Call for Papers

[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
University of Zadar
Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV. br 2
23000 Zadar
www.sic-journal.org

Call for Papers:

Praxes of Popular Culture

Submission deadline extended: October 10, 2018

Popular culture studies, at their inception, started with a groundbreaking analysis and specific way of “reading” various elements of what is considered popular culture. In the last ten years, the focus has started to shift from pro wrestling and Marilyn Monroe (Roland Barthes), soap operas (Ien Ang), advertisements and movie industry (Slavoj Žižek), and various aspects of music industry (Louis Althusser, Stuart Hall), to newer forms of storytelling such as video games, interactive fiction, serialized movies and television series, as well as comic books and graphic novels. This shift became evident in the gaming and television industry that have been experiencing a significant market growth – the video game industry, for example, generated $108.4 billion in revenues in 2017, while the streaming service Netflix had a reported annual revenue in 2016 of $8.83 billion with a profit of $186.7 million. On the other hand, comic-book adaptations such as Avengers: Infinity War, which represents a culmination of the serialized Marvel Cinematic Universe (consisting of the previous 18 movies), crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office faster than any film in history. These newer forms of popular culture storytelling have a role in producing specific narratives as well as reflecting and/or subverting many discourses about various issues and topics, such as neoliberal politics, feminist movements, economic crisis, institutional racism, migration, gun violence, sexual harassment, educational policies, etc.

This reciprocity is primarily seen in various discussions within public space and global politics that establish, perpetuate, and react to other discourses, seen as areas of power. Power, which is for Foucault an omnipotent discursive force that comes from various sources, forms various knowledges and truths about, among other things, race, gender, nationality, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and in that way allows for the possibility of one ideology becoming superior to other possible ideologies in any given society, culture, economy, and/or politics. All of this results in a specific analytic interest (within various disciplines, including cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, literary theory, cultural theory, philosophy, etc.) that rises within the context of popular culture and reflects the ideologies of our time, while also creating new ones, as well as new discourses, new realities, etc.

For this, 17th issue of [sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation, we invite fellow scholars to (re-)evaluate and explore the (discursive) power of popular culture and provide new insights from various fields relating and pertaining to popular culture studies today. We are interested in how fiction, discourses within fiction, and specific narratives profile the power relations within society (or societies), culture (or cultures), politics and economy.

We accept:

original research papers: 5,000 to 7,000 words

reviews: up to 2,000 words

translations of literary texts: 5,000 to 7,000 words

Submission of research papers, reviews, translations of literary texts implies that the work described has not been published previously and that its publication is approved by all authors. By submitting a manuscript to [sic], the authors acknowledge that that the manuscript is original and entirely the result of work of the author or authors. The ownership and rights of works submitted and published in [sic]shall reside with the author(s). However, [sic] reserves the primary right of publication.

Submission Process

All manuscripts (research papers, reviews, and translations of literary texts) should be submitted by email attachment to sic.journal.contact@gmail.com[sic] accepts submissions in English or Croatian. Manuscripts must be computer typed and saved in .doc or .docx formats (Times New Roman, letter size 12 points, double spaced, fully paginated). Please attach to every submission a covering letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.

Research Articles

All submitted research papers should contain:

title page with full title and subtitle (if any)

For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full contact details plus short biographical note (up to 150 words) should be supplied in a separate file. Please ensure that you have anonymized the script throughout, deleting self-references until after the review process is complete.

abstract of 100-150 words

up to 10 key words 

main text and word count – submissions must not exceed a total of 7,000 words, including abstract, main text, notes, all references and author’s short biographical note

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere (all quotations, titles, names, and dates should be double-checked for accuracy).

Reviews

All submitted reviews should include the following:

title page with full title of the review and additional information on the work reviewed (title, author, publisher, place and date of publication, number of pages) 

main text and word count – submissions (main text of the review and author's biography) must not exceed a total of 2,000 words 

Translations of Literary Texts

All translations should include the following:

title page with full title and subtitle (if any) and the author’s and translator’s name

main text and word count – submissions (main text or the translation, original author’s and translator’s biographies) must not exceed a total of 7,000 words

Authors of translations are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders allowing the publication of the original author’s work in their translation in [sic].

Citing and Formatting

Authors are responsible for ensuring that manuscripts are accurately typed before final submission. Manuscripts may be returned to the author if they do not follow the basic guidelines of the house style. The house style for [sic] is based on MLA (Modern Language Association, 2016 Edition) Style (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/) Authors will receive proofs of their manuscripts and be asked to send corrections to the editors within 3 weeks. Submissions are subject to editing and styling that complies with the journal's standards. Submitted manuscripts are not returned to authors. The journal does not pay contributors.

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Submission Process should be sent to the journal’s editors at: sic.journal.contact@gmail.com

New submission deadline: October 10, 2018
Anticipated publication date: December 15, 2018

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