CFP: Culture, Theory and Critique: Noise (6/1/04; journal issue)

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antonio lazaro reboll


Call for papers (2 - open issue and special issue on 'Noise') and
contents of 44.1.

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_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:

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

* 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.

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


Special Issue: Images and text.

Editor's Introduction

Jon Simons

What Does Pierce's Sign Theory Have to Say to Art History?

James Elkins

Adventures in Subsemiotics: Towards a New 'Object' and Writing of Visual

Sunil Manghani

Reading and Writing the Passions in Duchenne de Boulogne's M=E9canisme
de la Physionomie Humaine

Virginia Liberatore

Symbol, Idol and Murti: Hindu God-Iamges and the Politics of Mediation

Gregory Price Grieve

>From Description to Depiction: Free Indirect Discourse and Online
Garphical Chat

Ken Hillis

The Cinematic Mode of Production: Towards a Political Economy of the

Jonathan Beller


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.

Submissions are subject to peer review.


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.

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).

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

* 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.

Antonio L=E1zaro-Reboll
Lecturer in Spanish
School of European Culture and Languages
Cornwallis Building
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent

Tel:+441227823205 (direct line)

Antonio L=E1zaro-Reboll
Editorial Assistant
Culture, Theory and Critique

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