Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network

This is the official publication of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network. It is a fully indexed open-access peer-reviewed journal run exclusively by, and featuring content solely from, postgraduate and early career researchers. 

Networking Knowledge nurtures academic talent in the fields of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, offering early career scholars a vibrant space for innovative scholarly debate, through opportunities to publish their work and get involved in all stages of the editorial process.  

Over the years of its existence, Networking Knowledge has extended its impact and reach, driven by the expertise of hundreds of contributors – authors, editors, guest editors, reviewersLaunched in September 2007, initially with the specific intention to serve the MeCCSA PGN community in the UK, the journal has evolved into a global network of scholars, featuring work from all over the world. Many of our past contributors are now leading academics in their respective fields.  

The journal is driven by the values of rigour, openness, collaboration and academic freedom. It is therefore its core goal to serve the community of postgraduate and early career scholars by fostering a supportive network and advancing knowledge in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies.

Chief Editor:
Bissie Anderson, University of Stirling


#TogetherApart: Hypermediatization, (inter)subjectivity and sociality in the time of pandemic (Special Issue)

April 21, 2020

Media technologies have become deeply embedded in our lives as “ecologies of communication through which human life is sustained” (Couldry, 2020, p. 119). Nowhere does this statement ring more true than in the COVID-19 pandemic reality, an unprecedented rupture which has brought the world to a halt, changing the ways we live, work and play. 

As digital technology remains the only means of staying connected, it becomes important to critically explore the current reality of 'deep mediatization' (Couldry & Hepp, 2017). Networking Knowledge invites contributions from postgraduate and early career researchers for a special issue dealing with the different manifestations of hypermediatization in society, culture, and communications from any disciplinary perspective or across disciplines. 

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Mediated sociality as the new normal
  • Hypermediatization and its impact on daily life
  • Creativity in lockdown
  • Performative (inter)subjectivity and affect: changes in the ways we view ourselves and relate to others
  • Authenticity, truth and trust in mediated communications
  • COVID-19 media coverage: the return of the expert?

Please submit a 500-word abstract (not including references) and 100-word bio to the journal editor, Bissie Anderson: by 1 July 2020. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 1 August, with full papers (detailed submission guidelines can be found here) to be submitted for peer review via our OJS system by 1 November 2020. We aim to publish the special issue in the spring of 2021

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Current Issue

Vol. 12 No. 2 (2019): Standard Issue

In contrast to previous themed and conference-based issues of the journal, the papers in this standard issue are diverse in their exploration of themes and modes of enquiry. Their themes range from health communication to protest, and from queer narratives to search for home. Significantly, the papers engage with different forms, platforms, and means of mass media, communications, and culture, including community-based communication, forms of political communication, strategies of lobbying, and creative cultural resistance. At the same time, the research contexts of these authors are also varied, with case studies drawn from the EU, Israel, Kenya, and India. However, it is in the diverse nature of these papers that a unique standpoint is offered, bringing together global perspectives on culture, people, and organisations, and their complex interactions with and understandings of media and forms of communications.

Published: September 17, 2019

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