Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Call for papers: Zombies in the Academy: living death in higher education”

Call for papers: book chapters for the interdisciplinary anthology “Zombies in the Academy: living death in higher education”Editors: Andrew Whelan, Chris Moore and Ruth Walker

This book takes up the momentum provided by the recent resurgence of interest in zombie culture to explore the relevance of the zombie trope to discussions of scholarly practice itself. The zombie is an extraordinarily rich and evocative popular cultural form, and zombidity, zombification and necromancy can function as compelling elements in a conceptual repertoire for both explaining and critically ‘enlivening’ the debates around a broad variety of cultural and institutional phenomena evident in the contemporary university. We propose to canvas a range of critical accounts of the contemporary university as a living dead culture. We are therefore seeking interdisciplinary proposals for papers that investigate the political, cultural, organisational, and pedagogical state of the university, through applying the metaphor of zombiedom to both the form and content of professional academic work.

We invite submissions from a range of scholars – notably in cultural and communication studies, but also popular culture, anthropology, sociology, film, game and literary studies, political science, philosophy and education – who would be prepared to submit chapters that examine the zombie trope and its relation to higher education from a variety of perspectives.

The editors of “Zombies in the Academy” have an agreement for publication with Intellect Press UK for 2012. The anthology will be structured in three sections around the broad general topics of:

1. corporatisation, bureaucratisation, and zombification of higher education;
2. technology, digital media and moribund content distribution infecting the university;
3. zombie literacies and living dead pedagogies.

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