Friday, May 05, 2006

CFP: Technoculture A Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities

CFP: Technoculture A Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities

Guest Editors:
Dr. Keith Dorwick, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Dr. Kevin Moberly, North Carolina Wesleyan College

For a special issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities (IH), guest editors Keith Dorwick and Kevin Moberly seek papers from a broad a range of academic disciplines that focus on issues that could be briefly summed as “technology and society,” or, perhaps, “technologies and societies.”

IH is published by the National Association for Humanities Education and is a refereed scholarly
journal, published twice a year. Potential authors should note that this issue has been accepted for publication already; we will not need to find a publisher.

Successful papers for this special issue should focus on the ways humanists read technology in a range of historical periods and of academic and artistic disciplines as the subject of their work or as a special case of cultural studies.

Topics for this special issue could include depictions of technologies that treat a wide range of subjects related to the humanities. These subjects might include:
•literature, film, theater, and television as technologies;
•the cultural impact of technology on particular cultures or subcultures;
•technology and its affect on the production of contemporary/historical artistic works and/or the work of artists;
•technology as the dream (or nightmare) that drives novelists, poets, artists, playwrights and essayists to their notebooks, brushes, canvasses, stages and screens;
•the economics of technology in the humanities;
•computer/video gaming;
•hypertext (especially hypertext and the arts or literature);
•the dissemination of the arts via technology to broad or to specialized audiences;
•the death of the book;
•the myth of the “death of the book”;
•the disappearance of a given technology or technologies and what that disappearance/disappearances means/mean for the archival issues that surround the humanities.

In particular, the special editors are interested in a conception of “technology” and the “humanist impulse” that pushes beyond contemporary American culture and its fascination with computers; we seek papers that deal with any technology or technologies in any number
of historical periods from any relevant theoretical perspective. We are not interested in “how to” pedagogical papers that deal with the use of technology in the classroom.

We hope to publish mainly scholarly/critical papers in citation styles relevant to the home discipline of their authors, but creative works including poetry and creative non-fiction are also of interest to us. We also publish art work and are seeking original art (grayscale or line drawings and full color art for the front and back cover) that explores the role of
technology in our lives.

Inquiries are welcome, though, again, only full manuscripts will be considered for possible inclusion in this special issue.

Please submit article proposals/abstracts by May 15, 2006. The editors will then request full length drafts from those abstracts still under consideration. Length: 20-25 double-spaced manuscript pages and creative works in any genre to BOTH and in Word or RTF format for consideration by 05/15/06; requests to review relevant books on this topic may be sent to both addresses as well.


Article Proposals/Abstracts Due: May 15, 2006.

Requests for Full Length Drafts from Editors to
Authors: June 1, 2006

Full Drafts to Editors for Comment: Sept 15, 2006.

Final drafts due to the guest editors: Dec 15, 2006.

Final proofed text delivered to the journal editor
with front and back (color) illustrations, Jan 15,

Publication April or May 2007.

Dr. Keith Dorwick
Assistant Professor of English and Rhetoric
Department of English
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
P.O. Box 44691
Lafayette, LA 70504-4691
(337) 482-6915