Call For Papers - Special Issue: Platform Labor

Guest Editors: Rafael Grohmann (Unisinos) and Jack Qiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Contracampo: Brazilian Journal of Communication, an open access journal from Universidade Federal Fluminense, invites submissions to our special issue “Platform Labor”. We ask: what are the contributions of communication research to understand platform/digital labor or platformization of labor? The special issue encourages submissions of articles that explore one or more of the following issues:

- How platformization affects world of work;
- Working conditions on digital platforms;
- Communication as labor/work in platform capitalism;
- Social class and collective formation among platform workers;
- Gender and race inequalities in platform labor;
- International division of digital labor and global gig economy;
- Platform labor in the Global South;
- Surveillance and privacy of workers in platform capitalism;
- Value theory and social classes in platform capitalism;
- Human work and artificial intelligence;
- Data labor and algorithmic labor;
- Algorithmic management in platform labor;
- Microwork and free labor on digital platforms;
- Silicon Valley ideology and digital labor;
- Media representations and circulation of meanings on platform labor;
- Mediatization and datafication of labor;
- Political economy of communication and platform labor;
- Alternatives to the digital labor scenario;
- Collective organization of platform workers;
- Platform Cooperativism and worker-owned platforms;
- Regulation and ethical guidelines of platform labor;
- Digital labor and environmental sustainability.

Deadline: November 11th, 2019.

Articles must be between 5000 and 8000 words in English or Portuguese and must be submitted by the journal's website:

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