CFP: M/C Journal 'adapt' issue (3/9/07; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
M/C - Media and Culture
contact email: 
mc@media-culture.org.au

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 9 January 2007

                          M/C - Media and Culture
                     http://www.media-culture.org.au/
            is calling for contributors to the 'adapt' issue of

                                M/C Journal
                   http://journal.media-culture.org.au/

M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a crossover journal
between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed
journal. In 2007, M/C Journal celebrates its tenth year in publication.

To see what M/C Journal is all about, check out our Website, which contains
all the issues released so far, at <http://journal.media-culture.org.au/>.
To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit
<http://journal.media-culture.org.au/journal/submission.php>.

                          Call for Papers: 'adapt'
                Edited by Patrick West & Jeannette Delamoir

'Adapt' immediately suggests the artistic notion of adaptation: reworking a
work of art across the boundaries of media, audience, and context of
presentation. But once shaken loose from its attachment to this narrowly
artistic formulation of adaptation, adapt seems to structure virtually all
aspects of our biological and cultural selves. Darwinism holds that an
organism - over millennia - adapts new forms and behaviours in order to
survive, while the business of global and technological living demands a
sort of accelerated Darwinism on a scale of minutes and moments. We adapt
into something, but what is it that we adapt from? Does stripping back the
layers of adaptation ever uncover something not itself just another
adaptation? And why is this (fiction of the) original so often given
precedence over the simulacrum, the copy, the adaptation? Adapt sutures the
poles of such cultural hierarchies.

Adapt also plunges us into the mystery of creativity itself, fracturing the
illusion of originality to precisely the degree that it presupposes layers
of difference infiltrating the universe's 'steady state'. Postmodern
circumstances such as cyborg existence - a combinatorial difference -depend
upon just such a concept of adapt, which brings things together without
forfeiting entirely what tends to keep them apart. The ethics of adapt
might be found in the way it opens the whole gamut of culture up to
difference. For when it comes right down to it, isn't 'to adapt' the slogan
of everything? Thought, writing, art: these seem inevitably products of
adaptation, to the extent that an infinity of previous instantiations must
always be assumed. All thought proceeds from previous thought, all writing
from previous writing, and no art is ever born ex nihilo.

Our call for papers encourages contributions about adapt that themselves
act as adaptations, revising whatever may have settled into a stasis of
meaning. The following list of topics should be considered suggestive
rather than prescriptive:

- adapt in cross-arts practice environments
- adapt as strategy of cultural and/or gender and/or ethnic identity
- adapt as mechanism of difference production
- adapt and nostalgia for the original
- adapt and case studies of adaptation
- adapt as resistance or submission to power
- adapt and new understandings of Darwinism

Submit your essays of 3000 words in length to the editors at
adapt_at_journal.media-culture.org.au.

Article deadline: 9 March 2007
Issue release date: 2 May 2007

M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture") in 1998
as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting
of media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C
Journal for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for
comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are blind
peer-reviewed.

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Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2007:

'complex': article deadline 4 May 2007, release date 27 June 2007
'home': article deadline 29 June 2007, release date 22 August 2007
'error': article deadline 24 August 2007, release date 17 October 2007
'vote': article deadline 19 October 2007, release date 12 December 2007

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M/C - Media and Culture is located at <http://www.media-culture.org.au/>.
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M/C Journal is online at <http://journal.media-culture.org.au/>.
All past issues of M/C Journal on various topics are available there.
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                                                     Dr Axel Bruns

-- General Editor editor_at_media-culture.org.au M/C - Media and Culture http://www.media-culture.org.au/ ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List CFP_at_english.upenn.edu Full Information at http://cfp.english.upenn.edu or write Jennifer Higginbotham: higginbj_at_english.upenn.edu ==========================================================Received on Tue Jan 16 2007 - 17:51:00 EST

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