Cultural Science Journal

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Cultural Science Journal

Peer-reviewed, free to publish Open Access journal

Since 2021, the journal is managed by Tallinn University in Estonia and published on the Sciendo platform.

Journal Subjects
cultural analytics
cultural data science
cultural semiotics
evolutionary economics
complexity science
network analysis
cultural evolution
digital humanities
media and communications
internet studies
Journal Subjects
cultural analytics
cultural data science
cultural semiotics
complexity science
evolutionary economics
network analysis
cultural evolution
digital humanities
media and communications
internet studies
Journal Subjects
cultural analytics
cultural data science
evolutionary economics
cultural semiotics
network analysis
complexity science
media and communications
digital humanities
cultural evolution
internet studies

About

Cultural Science Journal is a multidisciplinary journal publishing original work on dynamics and change in culture, media and communications. It investigates structures, interactions, and processes of cultural systems at all levels of analysis and scales of application.

The Journal takes advantage of advances in cultural analytics, cultural data science, and cultural semiotics. It encourages active dialogue with evolutionary and institutional economics, cultural evolution studies, biosemiotics, complexity science, and network analysis, specifying the ‘uses of culture’ from personal meanings to planetary platforms and systems of meaning:

  • micro: individual agents, texts, objects, concepts, dialogues,
  • meso: groups, institutions, industries,
  • macro: planetary cross-system processes, the semiosphere.

Cultural Science Journal looks forward to publishing new work that could be critical, analytical and/or empirical, but is most often dialogical: interested in the production and translation of new ideas and knowledge, especially across perceived and disputed borders between systems, groups, and identities as well as academic disciplines.

Cultural Science Journal is a double-blind peer reviewed journal. There is no Article Processing Charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

About

Cultural Science Journal is a multidisciplinary journal publishing original work on dynamics and change in culture, media and communications. It investigates structures, interactions, and processes of cultural systems at all levels of analysis and scales of application.

The Journal takes advantage of advances in cultural analytics, cultural data science, and cultural semiotics. It encourages active dialogue with evolutionary and institutional economics, cultural evolution studies, biosemiotics, complexity science, and network analysis, specifying the ‘uses of culture’ from personal meanings to planetary platforms and systems of meaning:

  • micro: individual agents, texts, objects, concepts, dialogues,
  • meso: groups, institutions, industries,
  • macro: planetary cross-system processes, the semiosphere.

Cultural Science Journal looks forward to publishing new work that could be critical, analytical and/or empirical, but is most often dialogical: interested in the production and translation of new ideas and knowledge, especially across perceived and disputed borders between systems, groups, and identities as well as academic disciplines.

Cultural Science Journal is a double-blind peer reviewed journal. There is no Article Processing Charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

History

Cultural Science Journal was launched in 2008 as part of the research program of the ARC (Australian Research Council) Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, and John Hartley’s ARC Federation Fellowship. It published 14 issues between 2008 and 2016, before transferring to Ubiquity Press where it continued until 2021.

‘Cultural Science 2.0’ as it was framed by John Hartley was to build on the work of Raymond Williams, his interest not only in the micro-contexts of culture, but also in the systematic and general processes and the mutually conditioning relationships between the micro, meso and macro contexts. Hartley and colleagues (Jason Potts, Lucy Montgomery, Stuart Cunningham, Carsten Herrmann-Pillath, Alan McKee, Paul Ormerod and others) launched a systematic effort aimed at conceptualising and studying such relationships systematically, worked towards transdisciplinary frameworks linking the study of culture with evolutionary and institutional economics, complexity science and other evolutionary approaches to change. This work has been pathbreaking, feeding into new approaches and further studies into evolutionary processes in media markets and cultural industries internationally (emergent fields of media innovation studies, cross-innovation systems, open publishing and so on).

Yet, also parallel approaches have emerged linking the study of culture with other disciplines especially evolutionary biosciences, but also mathematics, physics, data science and network science, etc., resulting in novel and epoch making approaches such as cultural analytics, cultural evolution studies, computational humanities and social science, etc. ‘Cultural Science’, it can be argued, is evolving into an intensely dialogic, multidisciplinary and an ‘explosively’ (to use a Juri Lotman’s term) evolving domain. 

In this dynamically developing context, Cultural Science Journal wants to provide an arena where the relevant dialogues are held, where centuries of humanities-based knowledge on culture’s forms, languages and systems of meaning can meet most contemporary scientific methods, where new questions are asked, where novel conceptualisations can meet or emerge from rigorous empirical or analytical work. 

In 2021, the journal moved on to a new home at the Cultural Data Analytics Open Lab (CUDAN) Tallinn University, Estonia. The editors-in-chief came to be Prof of Media Innovation, Indrek Ibrus, and the head of CUDAN, Prof Maximilian Schich. The journal is now published on the Sciendo platform, a subsidiary of De Gruyter.

Editorial board

Editor-in-Chief

Indrek Ibrus, Tallinn University, Estonia
Maximilian Schich, Tallinn University, Estonia

Associate Editor

Madis Järvekülg, Tallinn University, Estonia
Vejune Zemaityte, Tallinn University, Estonia
Andres Karjus, Tallinn University, Estonia
Mila Oiva, Tallinn University, Estonia
Cameron Neylon, Curtin University, Australia
Jason Potts, RMIT, Australia

Commissioning Editor

Lucy Montgomery, Curtin University, Australia

Editorial Advisory Board

Lev Manovich, City University of New York (CUNY), Unites States
Crystal Abidin, Curtin University, Australia
Nancy Baym, Microsoft Labs, New England, United States
Sarah Banet-Weiser, London School of Economics and Political Science, London
Brian Boyd, Auckland University, New Zealand
Claire Colebrook, Pennsylvania State University, United States
Mark Deuze, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anthony Fung, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Beijing Normal University, China
Aileen Fyfe, St Andrews University, United Kingdom
Mark Gibson, Monash University, Australia
Larry Gross, Annenberg School, USC, United States
John Hartley, John Curtin Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Curtin University, and Visiting Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, Australia Founding Editor, Cultural Science Journal
Carsten Herrmann-Pillath, Max Weber Center, Erfurt University, Germany
Emma Jane, University of New South Wales, Australia
Vikki Katz, Rutgers University, United States
Kalevi Kull, Tartu University, Estonia
Joan Leach, ANU, Australia
Catharine Lumby, Macquarie University, Australia
Siniša Malešević, UC Dublin, Ireland
Matthew Matsaganis, Rutgers U, United States
Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Maarja Ojamaa, University of Tartu, Estonia
Paul Ormerod, Volterra Ltd, United Kingdom
Thomas Petzold, HMKW Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft, Germany
Frances Pinter, Independent Publisher, United Kingdom
Burcu Simsek, Haceteppe University, Turkey
Cassidy Sugimoto, Indiana University, Bloomington, United States
Michael Twidale, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States
McKenzie Wark, The New School, New York, United States
Matthew Chrulew, Curtin University, Australia
Anna-Katharina Laboissière, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France and Curtin University, Australia
Katie Ellis, Curtin University, Australia
Tama Leaver, Curtin University, Australia
Henry Li, Curtin University, Australia
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