Monday, November 27, 2006

Mechademia: a new journal, and call for papers on "the limits of the human"

Mechademia: "Mechademia An interdisciplinary journal for Anime, Manga, and the Fan Arts, Mechademia’s subject area extends from manga and anime to game design, fashion, graphics, packaging, and toy industries, as well as a broad range of fan practices related to popular culture in Japan. We are interested in how the academic and fan communities can provide new possibilities for critical thinking and popular writing. Mechademia will appear annually, published by University of Minnesota Press. The first issue is scheduled to appear in Fall 2006."

Issue #1 is Worlds of Anime and Manga (Fall 2006).

Issue #2 is Networks of Desire (Fall 2007).

Issue #3 is Limits of the Human (Fall 2008). There's a call for papers on the website:
"We are currently accepting submissions for this issue, which will investigate the way anime, manga, and related media have probed the contours of human identity and activity. Possible topics include cyborg theory; new fan species; animalism and animalization; undead and the occult; speed and distance; phenomenologies and ontologies, etc. For more information, see the full Call for Papers. Deadline for submissions is Jan 5, 2007."


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