Upcoming Issues

Title Issue Editors Submission Date Release Date
'able' Liz Ferrier and Viv Muller 2 May 2008 2 July 2008
'publish' David Marshall and Peta Mitchell 27 June 2008 27 Aug. 2008
'country' Andrew Gorman-Murray 22 Aug. 2008 22 Oct. 2008
'recover' Henk Huijser and Janine Little 10 Oct. 2008 10 Dec. 2008
'still' David Bissell and Gillian Fuller 16 Jan. 2009 11 Mar. 2009


Abled, dis-abled, en-abled, dis-enabled, diff-abled - these terms are used in various ways by academics, social workers, health professionals, artists and therapists in the field of what has become known as disability studies. Who defines the cultural terrain in which these terms are defined and operationalised is an ongoing source of debate, conflict and tension particularly around issues of access, integration, normativity and agency. This issue of M/C Journal invites contributions that engage with these important debates and is interested in aesthetic and socio/cultural work that challenges us to think and act beyond constraining boundaries.


  • Article deadline: 2 May 2008
  • Release date: 2 July 2008
  • Editor: Liz Ferrier and Viv Muller

Send any enquiries, and complete articles of 3000 words, to able@journal.media-culture.org.au


In 1998, M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture was devised by David Marshall as an online publishing project for a new media culture honours course at the University of Queensland. The journal was intended as an open-access, scholarly intervention in and forum for debates surrounding media and culture with a strong desire to cross between the academic and the popular. This year, M/C Journal celebrates its tenth anniversary, and in this special issue we ask: what is the face of publishing today?

We invite submissions that address contemporary cultural/political aspects of publishing, such as recent shifts in print culture, online/open-access publishing, print-on-demand and self-publication, approaches to copyright and intellectual property (e.g., creative commons), the impact of research quality assessments on academic publishing, cross-platform publishing, independent publishing, and so forth. In this era of social networking and continuous peer-review, how has the form of academic publishing shifted and, in a more normative sense, how should it shift? What possible futures can be imagined in publishing and publication and what are the new desires and demands to be "published"? All of these various issues and approaches to the idea of publish will be entertained as we mark M/C Journal's own online publishing milestone.


  • Article deadline: 27 June 2008
  • Release date: 27 August 2008
  • Editors: David Marshall and Peta Mitchell

Send any enquiries, and complete articles of 3000 words, to publish@journal.media-culture.org.au.


'Country' is a word that is made to do much discursive work.

'Country' is synonymous with 'rural', also evinced through terms like countryside and country-minded. But what is the relationship between 'country' and 'rural'? Are there nuanced differences? Where and how do they overlap? At the same time, 'country' is synonymous with 'nation'. This usage seems to be more emotive than administrative, as in 'my country', 'my land', 'my homeland'. Country evokes something of the connection between people, landscape and belonging as much as any sense of national allegiance. Moreover, country-as-rural and country-as-nation have significant overlaps, especially when the rural is often imagined as the 'heartland' of the modern nation-state - a source of national identity and a storehouse for values lost through the experience of progress and modernity. Here, the country is a traditional material and discursive site for family, community and well-being. From yet another angle, country becomes a genre or style, as in country music, country and western film, country living, country comfort and country cooking. In this way, country becomes a commercial selling point, a commodified imaginary. This commodification is also seen in the recent revaluing of country getaways and retreats, sea-change and tree-change, which in turn invokes the notion of country as a store of traditional values, moral restoration and physical revitalisation.

This issue of M/C Journal seeks submissions which respond to these prompts, exploring aspects of the different, multifaceted and overlapping discourses of 'country', and how these have changed (and continue to change) over time and between places.


  • Article deadline: 22 August 2008
  • Release date: 22 October 2008
  • Editors: Andrew Gorman-Murray

Send any enquiries, and complete articles of 3000 words, to country@journal.media-culture.org.au.


As 2008 marks the tenth anniversary of M/C Journal, there is opportunity to take stock and reflect on its impact and value. So too, can we revisit its archives and recover some of its best material in rediscovery. Such a process allows for recovery of certain trends and movements that could be said to characterise the preceding decade. While measuring time in ten year blocks is essentially an artificial exercise, it can also be seen as a practical means of stimulating reflection on what has been recovered. This is important to consider at a time when speed is increasingly of the essence in all aspects of life, but especially in media and cultural production, as well as academic production. In such a climate, time to recover is increasingly sparse, with the focus sometimes overwhelmingly on the future. In this context, recovering the past is often only partial recovery: a process of raiding that past for fragments applicable to an imagined future, a recasting of memories in brighter lights. Still, recovering something may give it new life, in different colours or a different wrapping. It may be letting go of the past, understanding, and reconciling the interconnections between private and global landscapes of healing - culturally, physically, spiritually.

We invite submissions that address the process of 'recovery' from a wide variety of angles. This may include, but is certainly not limited to, recovery of cultural artefacts; recovery after prolonged periods of dominant political ideologies; recovery of memory; recovery after war or personal loss; and ultimately, the role of both 'old' and 'new' media in all such processes. Let us recover!


  • Article deadline: 10 October 2008
  • Release date: 10 October 2008
  • Editors: Henk Huijser and Janine Little

Send any enquiries, and complete articles of 3000 words, to recover@journal.media-culture.org.au.


A topology of stillness haunts the space of flows. Against a backdrop of increasing research in mobilities and the mobilisation of forces of all kinds, in this issue of M/C Journal we seek submissions that attend to and reflect upon stillness. 'Still' might be many things: stillness as descriptor of a particular form of action, behaviour or disposition; stillness in an object sense; or still as in an action - to become still. This multiplicity, in turn, prompts many questions. How much effort is required to remain still or keep other bodies, things or ideas still? What might it be to think through 'still' not as a coherent and singular being-in-the-world, but something that is more fluid, diverse, fragmented and splintered? As such, what are some of the various configurations, vocabularies and politics of stillness?

Perhaps this could involve stillness as a strategy, such as to ignore or dissipate the actions of others. In the writings of idlers, or in the actions of those who refuse or cannot move into lives of permanent transit, we can see the actions of still. Here, stillness might emerge as a particular capacity in order to achieve something - where stillness becomes a productive tool rather than apprehended as a weak form of action. Alternatively, there is the still implied by delegation that comes about through trust in objects or various dispositions of delegation. Can we think about still as form of Spinozian pact, or a collective suspension? Stillness might be restorative whereby rest or being still assists with the activities of the day. Is mesmeric, dreamy stillness different from radical stillness? What about stillness that is, paradoxically, active - where it is willed, coerced or designed? What about a more passive stillness that is not willed intentionally by the body? What do these different forms of 'still' do to the body? What do they demand from the body? What are some of the bodily shapes and comportments that are associated with different forms of being or doing 'still'? And since they are not mutually discrete, how are different stills related to each other?

Still in the social sciences has often been a limited antithetical relation with life, animation and ineluctability of perpetual motion: it is the arrest of photography, or the limit of a frame. Perhaps in Walter Benjamin's phrase the 'archaic stillness' of text we see the power of stillness moving through time, but on the whole, still has enduring pejorative associations with passivity, the feminine and notions of negation. In this issue we seek to expand, recuperate and explore further stillness beyond these narrow affiliations. What does an appreciation of still do to our understanding of action and practice? As Paul Harrison claims, perhaps stillness is a necessary and 'intrinsic rather than contingent aspect of activity'. For instance, contemporary networked infrastructures produce subjectivities and ontologies in which the relation of stillness to movement is not binary or negative but fully integrated into the processes, aesthetics and politics of mobility. Stillness in all its forms is more critical in contemporary life, by virtue of and not despite, increased mobility. And yet stillness remains more or less unexplored. In this issue of M/C Journal we ask what, then, is significant about still?


  • Article deadline: 16 Jan. 2009
  • Release date: 11 Mar. 2009
  • Editors: David Bissell and Gillian Fuller

Send any enquiries, and complete articles of 3000 words, to still@journal.media-culture.org.au.