Issue #3: Open Issue

For its third issue, Textshop Experiments invites essays, videos, gallery works, posters, reviews, and inquiries related to the following: Electracy; Cultural Theory; Composition & Rhetoric; Film & New Media; Electronic Literature; Digital Culture & Internet Studies; and Visual Studies, Design, & Public Art. 

Submissions for Issue #3 are due to the editors by March 1, 2017.  Submission files and preliminary queries should be sent to the editors at: ulmertextshop@gmail.com.

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Issue #4: From Digital to Print

At the 2005 annual meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Gregory L. Ulmer reminded conference-goers of the importance of understanding our relationships to writing and print, the apparatus from which our identities, perspectives, theories and practices emerge.  Over the course of thirty years and eight books, Ulmer has called for us not only to be aware of the emerging apparatus he dubbed “electracy” but also to help invent and shape it.

This issue of Textshop Experiments asks contributors to respond to Ulmer’s call to interrogate print culture (its works, technologies, and operations) and respond to Ulmer’s call to participate in the definition and activities in electracy.  This is a call for scholarship on the history of print, books, literacy, publishing, and policy from the future.  The issue will publish video essays up to 15 minutes in length and accompanying Author Statements (which theoretically frame and contextualize their respective videos) no more than 1000 words.  

Contributors will then be asked to contribute full essays (about 5,000-7,000 words) based on these videos.  These essays will be compiled into a printed anthology.  Topics should specifically address the relationship between print and electracy.  Some possible topics and questions for this issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Electracy in the K-12 and university classroom and curriculum
  • Electracy, participatory culture, and politics
  • Electrate love letters to print
  • Celebrations, commemorations, and mourning for print
  • Lessons learned from the failures or oppressive nature of print
  • Visions for the future of electronic publishing, publishers, platforms, and formats
  • Criticism on individual authors, illustrators, creators, editors, and publishers or their work(s)
  • Changes in authorship, readership, the submission/editorial process, consumerism, production
  • Law and public policy, copyright, and censorship,
  • Marketing, promotion, publicity, controlling costs and prices
  • Understanding and shaping the Fifth Estate
  • Analysis of specific platforms/tools, etc. (broadly defined)
  • Electracy and the augmentation and/or obsolescence of print
  • Reflections and forecasts of theory, scholarship, creative writing, and media history

Topics and formats are open, and artists, scholars, and writers alike can address a range of ideas in history, museum and memory studies, composition & rhetoric, literary studies, digital culture, art and graphic design, electronic media, and experimental pedagogy.

Please send your abstract proposal (250-300 words, in English), a short bibliography of 3-5 key works in your video/essay, a list of 3-5 key terms, and a short biography to the issue editors, K. A. Wisniewski and Felix Burgos, at ulmertextshop@gmail.com.

Proposals are due May 15, 2017. Completed submissions for the Textshop issue will be due August 15, 2017; a writing schedule for completed essays will be assigned upon the acceptance of the proposals.  Details to follow.

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Upcoming Issues & How to Get Involved

We have an exciting line-up of themed and open issues coming up, including

  • Flash Reason(eon): Finding, Making, and Experiencing Meanings and Ethics
  • Textshop Tissues 2.0
  • STAND-UP: The Comedy Issue
  • Anti-Method: Cats or CATTts

More information will be provided soon . . . Textshop Experiments is always seeking ideas for upcoming issues.  If you have a suggestion or are interested in serving as a guest editor, please contact the editors via the Contact page. 

We are also interested in producing/publishing/collaborating in longer digital works and are in the early stages of an original pamphlet/chapbook series.  Individuals interested in learning more should contact the editors directly.

Finally, we also accept artwork, book and exhibition reviews, and conference reports for future issues.  If you would like to be considered for future reviews, please send an email, including your name; academic/professional affiliation, department and position; publications, current research, and areas of interest; and your contact information, including mailing address, to the editors at ulmertextshop@gmail.com.  While we do accept unsolicited reviews and artwork, artists and reviewers are encouraged to query the editors before submission.