. In Pierre Bourdieu’s (2001) theory, field arises as a configuration of socially distributed relations.

Progressively, a universe of socialisation has emerged and consolidated: cyberspace. Although virtual, it exists and produces effects. It can be defined as the space boosted by the different digital communication platforms and assumes itself as an individual communication model, allowing the receiver to be simultaneously emitter. Space of flows (Castells, 1996), cyberspace translates the social dimension of the Internet enabling the diffusion of communication/information on a global scale. This causes an intense process of inclusion and exclusion of people in the network.

The reference to info-inclusive and info-excluded societies of the digital scenario is imperative when it is reflected in the geography of the new socio-technological spaces. The dynamics of these territories are directly associated with the way social, demographic, economic and technological variables condition each other, revealing the potential for dissemination of information and knowledge through technologies.

In this special issue of the journal Interações we propose a reflection on (In)Equalities and Social (In)Visibilities in the Digital Age. Unpublished works that present research results and/or theoretical reflection on this theme are accepted (although this special issue is not limited to these topics):

– Digital and social and economic inequalities in different geographical contexts;

– Promoting equality by digital;

– Visibilities and social invisible created by movements of exclusion or social inclusion, digital, media, economic, etc.;

– Invisible social groups in the digital age;

– Digital literacy and vulnerable social groups;

– Digital as a geographical barrier;

– Conditioning created by technology to the individual in a social context.


Deadline for submission of articles: June 25
Notification of acceptance: July 10
Publication: July 31

The articles must be sent via email:

Any questions should be addressed to the same email.

Guidelines and other instructions for authors can be found on the journal’s website:

Interações is a scientific journal of Instituto Superior Miguel Torga with a biannual edition. The journal publishes original papers that present research results and/or theoretical reflection in the different fields of social sciences and humanities. From an interdisciplinary editorial perspective, Interações’ primary objective is to foster the reflection and diffusion of knowledge in the areas of Social and Human Sciences, with a particular focus on Portuguese and Latin American spaces. The journal accepts articles of scientific investigation, reviews and critical essays.



Chamada de artigos para a Revista Interações – (Des)Igualdades e (In)Visibilidades Sociais na Era Digital

A influência das novas tecnologias nas esferas pública e privada da sociedade, mais do que uma reformulação, originou um novo campo social e interfere diretamente na forma como percecionamos o mundo, nos relacionamos com este e com os outros. Relembre-se que na teoria de Pierre Bourdieu (2001), campo surge como uma configuração de relações socialmente distribuídas.

Progressivamente surgiu e consolidou-se um universo de sociabilização: o ciberespaço. Ainda que virtual, existe e produz efeitos. Pode ser definido como o espaço potenciado pelas diferentes plataformas de comunicação digital e assume-se como um modelo de comunicação individual, permitindo ao recetor ser simultaneamente emissor. Espaço de fluxos (Castells, 1996), o ciberespaço traduz a dimensão social da Internet permitindo a difusão de comunicação/informação à escala global, o que provoca um intenso processo de inclusão e exclusão de pessoas na rede.

A referência a sociedades info-incluídas e info-excluídas do cenário digital é imperativa quando se reflete sobre a geografia dos novos espaços sócio-tecnológicos. As dinâmicas destes territórios estão diretamente associadas à forma como as variáveis sociais, demográficas, económicas e tecnológicas se condicionam entre si, revelando o potencial de disseminação de informação e conhecimento através das tecnologias.

Neste número especial da Interações propomos uma reflexão sobre (Des)Igualdades e (In)Visibilidades Sociais na Era Digital. Aceitam-se trabalhos inéditos que apresentem resultados de investigação e/ou reflexão teórica sobre esta temática como (ainda que este número especial não esteja limitado a estes tópicos):

– O digital e desigualdades sociais e económicas em diferentes contextos geográficos;

– A promoção da igualdade pelo digital;

– Visibilidades e invisibilidades sociais criadas por movimentos de exclusão ou inclusão social, digital, mediática, económica, etc.;

– Grupos sociais invisíveis na era digital;

– Literacia digital e grupos sociais vulneráveis;

– O digital como barreira geográfica;

– Condicionamentos criados pela tecnologia ao indivíduo em contexto social.

Deadline para submissão de artigos: 25 de junho
Notificação de aceitação: 10 de julho
Publicação: 31 de julho

Os artigos devem ser enviados através do email:

Qualquer dúvida deve ser endereçada ao mesmo email.

As normas de publicação e outras instruções para autores podem ser consultadas no site da revista:

A Interações é um periódico científico do Instituto Superior Miguel Torga com edição semestral. A revista publica trabalhos inéditos que apresentem resultados de investigação e/ou reflexão teórica nos diferentes campos das Ciências Sociais e Humanas. Numa perspetiva editorial interdisciplinar, o objetivo prioritário da Interações é propiciar a reflexão e difusão de conhecimento em áreas das Ciências Sociais e Humanas, com particular enfoque para os espaços lusófono e ibero-americano. A revista aceita artigos de investigação científica, resenhas e ensaios críticos.

Call for papers – OBS Special issue on The co-option of audience creativity on digital platforms

Through its 3-year of activity, the Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research (CEDAR), a network funded by the AHRC in the UK  has observed that the co-option of audiences by large, global players is becoming more intricate than previously. While a number of factors account for this development, the co-option of audiences is increasingly made possible by the appropriation of technology in the development of digital media platforms. These media are able to turn audience’s work and engagement into commodities for attracting attention, metrics to be sold to advertisers and business models (Andrejevic, 2009; van Dijck, 2013; Hearn & Schoenhoff, 2016).

While user-generated content such as blogging or vlogging is a clear sign of audience agency, there is an increased tendency for that work to be co-opted by private and public media, hence leading to new forms of power imbalance between media and audiences. The co-option of audiences refers generally to the appropriation of audience labour, their ideas or the content of their productions, for one’s own purposes, be it by media and other organisations. But it also involves the process of gaining the audience’s agreement and consent in contributing to the objectives of the organisation and the establishing of new forms of relationship between audiences and platforms. On the other hand, audiences sometimes appreciate the recognition of their production by more established media or producers, such as fan communities. Hence, there is an important dialectic dimension in which co-option is negotiated, in which conflicts and tensions arise, and in which norms, rules and roles are redefined (Stehling *et al.*, forthcoming).

This topic has been discussed by political economy of communication and in particular of the web 2.0, focusing on the exploitation of audiences’ work as free labour (Andrejevic, 2009; Wasko, Murdock & Sousa, 2014; Fuchs & Sevignani, 2013), and by cultural studies through the notion of participation (Jenkins, 2006; Jenkins & Carpentier, 2013). However, Vesni? -Alujevi? and Murru (2016) claim the urgency of finding bridges between those perspectives.

*This special issue wishes to investigate the dialectic nature of co-option of audience creativity in blogging and vlogging platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram etc. Can the commodification of audience creativity and the emancipation it creates live side by side within the same model? When a YouTuber advertises a product, is the content different and does it entail different forms of communication to and from the audiences? How do popular and professional or semi-professional Youtubers, Instagrammers, etc negotiate the boundaries of their work and retain their integrity and authenticity?*

Are welcome contributions to answer these and other related questions by paying attention, amongst others, to:

– the processes of produsage and co-creation of media content by the audiences within new practices of co-option by different kinds of power;

– the commercialisation of “micro-celebrities”/“social media influencers” (in digital platforms as YouTube, blogs, Instagram and Facebook);

– the use of algorithms and its impact on audience creativity;

– the strategies deployed to encourage and orient (or block and prevent) the production of content that (dis)serves the interests of non-audience actors (owners, administrators, advertisers, etc.);

– the processes and mechanisms of translation, such as datafication, metrification, by which audience creativity is co-opted;

– the formation and negotiation of new business models throughout the co-option of audience labour;

– the complex landscape of cross-interests and mutual influences between content users and producers;

– the redefinition and negotiation of audience’s roles and relations with other actors.

For questions, please contact Special Issue Guest Editor Ana Jorge:

Submissions should follow the manuscript format guidelines for OBS* at

All manuscripts should be submitted to , until March 30th 2018.

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