Appel à articles : Dossier “Digital Intimacies: Exploring digital media and intimate lives in the Middle East”, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication — LIMITE : 30/09/2014

Over the last decade, the spread of digital technologies has profoundly
reshaped intimate lives worldwide, transforming the ways in which people
are involved in intimate relationships and experience love, sexuality and
emotions in everyday lives. Like other places, in the Middle East, millions
use the internet on a daily basis to access a variety of music and cultural
products, and to communicate, create and maintain relationships with
partners, family members, friends and lovers, as well as for activism.
Indeed, along with providing spaces for different modes of activism and
resistance, digital platforms have become critical arenas in which young
people negotiate ideas and practices of love, dominant gender roles and
religious and societal values. While some work has begun to critically
engage with the use of the Internet for activism, very little is known of
the ways in which digital platforms and different technologies (including
mobile phones) can remold imaginaries and practices of love and friendship
and mediate the ways in which “intimacy” is experienced and lived in the
Middle East.

This special issue aims to fill the gap in the scholarship on intimate
lives and digital media in Middle East by focusing on the everyday uses of
digital platforms and addressing their material, gendered and imaginative
implications for practices. We welcome articles from a wide range of
disciplines (including and not restricted to anthropology, sociology,
internet, cultural and media studies) that draw on empirically-grounded
studies and that raise broader methodological and theoretical reflections.
Some of the questions we hope to address are:

1.     New imaginaries of love and marriage: how does people’s access to
online cultural products (within Islamic and non-Islamic contexts)
contribute to remoulding their romantic imaginations, conventional
courtship practices and intimate desires?

2.     Digital media practices: which are the actual media practices
whereby young people create, maintain, and end intimate relationships
through digital media? How do social media expand inter-personal
communicative possibilities and wide people’s social networks beyond
immediate family and community based networks?

3.     Digital media in long distance relationships: how are digital media
used in long-distances relationships between family members and lovers, in
national and transnational contexts?

4.     Digital media and social change: how do media practice challenge,
reproduce and reinforce dominant social practices and gendered imaginaries?
What is the impact of online practices on the way people experience
intimacy in the every-day life?

5.     Digital technologies, sex and sexuality: how do people have sex
online? How do they produce and consume pornography?

6.     The use of the internet by LGBTQ people: how do they create network,
form communities and communicate online?

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 September 2014.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and should provide a short
explanation of your contribution to this special issue, provide a clear
description of the proposed approach, the theoretical framework and
empirical data.

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 15 November 2014

Deadline for submission of complete manuscripts: 30 March 2015

Articles should be between 6000- 7000 words long and include an abstract of
150 words, the author’s affiliation and email address and at least five

Please send a paper proposal along with a short bio by 30 September 2014 to
Elisabetta Costa (University College London) at; and to
Laura Menin (University of Milano Bicocca) at

MEJCC is a peer-reviewed journal published by Brill three times a year (

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