We would like to invite you to submit articles to Miscellanea Posttotalitariana Wratislaviensia, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Post-totalitarian Studies of the Institute of Slavic Studies (University of Wrocław, Poland) and indexed in Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci (CNS), The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (CEJSH), and Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA, ProQuest). More specifically, we are seeking for essays and reviews for an issue on Post-communist Children’s Culture in Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe, which will be devoted to mapping new phenomena in children’s literature and media culture that have emerged during the transition from late communism to late capitalism. As Anikó Imre argues in Globalization and the Transformation of Media Cultures in the New Europe (2009), children from Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe are post-communist subjects for whom communism is an inherited memory, whose perspectives, values and skills differ from those of older generations, and whose subjectivities are developing in the shadow of adults’ anxieties about this divide. As sources of knowledge and social capital, children’s cultural products both reflect and attempt to resolve tensions caused by the formation of new individual and collective subjectivities. Exploration of regional, European and global affiliations shaping contemporary children’s culture in post-communist Europe offers a vital contribution to a broader inquiry into processes of cultural change and their significance for the formation of national identity in post-totalitarian countries. Contributions are welcomed from a range of fields, such as popular culture, new media, games, literature, education, and childhood.
Possible areas of investigation:
– reflective and restorative nostalgia for communist children’s entertainment vs. technoeuphoria, neoliberalism, and the celebration of transnational mobility
– childhood heritage
– globalization vs. localization
– children’s culture and Eurocentric values (e.g. the “Catching up with Europe” project, a pan-European democracy, the EuropaGO project)
– children’s relations with interactive media, peer-to-peer technologies and participatory culture
– edutainment vs. centralized, nationalized and literature-based education
– children’s culture and citizenship education
– nationalisms, ethnocentrism, homophobia, misogyny, racism, and xenophobia in children’s culture
– relations between children’s and adult media cultures
– children’s books markets
– promotion of children’s literature and culture
Essay should be sent to Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (email@example.com) andMateusz Świetlicki (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 10th April 2017. Submissions should be 5000-6000 words. We will aim to reply to authors by 20th April 2017, with the aim of arranging reviews and completing revisions for 15th June and publication by the end of 2017. Please keep in mind that the essays must satisfy the formal requirements provided below.
Dr. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (Institute of English Studies, University of Wroclaw)
and Dr. Mateusz Świetlicki (Institute of Slavic Studies, University of Wroclaw)
U nastavku vam prosljeđujemo poziv za člancima za novu antologiju “Good Grief(s): Historical and Culture Readings of Peanuts”.
Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts was not only a milestone in comic art, but a reflector and shaper of American culture throughout the twentieth century. From its humble origins in 1950, Schultz’s deceptively simple line art conveyed the gamut of human experiences, capitalizing on universal themes from unrequited love to happiness being nothing more than embracing a warm puppy. Schulz, who continuously produced a new installment every day for fifty years, drew on a wealth of historical and cultural references, from World War I andThe Great Gatsby to Ludwig von Beethoven and Vincent Van Gogh. Contemporary issues, including Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s record, the Apollo moon landing, and prayer in schools all appeared throughout his strip’s lifespan.
The ubiquity of Peanuts in the funny pages, on greeting cards, appearing in animated specials, and other facets of American culture have largely shielded it from cultural analysis. Not surprisingly, the majority of attention focuses on art criticism, or, more pointedly, art appreciation. Works, such as Schulz’s own celebratory anthologies of reprints, Chip Kidd’s The Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, Robert L. Short’s The Parables of Peanuts, and Richard Greene’s and Rachel Robinson-Greene’s Peanuts and Philosophy, address Schulz’s contribution to the American zeitgeist, but barely scratch the surface of the rich cultural textures contained within.
This anthology is the first work to touch upon Peanuts as a historical and cultural document. The characters and props—ranging from Lucy’s psychiatric booth to Snoopy’s dog house to Charlie Brown’s pitcher mound—are certainly ripe for explorations of historical and cultural themes in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
While Schulz’s cast of characters have appeared in other media, including Broadway shows, decades of television specials, a motion picture, and various collectible memorabilia, the primary focus should remain on the comic strip. Submissions should consider one storyline, character, or theme during a set of years; an analysis of “Lucy vs. The Masked Marvel” has a greater chance of being accepted than a broad overview tracing Charlie Brown’s characterization from 1950 to 2000.
Potential topics include but are no means limited to:
This anthology anticipates the seventieth anniversary of Peanuts, with a planned publication date of 2018/2019. It is under contract to McFarland & Co.
Abstracts of 250 words are due March 15, 2017. All submissions will be acknowledged.
Contributors’ first drafts will be due by mid-September 2017.
Final drafts are due by February 14, 2018. Final drafts will run approximately 20 pages and reflect Peanuts’s wide readership of academics and popular audiences alike.
The book will certainly serve as a capstone for examining the entirety of Charles M. Schulz’s universe as well as a launching point for further Peanuts studies.
Thank you for your attention. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Peter W. Lee
An invitation to send a paper to the periodical Elementary Education in Theory and Practice.
Krystyna Zabawa <email@example.com>, University of Cracow, is editor in chief of the thematic issue: “Values and anti-values in children’s literature”. Articless will be accepted till 1.06.2017.
Links to the periodical website:
The articles are published both in Polish and English. The journala is referenced in indexes such as: BazHum, CEEOL, CEJHS, Index Copernicus, Pol-index.
Here are the links to indexes and the call for papers.
Another issue will be devoted to Periodicals for Children in the 19th and 20th century (deadline 1.09.2017.) – this one will be only in English.
U prilogu možete naći poziv za eseje / članke za specijalni broj časopisa Americana E-Journal.