Transdisciplinary Journal of Emergence, "Garbage and Culture" issue
This issue of the Transdisciplinary Journal of Emergence seeks papers that explore the dynamic relationship between garbage and culture. In what ways have different cultures responded to the accumulation of garbage? In what ways do cultures manage, recycle, reuse, or store it? What, indeed, constitutes garbage? Papers may address such topics as:
Perceptions of garbage
Rituals of waste disposal
Politics of producing/consuming/storing garbage
Aesthetics of garbage and/or its management
Ideologies of recycling
Waste management policies
Production/consumption of green products
Literary representations of waste
Appropriations of waste spaces
Garbage and the sublime
The transdisciplinary journal of emergence (web address provided below) is an English-language on-line journal published semi-annually. We are seeking contributions for the 5th issue (Fall 2005) issue, to be sent by September 1st, 2005 (max length 5000 words).
TJE is committed to fostering a critical dialogue across the social sciences and humanities and welcomes thinkers challenging existing models of cultural/political/economical production. We are interested in adventurous takes on popular or classical subjects. We strive to support a broad range of participants and perspectives.
Of specific interest are perspectives and methodologies that cut across, or overcome altogether, disciplinary separations within the fields of social sciences and humanities
Although TJE is published by a Business School, we do not intend to assign a particular emphasis to disciplinary (or trans-disciplinary, for that matter) discussions of management, economics, marketing, finance, and the like. Indeed, we believe the above-mentioned disciplines have increasingly progressed over time on a path that is eventually going to bring them outside the domain of the social sciences. If the social sciences are to constitute a distinct knowledge endeavor that should not be, we believe, solely because their object is human beings. Instead, the reason for the existence of the social sciences as a separate field of inquiry should be epistemological.
Since the journal explicitly aims to overcome disciplinary separations, we felt it necessary to abandon the reviewing mechanisms institutionalized in most academic journals. We do not believe that an endeavor such as developing a “transdisciplinary journal” is possible within the context of the power/knowledge structure inherent in the traditional review process. Hence, papers will not be reviewed with the explicit purpose of suggesting modifications. Instead, the editor will assign the submitted papers to two members of the editorial board, and publish their reactions and observations along with the papers.
Although this particular structure makes the quality of any received paper difficult to determine, we believe that the very criteria of “academic quality” should be subject to discussion, rather than taken for granted or simply inferred from the presence of a structured and systematic reviewing process. The editorial board is currently involved in such a debate, which will result in future modifications to this call for submissions. A similar issue concerns our lack of a clear definition for the term “emergence”, which is, similarly, subject to an ongoing debate within the editorial board resulting in periodic modifications to the editorial statement of the Journal.
In this way, we hope to overcome the disciplinary (in a Focauldian sense) emphasis of the traditional reviewing process as well as of a crystallized definition of a concept in favor of dialogue and trans-fertilization.
The deadline for our Fall 2005 issue is September 1st. We are always accepting submissions and proposals for future issues.
We thank you in advance for your support.
(HEC School of Management, Paris)
Daniel Blochwitz (Nelson Hancock Brooklyn, NY)
Clotilde Calabi (University of Milan)
Cristina Crucini (University of Reading)
Henry F. Dahmns Ph.D. (University of Tennessee)
Giuseppe Delmestri (University of Bergamo)
Angelo Fanelli (HEC School of Management, Paris)
Afshin Hafizi (University of Florida)
Derek Merrill (University of Florida)
Mojtaba Mahdavi (University of Western Ontario)
Vilmos Misangyi (University of Delaware)
Luca Palumbo (Training Director, Italcementi, Italy)
Antonio Payar (Confartigianato)
Massimo Daniele Sapienza (Electrabel Italia)
Guillermina Seri (University of Florida)
Giuseppe Soda (SDA Bocconi Business School)
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