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Call For Papers
On behalf of Galina Miazhevich,
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CFP for Special Issue: Theorizing Media in Place/Nation Branding
Journal: European Journal of Cultural Studies Guest Editors: GÃ¶ran Bolin & Galina Miazhevich Abstracts Due: October 31, 2015
Since the late 1990s, nation branding has attracted growing interest from academics, professional consultants, and government actors. The ideas and practices of nation branding are frequently presented by branding advocates as necessary and even inevitable in light of changing dynamics of political power and influence in a globalized and media-saturated world. In this context, some have argued that nation branding is a way to reduce international conflict and supplant ethno-nationalism with a new form of market-based, national reputation management. However, a growing body of critical studies have documented that branding campaigns tend to produce ahistorical and exclusionary representations of the nation and advance a form of commercial nationalismâ€쳌 that is no less problematic.
Importantly, the critical scholarship on nation branding has relied primarily on sociological and anthropological theories of nationhood identities, and markets. By contrast, the particular role of the media as institutions, industries, systems, networks, digital platforms, societal storytellers, cultural environments, and so on has been under-theorized in relation to nation branding. The majority of the existing literature tends to treat the media as â€œneutralâ€쳌 vehicles for the delivery of branding messages to various audiences. This special issue seeks to problematize this overly simplistic view of the media and aims to draw connections between nation branding and existing, as well as new, theoretical conceptualizations of the media.
The issue invites contributions that connect the material and immaterial dimensions of nation branding to specific theorizations of media, conceived in a broad sense. Some theoretical approaches and concepts that are of interest include (but are not limited to):
The issue welcomes a variety of methodological perspectives and invites empirical studies as well as theoretical essays. However, all contributionsâ€“ regardless of their approach â€“ must articulate and theorize the various ways in which â€œmediaâ€쳌 are an integral part of nation branding. The essays may explore both the enabling and the inhibiting potentialities of media as they perpetuate nation branding ideas, images, ideologies, discourses, and practices.
Please send a 500-word abstract and a one-paragraph bio for each author to the guest editors Goran Bolin
firstname.lastname@example.org & Galina Miazhevich
email@example.com by 31 October 2015.
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