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IJTL: new call Issue 5

International Journal of Transmedia Literacy
5 (2019)

Thematic issue guest-edited by Stefano Calzati (Tallinn University of Technology) and Asun López-Varela (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Transmedia as a Strategy: Critical and Technical Expertise for Today’s Media Galaxy

Over the last two decades the concept of “transmediality” has grown out to establish itself as a field in its own right. We can now speak, indeed, of transmedia studies as an area of enquiry that is particularly interested in exploring those communicative phenomena which, by not being media specific – such as narratives – “land” on different media and capitalise on the unique affordances of each medium.

Concretely, the growth of transmedia studies  – both in popularity and disciplinary – has been fuelled by the consolidation of media convergence. This consolidation has eventually promoted the emergence of a transmedia-specific galaxy of communicative phenomena and outputs in which we witness the creolization of genres, codes and languages, as well as that of contents, media products and audiences.

The goal of this issue is to highlight the heterogeneity of the transmedia galaxy: how to critically approach the communicative phenomena that are part of the transmedia galaxy? What are the skills and competences needed to create transmedia outputs? The intersection of these questions characterises the middle-ground between theory and practice, which can be best explored by highlighting the operativity of transmediality as not much a descriptive term, but a strategy for better understanding (and teaching) transmedia phenomena.

Specifically, such strategy can be seen as the compound of critical and technical expertise needed to deal with today’s transmedia galaxy. On the one hand, this means to put theory “to effective use”, thus stressing how the concepts in the field can work productively to provide new insights into the relationship between users and media. On the other hand, the attention is turned towards the conception of transmedia outputs (as case-studies), given their ever-increasing “prosumerability” and global circulation, which demand a clear systematization of transmedia adaptation as a practice.

The issue welcomes interdisciplinary contributions coming from fields as diverse as media studies, cultural studies, literary studies, socio-anthropological studies and design research. Topics may include, but they are not limited to:

-          Audiences and prosumerism

-          Art forms, performances and coding

-          Intercultural and critical approaches to the transmedia galaxy

-          Space(s), temporalities and identities

-          Rhetoric and politics of communication

-          Teaching of new media literacies

-          Transformation in design strategies

Features of contributions and deadlines:

The IJTL adopt a double blind peer review process. Articles must be in English.

  • Deadline for abstracts to be sent to the email issue5@transmedialiteracy.net (max 300 words): April, 15.
    Abstracts should outline the theoretical and conceptual ground for the analysis and discuss concrete case studies, including methodology and results.
  • Notification of acceptance: no later than April, 28.
  • Deadline for full papers to be sent through the platform www.ledonline.it/transmedialiteracy - click here (around 6000 words, including bibliography): June, 30.
  • Peer review of the articles: July, 30
  • Final version of the articles to be submitted by authors: September, 30
  • Issue release: December 2019

Referencing style: Chicago manual of style (https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/). More details about guidelines: http://www.ledonline.it/public/files/journals/8/authors/Transmedialiteracy-Guidelines.pdf.

Please, note that it is not the editors’ responsibility to amend articles according to the required referencing system.