ASAP/Journal Special Issue
Special Issue Editors: Alex Brostoff and Lauren Fournier
Essay Submission Deadline: June 1, 2020
ASAP/Journal seeks critical and creative contributions for a guest-edited special issue on “autotheory.” Fusing self-representation with philosophy and critical theory, autotheory moves between the worlds of “theory” and “practice,” often exceeding disciplinary boundaries, genres, and forms. This special issue embarks on a rigorous investigation of the autotheoretical impulse as it moves across medial, disciplinary, and national borders from the 1960s to the present. In dialogue with scholars, artists, and activists, this issue will broach the central question: What are autotheory’s conditions of possibility, and what are the political, aesthetic, and cultural effects of this theoretical turn in contemporary cultural production? What are the underlying assumptions and implications of understanding autotheory as a genre, framework, performance, or practice? What kinds of reading might it invite or preclude? This issue is especially concerned with BIPOC, feminist, queer, trans and gender non-conforming, and anti-colonial and de-colonial approaches to autotheory, and the politics and ethics therein. From social media technologies and the publishing industry to the academic industrial complex and its varied, often ambivalent alternatives, autotheory’s escalating ubiquity serves as a critical provocation: why “autotheory” and why now?
Considering the rapid rise of popular and scholarly interest in works like Paul B. Preciado’s Testo Yonqui (Testo Junkie) (2008), Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (2014), Moyra Davey's Les Goddesses (2011), and Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts (2015), and renewed interest in Clarice Lispector’s Água Viva (1973), Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987), and Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick (1997), autotheory’s recent popularization suggests a pressing need for analogous critical discourse. Some have considered autotheory from transmedial perspectives, from Mieke Bal's work on documentary filmmaking to Lauren Fournier's work on conceptualism and video art. This special issue seeks to bring together leading articles that approach autotheory transmedially and transnationally, reflecting on its evolution and circulation as a way of bringing theory to life and life to theory. We seek contributions from artists, curators, filmmakers, writers, critics, scholars, activists, performers, composers, and other culture workers relating to the global contemporary arts in any medium. Autotheoretical approaches to writing are encouraged. Rather than entrench a single definition or approach, we aim to facilitate dialogue that parses autotheory from diverse critical perspectives and geographical contexts. ASAP/Journal invites 6,000-8,000 word articles exploring autotheory in ways that may include but are not limited to:
• Alternative modes of historicizing “autotheory”
• Alternative approaches to defining “autotheory”
• Indigenous autotheory and decolonial possibilities
• Autotheory in non-Western practices and contexts
• Trans, queer, feminist, and BIPOC autotheory
• Autotheory, ideology, and neoliberalisms
• Autotheory, accessibility, and questions of access
• Autotheory, canons, and anti-canonization
• Autotheory and pedagogy
• Autotheory and translation
• Autotheory and disciplinary boundaries and genres
• Autotheory’s theoretical legacies
• Autotheory and adaptation
• Autotheory and autofiction
• Autotheory and art criticism
• The ethical issues of autotheory
• The politics and aesthetics of narcissism
• Autotheory and identity politics
• Ideas of anti-memoir
Completed essays due by June 1, 2020. Please send queries or abstracts via email to the ASAP/Journal editor, Jonathan P. Eburne, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed articles should be submitted to the journal’s online submission site at journals.psu.edu/asap
Full-length essay submissions of 6000-8000 words (including notes but excluding translations, which should accompany foreign-language quotations) in Microsoft Word should be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. All content in the journal is anonymously peer reviewed by at least two referees. If the contribution includes any materials (e.g., quotations that exceed fair use, illustrations, charts, other graphics) that have been taken from another source, the author must obtain written permission to reproduce them in print and electronic formats and assume all reprinting costs.Manuscripts in languages other than English (including Cree, French, Spanish, Portuguese) are accepted for review but must be accompanied by a detailed summary in English (generally of 1,000–1,500 words) and must be translated into English if they are recommended for publication. Essays in experimental or unusual formats are encouraged.
Authors’ names should not appear on manuscripts; when submitting manuscripts, authors should remove identifying information by clicking on “File”/“Properties” in Microsoft Word and removing identifying tags for the piece. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such references would identify them.
For additional submission guidelines, please see: press.jhu.edu/journals/asap_journal/guidelines.html.
Lauren Fournier is a writer, curator, filmmaker, and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto. She is currently writing a monograph on autotheory as an artist’s practice, historicizing the autotheoretical impulse in relation to post-1960s feminist art, performance, and criticism. www.laurenfournier.net
Alex Brostoff is a writer, teacher, and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation investigates how relations between human and textual bodies are autotheorized across the Americas, both within and against the contemporary identity studies from which they emerge.
New Worlds of Speculation
Special Issue Editors: Maia Gil’Adí and Justin Mann
Essay Submission Deadline: July 1, 2020
ASAP/Journal seeks contributions from arts practitioners, curators, critics, scholars, teachers, and other culture workers relating to the global contemporary arts in any medium. This special issue builds on ASAP/J’s recent issues on “Art, Process, Protest” (Volume 3, No. 2) and “Apocalypse” (Volume 3, No. 3) by examining speculation in its aesthetic, poetic, and narrative manifestations in contemporary literature, culture, and the arts. We seek work that explore new analytic perspectives on the fantastic, the strange, the horrific, and the unforeseen in literature, film, television, radio, and other varieties of cultural production made by and about people of color. In this way, we aim to reveal the intimate connections between speculation and identity that challenge white supremacy and incite new ways of thinking and being in the world. Essays should broaden the horizons of research and theory in the fields of multiethnic studies, literary and cultural studies, media studies, performance studies, art theory and criticism, and any interdisciplinary field engaging the questions of speculation and identity.
Articles may examine this topic from any perspective, but we are especially interested in pieces that interrogate the following questions: What are the horizons of speculative thinking? How do those horizons map onto the geospatial and socio-political realities of the past and present? What political and ethical possibilities emerge from creative enterprise pushed beyond the brink of the world we know? How does the imagined terrain of the New World map onto and affect understandings of various forms of relationality from the microcosm to the universal? How do the unique histories of colonization and slavery influence speculation in the Americas and beyond? What genres and forms should be including in our conception of the speculative and how do these genres help us understand our social and political realities? How do different cultural forms and media alter how we approach the study of genres (SFX in audiovisual drama vs. descriptive language in literature, for example)? What new approaches to scholarship does speculation invite and what are those new approaches replacing? What role does the speculative have in our classrooms and how can we use the speculative as to supplement teaching as well as research agendas?
Essays due by July 1, 2020. Please send queries or abstracts via email to the guest editors Maia Gil’Adí (email@example.com) and Justin Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org). Completed articles should be submitted to the journal’s online submission site at: journals.psu.edu/asap
Whereas the ASAP/Journal print platform features articles in traditional print format (text and image), the editors will consider essay submissions for the online journal platform in the form of visual, electronic, and musical text, images, and other forms of writing. Visit www.asapjournal.com for more information about our online, open-access platform.
Full-length essay submissions of 6000-8000 words (including notes but excluding translations, which should accompany foreign language quotations) in Microsoft Word should be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. All content in the journal is anonymously peer reviewed by at least two referees. If the contribution includes any materials (e.g., quotations that exceed fair use, illustrations, charts, other graphics) that have been taken from another source, the author must obtain written permission to reproduce them in print and electronic formats and assume all reprinting costs. Manuscripts in languages other than English are accepted for review but must be accompanied by a detailed summary in English (generally of 1,000–1,500 words) and must be translated into English if they are recommended for publication. ASAP/Journal does not consider already published work or work simultaneously under consideration by another publishing source. Authors’ names should not appear on manuscripts; when submitting manuscripts, authors should remove identifying information by clicking on “File”/”Properties” in Microsoft Word and removing identifying tags for the piece. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such references would identify them. For additional submission guidelines, please see: press.jhu.edu/journals/asap_journal/guidelines.html.
Maia Gil’Adí (editor) is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she specializes in Latinx literature. Her work examines the representations of violence in twentieth-century and contemporary Latinx speculative fiction.
Justin Louis Mann (editor) is Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University. He is currently at work on a book project called Breaking the World: Blackness and Insecurity after the New World Order, which interrogates the relationship between black speculative fiction and American security policy since the Reagan administration.