CFP: M/C Journal: Media and Culture: "Open" (3/10/04; journal issue)

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                          M/C - Media and Culture
            is calling for contributors to the 'open' issue of

                                M/C Journal

The award-winning M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a
crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and
peer-reviewed journal.

To see what M/C Journal is all about, check out our Website, which contains
all the issues released so far, at <>. To
find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit

     Call for Papers: 'open' - edited by Felix Stalder & McKenzie Wark

Since the rebranding of Free Software into Open Source in 1998, "open" has
become the buzzword for all things progressive on and off the Internet. Open
Law, Open Hardware, Open Culture, Open Publishing, Open Access or Open
Archives are just some of the many concepts which are being retooled to serve
the more or less defined public good in the Information Society.

Yet, at the same time, multinational corporations have become major actors in
the Open Source Software area and commercial publishers are beginning to
seriously look into Open Access model. In the background of the recent
enthusiasm with "open" lurks the "Open Society" concept of Karl Popper, whose
political preferences for Margaret Thatcher's neoliberalism are well known.

'Open' aims to take a critical look at this concept of the "open". Is it a
temporary buzzword that signifies nothing but an astute sense of
salesmanship? Is it an alternative social concept, or just yet another step
in making capitalism ever more flexible? What is it that makes something
"open" and are some projects more "open" than others? Is "open" always better
than closed? How does "open" relate to areas where we might value closure,
for example, personal privacy? Can we imagine an even more open concept of
social, cultural and economic life?

For the upcoming 'open' issue of M/C Journal, we are inviting papers between
1000 and 2000 words that critically examine the concept of "open" from any
perspective. We invite equally theoretical investigations of the concept as
empirical studies of particular projects with special regard to their
"openness" or "closeness".

Guest Editors for 'open':
McKenzie Wark, core faculty in media and communication, Lang College, New
School University, and guest scholar, American Studies, New York University

Felix Stalder, Lecturer in Media Economy at the New Media Department, Academy

of Art and Design, Zurich, head of research at and co-moderator
of the nettime mailing list.

For more information:

Article deadline: 19 March 2004
Issue release date: 21 April 2004

M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture") in 1998
as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting
of media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C
Journal for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for
comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are blind

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2004 M/C Journal Issue Deadlines

'open' editors: McKenzie Wark & Felix Stalder

          article deadline: 19 March 2004
          release date: 21 April 2004

'porn' editors: Jean Burgess & Andrew King

          article deadline: 26 April 2004
          release date: 16 June 2004

'fx' editor: Nick Caldwell

          article deadline: 21 June 2004
          release date: 11 August 2004

'fame' editor: P. David Marshall

          article deadline: 16 August 2004
          release date: 6 October 2004

'order' editor: Liz Ferrier

          article deadline: 11 October 2004
          release date: 1 December 2004

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                                            Dr Axel Bruns

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