Emerald Studies in Media and Communications

Forthcoming 2019: Advancing the Digital Divide Research, Policy, & Practice Agenda

Volume Lead Editor: Susan B. Kretchmer
Volume Co-Editors (alphabetically): Nancy Kranich, Rob McMahon, Massimo Regnadda, & Laura Robinson

This volume celebrates important research generated through Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD). PPDD is the only academic professional organization in the world focused solely on the digital divide and on connecting research to policymaking and practice to strategize actions and catalyze solutions to this pressing societal concern. The volume highlights critical scholarship from the academic research, policymaking, and practitioner communities including but not limited to community intervention initiatives, program evaluations, and engagements with policymakers and practitioners. Contributions advance the agenda on broadband and the digital divide, address the many challenges and opportunities presented by the digital world, and further evidence-based policymaking and practice so that all citizens can participate fully in the digital, networked age.

Forthcoming 2019: Mediated Millennials

Volume Lead Editor: Jeremy Schulz
Volume Co-Editors (alphabetically): John Baldwin, Jenny Davis, Gabe Ignatow, Heloisa Pait, Laura Robinson, & Apryl A. Williams 

Mediated Millennials provides a timely examination of the first digital generation. The volume brings together editors from three continents to assemble research addressing millennial digital media practices along the key axes of consumption, participation, and production. Authors explore case studies of millennials from around the world: cell phone use among Israelis, the activities of Brazilians in LAN (local area network) houses, perspectives on selfies from New Zealand, and American millennials engaged in a variety of digital pursuits ranging from seeking employment, to creating YouTube content, to gaming, to consuming news and political content. Across these arenas of practice, the research addresses diverse forms of digital media content from multiple theoretical perspectives and disciplinary traditions.

Published Volumes Since 2014:

The M in CITAMS@30: Media Sociology
Networks, Hacking, and Media--CITAMS@30: Now and Then and Tomorrow
Media and Power in International Contexts: Perspectives on Agency and Identity 
e-Health: Current Evidence, Promises, Perils, and Future Directions 
Social Movements and Media
Brazil: Media From the Country of the Future 
ICTs and the Politics of Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean 
[New] Media Cultures 
Digital Distinctions & Inequalities 
Politics, Participation, and Production 
Doing and Being Digital: Mediated Childhoods 

For full information on published volumes (volume editors, authors, etc) see here. 

ESMC Series Aims and Scope

​Given the breadth of the fields contributing to the study of media and communication, the parameters are set as broadly as possible. As long as the research speaks to the theme(s) identified in each call for submissions, the series aims to encompass research on emergent phenomena, as well as studies with a historical or longitudinal dimension. Although the submissions must be written in English, we particularly welcome submissions with an international, comparative, and/or global angle of vision. Submissions may be empirical, theoretical, or methodological--using any method or approach. Within the themes set by each volume's editors, contributions on a wide variety of topics on [digital] media, ICTs, and communication are welcome from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Potential areas of inquiry include but are not limited to any of the following:

Activism and social movements 
Big data
Big ideas and big debates
Communication practices
Digital inequalities and inclusion
Economic activities, production, markets, commerce, virtual currencies, etc.
eJournalism and citizen journalism
Emergent methods and transformation of traditional methods
Emergent or “older” social networks 
Empirical studies
Empowerment, social change, etc.
Future(s) of media research
Globalization, glocalization, etc.
Illicit activities, identity theft, cyberterrorism, scams, etc.
Identity work
Media Histories
Methods and methodological innovation
Life enhancement, social benefit, and health
Privacy, sousveillance, surveillance, etc.
Smartphones and mobile devices
Social categories: race, class, gender, nationality, religion, etc.
Social theory 
The body and embodiment 
The lifecourse
Web 3.0
And others, etc.............