Call for Abstracts - Themed issue of Academic Quarter, No. 10: ICON
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Issue 10 of Academic Quarter on the topic of Icon aims to bring together scholars from at least the following fields: Imagology, cultural semiotics, star studies, fashion studies, film and media history, art history, literary history, and cultural studies to initiate an exploration of the phenomenon of cultural iconicity. Scholars from other fields of humanistic research are welcome to contribute as well. We seek contributions analyzing the phenomenon of cultural iconicity in the following areas of study: literature, music, art, fashion, film and other visual media, including photography. We seek both papers that contribute further to the theorization of the field and its concepts, and (primarily) papers that offer analyses of specific cases of cultural iconicity. For the purpose of this issue we propose the following definition of a cultural icon: A commercialized, yet sacralized visual, aural or textual representation anchored in a specific temporal/historical and spatial/geographical context broadly recognized by its recipients as having iconic status for a group of human agents within one or several discursive fields/communities. Cultural iconicity can be carried by the representation of a person, a place, or an epoch/historical moment. The iconicity of a human representation is furthered through the human icon having agency to act in a cultural space anchored in time, and by the consumers of cultural iconicity having agency to do ‘icon work’ on those representations, whether taking the form of collaborative iconolatry or adversarial iconoclasm.
The first step is to submit an abstract of about 150 words to Helle Thorsøe Nielsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to Bent Sørensen (email@example.com) by May 15, 2014. By June 1, 2014 the editors will have reviewed the abstracts and notified the authors of their decisions. Accepted articles – using the Chicago System Style Sheet – should then be e-mailed to the editors no later than August 15, 2014. Articles will then be reviewed anonymously. The articles should be around 15,000-25,000 keystrokes (3,000-3,500 words), and they can be written in English or in the Scandinavian languages. Assuming that the articles are accepted by the peer reviewers and the editors, they should be revised, and final version of article sent in by November 15, 2014. Please download the full call from our website before proposing an abstract.
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