CFP: Culture, Theory and Critique (6/1/03 & 6/1/04; journal)

full name / name of organization: 
Carles Gutierrez-Sanfeliu
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Call for papers (3) and contents of 43.1.

Unless specified otherwise, please direct all correspondence regarding =
CTC to: ; apologies for cross-postings.=20

For full details on _Culture, Theory and Critique_, submission =
information, instructions to authors, a free online sample copy and =
contents listings from volume 43 on, please visit the journal's website =

_Culture, Theory and Critique_ is an interdisciplinary journal for the =
transformation and development of critical theories in the humanities =
and social sciences. It aims to critique and reconstruct theories by =
interfacing them with one another and by relocating them in new sites =
and conjunctures. _Culture, Theory and Critique's_ approach to =
theoretical refinement and innovation is one of interaction and =
hybridisation via recontextualisation and transculturation. The =
reconceptualisation of critical theories is achieved by:=20

* assessing how well theories emerging from particular spatial, =
cultural, geographical and historical contexts travel and translate into =
new conjunctures.=20

* confronting theories with their limitations or aporias through =
immanent critique.

* applying theories to cultural, literary, social and political =
phenomena in order to test them against their respective fields of =
concern and to generate critical feedback.

* interfacing theories from different intellectual, disciplinary and =
institutional settings.=20

_Culture, Theory and Critique_ publishes one special issue and one open =
issue per volume.=20


Inquiries for open issues should be directed to:

Submissions for open issues should be sent to _Culture, Theory and =
Critique, Department of Hispanic and Latin American Studies, University =
of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK. Submissions for the open issues =
may be sent at any time.=20

Submissions are subject to peer review.


Globalization has allegedly facilitated contacts and brought about new =
types of exchanges between individuals and communities: today's =
immigrants, merchants, soldiers, politicians, journalists, but also =
neighbours and lovers increasingly have to communicate with subjects or =
communities that do not share their culture, their history, or even =
their language. They need facilitators, translators, go-betweens (other =
humans, or technological or discursive tools). This issue of _Culture, =
Theory and Critique_ will examine how practices of mediation are being =
reinvented in the context of cultural, social or political encounters. =
Contributors are encouraged to explore a whole range of discursive =
practices, from the most official forms of negotiation (in the context =
of international conflicts for example) to the most ordinary and =
apparently banal examples of mediation (translating direction for a =
tourist, filling out forms for parents).=20

Inquiries and submissions should be directed to Professor Mireille =
Rosello, WCAS French and Italian, 1859 Sheridan Rd #152, Northwestern =
University, Evanston, IL 60208-2204, USA; =
Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2003.=20


Today, noise is breaking away from the status of undesirable phenomenon =
bestowed upon it by traditional communications theory. No longer merely =
an undesirable element to be eradicated so as to retain the purity of =
the original signal, noise is infecting expression from all realms, =
spawning genres and movements, complexifying rather than destroying =
semantics. Indeed, noise has become an integral part of our late modern =
condition, and not only because of the amount of noise produced by late =
industrial and digital societies. It is perhaps only natural that we =
attempt to insulate ourselves from this latter noise, but to treat all =
noise in this way, to attempt to eradicate *all* forms of noise is =
fundamentally to disavow the ground on which our every expression is =
transmitted. This issue of _Culture, Theory and Critique_ will aim to =
listen to (or look at) noise in all of its guises both literal and =
metaphorical, to restore noise to its rightful place and to examine the =
ways in which noise can refigure existing theories, theories which also =
at times collude in this politics of noise reduction.=20

Amongst the key issues to be addressed in this volume will be:

* Manifestations of noise in culture (noise music, post-digital music, =
static, hiss, snow and other complex frequencies).=20

* The 'silent' noise behind various communicational acts (what is at =
stake when mistaking this noise for silence?)=20

* The construction of meaning (why is it that meaning is challenged by =
noise and what does meaning arise from?)

* The politics of noise (does noise indeed signal a new political =
economy as Attali claimed? is noise revolt?)

* Noise and hybridity (does hybridity challenge a noiseless economy?)

* Should noise and noisiness be maintained (or perhaps maintained solely =
as an outside) or is a politics of noise reduction justified?

* Does noise constitute a possible alterity?

Inquiries and submissions should be directed to: Dr Greg Hainge, School =
of Humanities, University of Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia. =

and to: Dr Paul Hegarty, Department of French, University College Cork, =
Cork, Ireland.

Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2004.=20



Chu-Chueh Cheng=20

'Imperial Cartography and Victorian Literature: Charting the Wishes and =
Anguish of an Island-Empire', pp. 1-16

Paul Allatson, Adam Le Nevez, Yixu Lu, et al.=20

' "Average Stray Aliens": An Average Australian Conversation on =
Eurocentrism', pp. 17-32=20

April R. Biccum

'Interrupting the Discourse of Development: On a Collision Course with =
Postcolonial Theory', pp. 33-50=20

Gerhard Richter

'Sites of Indeterminacy and the Spectres of Eurocentrism', pp. 51-65=20

Colin Wright

'Centrifugal Logics: Eagleton and Spivak on the Place of "Place" in =
Postcolonial Theory', pp. 67-82

Notes on=20

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