CFP: Fibreculture Journal: Contagion and the Diseases of Information (8/31/04; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Andrew Murphie
contact email:

Call for Papers =AD the Fibreculture Journal =AD Contagion and the Diseases
of Information, 2005
(please circulate) (please note that this is a different CFP to the
recent FCJ CFP for a general issue)

:: fibreculture:: has established itself as Australasia's leading forum
for discussion of internet theory, criticism, and research. The
Fibreculture Journal is a peer reviewed journal that explores the
issues and ideas of concern and interest to both the Fibreculture
network and wider social formations.

Papers are invited for the =8CContagion and the Diseases of Information=B9
Issue of the Fibreculture Journal, to be published in the first half of
2005. This issue will be Guest Edited by Dr Andrew Goffey.

There are guidelines for the format and submission of contributions at <>
<> . These guidelines need to be
followed in all cases. Contributions should be sent electronically, as
attachments, to Andrew Goffey at <> or <>. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2004.


We suffer today from data-sickness, from the becoming-disease of
information. The great epidemics of centuries past have been
complemented by epidemics of signification propagated by media, the
mimetic rivalries of desire are replaced by the replicating mechanisms
of viral culture and the vampire of capital gives way to the parasite
of empire. Are there any seeds for a new health, for creative
potential, germs of resistance to be extracted from an ecology in which
the divisions between nature and culture, matter and information,
biological life and art are becoming indiscernible ?

Theoretical models for understanding this situation have been available
for some time now:

In 1980, the philosopher of science, Michel Serres, proposed the
parasite as an indissociably anthropological, biological and
informational operator of interruptions in systems of exchange. Gilles
Deleuze and Felix Guattari proposed contagion as the model for
becomings which would disrupt the orderly lineage of filiation. Other
theorists have proposed to extend the models of epidemiology to
communication processes or to generalise the model of infection beyond
its inscription in the life sciences.

* what are the practices, forces, movements exploring the parasitical
disruptions of =A0=A0generalised hyper-exchange or the deterritorialising
potentials of information-contagion?

* What concrete explorations of vectors of infection are being explored
by today's epidemiologists of media culture?

* What biopolitical strategies are emerging for the control and
management - the restratification - of destratified information and the
aberrant movements of decoded matter?

The Fibreculture Journal is looking for contributions exploring
contemporary processes of contagion, parasitism, infection, mutation,
replication, in media, technology, culture and art. The Fibreculture
Journal is especially interested in contributions which explore the
ambivalence and riskiness of these processes.

--Dr Andrew MurphieSenior LecturerSchool of Media and CommunicationsUniversity of New South Wales, 2052Sydney, Australiaweb: 93855548fax: 93856812_______________________________________--=20"I thought I had reached port; but I seemed to be castback again into the open sea" (Deleuze and Guattari, after Leibniz)Dr Andrew Murphie - Senior LecturerSchool of Media and Communications, University of New South Wales, Sydney,Australia, 2052web: 93856812 tlf:612 93855548 email: 311H, Webster Building =============================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Erika Lin: ===============================================Received on Tue May 04 2004 - 19:40:02 EDT

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