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NANO: New American Notes Online, Special Theme: Competition (New Deadline: 26 April 2013)
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NANO: New American Notes Online: An Academic Journal for Big Ideas in a Small World
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Call for Papers: NANO: New American Notes Online: An Academic Journal for Big Ideas in a Small World
New Deadline: 26 April 2013
Special Theme: Competition
Last July, the world witnessed Olympic athletes perform at their limits for personal and national glory. But, London restaurants also competed for customers. Journalists from around the globe vied for the best story. Fans, too, formed an important part of Olympic competition, even if they were thousands of miles away from the physical action. Fans may not have competed on the track, but fans did compete against the fans of opposing teams.
Why do we feel compelled to compete, to watch competitions, and to pick sides?
Even if NANO invokes the royal “we” to describe who witnessed this competitive macro event, we do so in light of its scale and scope: 200 nations will send representatives to the XXX Olympiad.
Three question tracks:
1. Are we competitive because we are animals, or, do we become animals through competition?
Business: stock markets, markets, jobs, ethics, globalization, protectionism
Economics: capitalism, Marxism, socialism, oligopoly, monopoly, other systems
Education: getting into college, testing, grades, scholarships, awards, grants
Games: gambling, casinos, cards, board games, schoolyard/informal play
Politics: presidential races, primaries, polls, long shots, running mates, the democratic process, democracy, monarchy
Science: competition theory, game theory, evolution, survival of the fittest, biology, mating
Sports: team, individual, popular, unpopular, dangerous, violent, official, unofficial
Sporting Events: Olympics, Tour de France, World Cup, Super Bowl, World Series