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<nettime-ann> CFP: M/C Journal 'home' issue


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

                                M/C Journal

M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a crossover journal
between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed
journal. In 2007, M/C Journal celebrates its tenth year in publication.

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

                          Call for Papers: 'home'
             Edited by Andrew Gorman-Murray and Robyn Dowling

Home is emotive and powerful. A basic desire for many, home is saturated
with the meanings, memories, emotions, experiences and relationships of
everyday life. Long neglected as a focus of academic scrutiny, interest in
home and domesticity is now growing apace across the humanities and social
sciences. In this issue of M/C Journal we contribute to these critical
voices, further untangling the intricate and multi-layered connections
between home and everyday life in the contemporary world.

Home is ambiguous and multi-faceted. For many, home is a place of
belonging, intimacy, security, relationship and selfhood. Many draw their
sense of self, their identity, through an investment in their home, whether
as house, hometown or homeland. But simultaneously, home is not always a
well-spring of succour and goodness, and others experience alienation,
rejection, hostility, danger and fear 'at home'. Home can be a site of
domestic violence or 'house arrest'; young gay men and lesbians may feel
alienated in the family home; asylum seekers are banished from their
homelands; indigenous peoples are often dispossessed of their homelands.

Home is complex and multi-scalar. For many, house and home are conflated,
so that a sense of home is coterminous with a physical dwelling structure.
For others, home is signified by intimate familial or community
relationships which extend beyond the residence and stretch across a
neighbourhood. Without contradiction, we can speak of hometowns and
homelands, so that home can be felt at the scale of the town, city, region
or nation. For others - international migrants and refugees, global
workers, communities of mixed descent - home can be stretched into
transnational belongings.

'Home is thus a spatial imaginary: a set of intersecting and variable ideas
and feelings, which are related to context, and which construct places,
extend across spaces and scales, and connects places' (Blunt and Dowling
2006: 2). This issue of M/C Journal seeks papers responding to these
prompts. Many of these themes find resonance in various media forms within
and beyond Australia, including suburban dramas (Neighbours, Desperate
Housewives, The Secret Life of Us), lifestyle and reality television
(Renovation Rescue, The Block, Border Security), film (The Castle, Floating
Life, Rabbit-Proof Fence), magazines (Australian Vogue Living, Better Homes
and Gardens), as well as life writing, novels, art and public debates about
immigration and Australian values. Possible themes include: domestic
lifestyling and material cultures; homemaking and identity;
neighbour(hood)s; domopolitics and homeland security; indigenous and
nationalist politics of home and belonging; transnational homemaking;
diaspora and homing desires. 

Submit papers of 3,000 words in length to the editors at

Article deadline:     29 June 2007
Issue release date:   22 August 2007

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 2007:

'error':   article deadline 24 August 2007,  release date 17 October 2007
'vote':    article deadline 19 October 2007, release date 12 December 2007

M/C - Media and Culture is located at <>.
M/C Journal is online at <>.
All past issues of M/C Journal on various topics are available there.


                                                     Dr Axel Bruns

 General Editor                    
 M/C - Media and Culture      

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