Convergence is an international refereed academic journal which was set up in 1995 to address the creative, social, political and pedagogical issues raised by the advent of new media technologies. As an international research journal it provides a forum both for monitoring and exploring developments and for publishing vital research. Published quarterly in paper and electronic form and adopting an inter-disciplinary approach Convergence has developed this area into an entirely new research field. The principal aims of Convergence are:
- to develop critical frameworks and methodologies which enable the reception, consumption and impact of new technologies to be evaluated in their domestic and public contexts
- to contextualise the study of those new technologies within existing debates in media studies, and to address the specific implications of the increasing convergence of media forms
- to monitor the conditions of emergence of new media technologies, their subsequent mass production and the development of new cultural forms
- to promote discussion and analysis of the creative potential of those technologies, and to contextualise those cultural practices within wider cultural and political debates.