Special Issue Call: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

Editors:
Cosimo Accoto (MIT SSRC)
Luca De Biase (Media Ecology Research Network – ReImagine-Europa)
Stefano Moriggi (Università di Milano Bicocca)

Important dates
Initial manuscripts due 31 May 2022 
Full Issue published within 2022

ATTENTION!!! The submission for the permanent call is suspended until the end of this Special Issue Call.

Publication will follow an "online first" approach. As soon as a paper is accepted, it will be published online. The full issue will be published as all the submitted papers are reviewed.

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The digital age has contributed to bringing the concept of citizenship back to the centre of political and cultural, as well as educational, debate, imposing a radical rethinking of a concept whose evolution, from age to age, has contributed to redefining and protecting the human individual, his relations and (increasingly) also the environment and the contexts that can facilitate or consolidate, depending on the case, civil and sustainable forms of coexistence. In this sense, thanks on the one hand to the space-time of a pervasive and increasingly enhanced digital world, and on the other hand to practices, relationships and interactions that are again and again “redesigned” by software code (together with data, algorithms, networks and protocols), citizenship becomes plural and boundless, imposing on people a multiplicity of memberships and reshaping communities and criteria of belonging (and of marginalisation or exclusion, even more than human) in a variety of dimensions, both geographical and sectorial. The digital as a new form of inhabitation of the planet unhinges the current horizon of meaning of citizenship. And if, on the one hand, it is in the light of this awareness – as well as the widespread and shared urgency of a concrete and operational reflection on these issues – that it is considered appropriate and necessary to qualify the concept of “citizenship” with the attribute “digital”; on the other hand, this same opportunity-necessity shows and measures how much there is still to do to culturally metabolise the digital, especially, precisely, from the perspective of a (new) planetary project of citizenship (and education for citizenship).

This becomes even more evident if we conceptualise this “digital turn” – as we should – also as a horizon of meaning and practices in the making within which we can try to address and manage the great challenges of humanity, the emergencies of climate, information and inequality – all issues that require and admit solutions, or at least measures, that are both global and local. From this point of view, therefore, digital citizenship, or rather digital citizenships, become the (theoretical and practical) test-bed on which an increasingly complex society will experiment with forms of life, conditions of habitability and models of coexistence (and relations) capable of redeclining (re-evaluating its profound meaning) the concept of democracy in (and for) a near and plausible future.

In order to contribute to and enrich this debate, the Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society invites authors and researchers to present experiments, research and even speculative elaborations that can intercept the following topics:

- Architectures, platforms and solutions for current digital citizenship.
- Limits to the development of an informed, active, deliberative, efficiently decision-making, inclusive and more-than-human citizenship.
- Citizens’ behaviours in digital space-time.
- Discussions, public debates and strategies that “inform” the digital citizen.
- Current and pressing issues and problems relating to the “technological supports” of digital citizenship.
- Evolving dynamics of marginalisation and social exclusion.
- Data, research and scenarios on the current concept of the digital divide.
- Innovative methods for analysing and evaluating the consequences of conversations and debates on digital media.
- Models and/or examples of alternative “emerging” platforms and strategic design frontiers in the digital world.
- New methodological and operational approaches to the design of alternative platforms.
- Organigram and sustainability of new digital supports for citizenship.
- Educational horizons and methodological and didactic approaches to enable young people to a mature and proactive experience of citizenship.
- Epistemological developments in pedagogical contexts aimed at integrating digital technology into citizenship education processes.
- Cultural sources and geopolitical contexts potentially generating experiences of augmented and globally inclusive digital citizenship. 
- Global citizenship.

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