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Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism invites submissions from all fields for a special issue on Media Literacy in a “Post-Truth” Age to be published September 1, 2017

Articles and artist’s projects addressing the theme of “media literacy in a ‘post-truth’ age” are welcome, and submissions that consider the intersections of art, activist, journalistic, and media literacy practices are particularly encouraged. There will be a print and an online edition of this special issue, so multimedia projects are welcome.

These contributions might include, but are in no way limited to, articles and projects addressing:

• Artistic interventions into mass media and spectacular culture

• Activist media practices

• Photojournalism and the production of alternative knowledges

• Current theoretical and practical approaches to teaching media literacy and media studies

• Media flows, borders, and walls: from neoliberal “openness” to populist enclosures

• Critiques of journalistic, scientific, and political objectivity

• Popular skepticism and challenges to the authority of mass media

• The emergence of “fake news” (particularly submissions that go beyond widely circulated definitions to critically consider issues surrounding the production of knowledge within globally networked culture)

• The networked production of truth: social media, news automation, algorithms, “filter bubbles,” “echo chambers,” robots, and bots

• Leakers and hackers: activist approaches to scrutiny, transparency, and accountability in a “post-factual” era

• Political satire as news critique


Titles and abstracts for papers and artist’s projects are invited by May 1, 2017 and should be submitted to Afterimage editor Karen vanMeenen at afterimageeditor [at] yahoo [dot] com. Authors and artists are encouraged to discuss proposals with the editor prior to submitting materials. Deadline to submit finalized projects is June 1, 2017.

For additional information regarding Afterimage submission guidelines, click here.

Note: No writer’s stipends are available for this issue. Contributors will receive copies and a complimentary subscription. All other submission details apply.