Social Media and Platform Work: Stories, Practices and Workers’ Organisation

The guest editors Júlia Vilasís-Pamos, Fernanda Pires, Willian Fernandes Araújo, and Rafael Grohmannare glad to invite abstracts submissions for the Special Issue of Convergence “Social Media and Platform Work: Stories, Practices and Workers’ Organisation”.

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: 15th March2022
Deadline for Full Papers: 31th August2022

Expected date of publication: April 2023

Potential contributors should submit a 500-word abstract (excluding references), a 100-word bio, and the contact information of the corresponding author to the guest editors: Júlia Vilasís Pamos((julia.vilasis /at/; Fernanda Pires ((fernanda.pires /at/;Willian Fernandes Araújo((waraujo /at/; Rafael Grohmann ((rafaelgrohmann /at/ Feel free to consult the special issue editors about your article ideas and potential angles or approaches.After the abstractshave beenselected, authors will be invited to submit a full paper. Please note that acceptance ofanabstract does not guarantee publication, given that all papers will go through the journal’s peer review process.


This special issue aims to deepen theunderstanding of the ways platform workers engage with social media. During the last decade, social media have beeninstrumental withinplatform work because theyare fundamental tothis type of labour.Platform workers’ useof social mediacan be consideredformsof communication, socialisation and organisation. Through WhatsApp, Telegram, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and other channels, workers can share tips, stories, and practices. Therefore, it is crucial todevelop new understandings ofthe different uses, discourses, practices and stories that emerge when platform work intersects with social media. Furthermore, platform workers can use social media to bring to the fore different forms ofexploitation, discrimination, and inequalities around platform power, and also in relation to consumers of the platform services. Thus, ithasclearly becomenecessary tointerrogatethe waysin whichplatform work is reinforcing pre- existing inequalities in the areas of gender, class, sexual orientation,andcountry of origin, among others,as well asto understandthe rolethatsocial media play to mitigate or increase these inequalities. Beyond questioning inequalities associated with platform work expressed in social media, it is alsoimportantto explorethe ways social media platforms can be key spaces for workers to collaborate, socialize, and learn informally about this type of labour. Workers share storieson social mediaabout their work routine and everyday practices. Social media can also be a place for work self-promotion and the emergence of workers acting as influencers and coaches. Hence,it is important toraisequestions about the centralitythatsocial media hasforworkers’ organizations, strikes, fissures among the collective, or other forms of emerging solidarities. We invite researchers to send proposals focused on different theoretical and empirical frameworks on the use of social media among platform workers.We strongly encourage contributions from scholars of the Global South, and from different academic fields. This may include (butisnot limited to) the following topics:

●Platform work and social media influencers;
●Social media uses for platform work;
●Discourses about platform work within social media communities and groups;
●Digital workers’ solidarity and organisation through social media;
●Social media and platform worker’s informal learning;
●The use ofhumorouscontent to discuss platform work on social media;
●The use of social media for discussingthe precariousness ofplatform work;
●The use of social media for denouncing inequalities in platform work (gender,immigration; social
class and other intersecting aspects);
●Platform workers’ reputation on social media;
●Worker’s self-representation in social media platforms;
●Social media and theborders and limits of the workspace in a platformisation context;
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