CFP: Fieldwork (New Cultural Studies E-Journal)

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announcing a new e.journal in the humanities: fieldwork


This is to announce the launch of an electronic journal project designed
to respond to a very real need for high quality scholarly work on the
Net. If electronic journals are to have a viable future, then the
articles published on-line must be of a sufficiently high standard to
encourage continuity and inspire debate. Fieldwork hopes to fulfil this
function by commissioning articles primarily within the disciplines of
literary/cultural theory which will not only constitute new and
important work within their particular fields, but which will also
reflect back upon (and subvert) metadisciplinary issues raised by the
research, content and production of the article. Disciplines in the
humanities are going through a critical legitimation crisis at the
present time, and hard thinking needs to be done to attempt to redefine,
redescribe and rework the notions of discipline and field.

The editorial policy of Fieldwork will be to ensure that articles
submitted respond in serious ways to these metadisciplinary questions.
As an example, a contributor of an article on Blake and politics would
be asked to focus not only on how the subject contributes to the
particular field, but also on how the subject might alter the notion of
field as such, and on whether the kind of research assumptions that
inform the article might reflect back upon the disciplinary notions
underpinning English Studies. The inaugural issue of the journal will be
heralded with a vigorous advertising drive throughout the net. The
journal will have an ISSN number and be registered with the standard
bibliographies, particularly the MLA. Clearly international in scope,
the journal will create a real field of work and co-operation for and
among institutions. The journal will thus be accompanied by a monitored
e-mail network connecting up postgraduate students working in the
related fields, one of the purposes of which will be to open up the
field boundaries that hamper cross-disciplinary activities in higher
education in the humanities.

Fieldwork will appear once a year, with authors having the freedom to
update their work after publication. The journal will operate with one
issue editor in charge of a pool of editors from the different fields
who will be doing the basic commissioning of articles. The field editors
will decide on perspectives for each issue and will then be responsible
for issuing a call for papers and soliciting appropriate work for review
by the board and by other specialised readers. Nothing will be published
that has not been through the review process. While the content of most
issues will be divided in this way, each will have a particular issue
editor responsible for organisation and coordination. The inaugural
issue, on the crisis of disciplinarity in the humanities, will be edited
by Roy Sellars, now at the Society for the Humanities, Cornell
University (where disciplinarity is this year's research theme), and
expressions of interest may be sent to him.

Authors will send three copies of the article to the issue editor, who
will distribute copies to the field editor and to a member of the board.
The issue editor will read the reports of field editor and board member
and then make a final decision about acceptability, revision or
rejection. The issue editor's job will then be to check on the progress
of papers, and to vet final submissions which will, once in acceptable
form, be transformed into HTML format for publication on the Net in a
volume with a certain consistency of quality and purpose. A review
section will be the responsibility of the issue editor, reviewing books
dealing with inter- and meta-disciplinary issues. Each issue will be
archived and accessible in a 'one-click' hypertext link.

The journal project has the advantage of having a powerful team of
advisory editors and a committed editorial board. The journal aims to
provide an essential site for reflections on the disciplines that
organize the ways we go about working on texts. The WWW is rapidly
becoming the world's text. Fieldwork hopes to provide an ideal forum for
generating the metadisciplinary thinking needed in order to survive the
millenium in what Bill Readings has called the ruined institution of the
university (The University in Ruins, Harvard 1996).


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Dr. Roy Sellars

The Society for the Humanities, Cornell University
A.D. White House, 27 East Ave.,
Ithaca, NY 14853-1101, USA

Tel: (+ 1) 607.255.9285 / 273.6743
Fax: (+ 1) 607.255.1422

Roy Sellars (


Dr. Adam Piette
English Department, Faculty of Letters
University of Lausanne BFSH 2
CH-1015 LAUSANNE-Dorigny, Switzerland

Tel: (+ 41) 21.692.2997
Fax: (+41) 21.692.2935

Adam Piette (


Peter Krapp MPhil
Graduiertenkolleg "Theorie der Literatur und Kommunikation",
Postfach 5560 D158 Universitaet Konstanz,
D-78467 Konstanz, Germany

Tel: (+ 49) 7531.62418
Fax: (+ 49) 7531.883897

Peter Krapp (


*Founding Editors:
Peter Krapp (Theory and technical co-editor), Didier Maillat
(Linguistics and technical co-editor), Adam Piette (English and American
studies), Roy Sellars (Theory and Comparative literature)

*Advisory Board:
Timothy Bahti, Elisabeth Bronfen, Jonathan Culler, Wlad Godzich, Neil
Hertz, Peter Hughes, Michael Jakob, Peggy Kamuf, Dominick LaCapra, Peter
Trudgill, Herman Rapaport, Nicholas Royle, Richard Waswo, Samuel Weber

*Editorial Board:
Graham Allen, David Colclough, Agnese Fidecaro, Henriette Herwig,
Josephine Ken

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