Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN: 1547-4348) is an innovative online cultural studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction publishes three Themed Issues and one Open Issue per year.
Send Open Issue submissions (year round) to: reconstruction.submissions_at_gmail.com and submissions for Themed Issues to the appropriate editors listed on the site at www.reconstruction.eserver.org
Reconstruction also accepts proposal for special issue editors and topics. Reconstruction is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
The following is a constantly updated collection of CFPs for currently planned Open and Themed Issues, including contact information. Please refer to our Submissions page for general submission guidelines and peer review process. Potential Guest Editors, please view our FAQs page.
CFP Categories: African-American, American, cultural studies and historical approaches, ethnicity and national identity, film and television, gender studies and sexuality, general announcements, humanities, computing and the internet, interdisciplinary, journals and collections of essays, popular culture, rhetoric and composition, science and culture, theory, twentieth century and beyond.
NOTE: Reconstruction CFPs are regularly posted to the following listservs: H-Net, CULTSTUD-L, UPenn, Anthropology Matters, e-NASS, intertheory, and CACS. To suggest another listserv for our CFP postings, please contact the Managing Editor.
EDITORS / CONTACT
|Reconstruction 13.3: Exploring Digital Narcissisms||Kane Faucher
|Reconstruction 14.1: The Undead Arcade||Carly A. Kocurek and Samuel Tobin
E-mail: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
November 1, 2013
|Reconstruction 14.2: Special Issue – Phenomenology and Education, edited by Elias Schwieler||
March 1, 2014
Reconstruction 14.3: Spatial Literary Studies, edited by Robert T. Tally Jr.
|Robert T. Tally Jr.
March 15, 2014
|Andrew Chiu and coeditor Alan Ramón Clinton
E-mail: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 1, 2014
Reconstruction 15.2 Immersion and Intervention: Convergences in Art and Science Research, edited by Hervé Regnauld and Alan Ramón Clinton.
|Hervé Regnauld and Alan Ramón Clinton
E-mail: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 1, 2014
|Reconstruction 15.3 Special Issue: Regional Approaches to Queer Asian Cinema, edited by James Wren.||Hervé Regnauld and Alan Ramón Clinton
E-mail: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 1, 2014
|Recon||Alan Clinton: Submissions Editor, Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
|Open Issues||Alan Clinton, Submissions Editor, Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
|Themed Issue (Guest Edited)||Marc Ouellette, Managing Editor, Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
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Edited by Kane Faucher
For Freud, narcissism is the investment of libidinal energy redirected away from objects and toward the ego, whereas Lacan tells us it is a failure arising from the mirror stage precipitating a fruitless and perpetual search for the perfected image of the self. A "healthy" narcissism entails an optimal level of self-regard and esteem, whereas an "unhealthy" narcissism can lead to emotionally destructive consequences. In this way, the operative "borderline" between healthy ego formation and reactive defense of a fragile ego construct may, in fact, be more pronounced of an issue in the online environment where this struggle may find itself trans- or superimposed.
One of the major shifts in web 2.0 has been the facilitation of more participatory content via social networking sites (SNSs) and news site fora, etc. User-generated communication, be it synchronous or asynchronous in nature, has allowed for more opportunities in the area of self-expression in the digital Umwelt. A raft of studies and popular books in the last few years have indicated a tentative connection between SNSs and an enabling function for narcissistic self-display, aggressive behaviour, and the desire to maximize social capital, particularly as endemic to the social software architecture that allows for promotionalism and self-boosterism online. In some cases, there is an argument to the effect that such online behaviours follow trends reminiscent of the clinical definition of narcissistic personality disorder such as possessing poor object relations, the social dependency versus extreme autonomic reliance paradox, aggressive and cathartic exchanges in the online venue, the fostering of shallow connections and tributary relations; and other ambient factors such as the marketization of the online ego-identity construct, the "arithmomania" of collection fetishism present in the quantifying of connections as social capital, and other issues that may arise in the tension between the Internet-mediated self and the environment in which it operates. On the more optimistic end of the debate, SNSs as a "liberation technology" are a source of facilitating niche-building, information flow, personal expression, and healthy ego development rather than pathological auto-scopophilia.
We invite scholarly essays to explore the dynamism that may exist in the rise of social media with respect to changes in narcissistic behaviours and ego formation. How has the digital milieu shaped, or been shaped by, narcissisms? How does the online ego problematize the classic definitions of narcissism, in addition to making any diagnostic pronouncements on the basis of digital communication? Scholars are encouraged to draw from the literature on narcissism(s), including more classic formulations (Freudian and Lacanian), object relations (Kernberg et al) and self psychology (Kohut et al) schools of thought.
Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to,
Cyberpsychology and online ego-construction
Digital Ego-play and self-esteem
The web as externalized id or mass subconscious manifestation
Cyberpragmatic analysis of interpersonal communication
Psychoanalysis of digital behaviour
Civilization and its (digital) discontents
The sociological and psychological understanding of liking, ranking, and tagging
Please submit complete essays between now and Dec 31 to Kane Faucher (email@example.com). Inquiries of all kinds are also welcome.
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Edited by Carly A. Kocurek and Samuel Tobin
This special issue of Reconstruction seeks explorations of the world, practices, histories and possibilities of the Video Arcade and associated spaces in the 20th and 21st centuries. The Video Arcade has recently been described, in both popular and scholarly works, as "dead" and yet it retains a curious vitality and visibility. From Wreck it Ralph and TRON: Legacy to Dave & Buster’s and Barcade, the video arcade is at once both dead and alive, a topic both for misty-eyed backward glances and innovative entrepreneurial revival. This paradoxical state of affairs makes the arcade both a difficult and important object for scholarly inquiry, one that demands a diversity of approaches, methods and perspectives. We invite you to participate in the process of critically assessing the Video Arcade's unique cultural position through this special issue.
We welcome scholarly essays from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective that touch on the concept of the Video Arcade. How might we make sense of the video arcade in the broader context of public amusements and youth culture? What might arcade as object of nostalgic longing tell us about technology, spectatorship, and culture, and what are the theoretical limitations of examining the arcade through this lens? What can be learned from critical engagement with cabinet-boards as platforms, or with cabinets as designed objects, furniture, or novelites? Through these and related queries, this special issue asks contributors to consider both what the Video Arcade was and what it has become over time and the intersections of the arcade's past and present.
- Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
- Comparative studies of international arcades, both contemporary and historic
- Video arcades' ongoing relationship to home console and/or mobile play
- Family entertainment centers/restaurants (Chuck E Cheese's), arcade-bars (Barcade) and other relative and/or successor spaces.
- "Ports" and adaptations into and out of arcades
- Historical cartographies and geographies of arcades
- Arcades economies (financial, affective, ludic, etc.)
- Competitive and/or collaborative play in the Arcade, and associated cultures
- Arcade and arcade cabinet recreation, preservation and collecting (private and/or institutional)
- Arcade representation in film and television
- Video Arcades and the Arcades Project
- Identification around and through the arcade, including considerations of age, race, gender, and socioeconomic class
Completed essays of up to 7,000 words or reviews of books, events, films, exhibits, places or other forms that may be of interest to the readership should be submitted by November 1, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries in advance of submission are also welcome.
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN: 1547-4348) is an innovative cultural studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction publishes one open issue and three themed issues quarterly. Reconstruction is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
Dr. Carly A. Kocurek, Assistant Professor
Illinois Institute of Technology
Department of Humanities, 218 Siegel Hall
3301 S. Dearborn Chicago, IL 60616
Dr. Samuel Tobin, Assistant Professor
Communications Media Department
Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg MA 01420
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This special issue of Reconstruction has as its theme phenomenology and education from a wide perspective, taking into account different approaches to education offered by the phenomenological method of research. Authors are invited to submit papers for publication that span from theoretical pieces to papers concerned with educational practice. The aim of this broad scope of approaches is to give a picture of how phenomenology can be used to research education, as well as to highlight current practice. Phenomenology as a specific method of research with its focus on lived experience has become more and more popular in educational research. One possible reason for the growing interest in phenomenology among educationalists could be how the phenomenological perspective has the power to see beyond instrumental analyses of education and focus on the actual experiences of both students and teachers within the culture of education. Phenomenology here should be seen as including such philosophers as Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Blanchot, Merleau-Ponty, Ricoeur, all the way to Derrida, and beyond.When it comes to researching education from a phenomenological perspective such scholars as Michael A. Peters, Paul Standish, Michael Bonnett, Gloria Dall’Alba, William Pinar, Iain Thomson, Cecilia Ferm, and James Magrini can be named.
Submission deadline: January 15, 2014
Send Submissions to Elias Schwieler at: email@example.com
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The spatial turn in the humanities and social sciences has occasioned an explosion of innovative, multidisciplinary scholarship in recent years. Spatially oriented literary studies, whether operating under the banner of literary geography, literary cartography,geophilosophy, geopoetics, geocriticism, or the spatial humanities more generally, have helped to reframe or to transform contemporary criticism by focusing attention, in various ways, on the dynamic relations among space, place, and literature. Spatial literary studies enablescholars to reflect upon the representation of space and place, whether in the real world, in imaginary universes,orin those hybrid zones where fiction meets reality. In examining spatial representation in literary works, spatially oriented criticism has also invoked inter- or transdisciplinary practices, frequently making productive connections to architecture, geography, history, politics, social theory, and urban studies, to name a few. Spatial criticism is not limited to the so-called real world, but often calls into question the facile distinction between real and imaginary places, while investigating what Edward Soja has referred to as the “real-and-imagined” spaces of the world. Indeed, although a great deal of research has been devoted to the literary representation of certain identifiable and well known places (such as Dickens’s London, Hugo’s Paris, or Joyce’s Dublin), spatial critics have also explored the otherworldly spaces of literature, such as those to be found in myth, fantasy, science fiction, video games, and cyberspace. Similarly, such criticism is interested in the relationship between spatiality and different media or genres, as film or television, music, computer programs, and other forms supplement, compete with, and problematize literary representation. A spatial or geocritical approach would likely draw upon diverse critical and theoretical traditions in disclosing, analyzing, and exploring the significance of space, place, and mapping in literature and in the world.
We invite scholarly essays on any aspect of geocriticism or spatial literary studies. These essays may be critical, theoretical, or historical, arguing for or offering critiques of spatial literary studies. Contributors may demonstrate the effectiveness of a spatial approach by offering spatial or geocritical readings of particular texts. Essays that examine a discrete space or type of space are also welcome. We are also interested in critical explorations of virtual spaces, such as the worlds of video games or cyberspace. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
- Theories of spatiality and literature;
- Geocritical readings of individual texts;
- Spatial issues in the work of individual authors;
- Cognitive mapping and other spatial practices;
- Fantastic or otherworldly spaces;
- Cartographic narratives;
- Spatiality in film, television, or other media;
- Analyses of “non-places”;
- Relations between literary and graphic representations;
- Maps as literary texts;
- Spatial theorists (e.g., Lefebvre, Deleuze, Harvey, Jameson, etc.);
- Space and genre
Inquiries and submissions should be addressed to Robert T. Tally Jr. at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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From the 1980s, after the rise of postmodernism and postcolonialism, people started to understand that there are no authentic meanings of sex/uality, gender, justice and law across different cultural and legal discourses / machines. That is still the situation in this age of virtual Global-Localization and Internet; i.e. how the dynamics among the above mentioned concepts are re-constructed, inter-re-produced and mutually-manufactured in particular / singular matrices still requires meticulous investigation and detailed examination. This special issue aims to put the deliberation and discussion of sexual politics in the cultural and jurisdictional context of Greater China and Singapore, the so called 'poor little rich girls', where there are fast growing economics and financial markets, but a lack of sufficient human rights protection mechanisms and an acceptance of sexual powerless. The articles collected in this volume not only engage with sexual politics in the discourse of law, but also in a religious context and within an economic matrix.
The special issue starts with the article of Professor Huang Ying-ying of Ren Min University of China. She sets her discussion of sexual politics in Mainland China within the context of the deployment of market-based economic reforms and Open Door Policy (1970s), and argues that economic growth has brought changes in sexual desire, practices and identities in Mainland China. According to Huang, the changes have occurred on two parallel yet singular levels: on the one hand, new types of sexual politics and knowledge are reproduced, and that has brought with it an affirmative and rights-based understanding of sexuality; on the other hand, a scientific, medicalized and anti-obscenity movement was brought to Mainland China via two waves of the sexology movement that occurred respectively in the early 20th Century and in the 1980s.
The argument put forward by Huang creates the context of further discussion in relation to the legal control of sexuality in Mainland China. Professor Guo Xiao-fei of China University of Political Science and Law in his article rightly points out, from the perspective of sociology, that even though the criminal law controlling sexual offenses in Mainland China is vague and seems loose, it can still be used to suppress the sexually powerless as there is a lack of constitutional protection provided for the sexually powerless and those classified as sexual “deviants”.
When comparing the criminal laws in Mainland China and Singapore, we find that, from the paradigm of critical socio-legal studies and gender / sexuality politics, they are surprisingly (or not) similar. According to Dr. Laurence Leong of Singapore National University, although Singapore, like Mainland China, is economically very prosperous and powerful, there is still a serious lack of legal protection for the LesBiGayTrans community. Through the lens of anti-discrimination, he discusses recent cases on sexual orientation discrimination, and critically explores the questions of judiciary independence and (lack of) connection between law and society in Singapore.
Hong Kong, like Singapore, was a former British Colony; but is now (since 1997) a Special Administrative Region in Mainland China. Due to the absence of universal suffrage in Hong Kong, the will and views of the majority (reflected and constituted by survey and media) become the only voice and construct the legal discourse, when it comes to legislation and human rights protection. In other words, protection of and respect for the sexual powerless, in the context of law making, becomes extremely difficult. Dr. Joseph Cho, a renowned activist, elaborates the hurdles that he faced and negotiated in the last two decades. The focus of his article is placed on the dynamics and interactions between Hong Kong hardline Christians and the parents in the discourse of education.
It is the above-mentioned machine which has created the series of reforms related to law controlling sexual assault in Hong Kong that have been proposed over the last decade. These include the establishment of sexual offence record checks, the revision of assumption about the age of male sexual capacity and a redefinition of rape. Chiu Man-chung, a consultant of the Association Concerning Sexual Violence against Women, analyses the reform proposals from the philosophical perspectives of Zizek and Deleuze and argues that unless the reforms can accommodate the multiple desires of different sexually powerless, they will be useless and meaningless. Chiu also argues that when considering and attempting to transfer / transplant foreign legal reforms and underlying theories into the Hong Kong/Chinese context (for example de-genderization and desexualization, Zizekian and Deleuzean schools of thought), assemblages of localization and infiltration cannot be ignored. Chiu therefore proposes that Daoism, a traditional Han-Chinese school of philosophy, can help in constructing the platform for a cultural / legal osmosis.
In 2013, a groundbreaking court case (W v. Registrar of Marriages) in Hong Kong signified the recognition of a transsexual’s marital rights. It however seems that such legal recognition does not exist in Taiwan. Maurice Chang, the Clerk of Justices of Taiwan’s Constitutional Court, argues that the transsexual’s right to marriage is in fact already protected by the current Taiwanese Constitution and related interpretations offered by Taiwan’s Constitutional Court. In his article, he examines the current situation relating to transsexual rights and reviews the existing legislation on gender change from the paradigms of human rights and comparative legal studies.
Discussion of gender discourse in Taiwan is not complete if we ignore the influence of the Taiwan Rail Public Event, where, – in 2012, a group of people engaged in group sex on a train. Professor Xu Ya-fei of NanHua University (Taiwan) argues that the incident signifies a new age of sexual freedom in thought and action, and sensitizes us towards the implications for police-state-like rule.
Please send related submissions (by May 15 to email@example.com) which discuss the history, development and reflection of gender / sexual culture in Greater China and Singapore.
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Traditionally, at least in practice, “humanists” have viewed nature and culture as separate spheres, while scientists have tended to view nature as a global milieu in which humans are immersed. The extent to which science has retained its humanism and to which philosophy has made a “post-human” turn presents new opportunities for rethinking the history of artistic and scientific practices as well as their potential futures. It is no accident that Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari have written about both “minor science” (characterized by hydraulic turbulence) and “minor literature” (characterized by Lucretian, tactical “swerves”), both of which produce previously unforeseen molecular objects, events, and molar recuperations.
This new philosophical situation causes us to be interested in several topoi which are not mutually exclusive:
- Historical revaluations of the supposed separations of art and science.
- Immersion as such: if both humanists and scientists are, inevitably, immersed in the environments they analyze, what are the relationships between, for instance, landscape (as a part of the environment), art (as a representation of landscape), and scientific landscape representation? How are both scientific and novelistic descriptions of human neurological states fictive/narrative in nature as well as illuminating?
- Swerves and Collisions: as science and the arts produce cultural objects of unpredictable trajectory, what sorts of collisions happen or have happened by chance, what new cultural objects result, and how are these introjected, incorporated, or dissolved in the historical and phenomenological Umwelt?
- Interventions: following Van Fraassen’s (2002) idea that both art and science intervene in the world in more or less wilful (rather than merely empirical) ways, what sort of collaborations between these two modulations of human endeavour might occur in the future, for good or ill?
Editors Regnauld and Clinton would like to see the following types of submissions: a) new interpretations from art historians and historians of science; b) analyses of specific collisions between art and science disciplines; c) philosophical and theoretical (re)articulations of art and science in light of their mutual immersion(s); d) works and or manifestos from artists and scientists who have moved outside their original disciplines; e) descriptions or demonstrations from scientists and artists who have or are collaborating on research projects.
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There have been many full-length monographs dealing with the issue of Queer Asian cinema, and beyond a certain degree of redundancy, all are, when said and
done, either overly general in their summation, offer few new insights into the subject, or focus on the same half-dozen examples as evidence of some
still-uncertain theme. Regionalism is, for the most part, excluded from discussions. Thus, when we speak of Queer Asian cinema, we concomitantly speak of a
paradox, of a homogeneous entity that we somehow have "pulled together" as a singular, clearly defined mediation of time and space.
To remedy these issues, Reconstruction solicits papers from scholars worldwide to challenge our current paradigms which provide readings of one or more
works across time and space through the specific lens of regionalism.
To take one example, even the most cursory examination of the long history of the film in China and its sophisticated development and evolution into the
multifaceted products we witness today suggest an obvious different view. In place of a single China, we speak of Mainland China/Han China/ Beijing-focused
film, etc., alongside Hong Kong Film, Macao Cinema, Taiwanese Film, Diaspora Film (hwachou film as for example, but including Peramekan film, Ethnic
Chinese American or Chinese-in-Japan Filmmakers), etc. Immediately, the potential for cultural difference--real difference--ought be obvious.
Or consider the various associations and characteristics attached to such terms as Han, Tibetan, Fujian or Shandong (ask, for example, someone in the
Mainland the question: "Which region of China has the most 'masculine' men? While the answers may vary considerably (having done this, I have been told
that men in Shandong are most handsome--obviously a stereotype co-opted and widely expressed; Shandong men are in the same breath described as being "less
educated" or "less sophisticated”), certain shared subjectivities come to light. The same can be said for Singapore Chinese, HK Chinese or even those from
Gansu or Fujian.
In truth, it appears that certain images of gender identity and construction exist throughout the various venues we term Asia and that these differ one
from the other, oftentimes in significant and important ways (insofar as they mediate how we view the text and its dealings with sexual orientation).
Or, consider the connotations that a "Seoul Man" carries when compared to someone originating in Korea's Busan region. Invariably, individuals from Busan
and localities nearby will note that Seoul masculinity is "tainted," affected, at times overtly "homocentric.” Likewise, individuals from Seoul are quick
to point out that Busan masculinity is built upon an artifice of machismo, that individuals are intentionally uncultured and rude--and that these are the
marks of a "manly" (non-gay) Korean man.
These are but a few examples of regional differentiations and stereotypes that, just as in American cinema, inevitably find themselves entering, more or
less directly, into the visual landscape that represents Queer Asian cinema. What does it mean when, to borrow a phrase from Roland Barthes, “the
stereotype goes queer”? How do various films or directors invoke, promote, and subvert regional stereotypes relating to representations of LBGTQ
individuals and communities? What do we learn about various subcultures and regions throughout Asia when the traditionally straight lens of anthropology is
given a queer twist? Other approaches, as long as they address regionalism in some way, are also welcome.
Send inquiries at any time and completed manuscripts of no more than 10,000 words to James A.Wren at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1, 2014. Letters of interest, including region and possible films to be covered are welcomed (single sentences are satisfactory at this point). The editor welcomes and encourages every opportunity to establish contact with prospective writers at any time prior to submission.
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Contact: Reconstruction Submissions Editor
We are continually accepting submissions for upcoming Open Issues, and can promise a prompt reply.
Submissions may be created from a variety of perspectives, including, but not limited to: geography, ethnography, cultural studies, folklore, architecture, history, sociology, linguistics, psychology, communications, music, philosophy, political science, semiotics, theology, art history, queer theory, literature, criminology, urban planning, gender studies, education, graphic design, etc. Both theoretical and empirical approaches are welcomed.
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Contact: Reconstruction Managing Editor
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture is always interested in proposals for future Themed Issues. If you are interested in proposing a Themed Issue, please review our FAQ for Prospective Guest Editors and contact the Reconstruction Managing Editor for further information.
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