New issue of Stream online


The second and latest issue of Stream: Culture/Politics/Technology is now online. This is an open access academic journal put out by  graduate caucus in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. The journal is a labour of love for the volunteers who have worked so hard on moving Stream from a concept to a quality peer-reviewed journal for grad students of Canadian communication studies. Big ups go especially to managing editor Danielle Deveau. general editor Rebecca Scott and production manager, Ben Woo.

The call for papers for the next issue, due out Fall 2009, is pasted below. Anyone looking to develop their publication record can find a gentler entry into the publish-or-perish world at Stream. So crack out last semester’s term paper and with a little effort, see if you can’t turn it into a submission…

Call for Papers and Digital Art for special issue:
Art, Culture and Everyday Life

During the recent Canadian federal election, much controversy arose over the Conservative government’s $45 million funding cuts to the arts and culture. Harper claimed that the arts did not concern “ordinary Canadians.” Appealing to the working class, Harper suggested that “when ordinary working people come home, turn on the TV and see … a bunch of people … at a rich gala all subsidized by taxpayers claiming their subsidies aren’t high enough when they know those subsidies have actually gone up, I’m not sure that’s something that resonates with ordinary people.” His statement drew censure from artists, politicians, academics and “ordinary Canadians,” notably Margaret Atwood in a Globe and Mail piece who cited rates of poverty among artists; the economic value of the cultural industries; the ordinariness of artists; DIY cultural production; the everyday impacts of culture; and the “universal” drive for creativity as counter examples to this conservative rhetoric. All of these perspectives seem to suggest that politics and class intersect at the juncture of culture in everyday life.

This special issue of Stream broadly considers debates like those raised by this case, as well as current issues in communication and culture. Possible topics include:

* everyday technologies
* public culture and the public sphere
* cultural industries or culture industry?
* the arts and the political imagination
* DIY culture and citizenship practices
* financial barriers to cultural participation
* popular taste and cultural capital
* intellectual property and independent cultural labour
* globalization and cultural sovereignty
* borders and digital technologies

We invite academic papers related to these topics. We also seek methodology papers with early research study findings and artistic projects developed as part of a graduate degree (these projects should include an academic paper component). For all submissions, we encourage authors to take advantage of the online capabilities of our journal by including links, images, sound or video files, etc. (it is the authors responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright holder). Deadline is July 1, 2009.

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