[CITAMS] ESMC Call: Media, Development and Democracy (papers due December 15th)

Emerald Editorial editorial at emeraldmediastudies.com
Mon Sep 23 19:45:55 EDT 2019

*Call for Volume: Media, Development and Democracy: historical and current

*Editor: Heloisa Pait*

*Deadline: December 15, 2019*

Connections between the emergence of national democracies, economic
development, and the introduction of mass media have been studied for many
decades, but there are still missing links in this complex web. In 1949,
Daniel Lerner suggested the existence of a relationship between new media
and the modern mentality in developing nations. Although much criticized,
his insights influenced optimistic views of the impact of television and
the internet around the globe. Here we ask a different question: what is
the impact of State censorship and material restrictions on the press, in
countries that have been witnessing continuous economic development?

Do restrictions on the functioning of the media in the formative period of
a nation have long-term impacts on economic development? Looking from a
different angle, can a limited labor market, with few formal vacancies in
competitive firms, make literacy less rewarding, discouraging private
investment in education? How do low literacy rates influence political
culture and the nature of the public sphere in a modern society? In this
volume, we would like to examine the multiple relationships between
economic development, adoption of new media, literacy and education, and
democratic culture.

We are interested in studies of so-called developing countries, and in
particular those where there have been restrictions on the printing press,
such as colonial Brazil and the Ottoman Empire, or which somehow differ
from the Northern European and North American model of media development.
We welcome papers using a variety of methods, particularly those bridging
interdisciplinary gaps. Our goal is to point to new paths in the
understanding of the challenges to achieving a free and just society. We
welcome papers that discuss public policy regarding educational or economic
reforms within that larger investigative framework, as well as research on
the experience of particular groups. Research is particularly welcome on
women, the African diaspora, and/or Marranos.

The article “Liberalism Without a Press: 18th Century Minas Geraes and the
Roots of Brazilian Development”, by the editor, which appeared on volume 18
of Studies in Media and Communications, further elaborates on the possible
relations between media, development and the public sphere. Please send
your inquiries to Dr. Heloisa Pait, heloisa.pait at fulbrightmail.org with the
subject “Emerald Book Series”. Submissions should be sent before January
15, 2020.

Editor: Heloisa Pait is a tenured professor of sociology at the São Paulo
State University Julio de Mesquita Filho. She has written on Brazilian
telenovelas, on the role of new media in political action and on higher
education in Brazil and in the United States. Heloisa Pait is an active
participant of public debates; she has recently launched Revista Pasmas, an
online women’s magazine. Her published articles are listed in the Lattes
platform at www.bit.ly/helopaitLattes.

Contributing editor: Renata Nagamine is a postdoctoral fellow in the
Graduate Program in International Relations at the Federal University of
Bahia, Brazil. She received her PhD in international law from the
University of São Paulo Law School. Nagamine has worked as a researcher at
the Brazilian Centre of Analysis and Planning (Cebrap) and was a Kathleen
Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow with the Laureate Program in International Law
at the University of Melbourne in 2018. Her areas of interest are
international humanitarian law, human rights, and political theory.Her
published articles are listed in the Lattes platform at

*Emerald Studies in Media and Communications*
editorial at emeraldmediastudies.com
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