CALL FOR PAPERS:
Cultural Politics is a new interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal published by Berg. Co-edited by John Armitage (Northumbria, UK) and Douglas Kellner (UCLA, USA), Cultural Politics achieves its aims through the efforts of an editorial board and an editorial advisory board composed of globally recognized and active scholars in cultural and political studies. The journal publishes cutting-edge work exploring new meanings of the cultural and the political from the mainstream to the marginal and presents innovative conceptions of cultural politics whilst contributing to contemporary and future debates.
The traditionally limited definition of cultural politics, understood as a sub-discipline of cultural studies, is being questioned from numerous directions. The journal is committed to opening a global space for discussion of alternatives to a limited comprehension of cultural politics. The shift from cultural studies to cultural politics is intentional and significant. Moving to the emergent discipline of cultural politics denotes a considerable mistrust of every suggestion that cultural and political theories and interpretations can any longer be wholly incorporated within cultural studies. Alternatively, the journal aims to support the examination and discussion of interdisciplinary understandings, developments, potentialities and alternatives that may comprise the contemporary nature and future of cultural politics. Cultural Politics embraces the study of transnational cultural identities and processes in addition to the analysis of political problems and the examination of the character and agency of cultural and political explanations.
To facilitate this range of global possibilities, the journal is open to transnational fields of knowledge production. These include cultural studies (performance, lesbian and gay studies, race studies, women’s studies, postcolonialism, communications and media studies), the humanities (literature, history, philosophy, psychoanalysis, art, museum studies, technology, education and architecture) and the social sciences (political economy, geography, politics, anthropology and sociology). Cultural Politics considers papers from any related disciplinary setting, but particularly encourages interdisciplinary global research conducted by contributors in both the advanced and developing countries. The role of Cultural Politics is to play a key part in the construction and development of the growing field of critical cultural politics, in the quest for newly globalized forms of cultural and political production, education, exchange, debate and action.
Cultural Politics is not limited to publishing dialogues with and critiques of extant cultural studies, even if such dialogues and critiques are an important element of the journal. Cultural Politics engages with global debates on the cultural nature and practices of transnational political change. By including ‘Field Reports’, the journal has instituted a link between global cultural and political theory and practice, between interpretation and action, both within and beyond the academy. Cultural Politics publishes high-quality work, in the form of academic articles and illustrations, which is relevant and comprehensible to the global public sphere, including those cultural intellectuals and political activists who practise a cultural politics exclusively in non-academic fields in addition to university lecturers, researchers and students.
AIMS & SCOPE:
Cultural Politics is an international, refereed journal that explores the global character and effects of contemporary culture and politics. Cultural Politics explores precisely what is cultural about politics and what is political about culture. Publishing across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the journal welcomes articles from different political positions, cultural approaches and geographical locations.
Cultural Politics publishes work that analyses how cultural identities, agencies and actors, political issues and conflicts, and global media are linked, characterized, examined and resolved. In so doing, the journal supports the innovative study of established, embryonic, marginalised or unexplored regions of cultural politics.
Cultural Politics, while embodying the interdisciplinary coverage and discursive critical spirit of contemporary cultural studies, emphasizes how cultural theories and practices intersect with and elucidate analyses of political power. The journal invites articles on: representation and visual culture; modernism and postmodernism; media, film and communications; popular and elite art forms; the politics of production and consumption; language; ethics and religion; desire and psychoanalysis; art and aesthetics; the culture industry; technologies; academics and the academy; cities, architecture and the spatial; global capitalism; Marxism; value and ideology; the military, weaponry and war; power, authority and institutions; global governance and democracy; political parties and social movements; human rights; community and cosmopolitanism; transnational activism and change; the global public sphere; the body; identity and performance; heterosexual, transsexual, lesbian and gay sexualities; race, blackness, whiteness and ethnicity; the social inequalities of the global and the local; patriarchy, feminism and gender studies; postcolonialism; and political activism.
Cultural Politics invites papers comprising a broad range of subjects, methodological approaches, and historical and social events. Such papers may take the form of articles and case studies, review essays, interviews, book reviews, field reports, interpretative critiques and visual essays.
Should you have a paper or any other materials you would like Cultural Politics to consider, please send the relevant texts and/or illustrations (articles, visuals, etc.) to the following co-editor:
Dr John Armitage
Co-editor, Cultural Politics
School of Arts & Social Sciences
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST, UK.
Tel: 0191 227 4971
Fax: 0191 227 4558
Books for review, suggestions for books to review and book reviews should be sent to:
Dr Joanne Roberts
Book Reviews Editor
Durham Business School
University of Durham
Mill Hill Lane
Notes for Contributors can be found below or on the Berg website: www.bergpublishers.com
CULTURAL POLITICS: EDITORIAL BOARD
Co-Editor: Dr John Armitage, Northumbria University, UK
Co-Editor: Professor Douglas Kellner, University of California, USA
Special Issues Editor: Dr Phil Graham, University of Queensland, Australia
Field Reports Editor: Patrice Riemens, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Book Reviews Editor: Dr Joanne Roberts, University of Durham, UK
Arts Editor: Louise K. Wilson, London, UK
Dr Ryan Bishop, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Professor Tom Conley, Harvard University, USA
Professor Verena Andermatt Conley, Harvard University, USA
Professor Chua Beng Huat, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Dr Kate Nash, University of London, UK
Professor Kevin Robins, University of London, UK
Professor Paul Virilio, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris, France
An Editorial Advisory Board that draws expertise from a wide range of disciplines and contexts supports the Editorial Board.
CULTURAL POLITICS: EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Les Back, University of London, UK
Zygmunt Bauman, University of Leeds, UK
Iain Borden, University of London, UK
Sean Cubitt, University of Waikato, New Zealand
James Der Derian, Brown University, USA
Mike Fischer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Coco Fusco, Columbia University, USA
Mike Gane, University of Loughborough, UK
Steve Graham, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Donna Haraway, University of Santa Cruz, USA
Alphonso Lingis, Penn State University, USA
Allan Luke, Nanyang University, Singapore
David Lyon, Queens University, Canada
Katya Mandoki, Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico
George Marcus, Rice University, USA
Achille Mbembe, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
John O’Neill, York University, Canada
Peggy Phelan, Stanford University, USA
Mark Poster, University of California, USA
Elspeth Probyn, University of Sydney, Australia
Andrew Ross, New York University, USA
Alan Sinfield, University of Sussex, UK
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University, USA
John Street, University of East Anglia, UK
Nigel Thrift, University of Oxford, UK
Chris Turner, Independent Scholar and Translator, UK
Graeme Turner, University of Queensland, Australia
Slavoj Zizek, Institute for Social Studies, Slovenia
NOTES FOR CONTRIBUTORS
Articles, inclusive of ‘Field Reports’, should be approximately 5,000-7,000 words in length including notes and references and must include a three-sentence biography of the author(s). Interviews should not generally exceed 5,000 words in length including notes and references and also require an author biography. Exhibition and book reviews are normally 500 to 1,000 words in length whilst review essays range between 2,000-5,000 words in length including notes and references. The Publishers will require a disk as well as a hard copy of any contributions (please mark clearly on the disk what word-processing program has been used). Berg accepts most programs with the exception of Clarisworks.
Cultural Politics will produce three issues a year and occasional issues devoted to a special topic. Persons wishing to organize a special issue are invited to submit a proposal which contains a hundred-word description of the special issue together with a list of potential contributors and paper subjects. Proposals are accepted only after review by the journal editors and in-house editorial staff at Berg Publishers.
Manuscripts with disks should be submitted to: Cultural Politics. Manuscripts will be acknowledged by the editor and entered into the review process discussed below. Manuscripts without illustrations will not be returned unless the author provides a self-addressed stamped envelope. Submission of a manuscript to the journal will be taken to imply that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication, and that if accepted for publication, it will not be published elsewhere, in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the editor and publisher. It is a condition of acceptance by the editor of a manuscript for publication that the publishers automatically acquire the copyright of the published article throughout the world. Cultural Politics does not pay authors for their manuscripts nor does it provide retyping, drawing, or mounting of illustrations.
U.S. spelling and mechanicals are to be used. Authors are advised to consult The Chicago Manual of Style (14th Edition) as a guideline for style. Webster’s Dictionary is our arbiter of spelling. We encourage the use of major subheadings and, where appropriate, second-level subheadings. Manuscripts submitted for consideration as an article must contain: a title page with the full title of the article, the author(s) name and address, a three-sentence biography for each author, a 200 word abstract and 3-5 keywords relating to the content of the article. Do not place the author’s name on any other page of the manuscript.
Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced (including quotations, notes, and references cited), one side only, with at least one-inch margins on standard paper using a typeface no smaller than l2pts. The original manuscript and a copy of the text on disk (please ensure it is clearly marked with the word-processing program that has been used) must be submitted, along with black and white original photographs (to be returned). Authors should retain a copy for their records. Any necessary artwork must be submitted with the manuscript.
Footnotes appear as "Notes" at the end of articles. Authors are advised to include footnote material in the text whenever possible. Notes are to be numbered consecutively throughout the paper and are to be typed double-spaced at the end of the text. (Do not use any footnoting or end-noting programs which your software may offer as this text becomes irretrievably lost at the typesetting stage.)
The list of references should be limited to, and inclusive of, those publications actually cited in the text. References are to be cited in the body of the text in parentheses with author’s last name, the year of original publication, and page number-e.g., (Rouch 1958: 4). Titles and publication information appear as "References" at the end of the article and should be listed alphabetically by author and chronologically for each author. Names of journals and publications should appear in full. Film and video information appears as "Filmography". References cited should be typed double-spaced on a separate page. References not presented in the style required will be returned to the author for revision.
All tabular material should be part of a separately numbered series of "Tables." Each table must be typed on a separate sheet and identified by a short descriptive title. Footnotes for tables appear at the bottom of the table. Marginal notations on manuscripts should indicate approximately where tables are to appear.
All illustrative material (drawings, maps, diagrams, and photographs) should be designated "Figures." They must be submitted in a form suitable for publication without redrawing. Drawings should be carefully done with black ink on either hard, white, smooth-surfaced board or good quality tracing paper. Ordinarily, computer- generated drawings are not of publishable quality. The publishers encourage black and white photographs. Whenever possible, such photographs should be 8 x 10 inches. The publishers encourage artwork to be submitted as scanned files (300 dpi or above) on disk or via email. All figures should be clearly numbered on the back and numbered consecutively. All captions should be typed double-spaced on a separate page. Marginal notations on manuscripts should indicate approximately where figures are to appear. While the editors and publishers will use ordinary care in protecting all figures submitted, they cannot assume responsibility for their loss or damage. Authors are discouraged from submitting rare or non-replaceable materials. It is the author’s responsibility to secure written copyright clearance on all photographs and drawings that are not in the public domain. Copyright should be obtained for worldwide rights and on-line publishing.
Criteria for Evaluation
Cultural Politics is a refereed journal. Manuscripts will be accepted only after review by both the co-editors and anonymous reviewers deemed competent to make professional judgments concerning the quality of the manuscript. Upon request, authors will receive reviewers’ evaluations.
Reprints for Authors
Twenty-five reprints of authors’ articles will be provided to the first named author free of charge. Additional reprints may be purchased upon request.
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