CFP | Kybernetes | Futures of Media: Shifting spheres

Shifting Spheres

Call for Papers to a special issue of Kybernetes [Clarivate Impact Factor: 1.381]

Guest Editors:

Markus Heidingsfelder, Xiamen University, Malaysia*
Holger Briel, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, PR of China
Steffen Roth, La Rochelle Business School, France, and Yerevan State University, Armenia
*Corresponding guest editor. Email:


The concept of publicity as a sphere was first introduced to scientific discourse by Jürgen Habermas in the 1970’s and has had a remarkable career ever since. In this special issue of Kybernetes, we want to turn our attention to three thematic spheres surrounding the concept of the sphere:

  1. The concept This may include its origins, its history, and its potential, as well as its limitations. At this meta-theoretical level, comparisons between the ostensibly antagonistic theoretical perspectives of systems theory and the theory of communicative action of the two become possible. As a consequence, the concept of sphere may create a theoretical sphere for discussing the extent to which the central aspects of both perspectives are compatible, and further, at which junctures they might even be coupled.
  2. The question of which structural and semantic transformations the so-called ‘public sphere’ and ‘private sphere’ have undergone in recent decades, particularly with regard to globalization and the digitization of society.
  3. The idea of transformation What is it exactly that defines change in contrast with its opposite—i.e., the perseverance and consistency of structures?

The driving contention of this Special Issue is this: the concept of sphere is a rich theoretical resource that, if freed from its normative implications, can be effectively deployed in order to analyze current social situations … The full CFP is available for download here.

Submission Procedure:

Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system here: Please visit the journal’s author guidelines for further details on the submission procedure. In submitting, please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop-down menu.


The deadline for submission of full papers in the range of 4000 to 7000 words is on 15 March 2020. Authors will receive reviewers’ feedback no later than 1 June 2020. Revised versions must be submitted by 1 September 2020.

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