Special Issue "New Media and Settler Colonialism: New Settler Colonial Media?"

A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787). This special issue belongs to the section "Film, Television, and Media Studies in the Humanities".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
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Guest Editor
Department of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
Interests: postcolonial studies; settler narratives
Dr. Lorenzo Veracini
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Guest Editor
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, VIC 3122, Australia
Interests: history; historiography; colonialism; settler colonialism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This proposed Special Issue for the journal Humanities will focus on new media, colonialism, settler colonialism, and global studies, with the aim of bringing together a variety of scholarly approaches.

Recent global scholarly debates have brought increased attention to the question of the ‘coloniality’ of new media. Indigeneity and colonial subjection alike are both being discussed in these ‘new’ arenas.

We are interested in the following questions, and more:

  • Have new media become a battleground where digital colonialism is being enforced?
  • In what ways are new media used to articulate and protect indigeneity? Are they being used to create a global indigenous community?
  • Have new media contributed to real-world decolonization, beyond a few celebrated examples, and have these decolonizing passages been more than transitory?
  • Has the emerging field of critical data studies faced the question of the coloniality that is inherent to datafication processes but neglected to explore the futurity of “digital natives”?
  • Have new media opened spaces for expression by colonized subjects, or have they deepened the digital divide that re-enshrines the division separating colonizer and colonized?
  • Are some “new media” more conducive to decolonial ends than others?
  • How do digital technologies differ across the globe? Why might some technologies be more useful to some communities than to others?

Please send an abstract of 250 words describing your work on new media and coloniality by January 10, 2022.  Accepted papers will need to be completed by mid 2022.  An initial presentation of these ideas will take place at the ACLA annual conference at the National Taiwan Normal University, June 15-18, 2022.

Prof. Dr. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
Dr. Lorenzo Veracini
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Humanities is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • new media
  • colonialism
  • settler colonialism
  • global studies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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