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Poetics and Politics of Video Games CFP

For its thirtieth issue, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that address the poetics and politics of video games.

20 years ago Janet H. Murray’s Hamlet on the Holodeck and Espen Aarseth’s Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature began a conversation to theorize the aesthetics of video games. Since these foundational texts, game studies has sustained an interrogation of political questions concerning games, such as issues of representation and the configuration of online game spaces. Video games intersect with industrial practices, embodied experiences, as well as visual and ludic designs, all of which have specific political implications. For this issue we encourage contributors to consider two or more of these factors together, exploring “how games make complex meanings across history, bodies, hardware, and code.” (1)

This issue of InVisible Culture takes a cultural studies approach toward video games in that the formal aesthetics always register aspects of the culture that they emerge from. We think of games as an open category that includes a broad range of media, from mainstream AAA games to art installations; complex “hardcore” games as well as casual mobile apps; visually rich to text-based interactions—cutting across a range of experiences, from the banality of playing an app to the singularity of wearing a VR headset. We take gaming aesthetics to mean not only the system of visual, aural, ludic, and narrative configurations of (a) given game(s) but also the manipulation of these systems: modding, updating, streaming, etc. We are also interested in what surrounds games, such as to what degree games afford community building and collaboration between players.

Possible topics of exploration include, but are not limited to:

– Games and Representation, Games and Subjectivity
– Games and Affect, Multisensory Encounters with Games
– Ordinariness/Everydayness of Games, Gamification of Everyday Life
– Materiality/Tactility of Gaming Devices, Embodied Engagements with Games
– Queer/Feminist Approaches to Video Games
– Games and the Politics of Race, Gender, and (Dis)Ability
– DIY Approaches to Games and Game Making
– Games and Activism
– Genre studies
– Platform Studies
– Games and Sound
– Remediation of Video Game Aesthetics
– Games and/as Contemporary Art, Games in Museums/Galleries
– Games in the Archive, Games as Archive, Preservation
– Game Communities and Fandom
– Fan-made “How To” and “Let’s Play” Videos, Live Streams
– Character Creation Systems and their Politics (Liberatory vs. Constraining)
– The Economy of Games, Microtransactions, Loot crates

Please send completed papers (with references following the guidelines from the Chicago Manual of Style) of between 4,000 and 10,000 words to by June 30th, 2018. Inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Creative/Artistic Works

In addition to written materials, InVisible Culture is accepting works in other media (video, photography, drawing, code) that reflect upon the theme as it is outlined above. Please submit creative or artistic works along with an artist statement of no more than two pages to For questions or more details concerning acceptable formats, go to contact the same address.


InVisible Culture is also currently seeking submissions for book, exhibition, and film reviews (600-1,000 words). For this issue we particularly encourage authors to submit reviews of games or other forms of interactive media. To submit a review proposal, go to or contact


The journal also invites submissions to its Dialogues page, which will accommodate more immediate responses to the topic of the current issue. For further details, please contact us at with the subject heading “Dialogues submission.”

* InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC) is a student-run interdisciplinary journal published online twice a year in an open access format. Through peer reviewed articles, creative works, and reviews of books, films, and exhibitions, our issues explore changing themes in visual culture. Fostering a global and current dialog across fields, IVC investigates the power and limits of vision.

You can find this annoucement and more information about InVisible Culture here.

(1) Aubrey Anable, Playing with Feelings: Video Games and Affect (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018), xi

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InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC) is a student-run interdisciplinary journal published online twice a year in an open access format. Through peer reviewed articles, creative works, and reviews of books, films, and exhibitions, our issues explore changing themes in visual culture. Fostering a global and current dialog across fields, IVC investigates the power and limits of vision.

CFP: Sports and Sexual Violation

CFP: “The Psychology and History of Sexual Violation in Sport and Its Condemnation”

by Bob Lentz

Journal: Clio’s Psyche, Fall 2018 Special Feature Issue

Due Date: April 30, 2018

Why has sexual violation by powerful men in sport (recently gymnastics, previously hockey)—covered up, denied, suppressed, and repressed for so long—become a powerful theme in the American media since the fall of 2017?  Why are coaches, trainers, and doctors, whose predecessors usually got away with sexual assault, now being exposed, shamed, forced to resign, and convicted for unwanted touching and worse?  In the Fall 2018 Special Feature Issue of Clio’s Psyche we are searching for psychodynamic answers and are looking now for articles commenting on one or more of the following:

  • The athlete-victims’ feelings and trauma
  • The varied responses to charges of sexual abuse – especially denial and inaction by parents and officials
  • The Dr. Larry Nassar case
  • Ethical, competency, and certification issues from a psychological perspective
  • Why in America and why now have the barriers to making these issues public broken down?
  • Is the openness about these abuses related to Donald Trump and the Trump presidency?
  • The #MeToo movement
  • Cases of a rush to judgment without due process, ruining a person’s career
  • Fantasies of sexual intrusion
  • Sexual abuse and sexual fantasy in the Freudian tradition
  • Sexual privilege and violation in the history of sport

We seek articles from 500-2,500 words—including seven to ten keywords, a 100-word abstract, and your brief biography ending in your e-mail address—by April 30, 2018.  An abstract or outline by April 1, 2018 or soon thereafter would be helpful.  Send them as attached Microsoft Word document (*.docx) files to

It our style to publish thought-provoking, clearly written articles based upon psychological/psychoanalytic insight; developed with examples from history, current events, and the human experience; and without psychoanalytic/psychological terminology or jargon and without foot/endnotes or a bibliography (use internal citations for quotations).  Submissions the editors deem suitable are anonymously refereed.

Clio’s Psyche is in its 24th year of publication by the Psychohistory Forum.  Please visit our website at

Contact co-editors Paul Elovitz, PhD, at or Eva Fogelman, PhD, at regarding this CFP.

Sports and Resistance CFP

Callaloo invites complete submissions for a special issue devoted to the interdisciplinary examination of sports guest edited by Eric Henderson (Stratagem Entertainment), Miya Knights (Middleton-On-Sea, UK), John McCluskey, Jr. (Indiana University), and Pellom McDaniels III (Emory University).

Project Description

It should come as no surprise that someone like Colin Kaepernick has emerged from the age of President Barack Obama, inspired, empowered, and ready to use his influence to challenge the status quo.  Choosing to stand up (or rather take a knee) in protest of the killing of African Americans by law enforcement, the twenty-eight-year-old former starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers has become the firebrand for a new generation of activist-athlete.  A student of history, Kaepernick has taken it upon himself to become a change agent, using what he has at his disposal as a public figure to influence the thinking and actions of the masses.  He has set himself apart as a model of selflessness and heroism.

While sports have occupied the global imagination as a source of entertainment, enlightenment, and, above all, opportunity, historically we have seen the importance of black athletes using their celebrity to bring attention to the ills which haunt black life around the world.  In fact, from the beginning of the twentieth century to today, there have been numerous individuals who have challenged both directly and indirectly the “isms” responsible for shaping North American, European, and South American cultures.  While most of these moments involve people of African descent competing against whites in an attempt to claim victory in the arena, and the financial rewards and social mobility that coincided, the greater goal of these black athletes was to claim their humanity and citizenship, and a place for their race in society through their performances on, for example, the playing field or the court.

The guest editors are seeking unpublished and complete critical articles, creative essays, poems, interviews, creative personal narratives, and visual art on “Sports as Art, as Resistance” from a variety of critical, creative, and interpretive perspectives. Specific topics, themes, subject matter may include, but are not limited to:

— black aesthetics in sports performances; the blues, jazz, and hip-hop impulse

— the body and labor; anti-colonialism

— gender studies; black masculinity and black femininity

— framing identity; nation-hood and citizenship

— the homoerotic; the black male body as fetish

— second sight; artistic representations through art, poetry, performances

— liminal spaces; the built environment, meanings associated with sports performances

— narratives of resistance; historical/archival evidence

Callaloo Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be submitted online through the Callaloo manuscript submission system by August 31, 2018. Please see the submission guidelines here:

In order to submit a manuscript, you must register with the online system. The registration process will take only a few minutes.  All manuscripts will follow the usual review process for submissions, and the Callaloo editor makes all final editorial decisions. Please note that all academic or critical manuscripts must follow the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd Edition) and include in-text citations, a works cited, and endnotes for any commentary.

Race and Yoga

The full issue of Race and Yoga 2.1 (2017) is available now.  This special issue titled “Sassin’ Through Sadhana”, guest edited by Drs. Rachel Panton and Stephanie Y. Davis, features 7 personal narratives by Black women yoginis and teachers.  Check out this important contribution by Black women whose voices and bodies are under-represented in mainstream yoga and wellness circles.  These essays sit at the intersection of critical yoga studies, Black women’s health, trauma recovery and healing, spiritual practice, anti-racist thought, and Black feminism/womanism.  They are short enough to assign a few (or the whole issue) to a class you may be teaching this upcoming semester.
​Full issue available here:

Reminder:​ Our next CFP deadline is approaching:

DUE : January 15, 2018 
CFP 3.1 (2018): “Decolonizing Yoga? & Unsettling ‘Social Justice'”

Changes at the JAC

Professor Kathy Merlock Jackson has served with distinction as editor of The Journal of American Culture (JAC) for the past fifteen years. She is stepping down from that position and her successor has been chosen. After considering many fine applicants, Wiley recently issued a contract to Professor Carl Sederholm, and he has accepted the editorship.
Professor Sederholm is a member of both the JAC and PCA Boards and has served with distinction, demonstrating his commitment to our organization.  He holds a B.A. in English from UCLA and a Ph.D. in English and American studies from the University of Utah. It is important that the editor of JAC be a generalist whose experience covers diverse areas, and Professor Sederholm fits the bill:  he is Professor of Humanities at Brigham Young University, where he teaches a wide range of courses in humanities and American studies.  He has published three books, the last of which won the 2017 Ray and Pat Browne Award.  His interests include literature, horror (especially Poe and Lovecraft), music, and film.

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