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Convergence

Convergence

The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies

eISSN: 17487382 | ISSN: 13548565 | Current volume: 30 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Convergence aims to encourage and advance interdisciplinary modes of enquiry into the study of the histories, trajectories, impacts, practices, pleasures and creative potential of contemporary convergent media & allied innovative technologies.

Convergence is an international peer-reviewed academic journal which was set up in 1995 to address the creative, social, political and pedagogical issues raised by the advent of new media technologies. As an international research journal, it provides a forum both for monitoring and exploring developments in the field and for encouraging, publishing and promoting vital innovative research. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach and published six times a year, Convergence has developed this area into an entirely new research field.

Topics include:

  • Convergent media: histories, cross-cultural/international contexts, emergent products
  • Digital creative production (music, television, art, photography, cinema, kinetic media)
  • Games, gaming and ludic technologies
  • Digital media distribution
  • Mobile media/content
  • Extended Realities (XR) – Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality
  • Local and Global Media Regulation and Infrastructure (e.g. Intellectual Property (IP), censorship, policy, platforms)
  • Diversity, Inclusion and representational politics
  • New techno-subjects of the anthropocene – Algorithmic, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life
  • Democratisation of the digital economy: co-production, open access and block chain and cryptocurrency
  • Distributed data, networked subjects and vulnerable publics


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Convergence is an international peer-reviewed academic journal which was set up in 1995 to address the creative, social, political and pedagogical issues raised by the advent of what were then ‘emergent’ new media technologies. More than 20 years later we see the intense and ubiquitous integration and absorption of these technologies into almost every aspect of our everyday cultural, social, creative and political lives. As an international research journal, it provides a forum both for monitoring and exploring developments in the field and for encouraging, publishing and promoting vital innovative research. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach and published six times a year, Convergence has developed this area into an entirely new research field.

The principal aim of Convergence is:

  • To encourage and advance interdisciplinary modes of enquiry into the study of the histories, trajectories, impacts, practices, pleasures and creative potential of contemporary convergent media and allied innovative technologies.

We seek research that supports this aim through:

  • The development and application of critical frameworks and methodologies that enable the reception, consumption and impact of convergent media and convergent technologies to be evaluated in their domestic, commercial, public and educational contexts;
  • Contextualising the study of these convergent media and technologies within existing critical academic debates, and to address the specific implications of the increasing convergence of media forms;
  • Monitoring, analyzing and evaluating the conditions of emergence of new media technologies, their subsequent mass production and the development of new cultural forms;
    Promoting the discussion and analysis of the creative and pedagogic potentials of those technologies, and contextualising those cultural practices within wider cultural and political debates.
Editors
Sarah Atkinson King’s College London, UK
Helen W. Kennedy University of Nottingham, UK
Book Reviews Editor
Ngai Keung Chan Chinese University of Hong Kong
Editorial Board
Crystal Abidin Curtin University, Australia
Harikrishnan Bhaskaran Central University of Himachal Pradesh, India
Olga Boichak University of Sydney, Australia
Pat Brereton Dublin City University, UK
Andre Brock Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Jean Burgess Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Earvin Cabalquinto Deakin University, Australia
Patricio Cabello Universidad de Chile, Chile
Christopher Chesher University of Sydney, Australia
Aleena Chia Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Grayson Cooke Southern Cross University, Australia
Patrick Crogan University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Gillian Doyle University of Glasgow, UK
Elizabeth Evans University of Nottingham, UK
Matthew Freeman Bath Spa University, UK
Rodrigo Gomez Garcia Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
Jennifer Holt UC Santa Barbara, USA
Erkki Huhtamo University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Indrek Ibrus Tallinn University, Estonia
Petros Iosifidis City, University of London, UK
Brenda Laurel Independent Scholar, USA
Jin Lee Curtin University, Australia
Hayes Mabweazara University of Glasgow, UK
Brandy Monk-Paton Fordham University, USA
Shepherd Mpofu University of Limpopo, South Africa
Simone Murray Monash University, Australia
Anders Olof Larsson Kristiania University College, Norway
Ágnes Petho Sapientia University, Romania
Sheenagh Pietrobruno Saint Paul University, Canada
Bojana Romic Malmö University, Sweden
Kurt Squire University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Jeanette Steemers King’s College London, UK
Ravi Sundaram Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India
Melanie Swalwell Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
Liza Tsaliki University of Athens, Greece
Patrick Vonderau Stockholm University, Sweden
Jing Zeng University of Zurich, Switzerland
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