You’ve heard about it all your life: “six glasses a day,” “essential to life,” “60% of your body,” “the next oil,” “don’t drink the…,” “like a fish in…,” “a wall of…” Water is one of the most common compounds on our blue planet; we can’t live in it yet we can’t live without it. It’s a prerequisite for life and a leading cause of death. Recent events overwhelm human capacities for management and understanding: the tsunami that killed a quarter million people and poisoned the survivors’ fresh water supplies is being followed by drought; a seven-year drought that nearly emptied two of the largest man-made reservoirs in the world is being washed out by record rains; the Arctic is melting while an Antarctic ice sheet the size of Delaware heads to sea; rovers continue to find definitive evidence of vast extraterrestrial oceans. On the arts and culture front, water continues to be, as it has been for millennia, one of the most prevalent, resilient, and dynamic topics and symbols. If one’s identity, like Keats’, is writ on water, what is the potential (or possibility) of writing on water? It seems as good a time as any to find out.
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture is calling for papers for a special issue on the resources and discourses of water. The editors will be particularly interested in: interdisciplinary studies, especially works that combine physical science with social and/or conceptual analysis; multi-media projects; hybrid formulations of creative/theoretical/scholarly writing; and essays that strike a middle ground between academic, private, and public sectors.
Abstracts (500 words) due by July 1, 2005 to: Justin M. Scott Coe (e-mail address provided below) and W. Scott Howard . Completed papers (5,000-10,000 words) due by December 1, 2005; publication expected, August, 2006.
About the journal: Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN: 1547-4348) is an innovative cultural studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction is published quarterly—in the third week of February, May, August, November—and is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
Justin M. Scott Coe
3633 Beechwood Place
Riverside, CA 92506
Phone: (951) 369-3350
Fax: (909) 621-1266
W. Scott Howard
University of Denver
495 Sturm Hall
Denver, CO 80208
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