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Exploring Produsage
New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia Special Issue

Call for papers
The concept of produsage points to the shift away from conventional
producer/consumer relationships, and highlights the more fluid roles of
users and contributors within social media environments. Participants in
open source projects, in Wikipedia, in YouTube and Second Life are no
longer merely consuming or using preproduced material, but neither are
they at all times acting as fully self-determined producers of fully
formed new works; rather, they occupy a hybrid position as produsers of

Produsage processes are now evident across a wide range of activities -
mainly online, but increasingly also extending to the offline world -
from citizen journalism and communal knowledge management through to
collaborative artistic activities, from learner-led education models to
citizen engagement in political processes. As such models establish
themselves, what does an examination through the lens of the produsage
framework reveal about their internal operations? How do they affect the
existing institutional, industrial, social, and cultural environments
within which they operate? How may they be guarded against cooptation
and exploitation by corporate interests? What possible futures do they

Potential contributions to this special issue could include, but are not
limited to, areas such as:

*	Conceptualising produsage: theoretical frameworks for examining
produsage activities, practical examples of produsage projects, ...
*	Historical and comparative perspectives: produsage and other
forms of collaborative and commons-based work, precedents of produsage,
*	Technologies and practices of produsage: collaborative dynamics
of leading produsage spaces, impact of the technological foundations of
produsage, ...
*	Empirical perspectives on produsage: case studies of produsage
and its effects, ethnographic research into produsage communities, ...
*	Methodology: research approaches to the study of produsage,
tracking and evaluating produser activities, ...
*	Critical perspectives: economic, legal, pedagogic, sociological
perspectives on produsage, ...

For this special issue of NRHM, we invite contributions on these and
other topics related to produsage. Full papers should be around 7,000
words; shorter papers (around 3,000 words) for technical notes, industry
perspectives or opinion pieces are also welcome. More detailed
instructions for authors can be found online: Queries should be directed to the
Guest Editors.
Authors should submit their papers online via the New Review of
Hypermedia and Multimedia Manuscript Central site:

Important dates  
July 16, 2010 		Paper submission deadline 
September 24, 2010	Author notification
October 15, 2010        Final copy due      
Spring 2011         	Publication

Guest Editors
Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology, [log in to unmask]
Jan Schmidt, the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research (Hamburg),
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