Contested Modernity: Place, Space and Culture

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2018
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Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

Vol. 44 No. 2 | September 2018

Call for Papers

Contested Modernity: Place, Space and Culture

Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2018



“Any place is a political place, it’s a cultural space, it’s a landscape.”

—Alfredo Jaar, 2007



Among the challenges to Modernity is the contested nature of space and place, both real and imagined, the lived landscapes and built environments and border areas where our economic and political transactions take place, where we educate our youth and heal our sick and profess our various faiths. Political priorities, class differences, gender relations and historical factors all have an impact on the construction of spaces and places, and invest these with meaning that in turn affects the ways in which we experience and recreate the world. The consequences of transnationalism and globalization are particularly apparent in the urban landscapes of Asia, for example.

For Concentric’s September 2018 issue, we invite submissions from a range of disciplines including literature, archaeology, architecture, urban geography, the visual and creative arts, philosophy and politics. We particularly welcome papers that discuss the use of space and place in Taiwan and modern Asia in general, as depicted in film, literature and other media. Submissions are sought on any aspect of space and place, including the following:

  • Historic representation and preservation of space and place;
  • Urban space and diaspora;
  • Theorizing space and place;
  • Surveillance, sight and the panoptic structures and spaces of contemporary life;
  • Situated identities;
  • Work spaces and hierarchies of power;
  • Contested places, for example the construction of gated communities as a response to real/imagined terrorism;
  • Transnational and translocal places;
  • Barriers, obstructions and disenfranchisement in the construction of lived spaces;
  • Haunted spaces/places and non-spaces;
  • Future cities/futurology and space;
  • Representations of city/countryside/suburbs in the media and creative arts;
  • Space and place in computer games.

Please send inquiries to Final essays of 6,000-10,000 words, 5-8 keywords, an abstract, and a brief bio will be due on February 15, 2018. Manuscripts should follow the latest edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Except for footnotes, which should be single-spaced, manuscripts must be double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman. Please consult our style guide at



Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, currently indexed in Arts and Humanities Citation Index, is a peer-reviewed journal published two times per year by the Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. Concentric is devoted to offering innovative perspectives on literary and cultural issues and advancing the transcultural exchange of ideas. While committed to bringing Asian-based scholarship to the world academic community, Concentric welcomes original contributions from diverse national and cultural backgrounds. Each issue of Concentric publishes groups of essays on a special topic as well as papers on more general issues.

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