CFP: antiTHESIS journal Volume 20: "FEAR"

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School of Culture & Communications, University of Melbourne

Submissions are now open for antiTHESIS Volume 20: FEAR. Fear is one of the most potent forces affecting humankind. Both a survival mechanism and an instrument of manipulation, it divides and unites, mobilises and paralyses. Fear can be a rational response to danger or panic in the face of the unknown. The editors of antiTHESIS invite students and academic researchers from all disciplines within the arts and humanities to explore fear in its many manifestations, past and present.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 12 October 2009.

Submissions may take the form of:

* Research articles of between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length.
* Reviews (books, films, exhibitions, performances, etc.) of up to 1,000 words.
* Creative writing (short fiction, creative non-fiction) of up to 3,000 words.
* Poems of up to 50 lines.

Research articles will undergo a double-blind refereeing process prior to publication. Reviews, creative writing, and poetry will not be refereed; publication will be at the discretion of the editors.

Specific details on formatting and citations can be found in the antiTHESIS style guide.

In addition to written submissions, visual submissions are also welcome.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

* Fear as a political tool
* Race, immigration and border control
* Fear of the 'Other'
* Sedition and censorship
* The aesthetics of fear (horror, suspense, the Gothic)
* Literary and artistic responses to fear
* Monuments and memorials to trauma or terror
* Creativity, the canon, and the anxiety of influence
* Fear and mental health
* Inhibitions and aversions – fear of intimacy, failure, success
* Superstitions and phobias
* Religious belief
* Economic crisis and fears for material security
* Responses to the fear of climate change
* The role of the media in generating fear
* Terrorism and paranoia
* Fear, crime, deviance and social control
* Fear's opposite: courage, heroism and martyrdom

To submit your work, please email it as an attachment in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) to the antiTHESIS editors at, along with an article abstract (300 words maximum) and a brief author biography (100 words maximum) in the body of the email.

Be sure to include both your name and the title of your work in your email as well as your document filename -- for example, an essay entitled "Nursing in the Outback" by Ross Moore should be sent as an attachment with the filename "Ross Moore - Nursing in the Outback.doc".

Please do not include your name in the main text of the document itself; this will ensure that all submissions are assessed fairly and without prejudice.

antiTHESIS welcomes multiple submissions from individual authors, but please do not send work that is currently being considered for publication elsewhere.