Current Call for Papers

Arts & Cultural Studies Review, 4/2018

Call for Papers


Imaging and Space in the Post-Digitality – Between Visibility and Nonvisibility


The advent of ubiquitous computing with its architecture based on fluid configuration of mobile media, internet of things and sensor-based networks coincided with the major technological, social and cultural changes. The discourse of “smart technologies” invaded the public debate, with the figure of “smart city” (and, more general, “smart environments” and “smart objects”) becoming one of the most powerful cultural phantasies of the first decade of XXI century. “Becoming environmental of computation”[1], to borrow the insightful phrase coined by Jennifer Gabrys, contributed to the undergoing . The excitement for the newness of all-things digital started evaporating and fading out, which inspired both the fresh  wave of the popcultural nostalgia and the renewed penchant for the older platforms, software and devices. On the other hand,  the plethora of the sensor-based technologies often employed in the environmental research (especially in monitoring the scale and pace of the climate change), have been symptomatic of yet another transformation: the ubiquity of computing has reached beyond the urban setting, integrating with agriculture, wilderness and nature protection. It has also increased the awareness of dataveillance inherent in the multifarious processes of fusing the digital data with physical space as well as with human, animal and vegetal bodies. Such processes provide the robust ground for yet another reading of the media becoming “atmospheric, collective and micro-temporal”[2].


Is the centrality of image production maintained under the circumstances of the nascent post-digital condition? What is the role of the digital image in spatial media environments and ambient informatics? To what extent the known and familiar conceptualization of the visuality and visibility have been affected by the shift towards the image as “the continuous actualization of networked data” or “networked terminal”[3], now occurring also in the physical space and/or mediated with human bodies and living organisms? Is the dichotomy of visible/non-visible, well researched and oft-referred to in the field of visual studies being maintained, reconfigured or delegitimized? How are the relationships between embodiment and image being shaped under circumstances of booming biometric technologies? How the relationship between media, imagery and urban space – symptomatic for Western modernity – is being reconfigured?


The editors of the Arts & Cultural Studies Review’s special issue entitled “Space and Image – Visible/Non-Visbile” are inviting the contributions exploring the following areas:


– the role of digital imagery production in the discourse of the “smart city” and “smart technologies”;

– imagining and the dataveillance;

– the post-digital condition and production of space;

– the digital imagery and new materialism;

– biometrics, embodiment and the digital imagery

– human and non-human agencies in the atmospheric media

– networked digital imagery in the data-based and automated farming practices, nature protection and wilderness;

– spatial data visualization as a media genre;

– digital imagery, space and data mining;


Articles should be in range of 4000 – 6000 words (including references). See author guidelines:


Please send the 500-word abstracts (including basic references) to the editors: by 5 November 2018.

Notes of acceptance will be sent by 10th November 2018.


Articles due: 10th December 2018.


Arts & Cultural Studies Review is an open-access, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to cultural studies research in all its diversity, publishing a wide range of texts: from theoretical papers on the philosophy of culture to empirical research concerning specific areas of cultural practices. Our primary goal is to become a space for an academic discussion about the ever-changing phenomenon of culture. We are interested in presenting not only the original research papers but also reviews of books significant for the development of our discipline as well as interviews and debates relevant to contemporary humanities.

More information:

Author guidelines:

[1] Jennifer Gabrys, Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technologies and the Making of a Computational Planet, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, loc. 324 (wersja Kindle)

[2] Mark B. N. Hansen, Ubiquitous Sensation: Toward an Atmospheric, Collective, and Microtemporal Model of Media in: Throughout. Art and Culture Emerging with Ubiquitous Computing, ed. U. Ekman, Cambridge and London, MIT Press, 2013

[3] Remy Marie, Ingrid Hoelzl, Softimage. Towards a New Theory of the Digital Image, Bristol – Chicago, Intellect 2015, loc. 146 (wersja Kindle)