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Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies is inviting submissions for its
forthcoming issues. We encourage contributions from both Taiwan and
international communities addressing our special topics; articles on
other aspects of literature and culture are also welcome. If your
manuscript is intended as a special topic submission, please so indicate.
All correspondence should be addressed to Editor, Concentric: Literary
and Cultural Studies, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal
University, 162 Hoping East Road, Section 1, Taipei 106, Taiwan. [e-mail:
concentric.lit @deps.ntnu.edu.tw]

Forthcoming Special Topics

Vol. 34 No. 2: Asia and the Other (September 2008)
a special issue in conjunction with the
international conference on “Asia and the Other”

Deadline for Submissions: April 25, 2008

The year 1984 witnessed the taking place of a pioneering conference
entitled “Europe and Its Others.” With the publication of Edward W.
Said’s Orientalism only a few years apart, the conference organized by
the University of Essex engaged in discussions heralded in Said’s
monumental work and presented some of the most groundbreaking writings in
the then emerging field of “postcolonial theory,” with the
participation of numerous thought-provoking scholars, Said himself
included. Now, two decades later, Concentric: Literary and Cultural
Studies invites proposals for a special issue on “Asia and the Other,”
in conjunction with the international conference on the same topic,
organized by the Department of English, National Taiwan Normal
University, to solicit input on Asia’s positioning in light of the
question of the other.

Presenting a similar-sounding theme with slight revision to the Essex
conference, we would like to examine whether or not the idiom of the
self/other demarcation is still relevant in the context of Asia. If yes,
relevant in what ways? Is the present-day Asia still imagined in the same
fashion as the Orient once was? Does the rising economic force of Asia
grant Asian countries the “Occidentalist” optics through which they
represent their others as Orientalists did them? Without fixed conceptual
presumptions, “Asia and the Other” is interested not only in Asia’s
relations with “its” others, but also in Asia’s relations with “the
Other/other” as an ethical, political, epistemo- logical, or ontological
problematic. “Asia and the Other” seeks to revisit issues taken up by
earlier postcolonialist theorists with a different geo- political focus;
reexamine and update theoretical apparatuses often adopted in the
discussions of the self/other issue, employing the realities of Asia,
past and present, as examples; and stimulate conversations regarding the
tensions or mutual productivity in cross-cultural, cross-national

We welcome proposals from various disciplines, including (but not limited
to) anthropology, art history and theory, cultural studies, film and
media studies, gender studies, geography, history, linguistics, literary
studies, performance studies, philosophy, political science, religion
studies, and sociology. We are particularly interested in submissions
that not only provide historically-grounded reflections, but also boldly
reassess predominant theoretical concerns in their specific fields.
Vol. 35 No. 1: Affect

Date of Publication: March 2009
Deadline for Submissions: October 20, 2008

In psychology “affect” can mean both stimulus and response, action and
reaction, our power both to “affect” and “be affected by” others.
Deleuze/Guattari see affect, Brian Massumi notes, as “a prepersonal
intensity corresponding to the passage from one experiential state of the
body to another. . . .” Within the Deleuzian framework of a
transcendental empiricism, of forces and intensities but also
mathematical lines and series, of multiplicities, disjunctions, simulacra
and virtual surfaces, "affect” has a connection to theories of
subjectivity, to aesthetics and the arts, to becoming-other (perhaps
becoming-posthuman). E.W. Holland connects it back to Freud/Lacan but
also to Benjamin, to those shockingly “modern” mechanical forces that
Benjamin notes in his Baudelaire essay, forces which in the 21st century
have been further dehumanized, molecularized and atomized, mathematized
(as in random flows of information) and virtualized on the Baudrillardian
self-reflecting surface of postmodern society.

In this special issue on “Affect,” Concentric: Literary and Cultural
Studies invites articles that explore and reassess theories of affect and
their engagement with any number of areas within literary/cultural
studies. We are particularly interested in such questions as: What might
be the role of affect in Foucauldian, postcolonial and globalization
theories? In gender and ethnic studies? In media and cinema studies? What
connections exist between and among affect, the body, and the non-human
world? What are the possible relations between affect, specifically used
by Deleuzians as an alternative to more traditional terms like "feeling"
and "emotion," and those irrational modalities of mood, feeling, emotion,
passion and sensibility that go beyond the expressive vocabulary of the
western tradition? Deleuzian theory may seem in one sense
deterritorialized, free of rigidified, hegemonic modes of thinking, but
is it also still “western”? Non-Deleuzian and also Asian approaches to
affect are encouraged. We welcome papers grounded in a wide variety of
disciplines, as well as those not specifically concerned with “affect”â€"
the latter will be considered for our general section on literary and
cultural criticism.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

1. Manuscripts should be submitted in English. Please send the
manuscript, an abstract (about 300 words), a list of keywords, and a vita
as Word-attachments to concentric.lit_at_deps.ntnu.edu.tw. Alternatively,
please mail us two hard copies and an IBM-compatible diskette copy.
Concentric will acknowledge receipt of the submission but will not return
it after review.
2. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest edition of the
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Except for footnotes in
single space, manuscripts must be double-spaced, typeset in 12-point
Times New Roman.
3. To facilitate the Journal’s anonymous refereeing process, there must
be no indication of personal identity or institutional affiliation in the
manuscript proper. The name and institution of the author should appear
on a separate title page or in the vita. The author may cite his/her
previous works, but only in the third person.
4. The Journal will not consider for publication manuscripts being
simultaneously submitted elsewhere.
5. If the paper has been published or submitted elsewhere in a language
other than English, please make available two copies of the non-English
version. Concentric may not consider submissions already available in
other languages.
6. One copy of the Journal and fifteen off-prints of the article will be
provided to the author(s) on publication.
7. It is the Journal’s policy to require assignment of copyrights form
by all authors.

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