NANO: New American Notes Online, Special Issues: Cartography and Narrative (Deadline: 28 June 2013)

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NANO: New American Notes Online

Call for Papers: NANO: New American Notes Online
Issue 6
Deadline: 28 June 2013
Special Issues: Cartography and Narrative

Building upon the extensive work on literary geography and cartographic cinema, a range of scholars in the humanities have endorsed mapping as a conceptual framework to improve our understating of narratives. Meanwhile, geographers and cartographers have recognized the importance of mapping personal stories and vernacular knowledge in order to better understand their contribution to the production of places. Examples of this fusion between maps and narratives range from GPS drawing to walking as a way of addressing the performative nature of mapping and from the political mapping of journeys and stories of illegal migrants crossing borders to mapping of feelings and emotions.

In order to further explore these relationships between maps and narratives, the commission on Art and Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) organized and held a workshop on these themes in Zurich, Switzerland, in June 2012.

We are now seeking academic and artistic contributions to be published in two special issues of two academic journals.

The first special issue will be published in NANO – New American Notes Online (issue 6) and co-edited by Laurene Vaughan ( and Matthew Bissen ( NANO is a peer-reviewed online journal capable of publishing a full range of media and designed to encourage new interpretations and new possibilities. We are particularly interested in submissions that explore and articulate representations of place via narrative structures, especially the different ways such places and structures are recorded, communicated, and critiqued. We invite submissions that address forms of these two broad questions: how do narratives traverse through a "somewhere"? And, equally important, how are real and imagined places narrated? Acceptable formats, sizes and lengths are listed below.

The second special issue will be published in The Cartographic Journal and co-edited by Sébastien Caquard and William Cartwright. It will compile a range of academic papers providing more of a cartographic perspective on the relationships between maps and narratives. Both of these issues will be cross-referenced to give more visibility to the publications as well as to support the interdisciplinary dimension of this project.

Keywords: Each author is asked to submit 5 keywords to accompany their submission.
The following are some suggestions:
Cartography, Mapping, Place, Space, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Critical, Documentary, Film, Representation, Realism.

Schedule: Deadlines concerning the special issue to be published in NANO:
Jan. 28th, 2013: Call for papers
Jun. 28th, 2013: Deadline to submit full papers & works to Laurene Vaughan and Matthew Bissen
Aug. 30th, 2013: Comments sent by the editors to the authors
Oct. 18th, 2013: Final version of the papers & works submitted by the authors to NANO for the review process (For the detailed instructions to the authors, please refer to NANO's Submission page.)
Nov. 15th, 2013: End of the review process
Jan. 31st, 2014: Final versions of the selected papers sent by the authors to NANO
May 2014: Publication of the special issue in NANO

(This will coincide with the publication of work in the the parallel issue on Cartographies and Narrative in The Cartographic Journal)

Submission Guidelines: Format Guidelines concerning the special issue to be published in NANO: Papers with images –3,500 words maximum; 15 images maximum in high resolution—JPEG format preferred; Film Shorts –5-10 minutes maximum using .mov, .mp4, or .wmv formats (min res = 426 x 400, max res 1920 x 1080); Sound Essays – 10 minutes maximum using .mp3 encoding at bitrates above 256 kbit/s (preferred). Electronic submission preferred. Text submissions should be sent as an email attachment using MS Word (doc.) or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Refer to the list above for multimedia submissions. Do not include your name on the attached document, but do include your name and the title of your note in the body of your email. All manuscripts should follow MLA guidelines for format, in-text citations, and works cited. Please send any questions that you have to Laurene Vaughan and Matthew Bissen (email addresses above).

Copyright and Permissions: NANO expects that all submissions contain original work, not extracts or abridgements. Authors may use their NANO material in other publications provided that NANO is acknowledged as the original publisher. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for reproducing copyright text, art, video, or other media. As an academic, peer-reviewed journal, whose mission is education, Fair Use rules of copyright apply to NANO. Send questions to the editor.

We would appreciate it if you could inform us in February if you plan to submit a paper or work to one of these special issues. Please feel free to contact Sébastien Caquard or William Cartwright concerning The Cartographic Journal, and Laurene Vaughan and Matthew Bissen concerning NANO.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions for these special issues.

Laurene Vaughan, Associate Professor Design and Communication, in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne; Neirenberg Chair, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Matthew Bissen, Architect; PhD candidate in Geography at The Graduate Center (City University of New York); Part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design and Hunter College

Sébastien Caquard, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment; Concordia University, Montréal

William Cartwright, Professor of Cartography and Geographical Visualization, School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences; RMIT University, Melbourne