In the wake of the demonstrations against the Iraq War that met George Bush, Jr. in London, and the anti-FTAA demonstrations in Miami, Bad Subjects is publishing a year-end special issue on Protest Cultures. This issue will be dedicated to examining the role of public protest in confronting the dominant orders of the American Empire and capitalism; economic, cultural, and media globalism; and the modalities of state violence, visible and less visible. What current strategies of confrontation and protest are most effective in creating a shared resistance to the normalization of imperial culture? How do mobilizations occur and to what effect? How does staging protests contribute to the creation of peaceful civil societies and social justice? What forms of political organization and collective action emerge from protests to energize democratic practice and confront anti-democratic authority?
This special issue emphasizes the co-location of many political movements and cultures within a broad, transnational oppositional camp. Essays might address protest planning, staging geographies, personal experience, spontaneous protests, anti-capitalist and labor protests, independent and corporate reportage, internal organization, ideological conflicts among protestors, artwork and creative protest, or policing and control, and should articulate some argument concerning protest praxis and politics. Relevant essays on historical protests are also invited.
Send essays of 2000-3500 words to Cynthia Hoffman and Joe Lockard via email. Essay submissions can be reviewed and published in English, Spanish, German, and French, with or without translation. Protest graphics and photography may be submitted without essays. For all submissions, include a brief author bio and e-mail address; see Bad Subjects issues for style.
The submission deadline is December 24, 2003; the special issue will be published on January 1, 2004.
Bad Subjects is also calling for papers on upcoming issues. For more information, see our website.
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