Hybrid Identities in Digital Media


Call for papers... Hybrid Identities in Digital Media Vol 11, no 4, Winter 2005

Digital bodies, virtual characters, man-machine hybrids, simulated 'humans', androids, and cyborgs

Guest-edited by Kerstin Mey and Yvonne Spielmann

The focus of the special issue:

While digitally constructed identities have entered the popular media environment through fiction film, television, and computer games, where they have homogenising effects on the viewer/user that do not encourage them to question or critically look at the cultural concept of 'hybridity', we find that in experimental fields of creative practices (arts, youth cultures, and other groups) the challenge lies in the articulation of individual features that are appropriate to specific needs and express – through diversity – reflections on the hybrid, increasingly interactive and virtual production in digital media. The common interest here seems to lie in the expression of virtual selves that abandon the pre-fabricated products of cinema, television, computer games, and so on.

We encourage a discussion of the following: In what way does the construction of hybrid identities in digital media arts and cultural practices have an effect on:

* new role models (of behaviour, action) * innovative ways of identification (participation, interaction, communication) * new ways of collaborative experience (through multiple user interfaces, MUDs) * novel ways of self-reflection (of role models, ethic/gender/social patterns) * new ways of self-representation (public/private spaces).

Copy deadline for refereed research articles: 1 April 2005

All proposals, inquiries and submissions for this special issue to:

Yvonne Spielmann Braunschweig School of Art Institute of Media Research Johannes-Selenka-Platz 1 38118 Braunschweig Germany tel: +49 (0)531 2810728 fax: +49 (0)531 2810713 email: spielmann@medien-peb.uni-siegen.de

Kerstin Mey School of Art and Design University of Belfast York Street Belfast BT15 1ED Northern Ireland, UK tel: +44 (0)28 9026 7258 fax: +44 (0)28 9026 7310 email: k.mey@ulster.ac.uk

Submission details: Two hard copies and one electronic copy (Macintosh Word compatible) of all articles should be sent to the guest editors with the following information attached separately: name, institution and address for correspondence, telephone, fax and email address. Papers should be typed on one side of the sheet with endnotes in accordance with the MLA style sheet. Authors should also enclose a 50 word biography and an abstract.