CfP Soapbox: Journal for Cultural Analysis

Call for Papers: 1.2 ‘Off the Grid’

Grids govern our landscapes and cityscapes, our paintings and grocery lists, our maps and our borders, both walled and imaginary. They get us our energy and water, they fuel our online social lives, and structure the ways we perceive and move through space. On the one hand, the grid is a representational mode, one of rendering the world under a Euclidean regime of points, lines, and areas. On the other, it is the material infrastructure of utilities, transit routes and architecture. In an increasingly networked control society, data, numbers, and figures are in a constant feedback loop with material reality. Across this material-physical and the cultural-technical – between instantiations of the grid as artistic practice and as the “stuff you can kick” (Lisa Parks 2015) – we find a mess of politics and ideology, corporate and common interest.

For this issue, we encourage thinking ‘Off the Grid’ – calling for papers that envision and/or enact within, outside, through or against systems of perception, matter, energy and space. Papers might explore perspectives against logics that distribute power across concepts and cables, design and tarmac, techniques and technologies. This might mean engaging with what Shannon Mattern calls the “ether and ore” of contemporary urban and rural societies (2017), or it could involve tracing (dis)order in less concrete structures of visuality, spatiality and discourse. Is there a connection between a landscape gridded with pipelines and by modern scientific cartography? Or perhaps a shared logic between a grid of fiber-optics and the data societies it facilitates? To what extent is the grid by its very operation an instrument of national or corporate power – or can it be appropriated for the commons?

Ultimately, going ‘Off the Grid’ might be considered a romantic, futile gesture; a slantwise shift across preordained perspectives; an impossible step outside ideology; or an urgent tactic of resistance. If Western modernity and the grid go hand in hand – as suggested by Rosalind Krauss’ account of modern art’s gravitation towards “flattened, geometricized, ordered” forms (1985) – then what would it mean to challenge, repurpose or reject it? Does the concept still help us to understand the world, or limit expression within it?

For the second issue of Soapbox, a graduate peer-reviewed journal for cultural analysis, we invite young researchers to submit abstracts that critically engage with notions of the ‘Grid’. We encourage submissions that are directed towards, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Modes of resistance or alternatives to the grid as mode of organisation
  • The grid as (or as alternative to) network, assemblage, empire and/or entanglement
  • Grids at the intersection of cultural geography and cultural analysis
  • Infrastructure: infrastructural crises and failures, the edge of infrastructure
  • (De)centralised power: the energy commons, democracy and climate crisis
  • Cityscapes, urban ecologies and planning
  • The rural as ‘off the grid’, against the grid, or as a grid
  • Living off the grid: alternative lifestyles and escapism; survivalism and wilderness
  • Grids in modern and contemporary art, architecture and design
  • Visual (dis)order and film: quadrants, grids and golden ratios in mise-en-scène
  • Grids in and as gaming; ‘NPCs’, ‘normies’ and meme culture
  • Data, networks and digital traces

Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) to submissions@soapboxjournal.com by December 1. The full papers (3000-5000 words) are due February 15. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Soapbox also welcomes texts on any topic, all year-round – send full drafts of 4,000-6,000 words to submissions@soapboxjournal.com.

Also consider contributing to our website, where a variety of styles and formats is encouraged, including short-form essays, reviews, experimental writing and multimedia. Please get in touch to pitch new ideas or existing projects for us to feature there.

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Call for Book Reviews – Junctions

Call for Book Reviews
Volume 4, Issue 1

For the upcoming issue of Junctions, Utrecht University’s Graduate Journal of the Humanities, we are looking for graduate students who are keen on getting experience in writing for academic journals to submit book reviews. Junctions aims to connect the different disciplines of the Humanities by collecting disciplinary and interdisciplinary texts that are accessible to readers from across the Humanities. This gives graduate students and recent postgraduates the opportunity to gain valuable publishing, editing and reviewing experience. Academic book reviews, specifically, provide an excellent way for highly motivated (post)graduate students to display their active engagement with current scholarship in their field, and to enrich their CV with a journal publication.

Because Junctions offers a space for graduate scholarship from all fields present in the Humanities, we will accept reviews of recent academic publications on any topic in the Humanities . We especially welcome submissions related to the theme of the upcoming issue, “Courses of Nature.” For this edition of Junctions, we invite papers and book reviews that tackle the meanings, histories, politics, representations, and agencies that have shaped the courses of nature. We encourage you to take an expansive view of what this theme encompasses: nature is involved with everything from the human body to planetary systems, from wild landscapes to urban ecologies, from companion animals to deep-sea creatures, from gender politics to climate crisis, from new technologies to traditional practices, from art to science and back again. For the full call for papers and more information on the upcoming issue, please see: http://junctionsjournal.org/2018/09/06/cfp-volume-4-issue-1-courses-of-nature/ .

Submissions should be 750-1500 words in length, and the reviewed book should be published within the last 24 months . Please send a digital copy (as a Word document) of the complete manuscript in Chicago author-date referencing style, following the prescribed author guidelines which are provided at http://junctionsjournal.org/submit/guidelines-for-authors/ , to editor@junctionsjournal.org by January 1st, 2019 . Your submission will be handled through open peer review by our book review editors and notifications of acceptance will be sent on January 19th . Accepted submissions may require revisions, the deadline for which will be on February 4th . The journal does not accept manuscripts previously published by or simultaneously submitted to other publications. If you have any further questions, please contact editor@junctionsjournal.org .

For general guidance on how to approach writing a good book review, please see: https://tinyurl.com/ycwzx9wk or https://tinyurl.com/ya4kuqkd. For an example of a review published in a previous issue of Junctions, see Marta Montebovi’s review of Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization in volume 2, issue 2 (2017): http://junctionsjournal.org/journal/volume-2-issue-2/ .

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DE DEADLINE voor het ontvangen van aanmeldingen voor een ROSANNA Fonds Beurs komt eraan: 1 december 2018!

Het ROSANNA Fonds ondersteunt getalenteerde kansarme vrouwelijke studenten en onderzoekers bij hun carrière aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Het fonds biedt vrouwelijke studenten en onderzoekers financiële steun om hun academische ambities te verwezenlijken. Het ROSANNA Fonds zet zich in om hoger onderwijs toegankelijker te maken voor vrouwen, zodat een getalenteerde wetenschapster niet buiten de boot valt door een tekort aan financiële middelen.

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The ROSANNA Fund supports talented and disadvantaged women students and researchers who intend to build their careers at Utrecht University. The fund offers women students and researchers financial support to help them achieve academic success. The ROSANNA Fund wishes to make higher education more accessible to women, so that no female researcher has to be excluded because of limited financial means.

Interested in applying for a scholarship? The ROSANNA Fund offers short-term scholarships between € 2.500 and € 5.000. The awarded amount depends on the candidate’s financial situation, academic record, and feasibility of the plans. A ROSANNA Fund scholarship can differ for each candidate, depending on the specific needs of the candidate in question.

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The 2nd International Amsterdam Comics Conference: “Drawing Yourself In and Out of It”:

Call for Papers

“Drawing Yourself In and Out of It”: The 2nd International Amsterdam Comics Conference

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
15-17 November 2018

Amsterdam Comics is pleased to announce its 2nd international conference, “Drawing Yourself In and Out of It,” which will take place from 15-17 November 2018 at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Comprised of parallel panel sessions, keynote lectures, and a roundtable discussion, the conference aims to encourage interdisciplinary connections between comics scholars from various disciplines, comics artists, publishers, and cultural workers from museums and other heritage sites.

Keynote Speakers

  • Joe Sacco, comics artist
  • Nina Mickwitz, University of the Arts London

“So, where does a story begin? And if you are inside that story right now, in that situation and it hurts and say you can draw, then you must try and draw yourself out of it.”

-Miriam Katin, Letting It Go

To draw in can suggest an attraction, engagement, or involvement with an object, narrative, or cause, or can point to literally drawing someone or something into a work of art. To draw out can suggest an enticement to speak or act, a revelation of things hidden, or an extension of time, but can also be a literal or figural removal of one thing from another. Thus, drawing in and out speak to an engrossment in and an examination of a politics of affect.

“Drawing Yourself In and Out of It” seeks to explore the notions of drawing in and drawing out in terms of the capacity to affect and to be affected. Such a consideration allows us to interrelate the politics of affect with the reading and production of comics in a variety of genres—including biography, autobiography, memoir, and fiction, and fields—including journalism, history, and the Medical Humanities.

With this conference we aim to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue from which to further engage with and reflect upon the power of this culturally shifting medium. We encourage papers exploring the notions of drawing in and/or out in relation to, for example:

  • Graphic Medicine
  • Art/Narrative Therapy
  • Journalism
  • (Micro)Politics and/or Art as Activism
  • Individual or Collective Memory and/or Trauma
  • Gender and/or Sexuality Studies
  • Genre Considerations (Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Fiction, etc.)
  • Style (Abstract, Clear Line, Photorealism, etc.)
  • Poetics and/of/in the Medium of Comics
  • Comics Production Processes

Abstract Submissions

Applicants to the conference are invited to submit a 250 word abstract and short biographical note by 15 July 2018 to the organizers at info@amsterdamcomics.com. Accepted participants will receive confirmation no later than 15 August 2018.

Conference Fees

Registration is €75 for full-time/tenured professionals and €50 for students/artists, which includes all conference events. The keynote lectures and roundtable are open to the public. Registration for each event is €10.

About Amsterdam Comics

Founded in 2014, Amsterdam Comics is an independent research consortium that seeks to productively clash theory with practice through several strategies, both academic and public. To read more about our aims and projects, please visit http://amsterdamcomics.com/

Organizing Committee

Erin La Cour, Rik Spanjers, Freija Camps, and Nick Burman (intern). Should you have any questions, please contact us at info@amsterdamcomics.com.

Partners

CLUE+ Research Institute for Culture, Cognition, History, and Heritage and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.