[artinfo] Call for Papers--Culture Jamming Reader

Marilyn DeLaure medelaure at usfca.edu
Tue Apr 26 12:52:30 CEST 2011

Call for Chapter Proposals: _The Culture Jamming Reader_

"Culture jamming" is a dynamic concept encompassing a range of 
subversive communication forms, such as billboard appropriation, 
textual poaching, advertising parodies, media hoaxing, performance 
happenings, and public spectacles.  Semiotic defamiliarization is 
central to these acts of creative resistance at the margins: as Mark 
Dery puts it, culture jammers "introduce noise into the signal as it 
passes from transmitter to receiver, encouraging idiosyncratic, 
unintended interpretations."  Theories and practices of culture 
jamming traverse disciplinary and geographic boundaries, and shift 
over time.  The Culture Jamming Reader addresses the evolution of 
culture jamming, debates over its definition and efficacy, and 
transformations that have brought culture jamming aesthetics into 
official, mainstream culture.  The book explores culture jamming not 
only as cultural negation, but also as cultural participation, a 
jamming with culture.

The Culture Jamming Reader is an anthology that will include some 
previously published work (seminal theoretical texts and manifestoes) 
as well as new critical case studies.  We invite proposals for 
original essays that engage culture jamming theories and/or 
practices: we are especially interested in essays on urban art and 
graffiti, bodily performances (e.g. flash mobs), media hoaxing (e.g. 
the Yes Men), internet/electronic activism and viral communication.

We welcome submissions from a range of disciplines and using a 
variety of methodological approaches; however, essays should be 
written in a style accessible to a wide audience of scholars, 
students, artists and activists.

Send your title, abstract (no more than 500 words) and brief bio 
(including previous publications) by May 20, 2011, to Marilyn DeLaure 
(University of San Francisco) medelaure at usfca.edu and to Moritz Fink 
(University of Munich) moritz.fink at gmail.com.

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