CULTURE, THEORY AND CRITIQUE
Call for papers (3) and contents of 43.1.
_Culture, Theory and Critique_ is an interdisciplinary journal for the transformation and development of critical theories in the humanities and social sciences. It aims to critique and reconstruct theories by interfacing them with one another and by relocating them in new sites and conjunctures. _Culture, Theory and Critique's_ approach to theoretical refinement and innovation is one of interaction and hybridisation via recontextualisation and transculturation. The reconceptualisation of critical theories is achieved by:
assessing how well theories emerging from particular spatial, cultural, geographical and historical contexts travel and translate into new conjunctures.
confronting theories with their limitations or aporias through immanent critique.
applying theories to cultural, literary, social and political phenomena in order to test them against their respective fields of concern and to generate critical feedback.
interfacing theories from different intellectual, disciplinary and institutional settings.
_Culture, Theory and Critique_ publishes one special issue and one open issue per volume.
CALL FOR PAPERS - OPEN ISSUES
Inquiries for open issues should be directed via email. Submissions for open issues should be sent to the address below. Submissions for the open issues may be sent at any time.
Submissions are subject to peer review.
CALL FOR PAPERS: SPECIAL ISSUE, APRIL 2004 'PRACTICES OF ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY MEDIATION'.
Globalization has allegedly facilitated contacts and brought about new types of exchanges between individuals and communities: today's immigrants, merchants, soldiers, politicians, journalists, but also neighbours and lovers increasingly have to communicate with subjects or communities that do not share their culture, their history, or even their language. They need facilitators, translators, go-betweens (other humans, or technological or discursive tools). This issue of _Culture, Theory and Critique_ will examine how practices of mediation are being reinvented in the context of cultural, social or political encounters. Contributors are encouraged to explore a whole range of discursive practices, from the most official forms of negotiation (in the context of international conflicts for example) to the most ordinary and apparently banal examples of mediation (translating direction for a tourist, filling out forms for parents).
Inquiries and submissions should be directed to Professor Mireille Rosello, WCAS French and Italian, 1859 Sheridan Rd #152, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-2204, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2003.
CALL FOR PAPERS: SPECIAL ISSUE, MAY 2005 'NOISE'.
Today, noise is breaking away from the status of undesirable phenomenon bestowed upon it by traditional communications theory. No longer merely an undesirable element to be eradicated so as to retain the purity of the original signal, noise is infecting expression from all realms, spawning genres and movements, complexifying rather than destroying semantics. Indeed, noise has become an integral part of our late modern condition, and not only because of the amount of noise produced by late industrial and digital societies. It is perhaps only natural that we attempt to insulate ourselves from this latter noise, but to treat all noise in this way, to attempt to eradicate *all* forms of noise is fundamentally to disavow the ground on which our every expression is transmitted. This issue of _Culture, Theory and Critique_ will aim to listen to (or look at) noise in all of its guises both literal and metaphorical, to restore noise to its rightful place and to examine the ways in which noise can refigure existing theories, theories which also at times collude in this politics of noise reduction.
Amongst the key issues to be addressed in this volume will be:
Manifestations of noise in culture (noise music, post-digital music, static, hiss, snow and other complex frequencies).
The 'silent' noise behind various communicational acts (what is at stake when mistaking this noise for silence?)
The construction of meaning (why is it that meaning is challenged by noise and what does meaning arise from?)
The politics of noise (does noise indeed signal a new political economy as Attali claimed? is noise revolt?)
Noise and hybridity (does hybridity challenge a noiseless economy?)
Should noise and noisiness be maintained (or perhaps maintained solely as an outside) or is a politics of noise reduction justified?
Does noise constitute a possible alterity?
Inquiries and submissions should be directed to: Dr Greg Hainge, School of Humanities, University of Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia. email@example.com
and to: Dr Paul Hegarty, Department of French, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2004.
JUST PUBLISHED. VOLUME 43.1 May 2002. SPECIAL ISSUE ON 'EUROCENTRISM'.
'Imperial Cartography and Victorian Literature: Charting the Wishes and Anguish of an Island-Empire', pp. 1-16
Paul Allatson, Adam Le Nevez, Yixu Lu, et al.
' "Average Stray Aliens": An Average Australian Conversation on Eurocentrism', pp. 17-32
April R. Biccum
'Interrupting the Discourse of Development: On a Collision Course with Postcolonial Theory', pp. 33-50
'Sites of Indeterminacy and the Spectres of Eurocentrism', pp. 51-65
'Centrifugal Logics: Eagleton and Spivak on the Place of "Place" in Postcolonial Theory', pp. 67-82
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