CFP: The Event, Culture and Contingency (grad) (7/1/05; journal issue)

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Benjamin Smith
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antiTHESIS, "The Event, Culture and Contingency"
Call for Papers

antiTHESIS, one of Australia's longest running postgraduate
interdisciplinary journals, now invites contributions for both the third
annual antiTHESIS Postgraduate Symposium entitled The Event, Culture
and Contingency and for Volume 16 (2006), "in the event …"

"Truth happens to an idea. It becomes true, is made true by events. Its
verity is in fact an event, a process: the process namely of its verifying
itself, its veri-fication." - ­ William James

Integral to understanding changes in both ourselves and our world, 'the
event' is a concept attracting increased critical attention. Described as
difference that makes a difference", an event may happen, or be
manufactured, affect us and be effected by us, and thus emerges from the
impossible cusp between contingency and necessity. We invite papers
that consider both what constitutes 'an event', and how different events
have been, are, and might possibly be, constituted and reconstituted.

Responses may examine this theme in the context of any discipline, and
may be critical or creative in nature ­ this includes essays, fiction,
and fictocriticism, as well as photographs and other visual pieces. The
following topics represent possible interpretations of the theme, and are
meant to motivate, not limit, your thinking:

We invite theoretical or creative contributions on the following themes:

      - The constitution of events as history
      - The creation of events in disparate revolutionary movements
      - Hype, spectacle and the production of pseudo-events
      - The shocking, the scandalous, the terrible and the sublime
      - Disappointment and non-events
      - Banality, boredom, the eventless and the routine
      - Events that escape unnoticed and unremarked upon
      - Counterfactual interpretations and missed possibilities
      - Peripheral or marginalised events
      - Messianism, Millenarianism and the Apocalypse
      - Complexity, contingency, causality, creativity
      - Risk and intervention
      - Anticipation, expectation, hindsight and memory
      - Cinematic or literary rendition of events
      - Experience and the production of communities: local, national or
      - Events at distance: physical, temporal or psychical/psychological
      - Response, responsibility and mediation

Though they share a single theme, the symposium and the journal are
separate entities with difference deadlines and submission
requirements. You must make separate submissions to be eligible for

antiTHESIS Postgraduate Symposium will be held on the morning and
afternoon of Friday 1 July, 2005 on the University of Melbourne's Parkville

Proposals of no more than 250-words are sought for twenty-minute
papers addressing the theme: "the event and its constitutions". Please
send abstracts in the text of an e-mail (not as an attachment) to by 29 April 2005. All
proposals shall be considered by 13 May 2005.

We are also pleased to announce that a limited number of grants will be
available to subsidise the cost of travel for interstate participants.

antiTHESIS volume 16 (2006)

Papers must be of no more than 6'000 words in length with endnote
citations conforming to the 14th edition of the Chicago Style Guide. All
submissions must consist of a Microsoft Word document attached to an

Visual pieces, including original cover art designed for a 150mm x
210mm space, are also welcome. Preliminary submissions may be
made via e-mail and must include a 72- or 75dpi jpeg image, the title of
the work, and the artist's contact information. Upon selection, we will
require a print-quality image on CD or PC formatted disk and a signed
letter or release form giving permission for its use by antiTHESIS.

Papers and visual pieces submitted to the journal must be received by
Friday, 11 August 2005.

While symposium participation is neither a prerequisite for, nor a
guarantee of, selection for publication in the journal, contributors are
encouraged to take advantage of the benefits of participation in both
antiTHESIS forums. The symposium provides a venue for postgraduates
from various disciplines to meet and discuss their work with peers who
share their academic interests. The debate and feedback generated by a
symposium presentation will inevitably produce ideas that can be
incorporated into the paper before it is submitted for publication.

Please address queries and submissions to:
   Department of English with Cultural Studies
   University of Melbourne

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