• 2021 MeCCSA PGN Conference Special Issue: Dreaming of Another Place

    Vol. 16 No. 1 (2023)

    This special issue brings together contributions from presenters at the MeCCSA PGN’s 2021 Conference, Dreaming of Another Place, which took place at University of Brighton in September of that year. The articles here are reflective of an academic world in transition; in the second year of changes researchers faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the authors here reflect on how their practices had changed. However, the articles in this special issue step beyond the pandemic, as well. While some authors changed their creative and research practices, others reflect on changes to places beyond the scope of the pandemic. As such, the theme of ‘Another Place’ takes on a variety of significant meanings.

  • MeCCSA Postgraduate Network 2020 Conference Special: Mediating Place

    Vol. 15 No. 2 (2022)

    This special issue features nine contributions from postgraduate and early career scholars who responded to a call for papers on the theme of Mediating Place for the 2020 MeCCSA PGR conference at the University of Brighton, which sadly had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The diversity of ways in which this issue’s theme ‘Mediating Place’ can be considered and applied is reflected in the range of responses and disciplines from which its contributors are working. This is also reflected in the differing styles of their papers and the methods that they have used for their enquiries. What is common to all is that concepts of ‘place’ and ‘space’ have remained rooted in subjective human perception. 

  • YouTube and Online Video in Lockdown: Digital Platforms, Culture and Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Vol. 15 No. 1 (2022)

    This special issue of Networking Knowledge was initially planned during the end of summer 2020, relatively early in the pandemic. At the time it was assumed that due to the time-consuming nature of academic publishing, any research released on the lockdown period would need to take a retrospective role, looking back at the traumatic, but temporary upheaval of 2020 from the relative safety of a slowly recovering world. But as the pandemic continued, it became clear that this issue would arrive long before anything had returned to normal, into a context in which educational and cultural institutions have been forever transformed by the necessity for physical distance.

  • Climate, Creatures and COVID-19: Environment and Animals in Twenty-First Century Media Discourse

    Vol. 14 No. 2 (2021)

    This special issue of Networking Knowledge features much-needed contributions to discussions about environment and ecology, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the increasing urgency of the climate crisis, changed ways of working, communicating, and thinking and being in the world. These interventions are provided by postgraduate and early-career researchers from a range of disciplines and cover a range of subjects, all relevant to reflecting on the pre-COVID-19 world and what we might still perceive as a ‘normal’ to be returned to or reconfigured, the events of the pandemic and lockdown, and/or constructions of the future, and the kind of recovery that is desirable and achievable. Maki Eguchi analyses a Japanese TV drama and its portrayal of pre-pandemic dairy farming, while Catherine Price considers genetically modified animals and the rhetorical construction of monstrosity. Lynda M Korimboccus asks us to consider animals in children’s television, and the hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance of ham sandwiches in Peppa Pig lunchboxes. Xin Zhao questions how the notion of ‘public’ is constructed in the reporting of environmental justice policy in China, and Callum Bateson describes how the stories of Máiréad Ní Mhionacháin can help us to think about the importance of environmental belonging and the impact of colonialism in the Anthropocene. Tayler Zavitz and Corie Kielbiski juxtapose Bong Joon Ho’s Okja (2017) and Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2013) to analyse the power of entertainment media in creating attitudes about animal rights and welfare activism. Nivedita Tuli and Azam Danish show the role of Instagram in environmental justice, and how the platform can distort and appropriate environmental and animal rights and welfare campaigns into personal celebrity, marketing and other political agendas. Jack Buchanan offers an analysis of ecological practice and worldhood in the work of Welsh filmmaker Scott Barley, while Nikki E. Bennett and Elizabeth Johnson talk Tiger King, and the impact the series has (or hasn’t) had on public engagement with, and attitudes to, the ownership of big cats for human entertainment. Theoretical work from critical animal studies, posthumanism, the environmental humanities and media studies is brought to bear on subjects that are relevant to how we have navigated (or failed to navigate) interspecies relationships and the entanglement of humans and ecology in the past, and how the pandemic period might offer us an opportunity to reconsider and change direction.

    Edited by Rebecca Jones

  • #TogetherApart: Mediatization, (Inter)subjectivity and Sociality at a Time of Pandemic

    Vol. 14 No. 1 (2021)

    This special issue features 12 contributions by early career scholars and artists dealing with the role of mediatization in the COVID-19 pandemic conjuncture. Themes such as mediated intimacy and sociality, pandemic ideology, politicians’ curated authenticity and discursive constructions of self, and playbour and resistance in digital games are examined in five original articles, while three autoethnographic contributions explore the concepts of mediated presence, collectivity, contemplative community, loneliness and relationality. The autoethnographies – in the form of short film, collage and poetry vignettes, respectively – add a personal experiential layer to the broader themes. To generate (mediated) interpersonal dialogue, two artists/academics engage deeply with the autoethographies, further reflecting on the themes explored therein. The issue concludes with an interview with Professor Andreas Hepp, of the University of Bremen, who comments on the contributions and reflects on the role of “deep mediatization” in the pandemic world.

    Edited by Bissie Anderson and Santhosh kumar Putta

    Cover image:

    "Let the distance be physical", by Cristina Estanislao on Unsplash. Submitted for United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives - help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Standard Issue

    Vol. 13 No. 2 (2020)

    This standard issue features six contributions from postgraduate and early career scholars, exploring a breadth of topics around a shared focus on time – the genealogy of sound in digital games, the use of social networking sites by expats, the impact of digital technology on education, the social construction of reality in a mediated world, temporalities in broadcast journalism, and the micro-narrative structures of romantic comedies. The articles present a good mix of empirical research and conceptual development, questioning, expanding, developing and testing theoretical constructs, and proposing innovative tools and approaches for examining their objects of study, thus driving forward theoretical debates in the fields of media, communications, sociology, and technoculture, and the cross-disciplinary spaces in between.

    Cover photo by Kyndall Ramirez on Unsplash

  • Standard Issue

    Vol. 12 No. 2 (2019)

    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.

  • MeCCSA PGN 2018 Conference: Contemporary News Discourse Around the Globe

    Vol. 12 No. 1 (2019)

    The papers presented in this special issue were submitted as part of the Best Paper competition at MeCCSA’s Postgraduate Network conference in 2018. The conference took place on 5th and 6th July 2018 at Canterbury Christ Church University and was organised by Nicholas Furze, Aurora Patera and Emma Kaylee Graves. As there were several high-quality papers submitted for the competition, it was decided that the 2018 conference would have two special issues in Networking Knowledge, instead of the usual one. This issue therefore compliments the previous issue of the journal: MeCCSA Postgraduate Network 2018 Conference Special Issue: Communities and the Media Around the Globe. While the first special issue had a very broad scope in terms of the topics covered by the authors, the current special issue has a more specialised focus on analyses of news discourse.

  • MeCCSA Postgraduate Network 2018 Conference Special Issue: Communities and the Media Around the Globe

    Vol. 11 No. 2 (2018)

    On 5th and 6th July 2018, MeCCSA’s Postgraduate Network held their annual conference at Canterbury Christ Church University. The event was organised by Nicholas Furze, Aurora Patera and Emma Kaylee Graves, all of whom have contributed to the creation of this special issue. The papers presented in this special issue are each based upon presentations given by attendees of this conference. With the inclusive theme of media, community and culture, the conference saw a wide variety of scholarship from contributors based in the UK and beyond. As a result, the four papers that make up this issue vary greatly, but are all related in that they each consider communities’ relationships to the media around the globe.

  • Exploring the Intersections of Fashion, Film, and Media

    Vol. 11 No. 1 (2018)

    Since the turn of the twentieth century, the film industry has played a key role in the promotion and representation of fashion. Likewise, fashion’s mediated character through newsreels, television, newspapers, magazines, photography, and even paintings has facilitated the study of costume and dress history. Film scholars have dedicated efforts to the study of fashion, film, and media, focusing mostly but not exclusively on matters of representation through costume design. Significant contributions from scholars like Jane Gaines, Stella Bruzzi, Tamar Jeffers McDonald, and Adrienne Munich among others have paved the way for an interdisciplinary approach to study fashion from a film and media perspective and shaped a multitude of intercultural links between cinema and other media practices. Far from being an exhausted topic, however, the intersections between the fashion and film industries offer a vast potential that is increasingly becoming of interest to early career scholars around the globe. This special issue seeks to widen the existing research network, presenting articles from postgraduate students and early career researchers from different background with a dedicated interest in researching the intersections between fashion, film, and media. These papers provide an overview of the ways in which these areas of study overlap and intertwine.

    Guest Edited by Elizabeth Castaldo Lunden

    Cover image by Lucian Savluc shared under CC BY-ND 2.0  Image title: “Fashion in the Age of Social Media.” Available at: ​

  • Sex and Sexualities in Popular Culture

    Vol. 10 No. 3 (2017)

    In November 2015, we held a symposium on the theme of Sex & Sexualities in Popular Culture at the Watershed, Bristol. Having met at a conference on popular music fandom and the public sphere, earlier that year, the symposium was a result of our shared interest in, and work on, sex and sexualities in popular culture. Bethan has worked extensively on antifandom of Fifty Shades of Grey and the moral panics surrounding the ‘irrational’ behavior of One Direction and Twilight fans. Milena’s research focuses on sexual consent in erotic fan fiction, and they have a keen interest in how media and culture interact with the discursive construction of sex, sexualities, and consent. Through the symposium, then, we wanted to afford a platform for postgraduate researchers and creative practitioners exploring the nuances of sex and sexualities within popular culture to meet and share ideas. Of course, the terms ‘sex’, ‘sexualities’ and ‘popular culture’ are not fixed or immutable and while we included suggestions for what papers might examine, the abstracts we received covered a range of topics, from literature and computer games to social media and fan fiction, and advertising to social activism. The symposium was well received both in person and online. We encouraged attendees to live tweet using the hashtag #popsex15, and discussions took place both at the Watershed and on Twitter about consent, the normative depictions of sex and relationships in popular culture, misogynistic hate speech and intersex characters in literature. The amount of engagement with the ideas and themes coming out of the symposium suggested that a deeper analysis was needed, and this special issue of Networking Knowledge - Journal of the MeCCSA-PGN attempts to engage in more detail with some of these. 

    Guest Edited by Milena Popova and Bethan Jones

  • Gender and the Screenplay: Processes, Practices, Perspectives

    Vol. 10 No. 2 (2017)

    In presenting this special issue, the editors acknowledge the skew toward female and feminist gendered concerns in screenwriting practice, representative of the response to the call for papers. The proposals received also indicated that the study of gender in screenwriting and screenplays may be underexplored (as distinct from gendered perspectives and representations on screen, for which we received many submissions, useful and interesting analyses in and of themselves, but not directly contributing to a special issue focused upon the page). The editors are also aware of the almost exclusive focus upon film (over television, gaming and online screenwriting for example) and, most regrettably, the absence of transgendered, intersexed or gender non-conforming perspectives. We hope this special issue might begin a conversation about gendered screenwriting (practices, processes and perspectives) beyond the binary.

    Guest Edited by Louise Sawtell and Stayci Taylor.

  • Ageing in a Networking Society

    Vol. 10 No. 1 (2017)

    Edited by Liliana Vale Costa and Hannah Grist

    This special issue aims to explore the role of ICTs in encouraging the development of networked older adults. Specifically, the following papers give a noteworthy contribution to the challenges posed by an increasingly ageing and networked society. This special issue is edited by colleagues whose disciplines are not naturally symbiotic – one from Information and Communication studies and the other from Ageing studies. As such, this special issue posed an interesting set of challenges for the editors as they explored their shared understandings of what it means to grow old or be old in a network society. The editors would therefore like to thank the authors for their receptiveness to ageing studies theory and for challenging their own assumptions about what it means to be old. This special issue acts, in some ways, as a stepping stone or a bridge between more information technological based notions of what it is to grow older and cultural gerontological constructions of older age.

    Cover Image: Liliana Vale Costa.

  • Together While Apart: Mediating Relationships and Intimacy

    Vol. 9 No. 6 (2016)

    Edited by Patricia Prieto-Blanco and Maria Schreiber

    This special issue of Networking Knowledge seeks to explore how interpersonal relationships are mediated in contemporary contexts. Digital technologies and practices associated with them enable us to interact with our social network of support in a seemingly easy way: we just need to use the touch of a finger to show that we care. However, it also takes the same effort and the same fingertips to demonstrate hate. 

    Interrogating the pragmatics of mediated affection and disaffect has become a necessity. In mediated interpersonal relationships, the intimate and the emotional are often subjected to a set of infrastructures, somewhere else called affordances (Chemero, 2003; Wright and Parchoma, 2011), as well as to set of practices (Couldry, 2002). The contributions that make up Together While Apart? highlight the emotive dimension of mediated communication. The common thread of all contributions to this issue is the focus on how relationships, intimacy and (dis)affect are constituted and negotiated through media.

    Cover Image: Carolina Cambre.

  • Fortress Europe: Media, Migration and Borders

    Vol. 9 No. 4 (2016)

    Edited by Sara Marino & Simon Dawes

    Cover image: “The thrill of political power” by Adriano Galasso

  • MeCCSA-PGN Conference 2015

    Vol. 9 No. 1 (2016)

    This special issue is devoted to the papers that were given at the MeCCSA-PGN Annual Conference at Coventry University in July 2015. Based around the theme of ‘Transformative Practice and Theory: Where We Stand Today', the issue is edited by the conference organisers, Francien Broekhuizen, Danai Mikelli and Poppy Wilde, and the journal editor, Simon Dawes.


  • Be Your Selfie: Identity, Aesthetics and Power in Digital Self-Representation

    Vol. 8 No. 6 (2015)

    Edited by Laura Busetta and Valerio Coladonato

    Cover image used with permission from iandcameron

  • Reframing Cinematic Space and Audience Practice in the Digital Age

    Vol. 8 No. 5 (2015)

    Edited by Dario Llinares and Sarah Arnold

    Cosmopolis (2005) Maurice Benayoun's Giant Virtual Reality Interactive Installation
    CC BY 3.0

  • Digital Comics

    Vol. 8 No. 4 (2015)

    Guest edited by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Jayms Clifford Nichols

    “Digital Comics” by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey


  • Mediatizing Gaza

    Vol. 8 No. 2 (2015)

    Edited by Nour Shreim & Simon Dawes

     “Gaza Audio-Visual Narrative by a Cyborg: Images by Hashtag”
    (VJ Um Amel, 2014):

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