New Series Announcement: Transmedia

We are proud to announce the launch of a new book series titled Transmedia: Participatory Culture and Media Convergence. This Amsterdam University Press series will publish exciting new scholarly work on the complex ways in which our popular media landscape is being transformed by digitization and globalization. The series will be focused on original scholarship that brings a critical and internationally oriented perspective on the topic outlined below. The editors of this series are Dan Hassler-Forest and Matt Hills, who are supported by a strong advisory board of leading international experts in the field. Please see below for more information and contact details.

New Series Announcement

The new book series Transmedia: Participatory Culture and Media Convergence provides a platform for cutting-edge research in the field of media studies, with a strong focus on the impact of digitization, globalization, and fan culture. The series is dedicated to publishing the highest-quality monographs (and exceptional edited collections) on the developing social, cultural, and economic practices surrounding media convergence and audience participation. The term ‘media convergence’ relates to the complex ways in which the production, distribution, and consumption of contemporary media are affected by digitization, while ‘participatory culture’ refers to the changing relationship between media producers and their audiences. Both developments have required substantial (and still ongoing) redefinitions of existing media platforms, as the rapid interactions between technological developments and socio-cultural practices continue to pose challenges as well as offer new opportunities for media scholars from a variety of academic disciplines.

Interdisciplinary by its very definition, the series will provide a publishing platform for international scholars doing new and critical research in relevant fields. While the main focus will be on contemporary media culture, the series is also open to research that focuses on the historical forebears of digital convergence culture, including histories of fandom, cross- and transmedia franchises, reception studies and audience ethnographies, and critical approaches to the culture industry and commodity culture.

The series revolves around the following key themes:

  • The effects of digitization and media convergence on global, national, and transnational popular culture(s)
  • Shifting cultural hierarchies in the media landscape
  • Cultures and histories of fandom in the context of globalization and digitization
  • Media archaeology and (pre-)histories of media transformations
  • New storytelling practices in the context of convergence culture, franchising, and world-building
  • The political economies of global digital culture

Editorial Board

  • Dan Hassler-Forest (University of Amsterdam)
  • Matt Hills (University of Aberystwyth)

 Advisory Board:

  • Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California, USA)
  • William Uricchio (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Julia Knight (University of Sunderland, UK)
  • John Storey (University of Sunderland, UK)
  • Simone Murray (Monash University, Australia)
  • Eckart Voigts (University of Siegen, Germany)
  • Timothy Corrigan (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Roberta Pearson (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Mark Bould (University of the West of England, UK)

Authors’ information

Proposals welcomed

Proposals for monographs or edited volumes should kindly follow the standard AUP Proposal Form (http://en.aup.nl/en/service/authors) and should also include the envisaged table of contents, an overview of the volume and abstracts of the proposed chapters or articles.

If you are interested in publishing a book with us please contact Jeroen Sondervan, Senior Commissioning Editor for Film & Media Studies at j.sondervan@aup.nl or one of the series editors.

2 september 2014