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Regional approaches to data, environment, and society

Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: 21 May 2019

Guest Editors

Jim Thatcher, University of Washington jethatch@uw.edu

Craig Dalton, Hofstra University M.Dalton@hofstra.edu

Ryan Burns, University of Calgary burns1@ucalgary.ca

Regional Studies

A Journal of the Regional Studies Association

Language: en-US

Publisher: Routledge

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Methodological and theoretical research on the geographic effects of software, algorithms, sensors, and platforms increasingly focuses squarely on data and its analysis. Amidst increasing attention to ‘the digital’ (broadly defined) within the field, scholars have begun critically scrutinizing the recursive relations between individual, society, city-regions, and environment as mediated through technological and computational devices and approaches, and in particular how phenomena get encoded and acted upon as data.

For an upcoming special issue of Regional Studies, we are inviting article submissions dealing with the variegated ways in which digital information and processing are shaping and shaped by regions, cities, and other environments. Rather than dealing with ‘digital geographies’ per se, this special issue explicitly seeks to bridge regional and urban studies with the core concerns of digital geographies, software studies, critical data studies, and digital political ecologies.

We are particularly interested in research that directly engages:

(1) the epistemological and ontological implications of computation with respect to what can be known of and experienced in regional and urban spaces or environments,
(2) the creation, acquisition, and analysis of new forms of regional and urban data, and
(3) the social, economic, and environmental materialities of new data and computation infrastructures.

Research might include work on smart cities, spatial data ontologies, algorithmic governance, landscapes of digital technologies, environmental impacts of digital infrastructure, labor rights within the gig economy, the use of data in urban or environmental justice, and policy debates around surveillance and privacy, among other topics.

In keeping with Regional Studies’s focus, articles may be theoretical or empirical, invoke different scientific approaches, and emanate from different disciplinary backgrounds. However, contributions should engage with the impacts and influences of data and technology. We especially encourage submissions which focus on digital technologies within spaces and places outside of the Global North, as traditionally conceived.

Submission guidelines

Possible contributions will be pre-screened for alignment with the special issue’s focus by the guest editor(s), and we therefore invite submissions of 250-word abstracts to Jim Thatcher at jethatch@uw.edu by May 21, 2019.

Authors will be informed of their selection by May 28, 2019 to submit a full article by September 25, 2019.

Full articles will be subject to Regional Studies’ normal peer review process, and should conform to the journal’s style guide. In addition to the journal’s normal quality standards, submissions will be evaluated in terms of how well they align with the topic of the special issue. As the progress of a special issues hinges on the slowest article moving forward, the guest editor(s) will apply strict deadlines throughout the process. Please contact Jim Thatcher at jethatch@uw.edu with any questions regarding the aims, scope, or content of this issue.