[UPDATE] WSQ Special Issue - Market (10/15/09)
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Call for Papers: WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly) Special
Issue on Market
Guest Editors: Mara
Einstein and Joe Rollins
Market is both a noun and a verb, a place where we shop
and the act of selling. Market can be Wall Street or Main Street, psychological
and physiological, traditional, viral or stealth. In the current period of
global economic upheaval scholars from all disciplines need to interrogate the
changing meanings, moods, and implications of the market. In this issue of WSQ we seek to consider consumption and
markets anew, from feminist, queer, cultural, and critical perspectives. This
issue will explore urgent questions related to markets. These include, but are
not limited to: How might we get beyond
the entrenched binaries of male/female, public/private, citizen/immigrant,
producer/consumer that are central to so much thinking about markets? What does it mean to go shopping in the name
of charitable giving or to purchase "green" products? How can commodities that are "locally grown"
survive in the face of globalization? How does globalization compare to
colonial trade? How are these changes
affecting the ways we understand images, brands, icons, labels, and the
meanings these transmit? How did modern
consumer behavior and iconography develop?
How have literary texts shaped or challenged our sense of the market?
When did the commodity first appear? Is
the depression getting you down?
This special issue invites submissions exploring the market
and its many instantiations from a variety of perspectives including theory,
empirical research, literary and cultural studies, as well as creative prose,
poetry, artwork, memoir and biography.
Suggested topics may include but are not limited to the following:
• The marketing of identities: sexual, gender, racial, ethnic, political,
• Markets and bodies:
the commodification of health and wellness, the roles of markets in
conceptions of pathology, in pharmaceuticals and procedures, in beauty
regimens, obesity and diet, and in ability, youth and aging. The
commodification of body parts and abilities, transnational organ and surrogacy
markets, patents and trade of biological materials.
• Sex and Markets: sex work, trafficking.
• Space and place:
boundaries of local, rural, and urban, space, nations and border
• History: origins of modern consumerism, histories of
advertising, development of specific consumer goods, imperialism and trade, the
• Texts: marketing of authors, literary depictions of
shopping, publishing conditions, goblin markets.
• Production: mass
producers and industrialism, craft, locally grown and homespun goods.
Freeganism, underground economies, bartering.
Labor: migrant labor, trafficking, contemporary slavery.
• Families and lifecycle:
fertility, motherhood, childhood, fathers, care, birth, death.
• Information technologies: social networking, technologies of taste,
craigslist, google flu, online sales.
• The marketplace of ideas: facts, statistics, economics,
intellectual property, fashion, education, knowledge, Wikipedia.
• Class: wealth,
poverty, the middle class, and charity, luxury, and sustenance.
• Popular culture:
marketing the self, iconography and visual culture, celebrity,
advertising, synergy, consumer confidence.
• Stuff: acquisition, clutter, waste, thing theory,
disposal, recycling, environmentalism.
• Vanishing markets: natural space, silence, crisis, risk.
If submitting academic work, please send articles by October
15, 2009 to the guest editors Mara Einstein and Joe Rollins at: WSQMarketIssue@gmail.com. They
should be no longer than 22 pages.
Poetry submissions should be sent to WSQ's poetry editor Kathleen Ossip, at email@example.com by October 15, 2009. Please
review previous issues of WSQ to see
what type of submissions we prefer before submitting poems. Please note that
poetry submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions
are acceptable if the poetry editor is notified immediately of acceptance
elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please
paste poetry submissions into the body of the e-mail along with all contact
Fiction, essay, and memoir submissions should be sent to WSQ's fiction/nonfiction editor at WSQCreativeProse@gmail.com
by October 15, 2009. Please review previous issues of WSQ to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting
prose. Please note that prose submissions may be held for six months or longer.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the prose editor is notified
immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been
previously published. Please provide all contact information in the body of the
Art submissions should be sent to WSQMarketIssue@gmail.com
by October 15, 2009. After art is reviewed and accepted, accepted art must be
sent to the journal's managing editor on a CD that includes all artwork of 300
DPI or greater, saved as 4.25 inches wide or larger. These files should be
saved as individual JPEGS or TIFFS.