CfP ‘Fiction Machines’

‘Fiction Machines’

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After an inspiring day in Bath earlier this month (see above) at this event on fiction machines with Simon O’Sullivan, Charlie Tweed, Mikey Georgeson, and many others, I’m very pleased to announce a related cfp for a special issue of the International Journal of Creative Media Research.

Guest Editors: Charlie Tweed (Bath Spa University), Tony David Sampson (UEL) and Andy Weir (Arts University Bournemouth)

In this special issue of the IJCMR we will ask how fictional methods are being employed to rethink and renegotiate our relationship with current and future technologies; how such methods can be used from activist and political perspectives; how they can address and critique post-truth conditions; how they can reveal forgotten histories and non-human perspectives; and how they can be used to speculate on, and design, new futures and new sorts of machine.

This special issue of invites practice-based researchers with an interest in Fiction Machines to submit works that locate themselves around one of the following thematic strands:

  • Activist fictions

  • Speculative design fictions

  • Non-human fictions

  • Post-truth fictions

The deadline for submissions is 30 October 2019 for publication in July 2020. Please email 300-word abstracts to .

We will accept work in three submission categories:

  • ‘Single-Piece Explorations’ (i.e. a single video or audio piece accompanied by a 1,500-word research statement)

  • ‘Multi-Piece Portfolios’ (i.e. a number of mixed media artefacts like video, image and audio, accompanied by up to a 3,000-word commentary)

  • ‘Practice Discoveries’ (i.e. a 6,000-word article about an area of creative practice)

​Link to journal

https://www.creativemediaresearch.org/call-for-papers

About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018) and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Social Media (due 2020 with Polity Press). Tony is the organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK (see archive on this blog). As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Tony has been project lead on a number of funded projects that bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach. These activities have included large conferences, symposia and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres, co-organized with community groups and local authorities. Tony occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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