Theme issue: Sharing Economies? Theories, practices and impacts

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Interesting theme issue from July in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy & Society” entitled “Sharing Economies? Theories, practices and impacts”.

See the full Table of Contents.

Here’s a snippet from the editorial statement about the issue:

The ten articles that comprise this issue collectively open up significant elements of sharing economies to greater academic reflection and critique. Substantively, they draw on a range of theories, territories and mechanisms to explore sharing economies from across different disciplinary perspectives. Davies, Donald, Gray and Hayes-Knox argue that five key issues emerge: (i) The etymology of sharing and sharing economies; (ii) The differentiated geographies to which sharing economies contribute; (iii) What it means to labour, work and be employed in sharing economies; (iv) The role of the state and others in governing, regulating and shaping the organisation and practice of sharing economies; and (v) the impacts of sharing economies. as an instrument of analytical discipline

Saw a paper, shared (perhaps ironically) on ResearchGate, concerning and the ways it can be seen as a means of self-discipline around ‘impact’, self-promotion and how these may relate reward and recognition. May be of interest to some…

“Facebook for Academics”: The Convergence of Self-Branding and Social Media Logic on

Brooke Erin Duffy and Jefferson D. Pooley.

Given widespread labor market precarity, contemporary workers–especially those in the media and creative industries–are increasingly called upon to brand themselves. Academics, we contend, are experiencing a parallel pressure to engage in self-promotional practices, particularly as universities become progressively more market-driven., a paper-sharing social network that has been informally dubbed “Facebook for academics,” has grown rapidly by adopting many of the conventions of popular social media sites. This article argues that the astonishing uptake of both reflects and amplifies the self-branding imperatives that many academics experience. Drawing on’s corporate history, design decisions, and marketing communications, we analyze two overlapping facets of (1) the site’s business model and (2) its social affordances. We contend that the company, like mainstream social networks, harnesses the content and immaterial labor of users under the guise of “sharing.” In addition, the site’s fixation on analytics reinforces a culture of incessant self-monitoring–one already encouraged by university policies to measure quantifiable impact. We conclude by identifying the stakes for academic life, when entrepreneurial and self-promotional demands brush up against the university’s knowledge-making ideals.

“Irreconcilable differences?” Sharlene Mollett’s Gender, Place and Culture Jan Monk Distinguished Annual Lecture

The latest issue of Gender, Place and Culture, and first of 2017, is online. It has Sharlene Mollett’s  Jan Monk Distinguished Lecture,as well as a themed section on ‘Sexual and Gender Minorities in Disaster’. There’s also an article on ‘crazy cat ladies‘ (there is, honest).

Here’s Mollett’s abstract:

Irreconcilable differences? A postcolonial intersectional reading of gender, development and Human Rights in Latin America

In 2015, the United Nations set in motion the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015–2024). While this mandate provides much to celebrate, its reliance on universal and human rights narratives collides against the reality of a persistent inferiorization of Afro-descendant communities as lessthanhuman. The paradoxical nature of human rights discourses notwithstanding, Afro-descendant women (ADW) leaders in Latin America embrace the opportunity provided by the UN Decade, to rethink human rights discourses and Afro-descendant inclusion in development practice. I draw insight in this article from black feminist and postcolonial thinking to contribute to a growing engagement with the concept of intersectionality in the subfield of feminist political ecology. Employing the concept of postcolonial intersectionality, I reflect on how ADW operationalize particular knowledges and their racialized gendered subjectivities to challenge regional imaginaries that limit livelihoods, access to natural resources and that cast Afro-descendants outside humanity. I connect such organized activism to that of quiet, every day and largely unrecognized acts of resistance among Afro-Antillean women situated in the growing residential tourism enclave along Panama’s Atlantic coast, in a place known as ‘Bocas’. This article draws from ethnographic and historical data collection and is supplemented with news articles, activist scholarship, government documents and secondary resources. Together, I center the intersectional logics of power in Bocas and argue that ADW lead a material and symbolic process of place-making, one that prioritizes life while struggling over carnal, gendered and racialized dispossession and the right to be recognized as human.


Reblog> Announcing Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture

This looks good! Via Scott Rodgers.

Announcing Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 23.50.50It’s with great pleasure that I can announce the publication of the first issue of Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture. I’m fortunate enough to be on the Editorial Board of this new journal and – although my involvement in this first issue was very minor indeed – I look forward to helping bring some interesting and engaging future issues to fruition focused on the relationship of media and cities.

I’ve posted the formal press release text below, which provides some more detail on the journal’s aims and scope, and importantly, its distinctive format. The journal is explicitly aimed at ‘small-gauge’ scholarship, meaning that while it may occasionally include research articles, it aspires to be a platform for alternative forms of scholarship, such as podcasts, video, interactive content, roundtable discussions, trend pieces and reviews.

One of my responsibilities as an Editorial Board member is to help curate content for future issues of the journal, and to that end I’d welcome anyone getting in touch with ideas, inquiries and formal expressions of interest. And of course, by all means, please do circulate details about this journal to anyone you think would be interested.

Press Release Text:

We’re proud to announce the publication of the first issue of Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture. Taking inspiration from our historical moment, which is defined by both the increasingly constitutive role media plays in our everyday life and by the force the urban and urbanization exert on those lives, Mediapolis places urban and media studies in conversation with one another. In doing so, we aspire to create a venue for discussion that operates outside the territory of the traditional academic journal, complementing existing publications by producing open-access scholarship whose approach and topics are equally accessible and of interest to a wide audience. Mediapolis will take full advantage of the flexibility afforded by our format to feature podcasts, video, and interactive content alongside roundtable discussions, trend pieces, reviews and peer-reviewed research articles.

We are excited by the possibilities of Mediapolis, and look forward to continuing conversations begun at conferences, gathering a community for teaching resources around the urban and media, and providing a home for innovative “small-gauge” scholarship. Above all, we believe Mediapolis affords the opportunity to foster a broader dialogue around media and the city with colleagues from cinema and media studies, art history, communication, urban studies, and other fields within and outside the academy. These goals are reflected in our editorial and advisory boards, as well as in the content of our first issue, which is available at If you’re interested in contributing to the journal in any way, archiving your course materials there, or serving as a reader for future submissions, please email Brendan Kredell (Oakland University) or Erica Stein (Marymount Manhattan College), at

New journal: “Digital Literacy Studies”

David Cooper tweeted a link to an interesting new open access journal called “Digital Literacy Studies“, published through Penn State University Libraries. Here’s the info from their page:

Digital Literary Studies

Digital Literary Studies is an international peer-reviewed interdisciplinary publication with a focus on those aspects of Digital Humanities primarily concerned with literary studies.

Digital Literary Studies publishes scholarly articles on research concerned with computational approaches to literary analysis/criticism, or critical/literary approaches to electronic literature, digital media, and textual resources.

In addition to longer, more traditionally-formed articles, this journal publishes positional papers and articles with a shorter experimental focus, as well as reviews of books and electronic literature. Contributors may also submit curated electronic texts for peer-review, as well as thoroughly-documented hermeneutical methods and tools. Any digital project with a literary focus, whether that be a digital edition, tool, or otherwise, may be considered for peer-review.

I’ve highlighted a bit above to point out that they welcome experimental shorter contributions too.