call for submissions -- thresholds 36 -- DIFFERENCE
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS -- thresholds 36 -- DIFFERENCE
Thresholds is an interdisciplinary critical journal of architecture, art, and media culture produced by editors in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the topic of our upcoming issue is "Difference."
Notions of difference are played out across artistic, scientific, economic, architectural, political, computational, cultural, and theoretical arenas and at scales ranging from the genomic to the global; the origins and expressions of difference can be found at the core and the margins of all types of practice (often taking root between them, straddling the terrains of discourse and production). To that end, Thresholds 36 invites contributors to critically explore these issues through a range of media and formats, including essays, projects, proposals, policies, and criticism.
The discourse of difference implies that things are understood by their edges—those delineations by which “this” is known not to be “that”—and by the relation of the single to the multiple. Likewise, it drives the dichotomy of the generic and the specific: differentiation can be seen as a topography of resistance against normativity, a repostulation of identity through degrees of deviance. Difference is found codified (and obscured) in the lines drawn between disciplines, genders, territories, and cultures, provoking a constant reconsideration of our fundamental concepts of position, boundary, and heterogeneity.
Submissions are due 15 July 2008. Essays are limited to 2500 words. Please visit the web link for more detailed submission information.
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