[UPDATE] Ethos April 2014 issue submissions due Jan 10

full name / name of organization: 
Benjamin Mangrum / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics (ethosreview.org)—a digital forum and peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary online journal—invites submissions for its first issue, entitled "Cultural Politics and Material Experiences," which will be published in April 2014. For the first issue of Ethos, we invite submissions of original scholarly work that consider those sites or occasions in which the arts, humanities, and other facets of the cultural arena alter the course of one or more publics. We are interested in essays that investigate the power relationships present in culture but also how such forces help to configure the material conditions of society. We welcome essays that make interventions in public life through scholarly reflection on any discipline in the humanities, although we also seek interdisciplinary work concerned with ethical thought and the materiality of culture.

This first issue considers "Cultural Politics and Material Experiences" by exploring the premise that the politics of culture bears significant weight upon the contours of a global culture of artifacts, institutions, and ideas. In this case, culture is here an active force or pneuma that is part of an exchange neither static nor unidirectional. Who or what determine the spaces, institutions or flows of these culture(s) in their articulations? Where do the arts and humanities surface as constitutive forces of our economics, politics, and everyday lives? In exploring the many routes and evolutions of cultural exchange and intervention in our public discourse, this issue aims to uncover the ways in which we as critics, artists, and audiences shape and, in turn, are influenced by cultural objects or ideas.

Approaches to this topic include, but are not limited to:
• new materialisms
• intellectual histories of "culture"
• race/ethnic/national identity
• architecture
• new urbanities and gendered spaces
• sexuality
• academic labor
• literary interventions into the political
• cyber culture
• religious studies
• the postcolonial
• popular culture
• street art

Ethos welcomes all submissions that engage with topics related to "Cultural Politics and Material Experiences," including various methodological and critical approaches from all fields in the humanities. Each article will be peer-reviewed by graduate student editors and faculty advisors. Articles should be between 4000 and 7000 words in length and adhere to the MLA guidelines. Submissions received before January 10, 2014 will be considered for the April 2014 issue.

Ethos is a digital project maintained by a collective of public intellectuals and sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project features weekly forums on culture and public life, and is now launching a refereed semi-annual journal. Ethos provides a venue for public intellectuals to consider the arts and humanities as powerful forces that help to configure our economics, politics, and everyday lives. To learn more, visit the project at www.ethosreview.org/.