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CFP – Archives on Fire: Artifacts & Works, Communities & Fields

July 27th, 2014

Steve Anderson


Studies in Contemporary Culture,


Volume 16.1 (2016)


Artifacts & Works, Communities & Fields

Archives today are on fire–energized and endangered, mobile and mutable, ubiquitous and unique–as the library‚Äôs form and function in society undergo significant changes. Digital tools, open-access platforms, and social networks are transforming the fields of artistic creation, research, and knowledge production, sparking new interest in hand-made artifacts and ephemera, visual and audio cultures, manuscripts and printed texts, micro-histories and intentional communities. Dynamic channels for communication and production become possible within and across the disciplines. Hybrid forms of discourse challenge aesthetic, generic, and methodological standards, reconfiguring frameworks for authorship and audience, content and copyright, personae and politics within and beyond academia. Archives are vital forces of and for change.

This volume of RECONSTRUCTION, guest-edited by W. Scott Howard (University of Denver), invites proposals for articles, essays, and hybrid works addressing a range of creative and critical engagements, including, for example: archives, curation & museum studies; book arts, typography & design; collection development & access; crowdsourcing & DIY research; documentary poetics; emergent digital practices; game studies; image & text studies; information ethics & hacktivism; interdisciplinary & multimodal studies; literary & cultural studies; small press & open-access publishing; trans-discursive critical theory.

Proposals (November 30, 2014 deadline): send 300-word abstract and 2-page CV to showard[at]

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN: 1547-4348) is an innovative online 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 publishes three Themed Issues and one Open Issue per year.

Send Open Issue submissions (year round) to: and submissions for Themed Issues to the appropriate editors listed on the site at

Reconstruction also accepts proposal for special issue editors and topics. Reconstruction is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.