Submissions are solicited on the theme of Choice and Suffering for the third issue of Static, the online journal of the London Consortium (publication date: end June 2006).
The concept of choice is highly valued, especially in the West, as a fundamental right of free individuals. Our sense of being free is often based on our freedom to exercise choice in the marketplace, in matrimony, in the voting booth, or in the hypertext link. But choice has its darker side: it can prove to be illusory; sometimes the process of choosing can be agonising; making a choice can close off future choices; we are frequently forced to make choices.
This issue of Static takes its inspiration from the German adage die Qual der Wahl ('the suffering of choice'). The issue will examine whether/when the freedom to choose is in fact a condemnation to suffer. The theme provides a useful way of thinking about democracy, marketing and consumerism, free will, justice, body politics, social policy, education, aesthetics, and digital culture. As the London Consortium is dedicated to interdisciplinarity, we are encouraging submissions from contributors of all kinds and from all fields. Possible lines of enquiry include but are not limited to:
Free will, subjectivity, compulsion and compulsive behaviour
Legal decisions, guilt and innocence, responsibility, moral codes, conscience
Taste, aesthetics, fashion, individualism and conformism, choice as a means of creating the self
Consumerism, marketing, expertise and advice gurus, choosing choice
Body politics, body image, body modification, abortion rights
High street architecture, homogenisation, shop design and packaging
Education, health, public services and the citizen-consumer
Political parties, democratic choice, one- and two-party states, the technology of casting votes Culinary culture, supermarkets as providers and destroyers of choice, the politics of food
Surfeit of choice, sensory overload, the Internet, search engines
Greed, choosing everything, mp3 culture, using the 'shuffle' function to choose music, eating disorders, mania, addiction
Choosing 'sustainability', environmental degradation, nuclear power
Digital cinema, digital television, the remote control and television schedules
Religions, sects, choosing God, being chosen by God
political action, violence, resistance, strategy and choosing tactics
We welcome contributions in English or other European languages, in the form of analytical essays and articles, interviews, art projects, photographic images, online interactive projects, etc.
Deadline Friday, 12 May 2006.
Publication date: end June 2006
For submission and further inquiries for Static Issue 03- Choice and Suffering please contact the editorial team at:
Eu Jin Chua
Cormac Deane, Lee Scrivner, Eu Jin Chua
The London Consortium
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