Call for Papers: ASEAS 14(1) - Social Media in Southeast Asia

The increasing impacts of social media on ‘real life’ phenomena like political elections, identity formations, or consumerism urge us to resolve the dichotomy between the online and the offline and consider how social media have become integral to political, cultural, and social transformations. Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia are world-leading when it comes to the time spent in the internet and on social media. With the advent of the Corona Crisis, the social media penetration as well as their ubiquitous use have further jumped up.

For the upcoming ASEAS 14(1) special issue, we invite conceptual and empirical articles addressing this variety of social media in Southeast Asia. The special issue therefore welcomes papers on the following topics (and beyond):

Social Media & Crisis: What roles do social media play in environmental conflicts and disaster management? How do people and governments on social media respond to national and transnational crises, for instance the 2020’s Corona pandemic, and what roles do social media play in defining and coping with such crises?

Social Media & Politics: How does the online interlink with the offline in processes of fragmentation (e.g., religious, ethnic, class) within society? How do social media challenge social cohesion in Southeast Asia? How do progressive groups use social media to organize resistance against authoritarian politics? In what ways do reactionary or fundamentalist groups use social media in order to organize and influence politics? How are images of imaginary threats (re-)produced through social media? How do policies of Southeast Asian governments restrict and utilize social media for their purposes? 

Social Media, Marketing, Consumerism & Class: How do social media shape consumerism and serve as a tool for social distinction? How are market mechanisms shaped by the use of social media?

Social Media & Subcultures: How are youth cultures expressed in social media and how do social media shape expressions as well as the contents of youth cultures and youth movements? How do people marginalized in society use social media as a tool for expression or mutual support?

Social Media & Mobilities: How do diasporas and migrant laborers in and from Southeast Asia use social media as a means to maintain or curtail relations to their homelands?


Guest editor: Wolfram Schaffar (University of Tübingen)
Managing editors: Timo Duile & Dayana Lengauer
Submission deadline: 30. Juni 2020

For the full Call for Papers, please visit ASEAS's website. - If you intend to submit a paper, please contact the managing editors. - Register and submit your paper online here.