Call for Chapters: Edited collection on tablet computers, e-readers and other new media objects

Tablet comparison: Amazon Kindle Fire (left), Apple iPad Mini (center) and Google Nexus 7 (right), all showing a page of the English Wikipedia [Photo by Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz: Online at , shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)]
[Photo by Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz: Online here, shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license]
REFRAME is delighted to invite contributions to a peer-reviewed edited collection that brings together empirical, theoretical, critical and creative responses to tablet computers, e-readers and other artifacts.

Building on the research presented at the Tablet Symposium at the University of Sussex in April 2013, this edited collection will gather chapters which address the use of tablets, readers and ipads across many walks of life including academic, artistic, pedagogical, medical, corporate, activist and everyday contexts.

Chapters will develop themes including, but not limited to:

  • Tablet and e-readers’ relationship with the book
  • Challenges and rewards of using tablets to replace current working, creative and research practices
  • Definitions, representations and ways of understanding this object or set of objects
  • Roles that tablets and e-readers play in more general cultural understandings of technology
  • Questions of materiality
  • Users.  Who uses tablets?  In what ways are these devices inclusive?  In what ways do they exclude people or groups?
  • The historical placement of tablets and e-readers: within the history of the book, the history of ubiquitous computing, popular culture and science -fiction
  • Critical tools and frameworks for interrogating tablets and other new media objects. 

Chapters should be 8000 words in length and use Harvard referencing.

The collection will be peer reviewed, and will be published in e-book format by REFRAME (as part of its new venture REFRAME Books).

Abstracts should be 600-800 words and contain a clear outline of the argument, the theoretical framework, methodology and results (if applicable).  Abstracts should also include 5 keywords which describe the chapter, and should be sent to r.burns@sussex.ac.uk by the deadline of 30th June 2013.

Important dates

  • Deadline for abstracts: 30th June 2013
  • Notification of accepted papers: mid July 2013
  • Deadline for full chapters: 31st October 2013
  • Expected publication date: April 2014

For more information, please contact any of the editorial team.
Caroline Bassett, Ryan Burns, Kate O’Riordan and Russell Pearce
School of Media, Film and Music – University of Sussex

CFP and information about original symposium: www.sussex.ac.uk/rcmdc/projects/tablet
School of Media, Film and Music

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