Parallax is an exciting and provocative cultural studies journal which seeks to initiate alternative forms of cultural theory and criticism through a critical engagement with the production of cultural knowledges. It is a peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly, by Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Parallax will be of interest to those working in many areas including critical theory, cultural history, gender studies, philosophy, queer theory, english and comparative literature, post-colonial theory, art history and of course, cultural studies.
Parallax is seeking papers to be published in its themed issues in 2004. These issues will be edited by Rowan Bailey, Nicholas Chare and Peter Kilroy.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The recent closure (‘restructuring’) of the department of Cultural Studies and Sociology (formerly the CCCS) at Birmingham University has (re-)focussed critical attention on what has become an increasingly urgent question for cultural studies/critical theory more broadly: how are those working within (and without?) the academy to provide and maintain ‘spaces’ for (critical) thought – (fully) funded (institutional) structures etc. – within (and without?) an academy increasingly saturated by an ethos of measurement, calculation, commodification and control of teaching, research and thought? What might it mean to think (critically) both within/without and about the academy in the face of such contemporary developments, and how might we articulate them with(in) the broader debates surrounding instrumental rationality, bureaucratic control, governmentality and the archive?
Parallax invites submissions that intervene – critically and theoretically – in the reduction of (qualitative) thought to (quantitative) product, and in the reduction of (critical) education to (utilitarian) skill-set, both set against the backdrop of an increasingly prevalent auditing (of) culture. Of particular interest would be submissions that deal with: the effects of auditing culture on the broader institutional reproduction of cultural studies/critical theory; its effects on the everyday teaching of theoretical materials (e.g. the contradictory and conflictual space which cultural studies is ever more forced to inhabit: both deploying and undermining modes of theoretical mastery, structures of legitimized authority and expertise, etc.); and with its effects on cultural/critical theory more broadly (e.g. [how] might we think thinking as a productive act [as work? as labour?] without its reduction – or the reduction of its ‘output’ – to commodity status?). How might we theorize these effects whilst simultaneously protecting against the blunting of cultural studies’ critical and interventionist edge? Is the academy the only or most appropriate space in which (this) critical thinking can thrive and grow?
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 2003
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Old Mining Building
University of Leeds
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