ESC: English Studies in Canada invites proposals for a Special Issue on "Traffic," guest edited by Cecily Devereux and Mark Simpson, University of Alberta.
Where would we be without traffic? A mode of circulation, both licit and illicit; a name for mobility yet also a cause of stasis and blockage; a style of piracy and contraband; a means of escape yet also a method of entrapment; an aspect of communicatory exchange; a symptom of modernity itself: capacious and dynamic, "traffic" reverberates across a striking array of practices and discourses. ESC invites proposals for a special issue on traffic from scholars, writers, artists, and activists with an interest in the historical conditions, theoretical implications, and emergent potentialities of the concept. The guest editors seek a diversity of historical perspectives, and welcome interdisciplinary approaches as well as work from fields such as (but not limited to) mobility studies, feminist theory, queer studies, postcolonial studies, political economy, and ecocriticism.
Deadline for submission of 500 word proposals and brief CVs is 15 May 2010. If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to submit your finished contribution by 1 September 2010.
Note to contributors: ESC normally accepts black and white images, up to a limit of six per article.
ESC: English Studies in Canada is a quarterly journal of scholarship and criticism concerned with the study of literature and culture. Recent special issues include "Guilt" (Ed. J. Faflak), "Sound/Poetry/Event" (Eds. L. Cabri, A. Levy, P. Quartermain), and "Skin" (Ed. J. Emberley). ESC's special issue on "Aboriginal Peoples and the Culture of Redress in Canada" (Eds. J. Henderson and P. Wakeham) is forthcoming in May 2010. For more information visit ESC Digital at www.arts.ualberta.ca/~esc.