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Humanist Archives: Aug. 11, 2021, 7:16 a.m. Humanist 35.183 - pubs cfp: Digital Literacy and Meaningful Connectivity

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 183.
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        Date: 2021-08-10 08:41:32+00:00
        From: Danica Radovanović <>
        Subject: Call for Book Chapters: Springer book on Digital Literacy and Meaningful Connectivity

Does your work involve digital literacy and/or digital inclusion? Please
consider contributing to the forthcoming multidisciplinary book *Digital
Literacy – A Human-Centric Approach to Meaningful Connectivity* edited
by Danica Radovanović, and published by Springer. 
Please see the details below.

What we have learned in the past decade of our digital lives? In the past 5
years? In the past 15 months? Where we’re going? Where shall we begin?

These are some of the questions I am asking myself, as an internet
researcher and practitioner, lately, and this is an invitation to the
researchers and experts from various stakeholder groups to contribute to
various aspects and dynamics of digital literacy related to digital
inclusion, both in the Global South and Global North. The digital divide,
even more, prominent in the Global South, is also visible in the Global

We have seen this in the past year and a half, how much and to what extend
we lack in digital skills; that those without the access and skills got
more left behind and disconnected, and us – on Global North, how we had to
learn and relearn new pathways and skills to join the digital highway. Many
of you, even though academics in social and internet technologies had to
reach and ask your junior colleague or a child to help you to set up the
technology, install zoom, other apps, how to record a video, how to create
and share the content with a larger group of people, use the cloud, change
the privacy settings, change the background or learn how to press unmute.

Undoubtedly, digital literacy presents the relevant factor for digital
inclusion and sustainable development. This book seeks to provide insight
and analysis of sustainable digital literacy models for obtaining digital
skills in the digital era. We’ll have a look into successful initiatives
with various dynamics and structures of the models that enable the
provisioning of digital literacy efficiently and sustainably. What
constitutes digital literacy in this new digital landscape? What is needed
to bridge the digital divide in skills in Global South, and what in Global
North? What is dominant in the North?

We seek to redefine digital literacy for the 21st century and analyze case
studies targeted at under-connected people in the Global South and North
that use digital literacy programs to build knowledge, improve education,
health literacy, financial literacy, solve societal problems, and foster

The book welcomes contributions that stem from different disciplines and
methodologies, by established and new scholars in the field that critically
examine the current state of digital literacy and digital skills related to
the digital transformation and digital inclusion processes that we are
experiencing.  We welcome chapters from diverse fields, including social
science, computer science, and engineering studies, communication,
anthropology, journalism, political theory, critical theory, business, etc.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    - Digital Literacy in 21st century: Processes and practices in Global
    South and Global North
    - Practical implications and solutions to the digital divide related to
    digital literacy.
    - Digital Skills in Education and eLearning: the promise of online
    - Digital Literacy current frameworks. KPIs and solutions
    for scalability and sustainability
    - Digital skills and vulnerable groups: children, youth, elders,
    marginalized groups in the society
    - Digital literacy initiatives for reducing Gender inequality, best
    - Digital health literacy, digital financial literacy, business models
    - Network privacy skills, algorithmic digital skills, data digital
    literacy, digital social security, IoT, AI – (re) learning new skills
    - Digital Literacy and sustainable futures: innovative cross-sector
    partnerships, recommendations for future digital literacy initiatives
    and programs

Abstract submissions for the book chapter proposals are due September 27
th, 2021, and please send a title, abstract (250 words max), and a
short bio to to help us streamline the peer 
review process.

The answers to the most frequently asked questions:

    - The book is a monograph published by Springer
    - The target chapter length is 5000-6000 words, including references.
    - There is no limit to the number of authors in a chapter.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any queries.

With kind regards,

Dr. Danica Radovanović
Senior research lead, University of Oslo, ITS
Digital Inclusion advisor, Basic Internet Foundation
Web: : t @danicar
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