Friday, June 24, 2005

CFP: Water--Resources & Discourses

Passing this along for my colleagues at Reconstruction


“Water: Resources & Discourses”

You’ve heard about it all your life: “six glasses a day,” “essential to
life,” “60% of your body,” “the next oil,” “don’t drink the...,” “like a
fish out of...,” “a wall of...” Water is one of the most common
compounds on our blue planet; we can’t live in it yet we can’t live
without it. It’s a prerequisite for life and a leading cause of death.
Recent events overwhelm human capacities for management and
understanding: the tsunami that killed a quarter million people and
poisoned the survivors’ fresh water supplies is being followed by
drought; a seven-year drought that nearly emptied two of the largest
man-made reservoirs in the world is being washed out by record rains;
the Arctic is melting while an Antarctic ice sheet the size of Delaware
heads to sea; rovers continue to find definitive evidence of vast
extraterrestrial oceans. On the arts and culture front, water continues
to be, as it has been for millennia, one of the most prevalent,
resilient, and dynamic topics and symbols. If one’s identity, like
Keats’, is writ on water, what is the potential (or possibility) of
writing on water? It seems as good a time as any to find out.

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
is calling for papers for a special issue
on the resources and discourses of water. The editors will be
particularly interested in: interdisciplinary studies, especially works
that combine physical science with social and/or conceptual analysis;
multi-media projects; hybrid formulations of
creative/theoretical/scholarly writing; and essays that strike a middle
ground between academic, private, and public sectors.

Abstracts (500 words) due by July 1, 2005 to: Justin M. Scott Coe
and W. Scott Howard .
Completed papers (5,000-10,000 words) due by December 1, 2005;
publication expected, August, 2006.

About the journal: Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
(ISSN: 1547-4348) is an innovative cultural studies journal dedicated to
fostering an intellectual community composed of scholars and their
audience, granting them all the ability to share thoughts and opinions
on the most important and influential work in contemporary
interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction is published quarterly--in the
third week of February, May, August, November--and is indexed in the MLA
International Bibliography.

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