CONNECT invites submissions for the following issues:
Connect 5: RESIDUE. By Residue, we mean to invoke and provoke thought about the traces of historical events in contemporary cultural spaces and practices, and about the ways that history is produced through the recognition of such traces. Possible topics and themes, organizing rubrics, and questions might include: ghosts and haunting; repetition and the uncanny; ruins, monuments and memorials; revivalism (including discourses of roots, authenticity, cultural renewal); contemporary re-interpretations of classic texts; arts of the found object; performance genres such as butoh, shadow puppetry, possession, masking, mime and mimesis; histories of recording (including cinema, phonography and digitization); technologies of bodily traces (such as finger-printing, palmistry, physiognomy), as well as those of prognostication; and the discourses of history, archaeology, and genealogy. Deadline: April 15, 2002
Connect 6: ISLAND. Island suggests isolation, but also arrival and departure. From The Tempest to Robinson Crusoe, from Gauguin to Walcott, from Alcatraz to Australia, it evokes thought of shipwreck, exile, transport, and treasure. Its imageries are those of the coast, of hidden interiors, of paradise (and its corruption), and the endless horizon. Possible themes and objects for this issue include: literatures and arts of exile, tales of wreckage and survival; prison islands, islands of military experiment, of natural wonder, and imperial fantasy; land-locked islands (from the metropolis to the small town); encampments and states of siege; the space of performance, from the spotlight to the island as mise-en-scène; television serials and cinematic tropes; linguistic histories of creolization; discourses of first contact; fantasies of rescue and return; homesickness and longing. Deadline: August 15, 2002
Contributions may take the form of short essays, literary prose, poetry and performance texts, short commentaries of a critical or historical nature, informational announcements, interviews, and reproductions of visual art of all genres, including web-based productions.
Since CONNECT addresses a diverse audience of presenters, curators, theorists, cultural critics, and artists in a range of locations, contributions should be written in lucid, jargon-free prose with limited citations. Articles should be no more than 3000 words in length. Please submit two copies of written text.
Unsolicited submissions will not be returned; however, visual materials will be returned to those who include a self-addressed and stamped mailer. Submissions must be sent in hard copy to the following address to Radhika Subramaniam at the address below.
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