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Jun 14, 2007

Special Issue on Wireless Technologies, Mobile Practices

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Special Issue on Wireless Technologies, Mobile Practices :: Mobile wireless devices such as handheld pdas, cellular telephones, and portable computers are part of a changing landscape of communications and culture. In the last decade alone, for instance, the use of cell phones has increased fourfold in Canada signaling a remarkable shift in the telecommunications industry, the convergence of a number of technologies onto a single platform, and new ways of conducting person-to-person communication and creating community. In addition to these devices, Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, WANS, and GPS comprise integrated segments of the new infrastructure of the so-called wireless world as well as an emergent vocabulary for citizens and consumers.

The Canadian Journal of Communication invites submissions, in English or in French, for a forthcoming special issue on mobile communications and wireless technologies. We are interested in innovative, critical approaches that decipher a range of mobile technologies and practices in wireless contexts. Possible themes include:


  • Everyday uses: sharing our lives via the mobile (text, voice, video)
  • Civic engagement, activism and mobile technologies
  • Wireless services and emergency communication
  • Privacy, surveillance and mobile phones
  • Community Wireless Networks
  • Policy: CRTC regulations and spectrum policy
  • Mobility, Labour: new conditions of work
  • Shifting notions of space, place and time in a mobile world
  • Rhetoric and discourses on mobility and wireless worlds
  • Art, design and mobile technologies
  • Mobile genres and cellular convergence
  • Global and international perspectives on mobile technologies

Full-length papers (@ 7000-9000 words) should be submitted electronically following the guidelines laid out on the CJC submissions website.

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