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Call for Papers LiNQ Volume 40 2013: Capture
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Literature in North Queensland/ James Cook University
The verb ‘capture’ implies both acts of preservation and of restraint. In his novel 'The Collector', John Fowles explores this duality, implying that the paradox of art is that “in signalling the importance of freedom, art inaugurates another kind of imprisonment.” In 'The Collector' the imprisoned Miranda believes “when you draw something it lives and when you photograph something it dies.” Similarly, Jeanette Winterson argues that the act of capturing is not mere reproduction:
The digital era provides a new set of challenges to those engaged in acts of capturing. Digital technologies provide access to infinite artifacts: Winterson’s “raw materials”. How do we go about selecting and preserving them for posterity? For public historians—such as librarians and archivists—as Marcus Foth and Helen Klaebe observe, this act is particularly fraught: “[they face] the challenge to accurately capture and chronicle public history, which is increasingly represented through historical artifacts that stem from digital technology and vernacular forms of creative expression.” Similarly, the appearance of citizen journalists, ordinary web-users engaged in journalistic activities, has challenged traditional news-making practice and problematised notions of ‘authoritative’ news makers.
The 'Capture' edition of LiNQ (Literature in North Queensland) invites explorations of the relationships between maker and material, particularly in the face of the proliferation of digital artifacts available. Writers, artists and historians may struggle with the task of capturing an event, experience, argument or theme, a process that requires the navigation and molding of raw materials in a way that is recognisable to others, using the sometimes inadequate tools of their chosen form.
We call for academic articles and creative submissions (fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poems) that document and question the acts of capturing, selection, preservation and representation:
Submissions should be no longer than 6000 words. Include a brief abstract of the article or creative submission (no more than 75 words) and a 50-word biographical note. Book reviews of no longer than 1000 words are also welcome.