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AMODERN 12: Alternative Print Technologies and Revolution


Edited by Thomas S. Mullaney and Andrew Amstutz

300-word proposals due: 15 June 2022
Drafts of 4000-8000 words due: 15 August 2022

 

What is the relationship of alternative print technologies to revolution? What revolutionary political opportunities and cultural imaginaries are made possible by non-typographic printing? In order to answer these questions, this CFP is interested in papers to join a special issue in Amodern on Alternative Print Technologies and Revolution that explores how non-typographic technologies have shaped cultural and political practices around the world. This special issue will expand upon Amodern‘s interdisciplinary focus on media, culture, and poetics by rethinking assumptions about the relationship of print to technological, political, and social revolution(s). In particular, we call for paper submissions that explore the dynamic interplay between revolution(s), broadly, construed, and non-typographic printing in those parts of the world where typographic printing was considered ill-suited to local writing systems and script cultures, including South Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. We are interested in papers that investigate the relationship of non-typographic publishing networks to revolution from the early modern era to the present and how alternative print technologies beyond typography challenge assumptions about mass print culture. In particular, we encourage submissions that explore how marginalized communities deploy print technology and graphic media in unexpected and subversive ways. 

Scholars from Area Studies, Art History and Design, the History of Science and Technology, STS, Media Studies, History, Religious Studies, Anthropology, and Comparative Literature, among other fields, are welcome to apply. Scholars of all ranks are encouraged to apply. WE ENCOURAGE APPLICATIONS FROM EARLY-CAREER SCHOLARS (ABD PhD students through Assistant Professors).

Please send abstracts to:

tsmullaney [at] stanford [dot] edu 
amamstutz [at] ualr [dot] edu
amodernjournal [at] gmail [dot] edu

 

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