Call for Papers Special Issue - Communication in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: From Neoliberal Ideology to Data Colonialism


Communication in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: From Neoliberal Ideology to Data Colonialism

Guest editors:

Claudia Nociolini Rebechi (Federal University of Technology – Parana - UTFPR)

Nick Couldry (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Roseli Fígaro (University of Sao Paulo - USP)

Syed Mustafa Ali (The Open University)


Call for Papers 

There is no doubt that communication has become a fundamental aspect of productive forces in the current context of digital technologies. Communication is a time-space relationship that can be and has been mediated by language. Time-space has always been a matter of contestation in the logic of the organization of life in human societies. Overcoming distances and controlling time are at the heart of our concerns. The concept of development is linked to the human capacity for agility in the production, circulation and distribution of goods and knowledge, and depends on the control of time-space.

With this in mind, time-space is a socio-historical notion that is at the heart of human culture. The wheel, the navigation, the press, the steam engine, the train, the plane, the telegraph, the cinema, and the internet have at their core the same principle: to approach, communicate, exchange, circulate, produce and deliver.

The codes of digital technologies are based on time-space compression. Language as an objective aspect of the human capacity to symbolize, represent, plan, and create has a robust base in the digital age, dependent on ores, optical fiber, cables, plastic, glass, water etc. At the same time, the mathematical phrases and instructions - including those instructions tied up with what is referred to as "artificial intelligence" (AI) - are the symbolic elements that have become tools for organizing, managing, and controlling time-space and everything that is or can become digitalised.

In this second decade of the 21st century, we are faced with mounting challenges. The capacity of infrastructure favors the creation of large companies that offer us the dimension of instantaneity, connectivity, transparency and sharing. In return, these companies extract our data. The logics of financial capital and platform companies have in the data flows equivalents of gold, silver, and oil mines - that is, an inexhaustible supply of wealth as long as there is life.

Controlling this wealth in the context of a new geopolitics challenges national states. Plurilateral global governance bodies are also challenged. Unemployment grows and the gap between rich and poor has never been greater. Science creates and capital appropriates: from the right to vaccines to internet access, inequality advances. The responsibility for solving these problems has been foisted on the individual who must be an entrepreneur, overcome difficulties, be resilient, and exercise individual freedom to choose the right, the best, and compete to occupy the podium of the successful.

What communication is this? What is this development? What science is this? What barbarism is this? What to expect from the future? Future is another dimension of time to be controlled, another portal to be supplanted by technoscience. The future that promises long life, perhaps eternal youth, space travel, other worlds. Science fiction or the future of science? There are so many possible questions.

Oppression, exploitation and expropriation are constitutive elements of contemporary capitalism intensely integrated into the development of systems called "artificial intelligence". Human life, in this context, is considered a valuable source of data extracted, controlled and manipulated by powerful corporations for the purpose of serving their own economic and political interests. The practices of transforming human experiences into data are advancing rapidly, promoting evident asymmetries of capital. Forms of resistance to this phenomenon, however, are possible and can offer alternatives that promote the common good, citizenship and democracy.

This special issues aims to bring together research and studies focused on the interrelationship of communication, technology and society and that contribute to this debate. We indicate some topics for the development of articles:


·  Communication in the age of artificial intelligence;

·  Algorithms, information control and public communication;

·  Artificial intelligence, control and privacy;

·  Materiality of work and artificial intelligence; 

·  Artificial Intelligence, techno-science and neoliberalism;

·  Algorithmic oppression and digital labor;

·  Decolonial perspectives on platform studies;

·      Artificial intelligence in the workplace;

·  Algorithmic bias and structural racism;

·  Feminist perspectives in the context of artificial intelligence;

·  Artificial intelligence and gender equality;

·  Artificial intelligence governance, ethics and policies.



April 15 -   Closing date for submission of  500-word abstract -

May 15 - Invitations to submit full-length papers 

August 31 -  Deadline for submitting full-length papers (5,000-8,000 words)

December 2022 -  Publication of special issue