UPDATE: [Collections] [JOURNAL ISSUE] Killing Time: Inscribing Chaos in the Narrative of History

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Nilima Rabl
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Crossings, an inter-disciplinary journal, has been preparing a special
issue on the topic of time, which will be published shortly. There is space
for one more contribution. If you are working on or have completed anything
that relates to the following CFP, please notify us or submit your work ASAP.

Killing Time: Inscribing Chaos in the Narrative of History

Time represents occurrences within temporality as sequential, and meaning
is commonly deduced by imposing a narrative interpretation upon that
sequence. When time appears as a storyline, events are assigned an order
from which history emerges as a series of causal connections.
Consequently, even declarations of a new, post- era are always already
defined in relation to the ostensibly surpassed, traditional or old, and
characterize time as a continuum that reduces every new to an after and
ensures that all potential for radical change and opportunity is undermined
by the continued celebration of progress and perfection as longstanding
ideals. As long as every interruption is incorporated into a structure that
continues to dominate the global political arena through concepts that
promise resolution, such as universal Justice, Freedom and/or Peace, is it
possible at all to reconsider the order that is in and through a narrative
alignment of time and history? Can events indeed be subsumed entirely into
the loop of a narrative, an all-encompassing interpretation of the temporal
(and even metaphysical) which tends to assimilate everything into its
causal chain? Or could each event ultimately mark and substantiate a
chaotic disjuncture that emerges between experience and its inscription in
a rational framework?

Considering the ethical, theological, sociological, and political
implications of a linear interpretation of temporality, Crossings wants to
engage a variety of investigations into the dynamics that foster notions of
stability and unity, relations of production, the potential of the present,
and alternative visions of history. To what extent, for example, can
technologies of representation (e.g. music, theatre, literature, film,
visual arts) test aesthetic expression’s capacity not only to represent
time as an operative narrative, but also to reveal the potential within
anachronistic or delineated perspectives? Crossings would like to
encourage work that explores how the structures which make us rely on
epistemological categories such as continuity and causality can become
visible, how these constructions can give way to alternative
interpretations of reality and the nature of time. For the upcoming issue,
we seek submissions that explore, analyze, comment on or subvert
chronological representations and engage with alternative methods for
thinking temporality. Analytical as well as creative approaches are welcome.

Potential topics might address (but are not limited to) the following:

Chronological/anachronistic interpretations of terror
Exaltation, exile and revolution
Emergence and becoming
Subjectivity and national memorialization
Nostalgia, utopia, dystopia
Public/private narrativizations of time
Representation and predictability
Crisis and psychosis
Singularity, discordance, interpretation
Chronological and episodical time
Temporalities of technologies
Perception and communication
Realism, Naturalism, Surrealism
Modernity and its imagined precursors, primitivism
Knowledge, thought, shamanism
Trauma, performance, potential
Event and repetition
Miracles and the uncanny
Responsibility and indifference
Rhythm, music, sound, noise
Urgency and boredom
Space, operability, and the body in time
Identity and global transformations
Language, ontology and history
Imagination, alienation, objectivity
Totalitarianism, equality, human rights
Unity and difference
Change, progress, conservation
Timeless space(s)
Discourses of power
Migration, travel, movement, flow
Subjectivity and Resistance

Inquiries and submissions can be sent in the form of Microsoft Word
documents attached to emails, and should conform to the Chicago Manual of
Style, 15th edition. A style sheet is available in Adobe Acrobat format
on-line at: http://crossings.binghamton.edu/style.pdf.
Please email submissions to Nilima Rabl at colifilm_at_yahoo.de *(note: de,
not com)* and xings_at_binghamton.edu ASAP.
Or send hard copies to:
Department of English
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton University
Binghamton, New York 13902-6000
Additional information can be found at: http://crossings.binghamton.edu

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