Monday 5th November 2018
I am extending an Open Call for an anthology that I am editing for release in 2020, Arkive City 2.0: Tracing time in the Network Ages. Selected authors will join a group of leading thinkers and practitioners currently involved in the project.
The anthology is the sequel to Arkive City (Ed. Bacon, Belfast/Newcastle upon Tyne: Interface/Locus+ Archive, 2008). This publication was the outcome of a major UK Arts and Humanities Research Council project undertaken at Interface, Centre for Research in Art, Technologies and Design, University of Ulster. The first Arkive City anthology featured 18 essays from renowned thinkers, contemporary artists, curators and professional archivists, “interrogating the changing role of archiving in culture, the processes of history and memory making.” The sequel significantly expands on this achievement with content that is international and inter/trans/multi/disciplinary in scope.
Details of the call:
Abstracts are invited for chapters in a publication exploring the roles of archival practices and archives in the production of time and temporal relations in the 21st Century. The publication will feature 18 chapters and 3 visual essays by leading thinkers and practitioners, organised into sections on “Technology”, “Culture”, and “Time”.
Technologies of speed, extraction and compression characterise ‘the Network Ages’, enabling people, (life)forms, materials, ideas and information to be created, circulated, consumed, wasted, stored and lost in new ways and at new rates. In response to the multiple and emerging temporalities of network reality, Arkive City 2.0 is distinct in moving forward to explore the 21st Century roles of archives as producers, mediators, preservers and erasers of time. The anthology will bring together a diverse and international body of thinking on the impact and potential of changes in archival practices for the construction of memories, histories, and experiences of the present. The publication will consider how the human production of time through archives is now intimately linked to the shaping of collective futures for the human species and the more-than-human world.
The publication will consider proposals from the breadth of (inter)disciplinary areas contributing to the current field of time studies, including: philosophy, bio/politics, sociology, art/history and contemporary art/curating, media theory, geography, physics, and ecology. The anthology is targeted at scholars, researchers, artists and creative/practitioners, as well as an informed and curious general readership.
Themes of particular interest
These include, but are not limited to, archives/archiving and: deep time; ecology; new materialisms; post/conflict contexts (Africa, Balkans, Middle East, Latin & South America); national, pan-national and post-national contexts; social class; cultures of the commons and hacking; big data; quantum science/computing.
*Please email an abstract (300-400 words, Word or Pdf) to the editor, Dr. Julie Louise Bacon J.L.Bacon@unsw.edu.au, using the subject heading ‘Arkive City 2.0 Proposal’. The abstract should outline your topic, argument, key research questions and scholarly references, and include your name, current affiliation (where relevant), and contact details.
*Indicate the section of the anthology that you consider most relevant to your work: “Technology”, “Culture”, or “Time”.
*Attach a short biography (200 words) and CV (2-3 pages, Word or Pdf) that includes any relevant weblinks.
Deadline for abstract submission: Monday 17th December 2018
Notification of acceptance: Monday 14th January 2019
Full chapter (around 6000 words) deadline: 19th July 2019