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Call for Chapters- Ethnographic Approaches to Alternative Cryptocurrency Function and Development [The Social Lives of Altcoins]

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2019 at 11:42

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I and Anıl worked on this edited book proposal and IGI Global accepted to publish. Feel free to share and contribute, if you can!

Call for Chapters: Ethnographic Approaches to Alternative Cryptocurrency Function and Development [The Social Lives of Altcoins]

Propose a Chapter [https://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/submit/3742]

Editors

Erkan Saka & Anıl Sayan

 

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: March 18, 2019

Full Chapters Due: May 1, 2019

Submission Date: May 31, 2019

 

There is an increasing number of studies on cryptocurrencies. Although many studies are substantive and vital as Holub and Johnson (2018:119) suggest most works focus on similar topics and there is a need to widen the scope of research areas (Hileman& Rauchus, 2017). Our book aims to enlarge the scope of the field with our specific emphasis and intends to focus on a topic that is understudied: Particular stories/ histories of alt-coins. The number of cryptocurrencies is rapidly increasing although bitcoin remains to be the most popular one in media and among lay citizens. Miners, traders, blockchain-based project startups, financial journalists, amateur investors, financiers, official discourses and other actors all contribute to an emerging industry of cryptocurrencies. A practical materiality (Maurer et al., 2013) emerges out these sets of actors that make up a particular cryptocurrency (and its community). Moreover, cryptocurrencies do have value propositions and initiate new mediators and social ties despite the initial claims in the emergence of Bitcoin.

 

While social attention is increasing on cryptocurrencies, the current literature is still scant regarding ethnographic interests. There are only a few ethnographic studies that triggered this particular perspective (Dodd, 2018; Mai, 2016). Especially, with the articulation of cryptocurrencies into different social spaces, ethnographic insights or examinations will be more critical, and they are a need for making holistic analyzes. Our book will provide comprehensive insights into the new monetary actors or intermediaries. Accordingly, there is a significant research opportunity to handle the phenomena from the ethnographic perspectives or critical thought, and this is what distinguishes our book from the upcoming projects. Our book will be one of the earlier publications in this field.

Recommended Topics

Every chapter aims to focus on how different actors form an assemblage to create a particular altcoin. Local value (and knowledge) of cryptocurrencies are created in a contested manner between different actors. Mai et al. (2016), for instance, compared social media impact on Bitcoin performance by looking at internet forums and social media channels (especially Twitter). What particular business models by which means were communicated to launch an altcoin will be part of a chapter narrative. Overall, the book intends to study the social lives of altcoins (Appadurai ed. 1988 can also be seen as an early inspirational work) in considering above mentioned issues. Therefore, potential uses of our book are also composed of several academic disciplines;

 

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Science and technology studies
  • Economy
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Finance
  • Accounting

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before March 18, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by April 1, 2019 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by May 1, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://bit.ly/1swfIxT prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

 

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Ethnographic Approaches to Alternative Cryptocurrency Function and Development. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.

Publisher

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit http://www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates

Submission of Long Abstracts: 18th March 2019

Submission of Full Chapters: 1st May 2019

Provision of peer-reviewed feedback: 31th May 2019

Submission of revised accepted chapters: 9th August 2019

 

Inquiries

Erkan Saka erkan.saka@bilgi.edu.tr

Anıl Sayan  anil.sayan@bilgi.edu.tr

 

References

Holub, M., & Johnson, J. (2018). Bitcoin research across disciplines. The Information Society, 34(2), 114-126.

Maurer, B., Nelms, T. C., & Swartz, L. (2013). “When perhaps the real problem is money itself!”: the practical materiality of Bitcoin. Social semiotics, 23(2), 261-277.

Dodd, N. (2018). The social life of Bitcoin. Theory, culture & society, 35(3), 35-56.

Appadurai, A. (Ed.). (1988). The social life of things: Commodities in cultural perspective. Cambridge University Press.

Hileman, G., & Rauchs, M. (2017). Global cryptocurrency benchmarking study. Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

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Facebook’s #10yearschallenge encounters with veiling politics in Turkey

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2019 at 09:52

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The Wired piece is heavily shared and I am quite sure nothing Facebook does recently should be taken at its face value. Leaving this fact aside, when users began to play with the hashtag, an unexpected situation emerged: Many women who used to wear headscarves took this opportunity to show that they gave up headscarves, they sort of unveiled themselves. In fact, this has been publicly debated for a while (Ruşen Çakır’s Medyascope had a series of interviews and commentaries- this one being the last) but mostly those women preferred not to be public. In the meantime, this blog contains personal accounts of unveiling (in Turkish- the blog entitled as “You will now walk alone”). But this time, they seemed to be in public with their real names. Here is a selection of Tweets (Yes, it was a Facebook thing but it ended up on Twitter):

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This tweet is now protected. Probably after the misogynistic attacks.

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Facebook’s #10yearschallenge encounters with veiling politics in Turkey

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2019 at 09:47

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The Wired piece is heavily shared and I am quite sure nothing Facebook does recently should be taken at its face value. Leaving this fact aside, when users began to play with the hashtag, an unexpected situation emerged: Many women who used to wear headscarves took this opportunity to show that they gave up headscarves, they sort of unveiled themselves. In fact, this has been publicly debated for a while (Ruşen Çakır’s Medyascope had a series of interviews and commentaries- this one being the last) but mostly those women preferred not to be public. In the meantime, this blog contains personal accounts of unveiling (in Turkish- the blog entitled as “You will now walk alone”). But this time, they seemed to be in public with their real names. Here is a selection of Tweets (Yes, it was a Facebook thing but it ended up on Twitter):

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New photo from Facebook January 18, 2019 at 10:51PM

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2019 at 00:12

Aşıklar atışması. via Facebook Pages http://bit.ly/1heKubC

#Europe agenda: “Theresa May’s #Brexit Deal Failed Epically…

In Uncategorized on January 16, 2019 at 10:49

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Theresa May’s Brexit Deal Failed Epically in Parliament. But No One Has a Better Idea.

One of the more dramatic subplots of the very dramatic day in Britain’s House of Commons was Labour MP Tulip Siddiq’s

Brexit: A timeline

Al Jazeera recaps the major developments on Britain’s path to Brexit since it was first proposed by ex-PM David Cameron.

Germany steps up monitoring of far-right AfD party

The move will not yet amount to full-scale surveillance of the nation’s main opposition party.

More snow forecast as parts of Europe battle worst snowfall in decades

Northerly winds have caused conditions which have trapped people in some villages.

Macron and French Centrists Don’t Have Answers as “Yellow Vest” Protests Head for 10th Week

Last November, the French started a new Saturday tradition: “Gilet jaune” protesters wearing yellow safety vests started to take

Gillette triggers Twitter’s right-wing elite with ‘toxic masculinity’ ad

Gillette, a company that sells razors, triggered a slew of right wing celebrities on social media yesterday with an

EU suggests majority vote on digital tax by 2025

The European Commission hopes to push member states to accept that globalisation and recent tax scandals make majority

Why has Europe had so much snow?

Matt Taylor explains the meteorology behind the record-breaking snowfall seen in Europe over the past few weeks.

In Pictures: Snow cripples parts of Europe

More than 20 people have died and entire villages have been buried in snow showers, which started in December.

Macedonia parliament agrees to change country’s name

The change ends a decades-long dispute with Greece, opening the way to EU and Nato memberships.

Syrian woman distributing food and clothes to Greek refugees in Syria – 1942 (Huna El Qods newspaper) from europe

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This is accurate from europe

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Students skipping school to go protest against climate change in Finland from europe

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Spartacists (Communist-aligned revolutionaries), after taking a newspaper office in Berlin, use gigantic piles of newspapers as a barricade. January 11, 1919 [1000 x 860] from HistoryPorn

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The grand houses atop the Pont Notre-Dame, Paris – 15th and 16th century, all demolished by 1788. from Lost_Architecture

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New photo from Facebook January 16, 2019 at 10:05AM

In Uncategorized on January 16, 2019 at 10:06

Hallstadt, Avusturya’da kış. Burası sanırım çok fotojenik, epey bir fotoğrafı dolaşıyor…via Reddit. via Facebook Pages http://bit.ly/1heKubC

“Trump Threatens to ‘Devastate Turkey Economically’ if It Attacks Kurds” BUT Turkish leadership downplays it…

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2019 at 11:18

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Not that they are really scared, I believe, as with the US retreat, Turkey gets what she wants in northern Syria. Under normal conditions, there would be angry talk-backs, trolls would be alert etc but it seems they just let Trump’s tantrum pass… Like Russia, Turkish ruling elites like Trump more than the previous presidents and they prefer to go on him soft…
In tweets, the president threatened the NATO ally and seemed to offer a blanket of protection for a band of American-backed militias in Syria after U.S. forces leave.
US warns Turkey of economic ‘devastation’ if it hits Kurd forces

Threat by Trump draws response from Ankara telling Washington not to conflate Syrian Kurds with ‘terrorist groups’.
US equating Kurds with PYD/YPG ‘fatal mistake’, Turkey warns Trump

Turkey on Jan. 13 warned U.S. President Donald Trump against conflating Syrian Kurds with the illegal PKK organization.
Trump: We Will Devastate Turkey Economically If They Hit Kurds

US President Donald Trump has made a call “to stop the endless wars.” Presidential Spokesperson İsmail Kalın has responded:
The Turkish Statistical Institute has announced the inflation figures for December and 2018. While the consumer inflation has fallen by 0.40 percent in December, the annual consumer inflation has become 20.30 percent in 2018.

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Better than nothing (!) – 2018 Democracy Index: Turkey Ranks 110th

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2019 at 09:52

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Turkey has ranked 110th among 167 countries in 2018 Democracy Index released by the Economist. The magazine has emphasized, “Turkey’s score declined for the sixth year in a row as President Erdoğan swept aside most constraints on his power.”

Turkish court convicts Twitter user named ‘Allah’ for insulting religion

The Turkish user behind the controversial Twitter account named “Allah” has been convicted by a court.

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New photo from Facebook January 12, 2019 at 07:43AM

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2019 at 08:25

Goms köprüsü. İsviçre. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages http://bit.ly/1heKubC

“Hawkish” Bolton could not pass Turkey test, it seems…

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2019 at 01:32

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Pro-government media was quick to select images like this where presidential spokesperson seemed to be seen more dominating over Bolton.

Erdogan Says Turkey Cannot ‘Swallow the Message’ From Bolton

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey denounced comments from the U.S. national security adviser John Bolton that Turkey must agree to protect Kurds if Americans withdrew from Syria. Mr. Bolton was denied a meeting with Mr. Erdogan during his visit to Ankara on Tuesday.
Syria conflict: Turkey says US plea on Kurds ‘unacceptable’

Turkey’s president bluntly rejects calls to guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters in Syria.

Erdogan Snubs Bolton Over Comments That Turkey Must Protect Kurds

The storm around the U.S. national security adviser’s visit to Turkey showed how far apart the countries are on how to handle an ,

Erdoğan Does Not Meet Bolton: ‘His Counterpart is İbrahim Kalın’

President Erdoğan has not met with US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who previously stated that “the US would not

Erdogan: US ‘seriously mistaken’ on Syrian Kurd fighters’ safety

Turkish leader blasts US adviser Bolton over security demands for Kurdish militia in Syria in turn for US withdrawal.
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The Knicks’ Enes Kanter Faces His Toughest Opponent: His President

Kanter has caused a geopolitical stir by hurling accusations at Turkey’s president and openly fretting that the country’s spies would kill him during a road game in London.

Presidency Contradicts New York Times: Number of Emigrants Not Over Quarter Million

Presidency has released a statement refuting an article published on the New York Times regarding the number of people

 

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