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Upcoming Issues

Title Issue Editors Submission Date Release Date
'monster' Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Gwyneth Peaty 6 Aug. 2021 6 Oct. 2021
'conspiracy' Alexia Maddox, Stephanie Baker, Naomi Smith, and Clare Southerton 7 Jan. 2022 9 Mar. 2022
'cities' Christina Ballico and Allan Watson 15 Apr. 2022 15 June 2022

'monster'

Since the earliest legends and mythological tales, the figure of the monster has functioned as an oppositional force against which humans define themselves. As Margaret Atwood points out, “heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome”. More recently, however, our understanding of the monster has become more complex. They are no longer ‘out there’ but ‘in here’; “they live inside us” (Stephen King). In this issue we approach the concept and figure of the monster with fresh curiosity. What makes something ‘monstrous’?  Who are our monsters? What anxieties do they reflect back upon us? As a point of intimate identification, why are so many people (including Kanye) now embracing the monster as an aspect of their identity?

Topics and areas of discussion might include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations of monsters in popular culture (film, TV, video games, music, comics, etc.)
  • Monsters in literature and poetry
  • Monstrosity as a critical concept
  • Monster ontologies and representations (from the body to the self…)
  • The monster and identity
  • Monsters, history, and folklore
  • Evolving monster metaphors
  • Monsters and genre (from fantasy to science fiction and beyond)
  • ‘Monstrous’ political figures
  • Monstrosity and the body
  • The monstrous nature of the media
  • Notions of ‘the monster’ within postcolonial discourses
  • Monsters and ‘the end of the world’
  • Monsters, science, and culture
  • Monsters and the Gothic/horror
  • Disease ‘as monster’

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 double-blind refereed and must adhere to MLA style (6th edition).

Details

  • Article deadline: 6 Aug. 2021
  • Release date: 6 Oct. 2021
  • Editors: Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Gwyneth Peaty

Please submit articles through this Website. Send any enquiries to monster@journal.media-culture.org.au.


'conspiracy'

Conspiracies have assumed broad cultural and political resonance over the last century (Butter and Knight). While often framed as an American problem (Melley), social media has contributed to their global reach (Gerts et al.). Bruns, Harrington, and Hurcombe have traced the contemporary movement of conspiracy theories into the cultural mainstream. They identify the networked and cross-platform nature of conspiracy theory movement from fringe conspiracist groups on social media platforms such as Facebook through their greater uptake in more diverse communities and to substantial amplification by celebrities, sports stars, and media outlets. Consequently, conspiracy theories that were once the product of subcultural groups, have increasingly mixed into popular and authoritative media (Marwick and Lewis) and entertainment (Hyzen and Van den Bulck; Van den Bulck and Hyzen).

The illusion of neat segmentation between the sites of conspiracy theorising and the mainstream media has vanished. As conspiracy theories push into the mainstream, they generate material engagement with government and social institutions as demonstrated in the 6 January 2021 storming of the US Capitol (Moskalenko and McCauley) and the COVID-19 pandemic (Baker, Wade, and Walsh). While conspiracies flourish online, this issue also aims to highlight the affective and aesthetic dimensions of conspiracy theories; including how the sensory and affective capacities of the body work alongside seemingly ‘rational’ informational practices and platform logics.

This issue welcomes submissions on four broad themes:

  • Theorising conspiracy in digital contexts
  • Methodological approaches to conspiracy research in digital contexts
  • Contemporary conspiracies that span the body and digital environments
  • The consequences of digital conspiracies

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 double-blind refereed and must adhere to MLA style (6th edition).

Details

  • Article deadline: 7 Jan. 2022
  • Release date: 9 Mar. 2022
  • Editors: Alexia Maddox, Stephanie Baker, Naomi Smith, and Clare Southerton

Please submit articles through this Website. Send any enquiries to conspiracy@journal.media-culture.org.au.


'cities'

Call for Papers coming soon!

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 double-blind refereed and must adhere to MLA style (6th edition).

Details

  • Article deadline: 15 Apr. 2022
  • Release date: 15 June 2022
  • Editors: Christina Ballico and Allan Watson

Please submit articles through this Website. Send any enquiries to cities@journal.media-culture.org.au.