CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Technoculture, Vol 1, 2009

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Keith Dorwick
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CFP: Technoculture, Vol. 1, 2009
A Journal for Cultural Studies of Technology
Dr. Keith Dorwick, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (kdorwick at
yahoo dot com)
Dr. Kevin Moberly, St. Cloud State University (kamoberly at stcloudstate
dot edu)
Call for Papers:

In 2007, we co-edited a special issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities on
the subject of Technoculture, and received over 46 abstracts for eight
slots on a wide variety of subjects from all over the world. As a result of
that high level of interest, we felt that there was a real need to start a
new journal so that scholars working on the intersections of culture and
technology could have another venue to publish their work.

For the first issue of a new journal, Technoculture, we seek papers from a
broad range of academic disciplines that focus on issues that could be
briefly summed as "technology and society," or, perhaps, "technologies and
societies." Technoculture is an online refereed scholarly journal,
published annually, which will include online forums for sections of the
journal such as letters to the editor, and for each article or review
published, making Technoculture a highly interactive journal with the
ability for readers to comment on each section. In addition, we will
provide fora for announcements of interest to academics who study
technology and its impact on society; and job announcements in this growing

For those who would like to see this in action, we have a mockup of the
site available at

Successful papers (or their equivalent in virtual media in a variety of
formats) for this debut issue should focus on the ways humanists read
technology in a range of historical periods and of academic and artistic
disciplines as the subject of their work or as a special case of cultural
studies. Topics for this debut issue could include depictions of
technologies that treat a wide range of subjects related to the humanities
and social sciences.

These subjects might include:

    * historical studies of technology;
    * literature, film, theater, and television as technologies;
    * music;
    * sports;
    * activists, activism and the resistance to particular technologies or
their use;
    * the cultural impact of technology on particular cultures or subcultures;
    * technology and its affect on the production of
contemporary/historical artistic works and/or the work of artists;
    * the economics of technology in the humanities;
    * computer/video gaming;
    * sex, sexuality and gender issues;
    * accessibility and disability;
    * spirituality and religion and their insections with technology;
    * hypertext;
    * social network software;
    * web 2.0;
    * the disappearance of a given technology or technologies and what that
disappearance/disappearances means/mean for the archival issues that
surround the humanities.

In particular, we're interested in a conception of "technology" and the
"humanist impulse" that pushes beyond contemporary American culture and its
fascination with computers; we seek papers that deal with any technology or
technologies in any historical period from any relevant theoretical
perspective. We are not interested in "how to" pedagogical papers that deal
with the use of technology in the classroom. Style should be jargon free
and accessible to a general audience as well as to scholars in a number of

We publish scholarly/critical papers in citation styles relevant to the
home discipline of their authors. In addition, we seek creative works
(poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction in a variety of media) and
original art work that explore the role of technology in our lives.

Inquiries are welcome.

Submit abstracts to both kdorwick at yahoo dot com and kamoberly at
stcloudstate dot edu in RTF or via URL for consideration by October 15,
2008; requests to review relevant books on this topic may be sent to both
addresses as well. Length of final articles: 25-30 double-spaced
manuscript pages OR their equivalent in other formats such as webtexts,
Flash, etc.


    * Initial request for full length drafts due from the editors by
November 30, 2008
    * drafts of full articles due from authors, March 31, 2009; drafts are
sent out to peer reviewers at this stage
    * Responses/acceptances/requests for revision due from editors, June
15, 2009
    * Final revisions due August 15, 2009
    * Expected publication date of Vol. 1, 2009: October 15, 2009.

Keith Dorwick and Kevin Moberly, Editors

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