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Axel Bruns on Sat, 14 Feb 2009 22:39:29 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> CFP: M/C Journal 'enthuse' Issue


                          M/C - Media and Culture
           is calling for contributors to the 'enthuse' issue of

                                M/C Journal

M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. Founded in 1998, M/C is a
crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and
peer-reviewed journal. 

To see what M/C Journal is all about, check out our Website, which contains
all the issues released so far, at <http://journal.media-culture.org.au/>.
To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit

                        Call for Papers: 'enthuse'
                           Edited by Glen Fuller

Enthusiasm can be 'blind'; yet, 'no great deed can be done' without it.
Tests of 'competition', masculine 'risk', creative 'experiment', and
political 'opportunity' or 'struggle' are all examples of the more general
'challenge' that manifests enthusiasm and mobilises bodies into action.
Following Tomkins, enthusiasm could also be understood as a complex of
affects organised around the activation contour of interest-excitement, but
without the 'normative' inhibitor of shame. Kant described enthusiasm as an
excitation that exceeds the astonishment of novelty. Indeed, the
Enlightenment conception of enthusiasm is a subjectively internal mode of
the sublime that operated as a kind of motor for perseverance and action
that may result in, as Lyotard notes, a challenging 'historical' impasse.
Yet another dimension of enthusiasm is captured by Moorhouse, who uses
'enthusiasm' to describe some sense of the material infrastructure of
passion in the subcultural scene of hot rodding and the related motorsport
of drag racing. Masculine subculturalists are captivated and mobilised by
the socio-technical challenges inculcated by the modified car.

In the post-Fordist era, enthusiasm has become central to mobilising unpaid
labour, be it for extracting surplus value from the communicative labour of
word-of-mouth viral marketing campaigns to the amateur labour that
maintains and services community cultural institutions. Across the
spectrum, material and discursive infrastructures of enthusiasm receive
investment and become 'cultural enterprises'. Are audiences no longer
cultural dupes simply because they will their own enthusiastic
interpellation through participatory subjectivities? Is an enthusiastic
cynic possible?

We invite enthusiastic submissions that address the different dimensions of
'enthuse' as a process and/or state. This may include, but is certainly not
limited to scenes and enthusiasm; historico-political enthusiasms;
dysfunctional enthusiasms; popular enthusiasms; charisma/interest/hype as
enthusiasm; and enthusiast media and the culture industries.

Contact the editors at enthuse {AT} journal.media-culture.org.au, and submit
articles of 3,000 words in length through our Website at

Article deadline:     6 Mar. 2009
Issue release date:   6 May 2009

M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture") in 1998
as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting
of media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C
Journal for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for
comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are blind

Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2009:

'obsolete': article deadline 8 May 2009,     release date 1 July 2009
'deaf':     article deadline 3 July 2009,    release date 26 Aug. 2009
'climate':  article deadline 28 Aug. 2009,   release date 21 Oct. 2009
'disclose': article deadline 23 Oct. 2009,   release date 16 Dec. 2009 
M/C - Media and Culture is located at <http://www.media-culture.org.au/>.
M/C Journal is online at <http://journal.media-culture.org.au/>.
All past issues of M/C Journal on various topics are available there.


                                                     Dr Axel Bruns

 General Editor                              editor {AT} media-culture.org.au
 M/C - Media and Culture                http://www.media-culture.org.au/

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