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[eccr] cfp: Culture Machine 8: 'Community'

Wed May 18 12:52:20 GMT 2005

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>February, 2006
>Editor for this issue: Dorota Glowacka
>In recent years, the notion of the community has emerged as an important
>as well as contested field of cultural and theoretical exploration.  In
>his influential study Imagined Communities (1983), social anthropologist
>Benedict Anderson discusses the concept of the community as it is
>related to the idea of the nation.  As an imagined cultural and
>political artefact, the nation provides a collectivity with a sense of
>continuity and cohesiveness, while concealing the foundational violence
>that underlies such collective myth.  While Andersons articulation of
>the community is still largely circumscribed by the political concept of
>the nation state, philosophical inquiries into the notion of the
>community by Jean-Luc Nancy (The Inoperative Community, 1983), Maurice
>Blanchot (The Unavowable Community, 1983) and Giorgio Agamben (The
>Coming Community, 1993), seek to open it up toward a broader
>politico-ethical context.  Nancys call for the deconstruction of the
>immanent community has been particularly influential: community as the
>dominant Western political formation, founded upon a totalizing,
>exclusionary myth of national unity, must be tirelessly unworked in
>order to accommodate more inclusive and fluid forms of dwelling together
>in the world, of being-in-common.
>In this issue, we propose to engage in multiple explorations of the
>community as a socio-historical, politico-ethical and cultural
>    * With the demise of the traditional community as related to the
>      nation-state, what alternative formations or new collectivities,
>      bound together by a very different nexus of belonging, have emerged
>      in its stead?
>    * How viable is the metaphor of the global community (the global
>      village)?
>    * Can the community be predicated on the ethical, perhaps
>      cosmopolitan vision of sharing and unimpeded border-crossing? Or is
>      it, on the contrary, yet another homogenizing, totalizing fantasy
>      that only benefits the empire of the capital?
>    * How does it relate to such increasingly unstable concepts as
>      citizenship or multiculturalism?
>    * What is the function of the community in the rapidly shifting
>      geopolitical context, of which the European community is a
>      particularly fecund contemporary example, as is a plethora of its
>      postcolonial, post-Western articulations (in the Middle East and
>      Africa, for instance)?
>    * Is there community after communism?
>    * To what extent does Hardt and Negri's multitude (Empire, 2004;
>      Multitude, 2004) represent a new form of community (one made up of
>      a multiplicity of singularities)?
>    * Among the newly emergent formations, the notion of the virtual
>      community is of particular interest. We would like to investigate
>      the virtual and/or networked communities that have mushroomed in
>      numerous guises: as both cultural avant-garde and cultural
>      decadence; as the mainstay of political conservatism (i.e. white
>      supremacy networks) and the forum for politically progressive
>      forces (i.e. international peace coalitions).
>    * Finally, are we perhaps moving towards the unworking of the
>      community to a degree that it ceases to be a workable concept
>      altogether?
>In reflecting on the notion of community, this special issue of Culture
>Machine also aspires to become a meeting place for the community of
>minds; indeed, a site of community in its most basic sense of
>communication and circulation of meaning.
>Contributors are invited to send an initial abstract of 500-750 words to
>the editor for this issue Dr. Dorota Glowacka at:
>(dglowacka /at/
>1. The deadline for submitting abstracts is June 15, 2005. (All
>contributors will be notified soon after the deadline whether or not
>their abstract has been selected.)
>2. The deadline for completed papers is October 20, 2005. All papers
>will be peer-reviewed.
>Contributing to Culture Machine
>Culture Machine publishes new work from both established figures and
>up-and-coming writers. It is interactive, fully refereed, and has an
>International Advisory Board which includes Robert Bernasconi, Lawrence
>Grossberg, Peggy Kamuf, Alphonso Lingis, Meaghan Morris, Paul Patton,
>Avital Ronell and Nicholas Royle. Among the distinguished contributors
>to the first seven editions of Culture Machine are Mark Amerika, Alain
>Badiou, Geoffrey Bennington, Bifo, Oran Catts, Simon Critchley, Jacques
>Derrida, Diane Elam, Johan Fornäs, Henry A. Giroux, Lawrence Grossberg,
>Stevan Harnad, N. Katherine Hayles, Peggy Kamuf, David Kolb, Ernesto
>Laclau, J. Hillis Miller, Anna Munster, Michael Naas, Mark Poster,
>Melinda Rackham, Tadeusz Slawek, Bernard Stiegler, Kenneth Surin,
>Gregory L. Ulmer, Hal Varian, Cathryn Vasseleu and Samuel Weber.
>Culture Machine welcomes material from Britain, Australia and the United
>States, and is particularly interested in acquiring contributions from
>those working outside the usual Anglo/Australian/American nexus that
>currently seems to dominate so much of Cultural Studies/Cultural Theory.
>Appropriate unsolicited articles of any length from academics,
>post-graduates and non-academics will all be accepted for publication,
>as will contributions which respond to or seek to engage with work
>previously published in Culture Machine. So-called inter-active texts
>are welcomed, as are any forms of contribution that take advantage of
>and explore the uses and limitations of digital technology.
>Culture Machine publishes one edition of the journal each year, with
>Culture Machine 8 appearing at the beginning of 2006. All contributions
>to the journal are refereed anonymously. Authors should follow the
>Culture Machine Style Manual in preparing their articles
>Dr Gary Hall
>Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, Middlesex University
>Co-editor of Culture Machine
>My website

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