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Critical Arts - Under Fire Call for Papers

The post-millennium world has seen a rapid escalation of violent conflicts in the Middle East, West, Central and some areas of Southern Africa, and ongoing civil wars and human rights abuses in a variety of other regions across the world. As a means to engage these developments, and keep with its interpretation of cultural studies as a form of praxis, of experience, and of strategic intervention, in which individuals find themselves caught up in broader process over which they may have little or no control, Critical Arts, the Journal of South-North Cultural Studies, instituted a new section, Under Fire. The aim of this section is to invite short theorised autobiographies, authoethnograohies, and dramatic narratives of what it is like living under fire, of the relevance of cultural studies in such circumstances, and how it could be deployed to challenge such conditions.

The original Call emanated from a number of unsolicited submissions received from colleagues in Palestine and Zimbabwe, letters from friends in Israel, and marginalised groups in South Africa, and from academics whose research and work is pilloried by hostile authorities. The exigencies of being under fire make it hard to find the discursive space in which participants can catch enough breath to speak the truths of their own participation. Under Fire hopes to become such a space, without expecting to define what will make submissions acceptable or not. The object is for those who have had enough, to speak in the ways they believe those across the camp or the river might attend to them.

The Under Fire submissions should reflect not just the pressures of a personal involvement within a context of oppression, occupation, or resistance; it should carry a clear indication of just how this involvement tests the cultural studies tradition. In this "test" the writers' experience must draw not only on the cultural studies method of examining texts and contexts, but should also use the writer's own context as the critical touchstone for pushing the cultural studies envelope.

E-mail your narratives to: Keyan G Tomaselli, Editor, at tomasell@ukzn.ac.za.

For more information about submitting to the journal, please visit the Routledge homepage at www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02560046.asp.