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Studies in the Humanities Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Essays and Book Reviews

Studies in the Humanities (Volume 41, issues 1-2)

Guest Editor: Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University-Purdue University at Columbus, juligood@iupuc.edu

Theme: Representations of, by, and for Women: The Gendered Politics of Art
Deadline: January 6, 2014

This thematic issue of Studies in the Humanities will present new work on women’s artistic products and/or women as authors/producers/consumers of texts or artifacts. Any approach pertaining to women’s studies in the humanities is welcome, though extra consideration will be given to work that forwards a feminist critique of art (i.e., literature, cultural performance or artifact, journals, film, etc.) produced or authored by women. National, international, and transnational approaches are also welcomed.

Possible topics for articles include the following: interrogation of female embodiment; the gendered politics of representation/identity politics; feminist agendas in the humanities; and textual femininity and its complications, its dismantling, or its reproduction and dissemination in the humanities.

Questions that might be raised include the following: What images or representations of women and feminine/gendered identities are propagated, and at what cost (and to whom)? Why are these representations significant, and what part do they play in the public sphere? How do they perform cultural work, especially in terms of indebtedness in literary and cultural economies? What are the politics at stake in producing, circulating, owning, consuming, or lacking access to particular representations of women or feminized bodies or female/feminized identities?

Submit essays, ranging from approximately 20-25 double-spaced pages, and book reviews, approximately three to five pages, that address the theme “Representations of, by, and for Women: The Gendered Politics of Art” to Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick at juligood@iupuc.edu with the subject line “SITH 41 submission.” 

In order to enable a masked, refereed review, only include your name on a title page in a separate attachment. Also, you will want to avoid embedded endnotes. Endnotes should appear at the end of the essay with no page division between the essay and them. The Works Cited list should follow the endnotes. MLA is the preferred documentation style, but manuscripts adhering to other style manuals will be reviewed, with the understanding that accepted manuscripts will need to conform to MLA. Manuscripts—essays or book reviews—should be submitted by January 6, 2014. Early submissions are welcomed, as are inquiries

Call for Papers: Edited Book and Subsequently a Special Double Issue of Studies in The Humanities 

 Theme: Cityscape as Discursive Node and Character

Deadline: March 15, 2014

The changes that have been wrought in the urban experience of space, time, identity, locality, and subjective imaginary, have resulted in the increasing appearance of  the global cityscape virtually as character in cultural studies discussions, drama, literature, film and documentary.  Papers can address conventional modes of representing the cityscape, such as location or background; or new ways in which the local/global dynamic in the metropolis cityscape is remapped; or compare and contrast the two modes of representation in terms of Benjamin’s flaneur, postmodernity, postcolonialism, or Gilles Deleuze’s concept of modernity as constituted around a viewing, rather than an (re)-acting, subject. Papers might consider how the old cityscape is demolished in terms of a postculture of dissapearance and replaced by the production of urban imaginaries that articulate new urban visions, rearticulate old distinctions between private and public spaces through new urban militant movements, negotiate changing urban values, and critique problematic urban transformations. Of interest are questions of how the global metropolis is constituted as a cultural, dramatic, literary and cinematic character, how literature, culture, drama and cinema produces the global cityspace, and how these representations of cityspace challenge or confirm conventional understandings not only of cityscape but of citizenry as well. Papers might take up questions of how sexuality, race, class and politics; considerations of genre, nationality, and history intersect with the changing cityscape. 

Detailed abstracts of articles and essays (as well as a biographical note of the author) for the edited book are invited by March 15, 2014.  The edited book will examine cinematic, and televisual cultural studies “remapping” of the cityscape and its emergence as character as a form of registering the changed metropolitan city in globalism. 

Articles, essays as well as book reviews for the special issue of the  journal will include analyses of literary and dramatic texts on the subject as well cinematic, televisual cultural studies, can be submitted in e-mail consultation with the editor for a publishing schedule of December 2015. For the special double issue of the journal, book reviews on the thematic of one book or monograph or several works (at least 750 words and no more than 1,000 words) may be discussed and addressed to Ozum Hatipoglu 

The manuscript (at least 10,000 words in length, but no more than 12,000 words, although longer essays will also be considered with good reason), double-spaced, in 12-pt. Times New Roman font using Chicago style of documentation should be electronically submitted to dubereena@gmail.com or  reena.dube@iup.edu

Please do not include your name anywhere on your manuscript or book review. Place it in a separate attachment. Also please do not use embedded endnotes or footnotes. Footnotes should be at the end of the essay with no page division between them and the text or the Works Cited list that should follow it. E-mail inquiries regarding possible essay topics may be sent to: dubereena@gmail.com / reena.dube@iup.edu; or Reena Dube, Editor, Studies in the Humanities, Department of English; 110 Leonard Hall; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Indiana, PA 15705.

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