Space (Deadline: October 1, 2012)
This issue of the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, dedicated to space, invites articles that investigate the way that spaces are defined, used, experienced, occupied, altered, constructed, or destroyed. These spaces can be physical, virtual or imaginary in nature.
The Occupy movement, mediated by what we refer to as the "virtual" spaces of the internet, began in earnest with the co-optation of a privately-owned public space in order to allow individuals to draw attention to disparities in how economic and political spaces of power are shared. The disruption of what we assume about the organization of a city, brought about by the prolonged presence of human bodies, thereby discloses the importance of space in 21st century as a cultural phenomenon.
Possible essay topics can include but are not limited to
**Technoscientific spaces, ranging from the telescopic to the nanoscopic (outer and inner spaces)
**Virtual spaces--examining the role that computer technology plays in reshaping our experience of space
**Fictional spaces--investigating how literature, films and the visual arts alter experiences of space
**Geopolitical spaces, ranging from postcolonial discussions of colonized domains to issues of gerrymandering in US politics
**Urban spaces, looking to how cities are arranged and organized
**Architectural space, building on a contemplation of how the ways in which we shape spaces shape our habits.
**Philosophical spaces, thinking about the effects of Aristotle's "stadia" as a substitute for Plato's "khora"
**Psychological spaces, exploring the spatialized constitution of the human self starting in 19th century Germany.
**Sacred spaces--theorizing the way that ritual, myth and imagination are situated as temporal or physical spaces
**Affective spaces, including the ways we spacialize our feelings ("on cloud nine," "hitting rock bottom," "in her own world") and attach emotions (hope, anxiety, nostalgia) to place and space
**Public and private spaces, investigating their shifting definitions and boundaries
**Sacred spaces--interpreting them through tradition, ritual, occurrence or examining their importance in a post-secular world
Please submit two (2) printed copies and one by email by October 1, 2012 to the
Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies,
308 English-Philosophy Building,
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to send submissions.
We prefer essays no longer than 9,000 words, MLA format. Please keep discursive endnotes to a minimum.
The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed publication edited by graduate students that mixes traditional approaches and contemporary interventions in the interdisciplinary humanities and interpretive social sciences.
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