[Air-L] FW: [MCJ] CFP: M/C Journal 'ambient' Issue

Axel Bruns a.bruns at qut.edu.au
Sun Jan 3 15:56:33 PST 2010

G'day !


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                          M/C - Media and Culture
           is calling for contributors to the 'ambient' issue of

                                M/C Journal

M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. Founded in 1998, M/C is a crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed journal. Our Website at http://journal.media-culture.org.au/ provides open access to all past issues. 

To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/about/submissions. 

                        Call for Papers: 'ambient'
                         Edited by Luke Jaaniste 

Ambience is all around us. Wherever we are. Conditioned as we are as being-in-the-world, we are always surrounded. A surrounding that affords meaningful pathways and places of action and thought, that is intelligently geared up with us. The fundamental surroundings might be the earth itself, upon which multiple worlds, spaces, zones, nets, webs, districts, precincts and the like occupy our lives, as we occupy them.

Ambience can be contrasted with salience. What is salient is what is of immediate interest and attention. Before us right now, taken up. Hopefully, dear reader, these words you are reading have particular salience for you. Right now. But when something is taken up in our field of attention and action, there is so much that remains, always already there, in the background, in the periphery, in the ether, in the air. So when Brian Eno famously coined the term 'ambient music' in the 1970s - and triggered off a whole raft of terms like ambient video, ambient art, ambient architecture, ambient tv, ambient media, ambient marketing, ambient journalism, ambient computing, ambient screens, ambient poetics and ambient literature - he was doing something a little odd. Making ambience salient. In his music and in his discourse about it.

Ambience has been palpably in place, since the dawn of time, but as way of talking about the world is helps gear us towards the all-around and how so much of being human is conditioned and affected by our surrounds, in a age when place and place-making has changed in dramatic ways, locally and globally. In this issue, we ask: what ideas and interaction take place in ambience?

Please send a 100-word abstract to the editors at ambient at journal.media-culture.org.au. Articles of 3,000 words in length should be submitted online at http://journal.media-culture.org.au/ and should be prepared in accordance with the M/C Journal style guidelines, available at http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/about/submissions.

Article deadline:     5 Mar. 2010
Issue release date:   5 May 2010

M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture") in 1998 as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting of media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C Journal for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are blind peer-reviewed.

Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2010/11:

'ambient':   article deadline 5 Mar. 2010,    release date 5 May 2010
'deaf':      article deadline 30 Apr. 2010,   release date 30 June 2010
'waste':     article deadline 25 June 2010,   release date 25 Aug. 2010
'pig':       article deadline 20 Aug. 2010,   release date 20 Oct. 2010
'coalition': article deadline 15 Oct. 2010,   release date 15 Dec. 2010
'doubt':     article deadline 21 Jan. 2011,   release date 23 Mar. 2011
M/C - Media and Culture is located at <http://www.media-culture.org.au/>.
M/C Journal is online at <http://journal.media-culture.org.au/>.
All past issues of M/C Journal on various topics are available there.


                                                     Dr Axel Bruns

 General Editor                              editor at media-culture.org.au
 M/C - Media and Culture                http://www.media-culture.org.au/

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