Essay on (humanities) peer-review, interdisciplinarity, junior scholars

Benjamin Fraser, Malcolm Alan Compitello and Eva Karene Romero have just authored an editorial titled “A Modest Proposal Regarding Peer-Review” that can be found on Project Muse here.

While this essay has appeared in a Hispanic Studies journal–the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies–it is pitched/positioned much more generally to speak to shifts in the humanities in particular but perhaps also to interdisciplinary scholarship outside of the humanities as well. Some insights may be particular to Hispanic Studies, while others may be more broadly applicable, take a look and let us know what you think,

Town Planning Review 83.5 2012 online

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Volume 83, Number 5 / 2012 of Town Planning Review is now available on the liverpool.metapress.com website at http://liverpool.metapress.com/content/nxk275q63072/.

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CFP–new Journal of Urban Cultural Studies launched

Visit the new Journal of Urban Cultural Studies site here.

Call for Papers

The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is a new peer-reviewed publication cutting across both the humanities and the social sciences in order to better understand the culture(s) of cities. The journal is open to studies that deal with culture, urban spaces and forms of urbanized consciousness the world over.

Although we embrace a broad definition of urban cultural studies, we are particularly interested in submissions that give equal weight to: a) one or more aspects of urban studies (everyday life, built environment, architecture, city planning, identity formation, transportation…) and b) analysis of one or more specific forms of cultural/textual production (literature, film, graphic novels, music, art, graffiti, videogames, online or virtual space…) in relation to a given urban space or spaces.

Essays of 7,000-10,000 words (including works cited and notes) should be sent by attachment to the Editor at urbanculturalstudies@gmail.com. JUCS is also open to proposals of special issues by guest editors working individually or in teams of two. All citations in other languages should be translated into English for the journal’s international reading public, in addition to including the original text.

While the journal does not publish book reviews, we do publish review essays—which should discuss 3-5 recent books on a shared topic or theme (or place) and run from 2,500 to 4,000 words. Review essays of urban-themed installations or other works of art are also welcome. These essays will be reviewed in house. Given our visual focus, we are interested in original, unpublished artwork on the topic of cities and in publishing articles accompanied by images where appropriate.

We encourage a variety of approaches to the urban phenomenon—the strengths of the editorial board run from urban geography to literature and film, photography and videogames, gender and sexuality, creative economy, popular music, Marxist approaches, fashion, urban planning, anthropology, sociology, Deaf culture, built environment, philosophy, architecture, detective fiction and noir, and more…

CFP-Boundaries International Architectural Magazine – ‘Re-Cycle Architecture’

Reblogged from h-net, see original post here.

Boundaries introduces a call for papers on the following subject: «Re-Cycle Architecture».Boundaries is a quarterly international magazine on contemporary architecture, with texts in English and Italian. The first issue, July – September 2011, is centred on the Contemporary Architecture in Africa, the second, October – December 2011, on the Architectures for Emergencies, the third, January – March 2012, on the Architectures of Peace and the fourth, April – June, on The Other City.The aim of the project in Boundaries is to offer a panoramic and critical view of the architectures that today face, in many different ways, the challenges of modernity, and of sustainability intended as a balance between problems of cultural, environmental, economic and social nature.

The fifth issue of Boundaries International Architectural Magazine will focus on : « Re-Cycle Architectures ».

Architectural reuse, rehabilitation, reconversion exist from long time ago but they are at the centre of heritage and architectural study issues only since recently. Nowadays, recycle and sustainability are ever more at the centre of architectural and urban planning researches and practices. The disproportionate loss of land has severely undermined our environment, it becomes necessary to reflect on how design could lead to the improvement of the existing architectures, rather than building new ones. Recycle has to be intended here not as a new vague for aesthetic or marketing trends, but as re-use, “life cycle extension” for materials and objects. This new cycle affect the materiality of the existing, its functions and its significations, thus creating an hybrid entity adapted to contemporary needs. How does the role of cultural tourism, globalization, politics and economic issues influence the treatment of a building such as recycling? After the rejection of postmodernism and the increase of new contemporary forms of architecture, how does an architectural gesture could enhance the existing fabric without a mimetic approach? From sustainable construction techniques and building strategies, to sustainable recycling of demolition waste, to sustainable preservation and restoration, Boundaries wishes to offer in the fifth issue an insight in all the best practices and researches.

All kinds of approaches to this topic are welcomed, but must be focused on the XXIst Century. Papers can be case studies oriented, or methodological and/or theoretical in focus.

The deadline for submission is July 18, 2012.

Contributors are invited to submit a title, an abstract (from 400 to 500 words, and three images), and a short biography stating their affiliation and professional interests (maximum 100 words).

Official language for paper presentation is English. The style, grammar and phrasing should be edited by a person with an excellent command of English and a good understanding of architectural terminology.

All submission of abstracts should be sent by email to redazione@boundaries.it (up to 15 Mb) before July 18, 2012.

The papers will be selected by the editorial board and subjected to evaluation with the blind peer review system. The authors will receive an answer before July 24, 2012. Articles should be sent to the editorial board, in their definitive form and with illustrations (free from reproduction rights), before August 12, 2012.

Articles length should be between 400 and 700 words, notes and bibliography included. Contributions must be original and should not have been previously published, even in part.

All articles must be illustrated (at least ten images, drawings, sketches, renders or other).

Boundaries
http://www.boundaries.it
redazione@boundaries.it
Fax: (0039)069085149
Email: redazione@boundaries.it
Visit the website at http://www.boundaries.it

I believe the conversation about open-access versus non-open access will continue for some time now, good points are raised about academic privilege (tenure)–yet although I support open access in principle, I’m wary of the problems it creates in practice… still thinking it over, and there are many potential benefits that come with recognized publishers…

Progressive Geographies

Graham Harman has an interesting series of posts on self-publishing articles (or open-access publishing). Initial thoughts here; a second-thought here; and a response and his thoughts on that. Part of this is, as he acknowledges, the security that being a full-professor gives.

I agree with the general sentiment and parts of this – and, in part, this is due to my own career position. With some publications I just don’t see the benefit in publishing behind a paywall – book reviews are the most obvious example, but commentaries are another. We have moved all single book reviews to the Society and Space open site, for instance, and are trying to get more commentaries up there too. The readership for these is much greater than in the print journal. The last couple of book reviews I’ve written have been for open access sites.

I’m not so sure…

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Special issue of Journal of Urban Affairs (free access to introduction)

Journal of Urban Affairs
Special Issue on the Creative Underclass
from the Journal of Urban Affairs 
The Creative Underclass: Culture, Subculture, and Urban Renewal
George Morgan and Xuefei Ren
Pushing The Urban Frontier: Temporary Uses Of Space, City Marketing, and The Creative City Discourse In 2000s Berlin
Claire Colomb
In Between Social Engineering and Continue reading

CFP – Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies

[reposted from h-net]CFP – The Spanish Urban Space in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies seeks papers for a special number Navigating through the Spanish Urban Space in the 20th and 21st Centuries, to be devoted to the representation of the Spanish Urban Space in the 20th and 21st centuries. This volume will function as a mirror of our last issue constituted on the Parisian Banlieue. Papers should address perceptions, representations, or negotiations of the city in Spain through literature, film and/or art. Papers might address topics such as social production and interpretation of the urban space, how the city shapes-and in turn is shaped by—artistic creation, the mediation of the Spanish city in notions of subjectivity, identity, alterity, and/or regionalisms. This special issue will appear in December 2012. The deadline for submissions is September 15th, 2012. Transitions accepts original articles written in English, French or Spanish. The essays should not exceed 6500 words. Authors of accepted articles will be asked to subscribe to the journal. All submissions go through a blind peer-review process. Please submit papers formatted in MLA style along with a 200 word abstract and a separate cover sheet containing the author’s name, article title, affiliation and contact information (submissions@transitionsjournal.org). Please include the subject heading: “Special issue Fall 2012.” For more information or questions please contact us at: (transitions@transitionsjournal.org).

Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies
Email: transitions@transitionsjournal.org
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CFP–Lisbon: Art and Heritage (Journal of Art History)

Call for papers reposted from h-net online, see the original post here.

H-Net Announcement Journal of Art History – Lisbon: Art and Heritage

Call for Papers Date: 2012-07-31
Date Submitted: 2012-05-25
Announcement ID: 194771
Those interested in contributing to this issue of the Journal of Art History are invited to submit original papers. Discussion should focus on issues and problems such as:
1) New contributions to the History of the City: Architecture, Urban Planning and Heritage.
2) Lisbon Art History: Artists, models and case studies.
3) The image and images of Lisbon: evolution of the city’s iconography– from illuminated manuscripts to cinema.
4) Towards a history of Lisbon – reflections on Lisbon studies. Proposals for papers should be maximum 500 words long and include a header with the author’s details (name, affiliation and e-mail). Abstracts should be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae of the author (150 words maximum). Documents can be submitted in Portuguese, Spanish, French or English. Proposal should be sent by e-mail to estudosdelisboa@gmail.com by July 31st, 2012.
Selected proposal are to be developed into final papers (5000 words maximum) which will observe the journal’s editorial guidelines available for consultation at http://iha.fcsh.unl.pt/apresentacao.php?id=41. Final articles must be delivered by November 30th, 2012, and will be submitted to a standard process of double blind review.
IHA|Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas|UNL
Av. de Berna, nº 26 – C
1069-061 Lisboa
Email: estudosdelisboa@gmail.com

CFP – Everyday Urban Life in the Socialist Era in Central/Eastern Europe

Èeský lid : Ethnological Journal – Call for Articles

Special issue: Everyday urban life in the socialist era in Central and Eastern Europe

Research on everyday life has had a strong position in social and historical sciences since the 1960s. Studies of urban environment focus mainly on the everyday routines, the practices and actions of individuals and groups, and their role in the reproduction of the meanings of urban space. It allows us to explore meanings attached to the multidimensional urban environment at different levels of interpretation: private or personal points of view of individuals and groups may differ from public or official interpretations. The aim of the planned issue of the Èeský lid is to explore the everyday life of inhabitants of cities and towns within the context of the former socialist system, which influenced the everyday practices of people in a specific way. Its political, economic and socio-cultural conditions created distinct structural pressure on the organization of everyday life. At the same time they influenced the setting of boundaries between “private” and “official” in re-interpretations of urban space and of the events being set in this space.

We welcome articles oriented both theoretically and empirically. The preferred topics of the proposed articles are:
• Everyday life in the public/private spaces
• Urban rhythms and routines and their persistence and disruptions
• Celebrations and festivities
• Work and leisure
• Consumption in the urban environment
• Representation of the socialist home – dwelling forms for the socialist family

Please, send your proposals (maximum 300 words) in Czech, Slovak, or English till June 30, 2012 to the e-mail address of editor-in-chief of the Èeský lid: jiri.woitsch@post.cz

The editors of the monothematic issue of the ethnological journal Èeský lid will inform you of acceptance or refusal of your proposal by August 31, 2012. The final version of the article must be submitted by December 31, 2012. The monothematic issue of the Èeský lid will be published in autumn 2013.

The editorial board of the Èeský lid, and guest editors Jana Nosková, Slavomíra Ferenèuhová, Lucie Galèanová, Barbora Vacková, are looking forward to your proposals!