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Special Issue: Culture, Technology and Globalization in the Information Age

Issue Editor:
Shaheed Nick Mohammed
Pennsylvania State University at Altoona

Culture as lived experience and academic concept exists and evolves under the pressure of global trends in the modern information age. Outdated notions of culture as a set of parochial markers of identity lose their relevance in a world where identities are not only hybrid, but also fluid and (often deliberately) constructed from multiple competing influences. Technologies of the information age enable cultures to exist outside of the confines of geography, history and politics traditionally associated with cultural emergence and maintenance. These technologies foster transnational and diasporic communities, enabling traditional migrants to reconstruct the traditions of home wherever they may wander. At the same time, these technologies also enable non-traditional groups with members of diverse geographic and historic backgrounds to evolve into their own "cultures" that feature membership, participation, mythology and lore in evolving forms.

The Electronic Journal of Communication ( invites papers on the multiple intersections of Culture, Technology and Globalization in the Information Age for an upcoming special themed issue to be published in early 2013.

Manuscripts may take a variety of empirical or theoretical perspectives; topics may include, but are not restricted to, the following areas:

  • virtual diasporas,
  • identity and technology,
  • hybridity and group/identity construction,
  • "culture" in the Information Age,
  • ethnogenesis and imagined communities.
  • Regardless of the specific topic, special emphasis should be placed on fundamental social changes that arise from the increasingly important role of information technologies in defining and transforming human culture.

    Manuscripts should target approximately 25 pages or 7000 words in length excluding notes and references and should adhere to APA (6th ed.) guidelines.

    The deadline for receipt of manuscripts is August 1, 2012. Submit electronic articles as an attachment using doc, docx, pdf, or rtf format. Address all manuscripts and queries to Shaheed Nick Mohammed ( Authors who would like to discuss paper ideas are encouraged to contact the editor.

    About the Guest Editor: Shaheed Nick Mohammed earned his PhD degree from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. He is Associate Professor of Communication at Penn State Altoona. His research examines the various intersections of communication technology, culture and global forces. He has published in outlets such as the Journal of Health Communication, New Media and Society, the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication and the Electronic Journal of Communication. He has recently authored two new books, Communication, globalization and culture: Beyond borders and tradition (Lexington Books, 2011) and The (dis)information age: The persistence of ignorance (Peter Lang, 2012).