Excursions 8.1: Networks - Call for Papers


Call for Papers and Abstracts: ‘Networks’ 

Deadline for Journal Articles: 15 November 2017

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‘To operate within the matrix of power is not the same as to replicate uncritically relations of domination.’ - Judith Butler, Gender Trouble (1990)

  ‘They have built tents across the campuses and lived there, both to show the impact indebtedness is having on their lives, to show that they need to move away from a university that is becoming more and more like a financial operation, more and more commercialised.’ - Sylvia Federici, Education and the Enclosure of Knowledge in the Global University (2007)

 One thanksgiving, Danny spent hours handing out flowers to people on a busy street. It was like he was trying to jumpstart a zone of contact in the world.’ - Kathleen Steward, Ordinary Affects (2007).

The recent political turmoil, in both the US and European context, has made tangible the desire for dissolution of old networks of trade, communication and allies. As conservative governments take power and right-wing groups call for change, networks of resistance to these have also sprung up: the Women's March on Washington found itself in solidarity with sister marches across the globe; people across Britain and the US wore safety pins to mark themselves as a resource for immigrants made newly vulnerable. Divided across the political spectrum, what these happenings have in common is a belief in the plasticity of networks and the potential they have to create an alternative to the present.

Developments in technology have enabled intimate surveillance of our everyday lives. Networks can be deeply conservative, structuring academic and professional fields but often rendered invisible in the process. Government, corporate or professional networks, and the norms/practices that constitute them, can ingrain societal exclusion and privilege. Environmental crises, war and migration demonstrate how seemingly disparate processes are deeply networked and highlights the need to be aware of the entanglement of human and nonhuman phenomenon.

Excursions Journal are seeking journal articles of 3000-5000 words for our upcoming issue on ‘Networks’. We are interested in receiving submissions from a range of disciplines engaging with the theme. This could include, but is not limited to:

-     How networks in our historical approaches help us to better understand our present moment, or reinterpret our narratives of the past

-     Representations of networked practices in art, literature and music

-     Spatialisation, architecture and place

-     Economic networks of production, distribution and/or exchange

-     The neoliberalisation of education and the specific economic and social networks enabling this, or enabling resistance to it

-     Telecommunication, technology and surveillance, conspiracy, and in/visibility

-     How networks structure organisations and hierarchies, engaging with networks of power, politics, social mobility and privilege

-     How networks are embodied, and how networks create and construct feelings of belonging and/or isolation

-     Migration and borders in relation to local, national and international networks

-     The role networks play in constructing identity and identity politics, issues of race, gender and queer networks

-     The transmission of ideas and practices through networking

-     Academic networks and critiques of these, looking inward as well as outward, considering professional networking, and collaborative practice

-     Inclusion, access and discrimination in the public and/or private spheres

-     Use of complexity theory or speculative entropy to understand social and practical issues

-     Religion, intentional communities, protest networks and the project of humanity

The deadline for journal submissions is 15th November 2017. Scholarly papers should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words and must follow Harvard style guidelines. We also encourage creative submissions in media such as film, photography, or audio. For creative submissions, please include an abstract and a brief biography (no more than 150 words) along with your submission. All enquiries should be directed to enquiries@excursions-journal.org.uk. To submit your work, register with us here.