CFP: Carbon: Notes from Underground (grad) (12/20/04; e-journal)

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Jason C Clegg
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Carbon is a *new* electronic journal devised and disseminated by
students at California State University, Fresno.

Carbon is the pervasive element. It is the common substance of organic
life. The idea for the e-journal, not unlike the chemical element, is a
product of forces. Electronic publications continue to challenge
traditional notions of academic discourse. Patricia Bizzell provides a
useful definition for considering language-use in the academy:
“A primary way to define academic discourse is to see it as the language
of a community,” which “shapes participants’ way of looking at the world
– their worldview – including notions of what’s real, normal, natural,
good, and true.”

The staff of this first issue, “Notes from the Underground,” recognizes
the potential in creating a digital environment for graduate student
publications that complicate the academic “worldview.” The World Wide
Web plays a significant role in today’s digital culture in providing
increasing democratic access to information and perspective.

Carbon is our contribution to the growing body of electronic writings.
“Notes from the Underground” is our starting point.

Issue 1: Notes From the Underground: Visions of the Other, Reflections
of the Self

“I could only move ahead or stay here, underground. So I would stay
here until I was chased out. Here, at least, I could try to think
things out in peace, or, if not in peace, in quiet. I would take up
residence underground. The end was in the beginning.”
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

In the inaugural issue, “Notes from Underground,” we’re taking up
questions of authority, privilege, and power in discourse. The notion
of the underground as a space to observe and be observed is quite
appropriate for a launching e-journal – a publication that seeks to
reformulate typical notions of scholarship. Thus, we take our project
underground in an attempt to recover the neglected, reconsider the
standards, and rewrite the narratives. As our subtitle suggests, we’re
especially interested in analyses that consider the Other while
remaining aware of the Self. Possible writings might include, but are
certainly not limited to the following subjects and persuasions:

Writing Centers
Gender Studies
Queer Studies

The editorial readership of “Notes” is an inclusive group encouraging
fresh perspectives and new voices from a variety of emphases within
English Studies. Submissions should include a brief abstract, the
complete text, and a bibliography. Deadline for submission is Monday,
December 20, 2004. Please submit to on or
before this date. Questions are welcome.

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