I've kept this blog, on and off, since 2006. In 2015 I used it to chart daily encounters, images, thoughts and feelings about volcanic basalt/bluestone in Melbourne and Victoria, especially in the first part of the year. I plan to write a book provisionally titled Bluestone: An Emotional History, about human uses of and feelings for bluestone. But I am also working on quite a few other projects and a big grant application, especially now I am on research leave. I'm working mostly from home, then, for six months, and will need online sociability for company!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Call for papers: "Futures"

A call for submissions for our wonderful, refereed postgraduate journal, antiTHESIS. Head here for the full call for papers on the topic "Futures."

It has become increasingly difficult to conceive of our culture as following a dialectical progression from a shared past into a collective future, whether utopian or dystopian. We find ourselves instead at a point at which “The Future,” a key concept in all branches of Western thought, creativity and experience, is replaced by myriad “Futures” of immediate relevance and consequence. How is our relationship to the future changing, and how do we actualise these potential futures?

The editors of antiTHESIS are seeking papers exploring the concept of futures to be published in Volume 21 of the journal. We invite graduate students and researchers from all disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences to submit abstracts. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Terminus: the perceived ends of art, theory, ideology and history (and what comes after) • Alternative cultural and Indigenous perceptions of temporality • Future places and spaces • Future bodies, future minds • SF: speculative and science fiction • Futures of communication: new forms of language and media • Futures of diaspora, race and migration • Genetic futures: neo-hybridity and bio-technics • Technology: innovation, renovation and obsolescence • Retro-futurism: past visions of the future in design and fashion • Possible worlds: future political and social models • Environmental futures • Future memory and memorialisation • Apocalyptic visions •

Submissions should be sent to editor.antithesis@gmail.com by Monday, 11 October 2010.

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