[csaa-forum] Transformations: New Call for Papers -- Thing Theory, Material Culture, and Object-Oriented Ontology

Warwick Mules w.mules at bigpond.com
Thu Jan 22 14:39:20 ACST 2015

CFP: Issue 27
Thing Theory, Material Culture, and Object-Oriented Ontology
Transformations is calling for submissions for Issue 27, which is dedicated
to the topic of Things.
The investigation of things is an important subject across many disciplines
in the humanities and social sciences. In The Social Life of Things (1988),
Arjun Appadurai provided an innovative exploration of how things, as
commodities, shaped their human agents, rather than the other way around‹an
idea that would have important repercussions for a new scholarly interest in
material culture. In attempting to illuminate the problematic notion of a
³Thing Theory² (2001), Bill Brown has pointed to the complex relationship
between objects and things, arguing that things lie outside a simple
subject-object framework, leading a multifaceted ³life² that humans only
glimpse rather than truly see. More recently, in Vibrant Matter (2010), Jane
Bennett has investigated the political ecology of things and scholars such
as Gay Hawkins (2009) and Gillian Whitlock (2010) have taken up this rich
field of enquiry in their explorations of topics as diverse as cultural
detritus, the posthuman, the consumption of water and plastic, and the
production, dissemination and reception of testimony and artifacts concerned
with asylum seekers¹ life narratives.
We welcome expressions of interest in submitting articles addressing, but
not restricted to, the following research themes:
·        How can we understand ³things² in relation to shifting
technological and social contexts, to works of art or literature, or in
relation to the cultural biographies or ³lives² of things themselves?

·        Where are the lines that divide the sentient from the non-sentient,
the human from the non-human, and what are their consequences?

Transformations invites proposals for academic journal articles on any
aspect of the theme of ³Things.²
Articles should be between 3,500 and 5,000 words and should conform to the
style guide 
<http://www.transformationsjournal.org/journal/style_guide.shtml>  and
submission guidelines
on the Transformations website.
Please submit an abstract (200 words) as well as a succinct author biography
(two sentences) and contact details via email to Associate Professor Jane
Stadler at the University of Queensland (j.stadler at uq.edu.au) by 13 March
2015. Complete articles will be due by Monday 15 June 2015.

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