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The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics

ISSN: 2472-7318

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Revised Call for Papers, special issue: “Fantasies and Futurities,” Fall/Winter 2022

What would happen if we offered academics an intellectual playground and charged them with crafting visions of futures? What would it look like? How far could you push your mind?

For this special issue of the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, we are delving into questions of fantasies and futurities. We are interested in investigating what fantasy and science fiction as genres can teach us about our contemporary moment, but also what it means to be invested in a fantasy for your life and making it a reality. Can fantasy as a genre aid us in imagining different futures? How? In a moment when narratives are born digital and multimodal, what does it mean to experiment with different modes of storytelling to imagine new and freer futures?

This special issue seeks brave investigations and inquiries that use multimodal rhetorics to show us your vision of new futures. We are open to considering various forms for final products and are particularly interested in comics, short films (10-15 minutes), games and digital projects, as well as more traditional scholarly article length/style manuscripts. However, we would like to encourage you to submit shorter prose pieces—we want your 2,000 word research bites and 1,500 word personal essays. It is important to us that your project takes the form that best suits the vision you have, in the way that best articulates it and without the pressure of a full length manuscript. (For examples of short form scholarly work, browse Contingent Magazine for inspiration!)

Some questions to consider (if you have a different question you’d like to answer, still submit!):

  • What are the conditions necessary to craft a postcolonial/decolonial education?
  • What might queering the future look like in practice?
  • How might education look different if we could completely reimagine the structure of the Academy?
  • How do popular notions of Afrofuturism push us closer towards understandings of a freer future? What are the limitations? Where are the areas that still need work?
  • What does it mean to bring the idea of “play” into your practice as a scholar?

Some topics we’d love to read about:

  • Questions of Audience for Fantasy Media
  • Abolition and Investing in Communities
  • Performativity of Investing in Certain Futures
  • Collaborative Future Building Efforts
  • Trends in Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • TV and Film Takes on Speculation (think Lovecraft Country)

Deadline to submit full projects: January 1, 2022

Submitters will be notified of their project’s status in February 1, 2022.

For questions and submissions, please contact both co-editors:

 

For questions and submissions, please contact both co-editors:

 
Ravynn K. Stringfield Alicia Hatcher
rkstringfield@email.wm.edu hatchera17@students.ecu.edu

        


CFP for JOMR Special Issue on Carework and Writing during COVID, Summer 2022

 

We don’t know about y’all, but we are tired. Too tired to write academic articles, book chapters, dissertations, and all the other fancy genres that the academy values. You see, since COVID hit, we’ve been performing more carework than ever: Ruth for her two young kids who are now home all day every day, and Vyshali for her disabled bodymind after a pandemic-induced reduction in physical therapy and routine clinical care. We aren’t alone, either. During this pandemic, parents, disabled people, and caregivers have been disproportionately severed from their usual networks of care at the same time we are overwhelmed by carework for ourselves or others. Furthermore, the pandemic intensified already existing trauma against BIPOC, queer and trans folks, fat people, and disabled folks--and especially those who live at the intersections of these identities.

And yet, many of us are still writing. Ruth is homeschooling her kindergartener, developing lesson plans and literacy materials. Vyshali is crafting and refining materials for her online classes, writing her dissertation, occasionally tweeting about chronic pain and fatigue. Our friends are composing Facebook updates about their COVID recovery, collaborative statements about Black Lives Matter and faculty life during COVID, Twitter threads about parenting during lockdown, and more. This writing is multimodal. It’s vibrant. It’s communal. It’s radical. And we want to give it the attention it deserves in the Summer 2022 special issue for Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics.

We want to make this really clear: this is not a typical CFP, and we are not looking for academic essays about writing in the time of COVID. Instead, we are looking for short (and we mean short) personal narratives and reflections about the intersection of carework and multimodal composing during COVID. We want to know about the barriers you faced in your writing during the pandemic, and the multimodal compositions you created as you navigated carework for yourself or others. We especially want to feature the stories of multiply-marginalized graduate students, contingent faculty, independent scholars, and pre-tenure and non-tenure-track faculty. 

You might be thinking: What? You’re asking the people most burdened by COVID restrictions to write and submit something NOW? And yes, we are. We feel compelled to archive this moment, in what we hope is the least exploitative way possible, because we're afraid that in two to three years' time, our journals will primarily feature the voices of people not impacted by the virus. Reports already indicate that women are submitting fewer articles to academic journals during the pandemic, as they are disproportionately impacted by the increased carework--an impact felt, we can assume, exponentially by BIPOC women and disabled people. But we also know, as people who are performing more carework than ever, that we *are* writing. That our writerly experiences are important and should be recognized by the academy. Our hope is this forum will mitigate any potential absence of parents, caregivers, and disabled folks from our scholarly journals by recording the stories of their multimodal writerly lives during the pandemic.

Also, and we can’t stress this enough: we want the writing you do for this issue to be easy for you. Life is chaos, all this carework saps energy and time, and we refuse to pretend these are normal times. We’re open to pretty much any genre. Like we said, we aren’t looking for academic essays with a million citations and MLA/APA format and all that jazz. Who has time for that type of writing right now? We don’t! Instead, we’re looking for short personal reflections, snippets of poetry, flash nonfiction, photo essays, sound essays of you trying to write while a herd of hungry children yells in the background, multimodal essays of writing with an uncooperative bodymind, interviews among friends about how you’ve been writing, video rants, playlists, lists, web comics, and whatever else you can come up with. Our only request is that you think through how increased carework has shaped your writerly life during COVID: the barriers you face, the multimodal genres you’re experimenting with, the communities you engage with, etc. 

If all this sounds amazing but you’re overwhelmed by the prospect of writing the kind of proposal that academia expects, and yet you feel compelled to contribute somehow, you can fill out this Google Form by July 15.

Here, you can offer to contribute as a respondent or request a writing partner. For the latter option, we will email you a list of all the interested collaborators two months before the deadline, and you can contact people from there. Or not. You might change your mind. That’s OK. What seems possible in March may not be possible in September. And we get that. 

Send your submissions and queries to Vyshali Manivannan and Ruth Osorio at careworkandwriting@gmail.com by September 1, 2021.

After that, Vyshali and Ruth will review and provide feedback to all contributors. (We’ll be transparent here and say we won’t know our approach to selecting pieces until we’re reviewing them. We might publish all the things, or we might make choices to amplify certain, overlooked perspectives. But we vow to communicate with empathy and care throughout each step.) We will work on revisions in October and November; contributors will have the opportunity to read each other’s work and offer feedback as well.

Then, we’ll publish the issue in Summer 2022.

We work on crip time, so this proposed timeline is fluid--for us, the editors, and for you, the contributors. 

 


GENERAL CALL FOR PAPERS

Multimodality, as broadly defined, simply denotes an appeal to multiple senses or modes of perception. With this working context in mind, the editors and peer collaborators at The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics invite scholarly essays. Proposed articles can focus on the multisensory aspects of rhetoric and persuasion within:

  • Art and visual culture
  • Digital media
  • Material culture
  • Video and tabletop games
  • Music and film
  • Performance studies
  • Multimodal composition practices
  • Multimodal pedagogies within classroom spaces
  • Crafts and DIY endeavors

In addition, we are interested in essays which theorize the epistemic relationship(s) between rhetoric and sensory perception/experience.

The journal welcomes both traditional written essays and multimedia submissions, including hyperlinked webtexts, videos, podcasts, and narrated slideshows.