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Special Issue on the Impact of Technology on Interpersonal Relationships

We invite submissions for a special issue that will examine the ways in which new media technologies impact people’s interpersonal identities and relationships — positively and negatively. We define technology in the broadest sense to include social media and personal communications technologies such as cell phones, tablet computers, personal music players, and other devices.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, technology’s relationship to or influences on:

Relational identities
Virtual relationships
Online impression management
Online intimacy initiation, escalation, maintenance, and termination
The impact of being tethered to technology
People’s sense of isolation or community
People’s social skills
Religious and spiritual life
Interpersonal and intercultural relationships
Relationship initiation and maintenance
Personal relationships in public space
Changes in empathic abilities
Sex and gender expression
Raising and maintaining relationships with children

We welcome research essays that use qualitative and/or quantitative methodological tools.

Potential contributors should send complete contact information (name, title, affiliation, home and work postal addresses and phone numbers, and email address) along with your manuscript to BOTH editors at and Manuscripts should use APA Style (6th edition) for in-text citations and reference list. Deadline for manuscript submission is Friday, October 30, 2015.

We welcome your questions and inquiries about the special issue or about possible essays. Please address your concerns to the co-editors: Dr. Vickie L. Harvey, Professor of Communication, California State University, Stanislaus;; and Dr. Teresa Housel, Adjunct Faculty of Communication, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand;


Editors’ Biographical Sketches:

Teresa Heinz Housel, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2013, Teresa Heinz Housel was an associate professor of Communication at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. While a first-generation college student at Oberlin College in the early 1990s, she became interested in how the academic environment culturally marginalizes many first-generation students. Her research in the areas of homelessness, the politics of housing, media and globalization, alternative media, and language, power, and class have appeared in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Information, Communication & Society, and Journal of Critical Inquiry.

Contact Information:

Teresa Heinz Housel
26 Porutu Street
Lower Hutt, Wellington 5011
New Zealand

Office Phone: +64 (021) 083 79615
Home Phone: same as above

Vickie L. Harvey, California State University, Stanislaus

Vickie Harvey is a professor in the Communication Studies Department at the California State University, Stanislaus. She conducts research and teaches courses that emphasize the importance of communicating in relationships. Her primary line of research focuses on cross-sex friendships and communication and technology. Her research has been published in Sex Roles, Communication Teacher, The Qualitative Report, International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, and Readings in Gender Communication. She and Teresa have co-edited two books on first generation college students and one book on LGBT health disparities.

Contact Information:

Vickie L. Harvey, Professor
Department of Communication Studies
California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382

Office Phone: (209) 667-3940; Fax: (209) 667-3525
Cell Phone: (209) 605-2514