JOMEC Journal publishes themed, open and ‘rapid response’ issues. We welcome proposals, full articles and informal enquiries. We also welcome enquiries and applications from anyone wishing to guest-edit a themed issue. Please contact Paul Bowman for discussion.
Issue 8 – Italian Cultural Studies
Guest Editor Floriana Bernardi
Politics and ethics are at the core of this issue of JOMEC Journal devoted to Italian cultural studies. The proposed contributions aim at providing a sharp critique of contemporary Italy questioning the current conditions and future possibilities of some of its institutions and ideological apparatuses like University, the media, and some forms of arts. Discussing Italy and reflecting on Italian cultural studies on the pages of a foreign academic journal, appreciating the contributions from scholars working in Italy and abroad, is a great opportunity for the ‘visibility’ of the matters discussed.
The relevance of this is even greater if one considers the fewer and fewer opportunities to research and teach in the field of cultural studies in Italy today. Indeed, the readers should not be surprised to know that most scholars working in cultural studies in Italy today are independent researchers, namely researchers who are not paid for their intellectual labour. If this is true in the wider realm of work in the post-capitalist society, the case of cultural studies seems to be impressively urgent as what is at stake is the engagement in theory, the articulation of critique, the commitment in politics and ethics which found the roots of critical thinking, social responsibility and struggle for justice in contemporary societies.
Invited contributions to this issue of JOMEC Journal include internationally acknowledged scholars like Iain M. Chambers (University of Naples, «Orientale»), Patrizia Calefato (University of Bari “Aldo Moro”), Flavia Laviosa (Wellesley College, United States), and emerging researchers like Antonella Giannone (Hochschule der Künste Berlin Weißensee), Raffaello Palumbo Mosca (University of Kent), Maria Rosaria Dagostino (Independent researcher), Enrica Picarelli (Independent researcher), Loredana La Fortuna (Ph.D student at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro”).
Should you wish to offer your contribution, please send an abstract to Floriana Bernardi.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Guest Editor contact: Floriana Bernardi (email@example.com), Independent Researcher.
Issue 9 - Radical right politics and expressive culture
CFP - special issue of JOMEC on 'Radical right politics and expressive culture'.
Edited by Torgeir Naerland and Benjamin De Cleen
We would like to invite articles for a special issue of JOMEC Journal on the interactions between radical right political parties and expressive culture. The special issue asks how various forms of expressive culture historically have been and presently are being engaged to both promote and oppose RR politics.
The revival of the radical right – in a new and contemporary form – has since the early 1990s and up until the present day attracted considerable academic attention. Although a significant contributing force in the mobilisation for and against RR politics, expressive culture’s relation to the radical right has received only scant attention. Political science and sociology, with their strong electoral focus, have usually limited their attention to the electorate of the RR, often explaining radical right electoral success through macro socioeconomic and sociocultural developments whilst ignoring the agency of RR parties. More recently, attention for RR party programmes and party leadership has grown, but the focus remains firmly on traditional political actors and forms of politics. Discursive approaches have contributed significantly to knowledge about PRR rhetoric but here too, attention to the role of expressive culture in the struggle of and against the PRR has been rare.
Cultural and media studies have, in general, tended to focus on the broader ideological-political aspects of culture, rather than on the manifest intersections between expressive culture and politics proper. In relation to the RR specifically, little attention has been given to how expressive culture has been mobilised by, for or against RR political parties. Existing work has focused mainly on the role of expressive culture (mainly music) in the radical right subculture.
This special issue presents a cross-European look at how particular forms/genres of expressive culture are aligned with RR parties, how the RR opposes certain other forms/genres of expressive culture, how artists engage in the struggle against or for the RR, and how certain forms/genres of expressive culture become the object of struggle between the RR and its opponents. The articles each present empirical research that pays particular attention to:
We currently have articles dealing with Germany, Norway, Belgium and the UK and welcome contributions dealing with one or several other European countries. We particularly welcome articles dealing with Hungary, Greece, and France. Different approaches to the topic are welcome, as long as the articles cover the four dimensions mentioned above.
Full articles are due by September 2015.