Navigation: How Do We Get Going and Why? (Inaugural Magazine Issue), 11/13/09

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Call for Papers: Volume 1, Number 1
Special Theme: Navigation: How Do We Get Going and Why?Navigation is truly interdisciplinary. It links mind, body,environment, socioeconomics, and cultural practices. Navigationconnects place and process. It is epistemological, but navigation canalso be a mundane everyday activity.
Four basic questions guide the inaugural issue of NANO:
1. What is the relationship between navigation and: walking, bicycling,running, driving, flying, computing, thinking, dreaming, sleeping,working, talking, writing, and eating?
2. Has the nature of navigationrecently changed? Why has it changed? What are the historicalantecedents of the change? And what are the technological andtheoretical implications of such change?
3. What is the future of navigation in terms of land, street,underground, water, space, cyberspace, computer, technology, sport,psychology, cartography, art, food, plot, film, and sound?
4. What arethe relationships between academic and popular navigation, newcomer andnative navigation, and military and refugee navigation?These four questions are meant to guide, not circumscribe.

We welcome notes on a wide range of subjects, including, but not limited to:
Steering wheel, handlebar, rudder
Computer key, keyboard
Sight, sound, touch
Graphic interface
Coasting, stopping, starting
Movement, stasis
Means of propulsion, brakes
Underground, underwater
Air, space
Urban, suburban, rural
Swamp, jungle, forest, prairie
Cognitive mapping
Getting Lost
Asking for help
Direction, directions
Google earth
Grid, map
Radar, sonar, radio, compass, GPS
Mathematical navigation
Instinctual navigation
Emotional navigation
Social navigation
Institutional navigation
Textual navigation
Spiritual navigation
Celestial navigation
Terrain, obstacle
Navigating: index, list, narrative
Navigation and evaluation
Navigation and vacation
Cartesian coordinates

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