• Prof Dr Andreas Hepp, University of Bremen, ZeMKI (email@example.com)
• Prof Nathan Schneider, University of Colorado Boulder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
• MA Anne Schmitz, University of Bremen, ZeMKI (email@example.com)
In their 1996 publication of the same name, Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron characterized
what they called the “Californian ideology” as a combination of “the free-wheeling spirit of the
hippies and the entrepreneurial zeal of the yuppies” (Barbrook & Cameron 1996: 44). At its
core, this Californian ideology is defined by the notion of a society characterized simultaneously
by libertarian markets, alternative ideas of community and individual freedom—shaped by
technology more than other social forces. Such notions were driven by networks such as those
that emerged around the Whole Earth Catalog, and later, Wired magazine (Turner 2006), which
communicated these ideas far beyond the American West Coast. Many of today’s platforms
and digital infrastructures, which drive the current “deep mediatization” (Hepp 2020) of
society, were created in the spirit of such an ideology, supported by ideas of “global scalability”
of once found "technical solutions”.
At the same time, there were groups early on that seem to be opposed to such ideas. Examples
of this are the Hacker, Open Source, or Civic Hacking movements, which are interested in
critically questioning tendencies of commercialization. Such groups exert their influence by
developing alternative “sociotechnical imaginaries” (Jasanoff & Sang-Hyun 2015) about
possible futures – thus creating a space of possibility. However, if one also looks at emerging
communities today such as the Maker, Quantified Self, or Biohacking movements, it becomes
evident that many “alternative” imaginaries are closely interwoven with the Californian
ideology. On closer inspection, the boundaries do not appear to be so easily drawn; there are
manifold connections, fractures, affinities, and differences in the various communities.
Against this background, the aim of this special issue is to look at different technology-oriented
communities and to ask what “alternative imaginaries” of a deeply mediatized society they
develop as well as what their possible impact on future developments might be.
Submissions should address questions like these:
- What imaginaries of possible futures are tech communities developing?
- In which areas are they experimenting and which future developments are they opening
- Where is a Californian ideology reproduced in the practices and discourses of these
- How does the departure to other models and concepts of technological development
Formatting and Requirements
To be considered for this collection, a paper should range between 6,000 and 8,900 words (allinclusive,
which includes the abstract, keywords, images with captions, footnotes, references,
and appendices, if any) must be submitted by October 31, 2021 to the editors and adhere to
the following formal requirements:
- Formatting according to the most recent version of the APA style-guide (including intext
citations and references).
- Any endnotes should be converted to footnotes.
- Papers must include the author(s) name(s), title, affiliation and email-address. (Your
paper will subsequently be anonymized for double-blind peer review.)
- All articles should include an abstract of 150 words.
- All spelling must be rendered in American English. To change British or
Commonwealth spellings to their American equivalents, please see the Merriam-
Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
- See “Author Guidelines/Submission Preparation Checklist” at
Any papers that do not follow these guidelines will not be submitted for peer review.
The International Journal of Communication is an open access journal (ijoc.org). All articles
will be available online at the point of publication. The anticipated publication timeframe for
this Special Issue is October 2022.
All submissions should be uploaded to cloud.medlab.host/s/pt43t39ZrHtXcnD by
October 31, 2021. Late submissions will not be included for consideration.
The Call for Papers can be downloaded here.