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“Viral Logics and Cytopathic Effects”

Organization: Culture, Theory and Critique
Categories: Digital Humanities, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Science
Event Date: 2022-12-31 Abstract Due: 2022-12-31

“Viral Logics and Cytopathic Effects”
Culture, Theory and Critique is calling for submissions for a themed series to be entitled, “Viral Logics and Cytopathic Effects”. This series will run across multiple forthcoming issues of the journal.
In line with the journal’s aims and scope, papers submitted for this series should address ways in which the current COVID-19 pandemic requires us to reconceptualise extant theoretical frameworks or, conversely, how these frameworks might enable us to reconfigure the viral logics that have come to dominate many different forms of culture. The critical interventions called for should then seek, metaphorically, to bring about cytopathic effects in the bodies of knowledge that are, or should be, operational in the current environment.
All papers will undergo a process of double blind peer review; however, in line with the accelerated timelines of this contemporary moment, we will aim to fast track the refereeing process for papers in this series. Once accepted and through the refereeing and production process, papers will be made immediately available online; we are currently negotiating for these papers to be open access but cannot confirm this as yet. Papers will appear in print issues of the journal as soon as possible, published across a number of issues as a series rather than all together in a single volume.
Aware of the extra demands placed on many working in the academic sector at this time but wishing to provide an outlet for colleagues wanting to turn their work to this crisis, for this series, Culture, Theory and Critique will accept shorter papers than usual; submissions should be between 2,500-5,000 words.
Submissions will be accepted at any time until December 31, 2022; papers can be submitted at any time. When submitting through our online submission system, please select “Viral Logics” as the issue for which you wish your paper to be considered.
Prospective authors are asked to familiarise themselves with the journal’s aims and scope and a range of papers from the journal to ensure that their work is suitable for this outlet. For the sake of expediency, authors are also requested to respect the journal’s instructions for authors and style guide.

For all inquiries, including questions regarding the suitability of a piece for Culture, Theory and Critique prior to full submission, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Greg Hainge (g.hainge@uq.edu.au).


Greg Hainge