CfP: Socialist media culture from sociological perspective

Call for papers, deadline 30 June 2020

We hereby invite all interested colleagues to submit research papers, review articles, discussion papers, and thematic essays for the thematic issue of the journal Facta Universitatis: Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and History, Vol. 19, No 2, 2020.

This Call for Papers is aimed at bringing together a selected number of scholars and associates from the academic community who wish to participate in the project titled “SOCIALIST MEDIA CULTURE FROM SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE”.

In the "short” 20th century or in "era of extremes", as Hobsbawm (1994) called the century we left behind, many dramatic changes and transformations occurred in almost all areas of social, economic, political and cultural life in Europe and the world. We had two World Wars and many other inter-ethnic conflicts and confrontations. In 1989 Europe witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall and the tumultuous breakdown of communism in Eastern European and Central European countries. In many ways, this year is seen as a historical turn. During the 90s, Yugoslavia, a well-known European country ceased to exist as a state. Communism and socialism, in many ways and many spheres, have marked the 20th century. For term communism in public discourse, we often use socialism, although in the literature about Marxism we found communism as one of the types of socialism. Also, there are scientific and news articles that make differences between communist and capitalist countries. When we talk about Yugoslavia, we talk about soft socialism.

It is necessary to focus on the research field of everyday life and popular culture in the former socialist countries, as well as their influence on later cultural phenomena, audience reception and the formation of post-socialist identities. The call for papers aims to: determine the context of the emergence of socialist media culture; identify how socialist media culture, as a part of the culture, represents everyday life and social reality; explain whether the media culture that belongs to all social groups can transform different social practices; evaluate how post-socialist audiences redefine preferred social meanings.

You are kindly invited to submit the final versions of your research paper (in electronic format) by June 30, 2020.

The research papers should be submitted in English, and it should not exceed 16 pages (A4 format, max. 40.000 characters with spaces, line spacing 1.5, font Times New Roman, font size 12).

The submitted papers will be subject to double-blind peer review. In order to ensure the authenticity, relevance and legibility, the submitted papers are also subject to the process of proof-reading and copy-editing by the editors and editorial staff.

For technical details and editorial requirements on preparing the paper for publication, please refer to Author Guidelines, available at

Editors of the thematic issue: Assist. prof. Natasha Simeunović Bajić (University of Niš), Assoc. prof. Vyara Angelova (Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski) and Assoc. prof. Romina Surugiu (University of Bucharest).