Call for Special Issue of Global Media Journal on “Globalization, Financialization, and New Imperialism’

Theme of Fall 2014 Issue: Financialization, Communication, and New Imperialism
Guest Editors:
Mohan J. Dutta, National University of Singapore
Mahuya Pal, University of South Florida

The global financial crisis marks on one hand the ruptures in the universalized logic of neoliberal capitalism as a framework of global development, and on the other hand, narrates the story of the increasing consolidation of power in the hands of the global elite achieved through the language of the free market. As we have argued in our earlier work on globalization and communication, meanings constitute the center of global financialization, consolidation of wealth in the hands of the global elite, and the deployment of technocratic efficiency as the solution to development narrowly conceived as economic growth (Dutta, 2011; Pal & Dutta, 2008). Even as these shifts in global power depict the new networks of power that operate globally, connecting spaces of resource consolidation, the relationships of power are played out in uneven terrains of global flows, reflecting the inequalities between geographic spaces. In these relationships of space, power, and finance, meanings offer guiding frameworks as they create the bases for the values, taken for granted assumptions, and discourses of practice. Of utmost importance in these shifts of power are the networks of finance that reify and reproduce global patterns of inequalities. What then are the key meanings that circulate in these spaces of finance and what is the relationship of these meanings to the old and new imperialisms that mark the globe. This special issue of “Financialization, Communication, and New Imperialism” will explore the interpenetrating networks of meaning in contemporary global capitalism. We invite both theoretical as well as methodological pieces that explore the role of communication in the financialization of the global economy.

Broad topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Meanings of finance in global networks
  • The ways in which discourse works to constitute and reproduce global financial policies
  • The uses of communication to establish financial policies
  • Reproduction of financial identities and relationships in global spaces of capital
  • The articulations of state, market, and capital in new networks of new imperialism(s)
  • Relationships between old and new forms of imperialism, the overarching role of financialization, and the constitutive role of communication.

Graduate student research: In keeping with the mission of the Global Media Journal to provide opportunities for graduate student publication, this issue will have a graduate research section edited by Mahuya Pal, University of South Florida. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically. For submission guidelines, please visit

Please direct all inquiries and submissions to guest editor Mohan J. Dutta, National University of Singapore at Direct graduate student research inquiries to Mahuya Pal, University of South Florida,
Global Media Journal is an official publication of the Global Communication Association in conjunction with the Center for Global Studies, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, USA. Its editions are supported by their respective universities around the world.

Dutta, M. (2011). Communicating social change: Structure, culture, agency. New York: Routledge.
Pal, M., &  Dutta, M. J. (2008). Theorizing resistance in a global context: processes, strategies and tactics in communication scholarship. In C. Beck (Ed.), Communication Yearbook, 32, 41-87. New York, NY: Routledge.

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About Gulizar Haciyakupoglu

A PhD Candidate at Communications & New Media Programme, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
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