CFP: Critical Works

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Technoculture is seeking critical essays from a broad range of academic disciplines that focus on cultural studies of technology.

Essays we publish examine the topic technology and society, or, perhaps, technologies and societies. This call is ongoing and open topic, and we encourage a broad definition of technology. Topics could include depictions of technologies that treat a wide range of subjects related to the social sciences and humanities.

As a journal, we are interested in a conception of technology and the humanist impulse that pushes beyond contemporary American culture and its fascination with computers; we seek papers that deal with any technology or technologies in any number of historical periods from any relevant theoretical perspective.

Topics might include:

  • The use of technology by youth, especially beyond or other than their use of social media
  • The use of technology by older individuals, especially beyond or other than their use of social media
  • The use of technology by marginalized individuals, especially beyond or other than their use of social media
  • The access problem today
  • Technology and its implications for both oppression and liberation
  • Community uses of technology, especially to make or hinder change of various kinds
  • Medical issues and technologies
  • Intellectual property concerns, especially patents and trademarks, and in different historical moments
  • Literary and cinematic descriptions of technology in any historical period such as Bellamy's Looking Backward or Blade Runner
  • Use of technology from non-Western perspectives
  • Class and its implications in the use (or lack of use) of technology
  • Game studies (especially in the form of or delivered via playable online games)
  • Music, theater, and other plastic arts and the use of technology by artists
  • Sound and silence, and especially noise, the latter especially in positive senses and applications
  • Alternative forms of print texts and especially of "books" and games
  • Work and labor issues
  • Leisure
  • We also publish creative works, but always, we prefer works that use media (all forms) in new or exciting ways. Preferentially, this might include:

  • Audio works
  • Video works
  • Digital images, especially those that use digital manipulation or retro images and aren't just images straight from the camera
  • Other digitally enhanced or produced works, so long as they are stored on our server and otherwise self-contained on our website
  • For critical articles, we would like to move beyond print texts delivered via virtual means though we do not (yet) insist on native hypertexts or extended use of media. We especially encourage critical articles that are themselves games and/or interactive texts of various sorts.

    We will publish scholarly/critical papers in a citation style appropriate to the home disciplines of the authors (MLA preferred).

    Critical works published in Technoculture are published continuously; we will close off each year's volume on 31 December of each year and rollover all submissions in process at that time to the next year automatically.

    All critical and creative works are peer reviewed.

    We also encourage inquiries at inquiries at tcjournal dot org for reviews of all sorts of materials (books, movies, theater, games, objects and so on), though for reviews, we do want you to inquire first! Reviews must be timely: their subject must have a copyright, patent or licensing date of no more than two or three years old from the date of inquiry. Further, reviews of artifacts of popular artifacts such as games or movies must still have a critical distance and attention to detail, though they do not necessarily require outside sources other than a citation of the work being reviewed.

    In all events, we are not interested in “how to” pedagogical papers that deal with the use of technology in the classroom. PLEASE do not inquire about pedagogical essays.

    Authors of all materials are welcome to submit abstracts and inquiries for critical works, and reviews to inquiries at tcjournal dot org. Formal submissions of all works will be by Submittable; please visit and sign up for a Submittable account (if you do not yet have one) at and submit your work there.

    Last Modified: 12 June, 2017