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Listicles, explainers, memes, infographics, GIFs, Vines and many other novel digital genres and formats are now commonplace on the Internet. Despite their popularity, these vernacular modes of writing are often greeted with disdain within the hallowed halls of academe. Yet there is a long history of great thinkers making use of vernacular modes of expression to communicate serious ideas in popular ways, from the bawdy turns of Rabelais, to editorial cartoons, to the pamphlets of the 18th century. Moreover, many contemporary styles which may seem new, such as the listicle, have a long historical legacy.
Introducing: Buzzademia: Scholarship in the Internet Vernacular
We welcome submissions of a wide range of digital artifacts, including but not limited to the following forms:
Submissions may seek to explain existing scholarly ideas or theorists, or articulate original scholarly arguments (however, they should aim to be accessible to a general audience). Topics may span across the Liberal Arts tradition, including but not limited to Philosophy, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Race/Ethnicity Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Media Studies, Film Studies, Game Studies, Postcolonialism, Poststructuralism, Queer Theory; as well as meta-approaches that reflect on or critique Internet culture and conventions. Submitted works should capture the distinctive characteristics of contemporary Internet writing, such as concision, playfulness/humor, an emphasis on visual communication, pop culture references, colloquial language, and interactivity (not to mention emoji, cat pictures and GIFs).
We also invite the proposals for accompanying teaching materials which make use of one of the above genres. Ultimately, the published book will contain introductory essays, brief abstracts, and a compendium of classroom activities.
Deadline April 1, 2016 (no joke)
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What To Submit:
Submit to: buzzademia at gmail
* Since we are envisaging this anthology as a print book with an electronic companion, please include a brief text description of your digital artifact.
For more information, please email buzzademia at gmail