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

Axel Bruns a.bruns at qut.edu.au
Sun Aug 11 16:26:56 PDT 2013

G'day !

This may be of interest to some of you:


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

                                M/C Journal

M/C Journal is inviting 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: 'augment'
             Edited by Rebecca Caines and Michelle Stewart

Contemporary lives are increasingly saturated with the promise of technological enhancement - augmentation.  Whether medically-enhanced "cyborg" bodies, AR glasses, new surveillance and crowdsourcing tools, locative media on mobile phones and gaming consoles, wearable technologies, or immersive third spaces, augmentation is often entangled in discourses of supplement and improvement. Yet augmentation is also contradictory, the logic of technological perfection co-existing with the perception of weakness or a lack. And so from within this messy space of technologies, bodies and spaces, failure is both generative and productive. Always desiring, we create, enhance, and augment: never satiated, we experiment, refine and repeat. Somatic and spatial practices collide on the promise of something more.  

In this edition of M/C Journal we seek to bring together theorists, practitioners and artists to consider the ways in which augmentation presents itself in the world and in their work. We welcome critical engagement with the philosophical, ethical and cultural implications of the augmented, cyborg and prosthetic body; interrogations of the layered information space of AR, critical reviews of augmented spatial practices; and explorations of the ways in which augmented media intersect with contemporary anxieties around power and statecraft. What is at stake when one engages in augmentation? Who/what pays the price when it falters, miscarries, or backfires? Which actors are engaged - or enrolled - in the practice? Which subjects are left vulnerable? We are particularly interested in cross-disciplinary investigations, mapping the points of connection and disruption in the application, reception and analysis of augmentation. We call upon our colleagues to discuss their forays into landscapes of prosthetics and cameras, Arduinos and QR codes, immersive zones and simulations, all the while collaborating with humans, cyborgs and nonhumans along the way. 

Prospective contributors should email an abstract of 100-250 words and a brief biography to the issue editors. Abstracts should include the article title and should describe your research question, approach, and argument. Biographies should be about three sentences (maximum 75 words) and should include your institutional affiliation and research interests. Articles should be 3000 words (plus bibliography). All articles will be refereed and must adhere to MLA style (6th edition). 

Article deadline:     11 Oct. 2013
Issue release date:   11 Dec. 2013

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 2013:

'remix':       article deadline 21 June 2013,   release date 21 Aug. 2013
'resilient':   article deadline 16 Aug. 2013,   release date 16 Oct. 2013
'augment':     article deadline 11 Oct. 2013,   release date 11 Dec. 2013

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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