CFP: [Collections] M/C Journal 'country' Issue (22/8/08; journal issue)

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

                                M/C Journal

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. In 2008, M/C Journal celebrates its tenth anniversary.

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                        Call for Papers: 'country'
                      Edited by Andrew Gorman-Murray

'Country' is a word that is made to do much discursive work.

'Country' is synonymous with 'rural', also evinced through terms like
countryside and country-minded. But what is the relationship between
'country' and 'rural'? Are there nuanced differences? Where and how do they
overlap? At the same time, 'country' is synonymous with 'nation'. This
usage seems to be more emotive than administrative, as in 'my country', 'my
land', 'my homeland'. Country evokes something of the connection between
people, landscape and belonging as much as any sense of national
allegiance. Moreover, country-as-rural and country-as-nation have
significant overlaps, especially when the rural is often imagined as the
'heartland' of the modern nation-state - a source of national identity and
a storehouse for values lost through the experience of progress and
modernity. Here, the country is a traditional material and discursive site
for family, community and well-being. From yet another angle, country
becomes a genre or style, as in country music, country and western film,
country living, country comfort and country cooking. In this way, country
becomes a commercial selling point, a commodified imaginary. This
commodification is also seen in the recent revaluing of country getaways
and retreats, sea-change and tree-change, which in turn invokes the notion
of country as a store of traditional values, moral restoration and physical

This issue of M/C Journal seeks submissions which respond to these prompts,
exploring aspects of the different, multifaceted and overlapping discourses
of 'country', and how these have changed (and continue to change) over time
and between places.

Submit papers of 3,000 words in length to the editors at

Article deadline: 22 Aug. 2008
Issue release date: 22 Oct. 2008

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

Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2008 and 2009:

'country': article deadline 22 August 2008, release date 22 October 2008
'recover': article deadline 10 October 2008, release date 10 December 2008
'still': article deadline 16 January 2009, release date 11 March 2009
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                                                     Dr Axel Bruns

-- General Editor M/C - Media and Culture From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List more information at on Sun Jun 08 2008 - 22:17:19 EDT