CFP: Thanatos, special issue on “The Undead”

This is quite out of scope of the calls I normally post, but I’m quite intrigued by this call. As a profession that deals with the “undead” as defined below, there is definite potential for archivists to submit.

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Thanatos is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary open access journal (https://thanatos-journal.com/in-english/) published by the Finnish Death Studies Association (https://kuolemantutkimus.com/in-english/). The theme of the Thanatos spring issue in 2019 will be “The Undead”.

The phenomenon of undead – the deceased who are absent, yet simultaneously present in the minds of the living by affecting their perceived realities – is known in various cultural and historical contexts. Revenants, living dead, ghosts, wraiths, vampires, ancestor spirits, saintly apparitions, restless souls, zombies, corpses reanimated by magic, decapitated heads that speak, angels – death has not always been seen as the terminal point in public imaginations; the dead do not always stop living or cease to be. They may manifest physically or appear as incorporeal beings; they may be passive objects or active agents. Sometimes the border between the world of the living and the world of the dead is crossed in dreams, visions and apparitions, or through various ritualistic means.

Narratives of undead may depict them as upholders of social norms and traditions, as helpers or harassers, as seekers of retribution or even as pure entertainment. They have also offered sites of alternative discourse where the structures of power can be challenged, questioned and criticized. They may have represented communal concerns or symbolized psychological traumata. The undead may be passive objects of magic without any free will of their own; they may consist of a group of unindividualized spirits or appear as an abstract un-personified force. Being undead may have been considered a threat or an opportunity, a dead person’s punishment or even his/her right.

Thanatos welcomes papers that discuss the undead from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, across different source materials and cultural-historical contexts, to be published in the journal’s special theme issue. Topics covered may deal with such questions as:

Who, or what, are the undead? What is the role of the undead? What are the types and modes of their manifestation? What is the source of their existence? Where does the energy that reanimates, motivates or produces them originate from? What are the spaces (abstract or concrete ones) where the undead operate? What kind of culturally-mediated conceptions of the soul, the mind, individual and agency are reflected in people’s understanding of the undead? How have conceptions of the undead and of their agency changed as a consequence of various historical and cultural currents shaping people’s worldviews and ontological orientations (such as e.g. Christianization, secularization, urbanization, scientific and industrial revolutions).

We invite abstracts for articles to be submitted by September 5, 2018. The information about the acceptance of the articles will be sent by September 15th. The deadline for articles is November 30, 2018, after which the articles will go through a double-blind review process. The revised articles should be submitted by May 1, 2019. The estimated date of publication is in June, 2019.

The primary publication language in Thanatos is Finnish, but we also accept manuscripts in English and Swedish. (However, the costs of proofreading for non-native English or Swedish speakers are the responsibility of the author).

Abstracts are to be sent to the editors responsible for the theme issue, Kirsi Kanerva (University of Turku), ktkane@utu.fi and Miriam Mayburd (University of Iceland), mam24@hi.is.

For guidelines for the authors, please consult the journal web page at https://thanatos-journal.com/in-english/ (in English),https://thanatos-journal.com/pa-svenska/ (på svenska) or https://thanatos-journal.com/kirjoittajalle/ (suomeksi).

For further information, please contact Kirsi Kanerva (University of Turku), at ktkane@utu.fi.

CFP: ‘Migrants and Monuments: Public Memory in the Context of Transnational Migration and Displacement’

Call for Papers: Proposed edited volume for Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies series

‘Migrants and Monuments: Public Memory in the Context of Transnational Migration and Displacement’

by Sabine Marschall

The growing global presence of migrants, refugees and diasporic communities has widely been documented to impact on host societies and environments in multifarious ways, but public memory markers constitute a neglected dimension of research in the field. This proposed edited collection will explore transnational migrants as audience and agents in the field of public commemoration. As subaltern groups, migrants constitute new audiences for old monuments and commemorative markers in host country societies, while some migrants and diasporic communities erect their own formal and informal monuments, memorials, statues and plaques in their adopted countries of residence, inscribing their presence and values in public spaces, either in cooperation with or in defiance of local authorities and host society communities.

This interdisciplinary collection seeks contributions from scholars in anthropology, art and architectural history, cultural geography, cultural studies, diaspora studies, history, memory studies, migration studies, mobility studies, peace and transitional justice studies, political science, sociology and other relevant fields. Chapter authors may explore how migrants, refugees and members of diaspora develop their own relationship with the landscape of memory in their new place of residence. This may include

  • appropriation and affirmative embrace of selected statues and memorials as symbolic and spatial focal points of community;
  • contestation and informal ethnic re-interpretation of specific monuments;
  • competition between migrant groups over meaning and claims to selective pasts enshrined in commemorative markers;
  • discontent over issues of representation, ideology, location or aesthetic design in the context of migration;
  • protests and monument defacements by migrants or targeted at migrants;
  • official re-configurations of statues and memorials by local authorities and host society agencies due to migration.
  • Where migrants as carriers of memory actively participate in erecting their own commemorative markers, contributors may investigate how content and meaning, location and visual manifestation are negotiated within the minority community and with the host society;
  • how such markers are publicly received, represented and ‘used’;
  • how informal, transient counter-memorials or vernacular memory markers and even digital online memorials can inflect the meaning of established memory landscapes in host country contexts;
  • what migrants intend or manage to achieve through engagement in official, vernacular or clandestine public commemorative practice.
  • planned, but not materialized monuments erected for or by migrants and refugees can be included.

These are some, but not the only potential topics of investigation. The proposed book endeavors to feature a variety of case studies from diverse geographical and societal contexts, both historical and contemporary. Contributions should be based on empirical or discursive research and draw on appropriate disciplinary-based theoretical frameworks in combination with concepts developed in the field of Memory Studies, such as national and transnational memory; transcultural and ‘travelling memory’ (Erll); memory work; memory activism; or the cross-border circulation and public staging of memory.

Before developing a formal chapter proposal, please first contact Prof Sabine Marschall at marschalls@ukzn.ac.za with an informal expression of interest and further guidance. Deadline for expressions of interest: 31 August 2018.

CFP: Strange Circulations: Affect and the Library – A Special Issue of Library Trends

Guest Editors
Kate Adler, Metropolitan College of New York
Lisa Sloniowski, York University

Nature and Scope of Proposed Topic

From the unspoken emotional depth of our conversations at the reference desk, to the ambient politics of our spaces, to our engagement with public memory and knowledge production, affect fundamentally undergirds everyday life in the library. The editors of this special issue contend that the theoretical framework afforded by the “affective turn” can provide a sharp tool and generative language for naming, attending to and interrogating so much of what is alive beneath the surface in our work.

The attempt to theorize affect however, has proven a confusing project. Perhaps the first problem is that the concept itself is hard to define. In a special issue of Archival Science on the subject, Marika Cifor suggests that the affective turn represents more than just making affects, emotions and feelings legitimate objects of scholarly inquiry. …  At their core, definitions of affect understand it as a force that creates a relationship (conscious or otherwise) between a body (individual or collective) and the world (10).

She goes on to argue that affect is a socially, culturally and historically constructed category. As a theoretical framework, affect, she says, can provide a space to think about the interrelations between the psychic, the body and the social (10). Affective forces are crucial to our sense of place in the world, and affect is key to to the ways in which power is “constituted, circulated and mobilized”(Cifor 10).

Archives were a logical starting point for theorizing affect in the broad context of LIS. The emotional complexity of memory, of nostalgia, and history are pronounced in the archive. Libraries, however, remain under-theorized in the literature. This issue of Library Trends extends this new form of cultural criticism to libraries and library workers specifically. Working with Cifor’s definition, we might ask: how are libraries and librarians also attached to, or caught inside, affective forces?  Libraries are (often) more open and chaotic places than are archives. The web of affect in a library, therefore, has different stakes than in archives. Affect provides a lens on so much that is invisible – white supremacy, politics of gender and sexuality, complex class  dynamics, invisible labor, collective fantasies of knowledge and order – and making space to explore it can perform useful work in our field, bringing to the fore that which is sometimes obscured in our day to day practice and professional discourse.

More broadly, in “Strange Circulations: Affect and the Library,” we also hope to make a new intervention in wider interdisciplinary conversations regarding the affective register of myriad nodes of work, life and knowledge production.

List of Potential Articles

The following is a list of possible themes that we hope might provoke writers to share their work with us. Our hope is that authors tie a clearly articulated theory of affect to a vision of librarianship, particularly one that doesn’t lose sight of the material and historical consequences of our work. This list is not meant to be exhaustive or prescriptive. Ideally we would have a range of articles across most fields and sectors of librarianship.

  • Affective encounters with students, patrons, or faculty
  • Affective networks in digital librarianship and digital libraries
  • Memory and library collections: decolonizing, indigenizing, queering
  • Censorship/Filtering debates and the affect of moral panic
  • Radical cataloging as affective labour
  • Bibliographic space and the organizing of affect
  • Affective flow and the architecture and design of libraries.
  • Creating community space
  • Intimacy and aesthetics of embodiment in the library
  • Librarianship and emotional labor
  • Affects of trauma: homeless patrons, overdosing patrons, abandoned children, library anxiety, sexual assaults in libraries
  • Public service and the ethics of care work
  • Affect in narratives of the “future of the library”
  • Affective professional attachments: library neutrality, neoliberalism, neo-utilitarianism
  • Affective fantasies of libraries: libraries as symbols, librarian stereotypes and subjectivities,  imaginary libraries
  • Affects of subversion and transgression, rebellion, revolution, resistance, reading
  • Affect, libraries, & theoretical engagements: Queer, Critical Disability Studies, Critical Race Studies, Anti-Colonialism, Feminism, Political Economy

List of Possible Formats

  • Scholarly/research articles – theoretically informed analyses, historical explorations, and/or articles based in qualitative or mixed research methods
  • Photographic essays – (black and white only)
  • Book reviews/interviews/oral histories/roundtable reports

The editors are open to considering other formats although we have a preference for those listed above. If you have an idea for another format feel free to contact the editors to discuss. Complete articles are expected to be in the 4,000-10,000 word range. More information about the stylistic guidelines can be found here: Author Instructions for the Preparation of Articles

Proposal Requirements

Abstracts and proposals should be no more than 500 words. Please include a brief author biography with contact details as well.

Contact the editors at strangecirculations@gmail.com

Timeline

  • Proposals due: September 1st, 2018.
  • Notification: October 1st, 2018
  • First Draft due: January 7th 2019.
  • Expected Publication Date: Winter 2020

Works Cited

Cifor, Marika. “Affecting Relations: Introducing Affect Theory to Archival Discourse.” Archival Science, vol. 16, no. 1, Mar. 2016, pp. 7–31. link.springer.com, doi:10.1007/s10502-015-9261-5.

https://www.press.jhu.edu/cfp-strange-circulations-affect-and-library

CFP: Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene – JCLIS special issue

Guest Editors: John Burgess, Robert D. Montoya, Eira Tansey

As stewards of collective knowledge, librarians, archivists, and educators in the information fields are facing the realities of the Anthropocene, which has the potential for cataclysmic environmental change, with a dawning awareness of its unique implications for their missions and activities. The Anthropocene is a proposed designation for an epoch of geological time in which human activity has led to significant and irrevocable changes to the Earth’s atmosphere, geology, and biosphere. Some professionals in these fields are focusing new energies on the need for environmentally sustainable practices in their institutions. Some are prioritizing the role of libraries and archives in supporting climate change communication and influencing government policy and public awareness. Others foresee an inevitable unraveling of systems and ponder the role of libraries and archives in a world much different from the one we take for granted. Climate disruption, continued reliance on fossil fuels, toxic waste, deforestation, soil exhaustion, agricultural crisis, depletion of groundwater, loss of biodiversity, mass migration, sea level rise, and extreme weather events are problems that threaten to overwhelm civilization’s knowledge infrastructures, and present information institutions with unprecedented challenges.

This special issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies (JCLIS) will serve as a space to explore these challenges and establish directions for future efforts and investigations. We invite proposals from academics, librarians, archivists, activists, museum professionals, and others.

Some suggested topics and questions:
– How can information institutions operate more sustainably?
– How can information scholars and professionals better serve the needs of policy discussions and public awareness with respect to climate change and other threats to the environment?
– How can information institutions support skillsets and technologies that are relevant following systemic unraveling?
– What will information work look like without the infrastructures we take for granted?
– How does information literacy instruction intersect with ecoliteracy?
– How can information professionals support or participate in radical environmental activism?
– What are the implications of climate change for disaster preparedness?
– What role do information workers have in addressing issues of environmental justice? How do such issues of environmental justice relate to other forms of social justice?
– What are the implications of climate change for preservation practices?
– Should we question the wisdom of preserving access to the technological cultural legacy that has led to the current environmental crisis? Why or why not?
– Is there a responsibility to document, as a mode of bearing witness, society’s confrontation with the causes of significant environmental problems?
– Given the ideological foundations of libraries and archives in Enlightenment thought, and given that Enlightenment civilization may be leading to its own environmental endpoint, are these ideological foundations called into question? And with what consequences?
– What role do MLIS, MIS, iSchools, and other graduate (and undergraduate) programs have to play in relation to the aforementioned issues?

Deadline for Submission: September 9, 2018

Types of Submissions

JCLIS welcomes the following types of submissions:

Research Articles (no more than 7,000 words)
Perspective Essays (no more than 5,000 words)
Literature Reviews (no more than 7,000 words)
Interviews (no more than 5,000 words)
Book or Exhibition Reviews (no more than 1,200 words)
Research articles and literature reviews are subject to peer review by two referees. Perspective essays are subject to peer review by one referee. Interviews and book or exhibition reviews are subject to review by the issue editor(s).

Contacts

Please direct questions to the guest editors for the issue:

John Burgess, University of Alabama: jtfburgess@ua.edu
Robert D. Montoya, Indiana University, Bloomington: montoya@indiana.edu
Eira Tansey, University of Cincinnati: eira.tansey@uc.edu

Submission Guidelines for Authors

The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies welcomes submissions from senior and junior faculty, students, activists, and practitioners working in areas of research and practice at the intersection of critical theory and library and information studies.

Authors retain the copyright to material they publish in the JCLIS, but the Journal cannot re-publish material that has previously been published elsewhere. The journal also cannot accept manuscripts that have been simultaneously submitted to another outlet for possible publication.

Citation Style

JCLIS uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition as the official citation style for manuscripts published by the journal. All manuscripts should employ the Notes and Bibliography style (as footnotes with a bibliography), and should conform to the guidelines as described in the Manual.

Submission Process

Manuscripts are to be submitted through JCLIS’ online submission system (http://libraryjuicepress.com/journals/index.php/jclis) by September 9, 2018. This online submission process requires that manuscripts be submitted in separate stages in order to ensure the anonymity of the review process and to enable appropriate formatting.

Abstracts (500 words or less) should be submitted in plain text and should not include information identifying the author(s) or their institutional affiliations. With the exception of book reviews, an abstract must accompany all manuscript submissions before they are reviewed for publication.
The main text of the manuscript must be submitted as a stand-alone file (in Microsoft Word or RTF)) without a title page, abstract, page numbers, or other headers or footers. The title, abstract, and author information should be submitted through the submission platform.

CFP: Marketing Libraries Journal

This is a call that is broad and can be applicable to archives.

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Volume 2, Issue 2 (December 2018) (rolling deadline)
http://journal.marketinglibraries.org

Aim and Scope
Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ) is a peer-reviewed, independently published, open-access scholarly journal that focuses on innovative marketing activities that libraries are engaged in.  Our aim is to publish research and practical examples of library marketing campaigns, library marketing research, public relations campaigns, SWOT analysis, segmentation research, assessment of marketing activities, and tools used for marketing activities.  In addition to peer reviewed articles, the Journal also contains practical articles from different columns. Columnists will be accepting shorter articles on advocacy, branding, library marketing campaigns, “from the trenches”, and technology tools. The Journal is published twice a year.

Guidelines for Submissions
The editorial board seeks submissions in the following two categories:

1. Articles (peer reviewed) (20-25 pages): research-driven articles that aim to provide original scholarship in the field of library marketing, communications, and outreach.
2. Practical Articles  (editorial reviewed) (8-10 pages) : articles from different columns (advocacy, branding, “from the trenches”, campaigns, and technology). Practical articles are reflective and provide best practices, however they are written in an academic tone (3rd person).

Manuscript Format

  • Manuscript style should follow the conventions of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
  • Submissions should be 12 point font, Times New Roman, and double-spaced with 1 inch margins on all sides
  • Page number and running head should be placed in the upper right-hand corner of each page
  • The title page should be submitted as a separate document and include each author’s name, affiliation, and e-mail address
  • Submitted manuscripts should begin with a 100-word abstract, with a list of 5 keywords, numbered as page 1
  • One submission per author per call
  • Allow 3 months for manuscript status notification

Submission Process

Scholarly Submissions http://journal.marketinglibraries.org/schol-submit.html

Practical (Column) Submissions http://journal.marketinglibraries.org/column-submit.html
Please ensure that your manuscript has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Review of manuscripts will begin after the call for papers deadline.  When a manuscript has been  accepted for publication, authors will be required to submit a complete electronic copy of the final version.

Editorship and Ethics

We reserve the right to make editorial changes for style, clarity, and consistency. To ensure ethical practices, all reviewers, editors,  and authors must contact the Journal if there may be any conflict of interest.  For more information, please contact the editors at map@marketinglibraries.org

Open Access
The Journal is open access “gold” and “green”. There are no author processing fees. Authors are never charged any article submission or processing fees. Both readers and authors can access articles for free. Authors can self archive their articles at the time of publication. Authors can self archive in digital repositories or on their own personal websites at publication. Please ensure to indicate the URL of the journal when self archiving.  Authors retain copyright and full publishing rights. Articles are published under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

Indexing and Discoverability

Marketing Libraries Journal is indexed in the International ISSN database, World Cat, Ulrich’s Serials Directory, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). In 2019, we hope to continue indexing opportunities with EBSCO, SHERPA/RoMEO, and other database providers.

ISSN: 2475-8116

CFP: Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ)

Though not specifically about archives, the call is very broad and archives topics are applicable.

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The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 42nd issue.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 42nd issue, which is scheduled for publication in early November, 2018, please submit proposals to http://journal.code4lib.org/submit-proposal by Friday,  August 3, 2018.  The editorial committee will review all proposals and notify those accepted by Friday, August 10, 2018.  Please note that submissions are subject to rejection or postponement at any point in the publication process as determined by the Code4Lib Journal’s editorial committee.

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Practical applications of library technology (both actual and hypothetical)
  • Technology projects (failed, successful, or proposed), including how they were done and challenges faced
  • Case studies
  • Best practices
  • Reviews
  • Comparisons of third party software or libraries
  • Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
  • Project management and communication within the library environment
  • Assessment and user studies

C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication. While articles should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure. Writers should aim for the middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed journals. Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code. For more information, visit C4LJ’s Article Guidelines or browse articles from the earlier issues published on our website: http://journal.code4lib.org.
Send in a submission. Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

Andrew Darby, Coordinating Editor for Issue 42
Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee

Call for Chapters: ACRL’s The Sustainable Library’s Cookbook

This call is for academic archives and though does not specifically mention archives, some of the topics fit.

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Call for Chapters for ACRL’s The Sustainable Library’s Cookbook (2019) edited by Raymond Pun and Dr. Gary L. Shaffer

Deadline extended – July 25, 2018

Send your proposals/questions to raypun101@gmail.com with submissions and questions. Note if you submitted a proposal already to acrlsustainable@gmail.com, please re-send it to raypun101@gmail.com, apologies for that and thank you! (acrlsustainable@gmail.com will be defunct)

We are seeking “recipes” or chapter proposals on practice-based examples of lesson plans or projects that support sustainability efforts in academic libraries. Recipes will follow the ACRL CookbookFormat. Your 500-to-700 word proposal submission should describe a successful lesson plan or activity that support sustainability in the academic library. They can be related to these three key areas:

Section 1. Applying Sustainable Thinking and Development – Applying sustainable thinking into library functions including information technology, finance, facilities, waste management, human resources, space planning, etc.:

  • Triple Bottom Line (financial/economic, environmental, as well as social (internal/workforce and external/social justice and campus community) concepts applied in different areas of library services
  • Installing solar panels in the library, upgrading lighting systems in library facilities, supporting alternatives to driving; green technology, architecture planning; extension; developing strategies to minimize cost, utilize costs;
  • Integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 in your library practices
  • Addressing issues of poverty, inequity and food shortage in your campus; dumpster diving projects;
  • Strategic planning for sustainable practices in specific areas of the library; special grant projects or case studies; disaster-planning projects; makerspaces; OER and textbooks; sustainable printing;
  • Assessment/evaluation plans for sustainability practices; marketing sustainability developments in the library

Section 2. Teaching, Learning and Research Services – Supporting sustainability studies in the areas of teaching, learning and research services including information literacy, one-shots, technology, integrating ACRL New Frameworks, threshold concepts, discipline tracks – first year writing, communications, STEM instructions, community of teaching practices, and subject/liaison responsibilities:

  • Teaching FYE STEM using campus sustainability as the research topic
  • Building a data research/scientific data program to support sustainability studies, water studies or renewable energy; ecological and environmental education; green literacy
  • Teaching a information literacy workshop to environmental studies, food studies, agriculture, transportation studies/engineering, sociology, anthropology, political science or urban studies, architecture, business/entrepreneurship/marketing classes that address sustainable development, climate change, green energy, alternative fuels, sustainable housing, clean transportation, etc.
  • Integrating GIS skills and tools in library instruction to support sustainability studies; digital scholarship or humanities/area studies projects covering sustainability/environmental studies
  • Integrating environmental, economic, and social justices in your teaching practices; Liaison to Water/Environmental Institutes/Centers

Section 3. Community Engagement, Outreach, and Partnerships – Forming new partnerships, outreach services or community engagement programs to inform sustainability practices in the library and beyond:

  • Forming partnerships with communities to promote environmental awareness issues
  • Partnering with Career Development Center to host a job/internship fair on green energy and jobs;
  • Collaborating with Sustainability Student Club to coordinate new programs or events in the library such as urban farms, organic food productions, collaborative collection development, green collections; World Water Day, World Earth Day, environmental awareness;
  • Partnerships with public libraries, government agencies, environmental and other community groups for reading clubs, activities, engagements
  • Building local/indigenous knowledge and collaborating with community experts relating to sustainability, ecology, etc.

Deadline for Contributors’ proposals: July 25, 2018 (flexible)
Editors Review + Notification for Contributors: July 30, 2018
Final Recipes due: October 1, 2018

Please refer to the The Library Instruction Cookbook (ACRL 2009) and The First Year Experience Cookbook (ACRL 2017) for examples of format and tone. You can send as many proposals as you like. We are willing to be flexible with wording, style, and topics. Creativity encouraged! We look forward to your proposals! Once the proposal has been accepted, we will happy to send a template over.

Any questions? Need to submit? Send email to raypun101@gmail.com

Co-editors:
Raymond Pun, California State University, Fresno and Dr. Gary L. Shaffer, USC Marshall School of Business