CFP: 'Disclose', M/C Journal Vol 12. No. 6 (December 2009) (due October 23 2009)

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CFP: 'Disclose', M/C Journal Vol 12. No. 6 (December 2009) (due October 23 2009)

'Disclose' – Call for Contributions
Issue Editors: Bree Hadley and Rebecca Caines

'Disclosure' can be a risky business. The compulsion to 'open up' or 'share' of oneself is an integral part of interpersonal relationships. It is often seen to be the bedrock on which human beings build 'trust', a sense of connectedness or social capital. In the twenty-first century, shifts in social, legal, technological and medical systems have created new opportunities - and, indeed, new obligations - to disclose details of our beliefs, behaviours and bonds with others in a range of different contexts. New forums for disclosure, self-disclosure and self-exposure can bring rewards - social engagement, excitement, new forms of notoriety, and the opportunity for everyone to advocate on behalf of issues close to their heart. But to disclose also has its consequences. The exhilaration that comes with cathartic 'confessions' or 'confidences' can be short-lived. Disclosures seen by some as a welcome 'outing' of a once-concealed 'truth' can be seen by others as 'betrayal', a 'blabbing' about facts best kept hidden, which can lead to 'embarrassment', humiliation, bullying and punishment.

In this issue of M/C Journal we seek contributions that consider the risks, pleasures, perils and ethical consequences of disclosure in public and/or private spheres. We ask what motivates people to disclose - or, by contrast, refuse or fail to disclose - details of their lives, be it in face-to-face interactions, online interactions, documentary, 'reality' drama, autobiographical art, community art or other arenas. We investigate the ways in which people, cultural practices and cultural authorities (wittingly or unwittingly) disclose of themselves in speech, writing, gesture, social interactions or spatial interactions. Whilst disclosure has been linked in popular discourse with values such as authenticity, authority and 'truth', we challenge the contention that disclosure unlocks the door to truth, reading it instead in terms of power, pleasure, risk, responsibility, vulnerability and the performative construction of particular identities and realities. We are interested in the performativity of disclosure, and the tactics that underpin disclosure of secrets, scandals and lies. Disclosure can often go unquestioned and be validated above all else. Ironically, in some cases, closure may result from disclosure, as identity positions grow inflexible and oppressive under the weight of unexamined discourse. We thus also consider how disclosures can be contaminated, perforated, multiplied, re-performed in order to elide becoming a liability. We seek contributions that examine the performance of 'disclosure' - deliberate or accidental, altruistic or malicious, resistant or recuperative - across a range of contemporary cultural practices. What, we ask, are the personal, cultural, political and ethical consequences of disclosure for those who disclose, for those who are the subject of disclosures, and for those who witness disclosures by and/or about others?

Authors wishing to contribute to 'Disclose' should send a 100 word abstract, together with a brief biography, to the Editors at For authors invited to submit, the deadlines will be as follows –

• Article deadline: 23 October 2009
• Release date: 16 December 2009

Editorial enquires can be directed to Bree Hadley and Rebecca Caines,