In this special issue of the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, we seek essays that examine the functions and constructions of waste in a variety of socio-political milieus and cultural locations. What is waste and how is it produced, dealt with and understood? What are the survivals of production and consumption? In a modern context, what becomes of the category of waste in post-Fordist production and under the hegemonic regime of immaterial labor? How does the growth of the world market affect the geography of waste?
We are looking for an array of interpretations of waste, of capitalismís refuse, from the fields of history, anthropology and ethnography, literary studies, film and the visual arts, communications and media studies, and, of course, cultural studies writ large.
This call is not limited to interests of any century or geographic location.
Areas of interest include:
- Subaltern and post-colonial studies
- The recycling and/or repurposing of culture
- Visual art
- Waste Management / Recycling
Please submit three (3) printed copies and one electronic copy by May 31, 2008 to the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, English Department, 308 English-Philosophy Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242. We prefer essays no longer than 9,000 words, MLA format. Please keep discursive endnotes to a minimum.
The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed publication edited by graduate students that mixes traditional approaches and contemporary interventions in the interdisciplinary humanities and interpretive social sciences.
Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies
English Dept., 308 English-Philosophy Building
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242.
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