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Excursions Journal

Call for Papers

'When […] does occupation become possession? Who has a right to occupy what space? Who must work for whom? What happens in our society to those who can't—or simply won't—work? What obligations do we have to those who prefer not to fit into the system, or run on the hamster's wheel?' Jonathan D. Greenberg.

Occupations can be a form of protest, a military rule, the work that fills an adult life. Things that occupy our minds can form the basis of how we are perceived as individuals, and shape our experiences and perceptions of the world, while the geographic and cultural spaces that we occupy are often multiple and transient, and sometimes fiercely contested. Excursions Journal welcomes submissions of 3000-5000 words that engage with one or more of the many forms of occupation. These could include, but are not limited to:

Work-based occupations: The work that individuals do is often a defining way in which they are categorised by others. What constitutes a job, career, vocation, or occupation—and are they distinct from each other? Why are certain types of work legitimised as occupations while others are not?

• A study of a particular occupation, (creative) industry, or paid/unpaid labour.
• Divisions of labour, inequality, employment and unpaid work.
• Representations of work or worklessness in culture.

Occupying time: How do people choose to spend their free time and why? To occupy oneself with something can be to have a hobby, passion, or obsession. But it can also suggest distraction, a way of occupying oneself to forget about something negative. What role do the occupations and preoccupations of individuals or societies play in their consciousness and behaviours?

• Boredom, leisure, idleness and their moral and political implications.
• Addictions, obsessions, fetishes.
• Mass cultural preoccupations: genre, celebrity, religion, scaremongering.

Occupation of spaces: What are the ethics of spatial occupations and how do we decide who gets to enter, live in, or control any given space? How can individual, geographical, and national spaces be occupied by memory?

• Conflicts over segregated, occupied, colonised, private, public, or personal territories.
• Occupy, Mass Trespass, Reclaim the Night, and similar protest movements.
• Bodies: identity, gender, or other constructs.

The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2015. Submissions must follow Harvard style guidelines. We also encourage creative submissions in media such as film, photography, or audio. For creative submissions, please include an abstract and a brief biography (no more than 150 words) along with your submission. All enquiries should be directed to enquiries@excursions-journal.org.uk. To submit your work, register at http://www.excursions-journal.org.uk/index.php/excursions/user/register and follow the instructions.

Excursions Journal is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal, showcasing innovative and high-quality postgraduate research, run by doctoral researchers at the University of Sussex. Occupations will be Vol. 6, No. 1.