Emerald Studies in Media and Communications

Forthcoming 2019: 
Technology and Government

Volume Editor: Lloyd Levine
Volume Associate Editor: Aneka Khilnani

Government has a notorious reputation when it comes to the purchase and use of technology. A quick search of the headlines of major newspapers will quickly yield a treasure trove of technology procurement gone wrong. Additionally, while the private sector seems to adopt and implement new technology seamlessly and quickly to deliver for customers, government seems to lag behind. This seems to apply to both internal use of technology as well as external, customer facing uses. This volume will examine why government fails at technology purchases, examine why government lags behind on innovation and implementation, provide a case study of governments that have done an excellent job of purchasing and using technology, and look at the challenges of providing digital government services when large percentages of the population lack digital connectivity due to the digital divide. It will also examine how changes in technology have forced changes in the way government operates. Research examines the effect of technology on transparency, political and/or administrative, and this can be about the disclosure of behaviors, or about more transparency in government due to the ability of government to put information on line where the public can access it directly; how technology has changed the way government, particularly local or state government provides services; and the way technology has affected communications between government and those the entity governs. 

Forthcoming 2019: 
Millennials and Media

Volume Co-Editors (alphabetically): John Baldwin, Jenny Davis, Gabe Ignatow, Aneka Khilnani, Heloisa Pait, Laura Robinson, Jeremy Schulz, & 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.

Forthcoming 2020: 
Messages and meaning in mass media: Interpreting production, text, and reception 

Volume Editor: Ian Sheinheit

Messages and meaning in mass media: Understanding production, text, and reception breaks new ground in understanding media interpretively on three distinct but interrelated levels. Using diverse methods and empirical foci, the volume’s authors unpack the diverse, rich, and complex meaning systems within the mediated processes of production and reception as well as within the media text itself. By unpacking these three crucial, empirically overlapping but analytically distinct, media ‘moments’, the volume highlights, first, the fecundity of an interpretive theoretical lens, broadly defined, to the study of media, and, second, how production, text, and reception are linked and what this means for media and communication.
Authors’ contributions show the importance of messages and meaning in mass media by looking at the, often overlapping, cases of activism, politics, and celebrity. Together these chapters provide insight into the ways in which the media and communicative landscape has altered, or not, in the 21st century. This volume is of interest to anyone who is concerned with the structural, cultural, and technological dynamics of mediated communication. Further, it contributes to media, critical, performance, and communication theory, as well as to the literatures on social movements, politics, news, new media, and culture.  

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.............