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Call for Book Proposals for the Critical Digital and Social Media Studies Series Now Open

Call for Book Proposals for the Critical Digital and Social Media Studies Series Now Open

Critical Digital and Social Media Studies is an established open access book series edited by Professor Christian Fuchs.

With funding from the Jisc Open Access Community Framework (OACF), which allows us to publish without author facing fees or book processing charges, we are now inviting submissions for book proposals that fall within the scope of the series and fit the criteria set out below. 

Books in the series are published open access online in ePUB, Mobi and PDF formats and simultaneously as affordable paperbacks. They are published using a Creative Commons licence and copyright in the work is retained by the author. Books are hosted on open access book platforms including the UWP website, JSTOR and OAPEN.

The series has published 24 books since its launch in 2016, and titles in the series have won and been shortlisted for major academic book prizes, published in foreign language editions, been widely reviewed in leading journals, and are amongst the most downloaded titles published by the Press. 


Submissions must be for projects between 35,000-90,000 words in length, with a preference for projects that can submit a full draft typescript within the next 6-12 months.  We favour single or co-authored monograph proposals but will also consider suggestions for edited collections.

Submissions should include a proposal form, which can be downloaded here, author/editor CVs and one sample chapter.

The submission deadline for proposals is 15 March 2023, 23:59 GMT.

Submissions will be shortlisted by the series editor and successful proposals will then be sent for external peer review. Shortlisted proposals will be peer reviewed in accordance with the Association of University Presses guidelines on peer review, and will be assessed by the series editor, external referees and the UWP Editorial Board.  Final decisions will be made by 31 May 2023.

Submissions should be made via email to Philippa Grand, Press Manager at University of Westminster Press, at p.grand@westminster.ac.uk. Please use this email address for any queries about the submission process or the Call in general.


The proposal should include the following sections and information:
1) Book title and author/editor detais
2) Project overview (a synopsis of up to 500 words; three main features of the book that make it distinct; five keywords)
3) Table of Contents
4) Chapter abstracts
5) Author/editor biographies
6) Target audience
5) The five most important publications thus far by each author (in the case of collected volumes only refer to the editor(s))
6) Audience (For whom do you write this book? Who will read it?)
7) Competing publications
8) Typescript information
9) Timetable for the project
10) Sample chapter details


The Critical Digital and Social Media Studies series publishes books that critically study the role of the internet, digital and social media in society and make critical interventions. Books in the series analyse how power structures, digital capitalism, ideology, domination and social struggles shape and are shaped by digital and social media. They use and develop critical theories, are profoundly theoretical and discuss the political relevance and implications of the topics under scrutiny.

The series is a critical theory forum for internet and social media research that makes critical interventions into contemporary political topics in the context of digital and social media.  It is interested in publishing work that, based on critical theory foundations, develops and applies critical social media research methods that challenge digital positivism, as well as digital media ethics that are grounded in critical social theories and critical philosophy. The series’ understanding of critical theory and critique is grounded in approaches such as critical political economy and Frankfurt School critical theory.


Topics that we are interested in receiving proposals on include but are not limited to:

  • Digital capitalism
  • Digital labour
  • The political economy of digital and social media
  • Digital and informational capitalism
  • Ideology critique in the age of social media
  • The political economy of fake news and post-truth on the internet
  • Digital fascism
  • Digital authoritarianism
  • Digital warfare
  • Digital socialism
  • Marxist theory in the digital age
  • The public service internet
  • The digital public sphere and digital democracy
  • New developments of critical theory in the age of digital and social media
  • Critical studies of advertising and consumer culture online
  • Critical social media research methods
  • Critical digital and social media ethics
  • Working class struggles in the age of social media
  • The relationship of class, gender and race in the context of digital and social media
  • Critical analysis of the implications of Big Data
  • Cloud computing
  • Digital positivism
  • The Internet of Things
  • Predictive online analytics
  • The Sharing Economy
  • Location based data and mobile media
  • The role of classical critical theories for studying digital and social media
  • Platform co-operatives
  • The Digital Commons
  • Critical studies of the internet economy
  • Online prosumption
  • Subjectivity, consciousness, affects, worldviews and moral values in the age of digital and social media
  • Digital art and culture in the context of critical theory
  • Environmental and ecological aspects of digital capitalism and digital consumer culture
  • Algorithmic discrimination
  • Critical studies of digital surveillance
  • State power in the digital age
  • Activism in the digital age
  • Digital (in)justice


Christian Fuchs, Critical Theory of Communication: New Readings of Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and Habermas in the Age of the Internet

Mariano Zukerfeld, Knowledge in the Age of Digital Capitalism: An Introduction to Cognitive Materialism WINNER OF THE AMILCAR HERRARA PRIZE 2018

Trevor Garrison Smith, Politicizing Digital Space: Theory, the Internet, and Renewing Democracy

Scott Timcke, Capital, State, Empire: The New American Way of Digital Warfare

Marco Briziarelli and Emiliana Armano (eds) The Spectacle 2.0: Reading Debord in the Context of Digital Capitalism

Annika Richterich, The Big Data Agenda: Data Ethics and Critical Data Studies

Kane X. Faucher, Social Capital Online: Alienation and Accumulation

Joan Pedro-Carañana, Daniel Broudy and Jeffery Klaehn (eds), The Propaganda Model Today: Filtering Perception and Awareness

Jeremiah Morelock (ed), Critical Theory and Authoritarian Populism

Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis and Alex Pazaitis, Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto

Micky Lee, Bubbles and Machines: Gender, Information and Financial Crises

Vincent Rouzé (ed), Cultural Crowdfunding: Platform Capitalism, Labour and Globalization

Robert Hassan, The Condition of Digitality: A Post-Modern ­Marxism for the Practice of Digital Life

Benjamin J. Birkinbine, Incorporating the Digital Commons: Corporate Involvement in Free and Open Source Software

Paolo Bory, The Internet Myth: From the Internet Imaginary to Network Ideologies

Christian Fuchs, Communication and Capitalism: A Critical Theory

Mike Healy, Marx and Digital Machines: Alienation, Technology, Capitalism

Vangelis Papadimitropoulos, The Commons: Economic Alternatives in the Digital Age

Antonios Broumas, Intellectual Commons and the Law: A Normative Theory for Commons-Based Peer Production

Jamie Woodcock, The Fight Against Platform Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Global Struggles of the Gig Economy

Pieter Verdegem (ed), AI for Everyone? Critical Perspectives SHORTLISTED IN THE MeCCSA OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2022

Jeremiah Morelock and Felipe Ziotti Narita, The Society of the Selfie: Social Media and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Adi Kuntsman and Esperanza Miyake, Paradoxes of Digital Disengagement: In Search of the Opt-Out Button

Emiliana Armano, Marco Briziarelli and Elisabetta Risi (eds), Digital Platforms and Algorithmic Subjectivities

Dr Thomas Allmer, Paderborn University, Germany
Prof Dr Mark Andrejevic, Pomona College, USA
Dr Miriyam Aouragh, University of Westminster, UK
Dr Charles Brown, University of Westminster, UK
Prof Melanie Dulong De Rosnay, CNRS, France
Dr Eran Fisher, The Open University of Israel
Prof Christian Fuchs, Paderborn University, Germany (Series Editor)
Dr Peter Goodwin, University of Westminster, UK
Prof Jonathan Hardy, University of the Arts London, UK
Prof Kylie Jarrett, Maynooth University, Ireland
Dr Anastasia Kavada, University of Westminster, UK
Dr Arwid Lund, Södertörn University, Sweden
Prof Maria Michalis, University of Westminster, UK
Prof Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prof Vincent Mosco, Queens University, Canada
Prof Safiya Noble, UCLA, USA
Prof Jack L Qiu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dr Jernej Amon Prodnik, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Prof Sarah Roberts, UCLA, USA
Dr Marisol Sandoval, City University of London, UK
Dr Sebastian Sevignani, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany
Dr Pieter Verdegem, University of Westminster, UK
Dr Bingqing Xia, East China Normal University, China
Dr Mariano Zukerfeld, CONICET, Argentina

New Joint Editor-in-Chief for Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman Announced

Angela Last, Lecturer at the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment at the University of Leicester, has joined David Chandler and Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos as joint Editor-in-Chief of the University of Westminster Press journal, Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman.

Dr Last is an interdisciplinary scholar who started off in Fashion, where she became interested in environmental and social justice issues in relation to design.  After working outside academia for several years, she subsequently completed a PhD in Geography at the Open University, UK. Her research focuses on human-environment relations, and specifically the politicisation of these relations. This research necessitates continued interdisciplinary work, whether in teaching, research or outreach, and she will bring this experience to her work for Anthropocenes. For example, Angela has been working on environmental sound art events, fashion workshops, and taught on the MA in Art & Science at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London.

Her main aim in joining the journal is to forward the idea of ‘anthropocenes’ as a multiplicity of relations that humans have with their environment, kin, cosmos, or however they frame their relation, and not simply as ‘Anthropocene’ according to the current (still relatively ambiguous) geological interpretation. She notes, ‘the current planetary emergency requires many of our relations to change, which needs urgent discussion, and for this to be as geographically wide as possible.’ While traditional academic journals have some obvious limitations in terms of reach and economics, Dr Last envisages that Anthropocenes can make creative contributions to the debate by staging interdisciplinary conversations and publishing these in a variety of formats.

Anthropocenes is a fully open access journal, with no fees to authors or readers.  It launched in 2020 and has readers in over 130 countries. Articles publish as they are ready to avoid delays in making work publicly available, and the journal actively encourages multimedia and non-traditional submissions including creative writing, audio and visual work.  The journal is currently open for submissions – find out more at anthropocenes.net.  You can follow Angela Last’s work on her blog Mutable Matter.

Call for Editors – Journal of Deliberative Democracy

The Journal of Deliberative Democracy is pleased to invite expressions of interest for the editorship of the journal. The new editorial team is expected to serve from April 2023 to April 2026. Multi-institutional and multi-country bids are encouraged but not required.

Established in 2005 (originally as the Journal of Public Deliberation) the journal is a forum for the latest thinking, emerging debates, alternative perspectives and critical views on deliberation. It publishes on all theoretical and methodological traditions and aims to broker knowledge between scholars and practitioners of citizen engagement.  Supported by the NewDemocracy Foundation, the International Association for Public Participation and the University of Westminster, the journal is fully open access, with no fees for authors or readers.  Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to publish in order to prevent delays in making content publicly available, and the journal also publishes themed Collections. 

The journal also publishes The Deliberative Democracy Digest blog.

Published by the University of Westminster Press, the journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, EBSCO and the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, and is included in Science Open.  It has a global audience across 190 countries and achieves average usage figures of over 16,000 per month.  This is an opportunity to oversee the next stage of development of this established and respected journal on a topic of increasing importance internationally.

General responsibilities of the Editor include:

  • Assisting in the peer review of scholarly submissions via the Janeway manuscript submission system
  • Overseeing new Collections
  • Being the focus of editorial activity in their speciality, working to enhance the journal’s visibility and reputation in the field
  • Actively recruiting authors to contribute to the journal
  • Assisting in the framing of journal editorial policy and development of the journal
  • Assisting in the appointment of other editorial team members, ensuring members reflect the diversity of the field and the range of perspectives within the community
  • Attending Editorial Board Meetings
  • Representing the journal and promoting it wherever possible

EOIs should not be more than 500 words and should cover the following topics:

  • Names and institutional affiliations of the proposed editorial team
  • Reasons for editing JDD
  • Priorities for the JDD in the next three years
  • Plans for the Deliberative Democracy Digest
  • Institutional resources available to support the journal (JDD is funded by the newDemocracy Foundation, IAP2 and the University of Westminster Press but identify possible support from your institution/s like teaching relief, financial and other in-kind resources).

The journal invites EOIs to be submitted on/by 30 October 2022. 

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in November.  

All enquiries and EOIs should be directed via email in the first instance to:

Philippa Grand

Press Manager




University of Westminster scholar Pieter Verdegem’s edited book AI for Everyone? Critical Perspectives has been shortlisted in the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association’s annual Outstanding Achievement Awards in the Edited Collection of the Year category. Judges noted that the book is ‘an original and timely collection that, in analysing discourses surrounding AI challenges notions of technological determinism and highlights the enduring importance of concepts of power within mass communication’. 

The book, published by University of Westminster Press, as part of the Critical, Digital and Social Media Studies  book series, edited by Christian Fuchs, is an open access publication with an international line-up of scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, setting out the need for critical perspectives on artificial intelligence in an era where AI is assumed to be inevitable and is seemingly ubiquitous.  Debate, the book argues, is urgently needed, especially regarding fundamental questions related to power.  Divided into three Parts, the book addresses critical perspectives on human-machine dualism, asks what makes for ‘desirable’ AI and what conditions makes this possible, and concludes by examining power and inequalities to explore how the implementation of AI creates important challenges that urgently need to be addressed. 

In short, the book offers a vital intervention on one of the most hyped concepts of our time. 

Available to download in digital versions here, here and here, it is also available to purchase in print here and at other online bookshops. 

The Awards will be announced during the MeCCSA annual conference held in Aberdeen from 7-9th September. 

UWP, #openaccessweek2020: a raincheck

UWP, #openaccessweek2020: a raincheck

At the end of #openaccessweek2020 honoured to reflect that since September 2015 open access imprint @UniWestPress has published 254 unique editor/authors in our journals and books from 34 countries. That’s 32 books (incl. edited), 6 policy briefs and 5 distributed titles; 131 new journal articles also making available 719 archive journal articles.  

Today we have just had certain confirmation that we have hit over 750,000 views and downloads for our publications already, close to a 50% increase in less than a full year. Over 20% of UWP’s unique authors are University of Westminster authors with on the other hand 58% of contributions originating from outside the UK. Many authors (75) have worked with us more than once. One of our journals Silk Road is based at Westminster International University in Tashkent.

It’s not all about quantities. Our books have been translated into Spanish, Chinese and (shortly) Turkish; one has won a Latin American prize. We’re proud of our diverse range of authors from the global south, Europe, from all corners of the English-speaking world, feminist writers and early career research authors, the academic stars of the future as well as – Jurgen Habermas, Antonio Negri and Jean-Luc Nancy contributors to our list.   

It would not have been possible without support of our authors and editors @UniWestminster @UniWestLib @ubiquitypress the Research Environment and Knowledge Exchange Team at Westminster and the UWP editorial board.

Setting up a University Press in the Digital Age Revisited

Setting up a University Press in the Digital Age Revisited

One of the questions we have been asked about establishing a new university press is ‘how long does it take’? So we have recently reviewed on our history and experience detailing the University of Westminster Press timeline below. Here was the view in September 2015, four months after UWP’s website launch about what might be involved, which seems a lifetime away now that our second and rather substantial 2019 catalogue has recently been released in April 2019.

Some tentative conclusions to the question are presented below – based also on anecdotal evidence from our peers – as well as UWP’s experience. They suggest some pointers for others considering setting up a comparable operation and one overall conclusion: early stages take a long time (and the wheels can grind a bit here) but then momentum grows.

  1. The early stages of a new UP tend to take a long time. We’d hazard a guess that 18-21 months+ would not be unusual.
  2. Governance and internal procedures may need to be reconsidered at an early stage and then clarified again in the light of actual experience.
  3. There should be alignment between budgets and academics’/stakeholder expectations and that relevant linkages between the two (ideally) should be clearly made at operational and strategic levels, not just one of those.
  4. It is useful to have publisher and librarian experience to tap into but harder to ensure in practice that both are available in one person or across a team.
  5. Universities (like all operations) frequently restructure and this can affect (2) or be really crucial in moving things forward (in our case) or holding them back.
  6. Once out of first gear where considerable push may be needed, progress can be rapid.
  7. Never underestimate the importance of tangible products (aka books) in manifesting a presence that colleagues and external parties see. Not even a gleaming and functional website can do this.
  8. Plans need to be revised on a regular basis. And even six months is currently proving to be a long time in the world of scholarly communications and digital-first open access publishing.

7 May 2014. University agrees basic arrangements to establish a new open access digital press.

10 September 2014 A University Steering Group approves the governance structure and principles for operation of the University of Westminster Press including peer review protocols and the composition and remit of its Editorial Board. UWP is founded as a department within the University.

23 February 2015 UWP’s first and only employee starts.

12 May 2015 UWP’s website goes live for the first time.

15 September 2015 First journal issue from UWP published, Vol 10.1 of Westminster Papers in Communication.

10 October 2016 UWP publishes first book title: Critical Theory of Communication

14 November 2016 UWP becomes part of a new Research and Scholarly Communications team; on 1 August 2018 this with UWP becomes part of Library and Archive Services, within the Student and Academic Services directorate in the university’s new structure.

17 November 2017 UWP issues first catalogue. 

14 December 2017 Revised terms of reference for the UWP board and governance of UWP are tabled and shortly after formally approved.

8 October 2018: 250,000 views and downloads of books, chapters and journal articles reached.

8 April 2019 UWP issues 2019 catalogue with 19 books and 11 journal issues published and with 15 new titles forthcoming previously unannounced . By this time over 350,000 views and downloads had been achieved.