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M/C - Media and Culture
www.media-culture.org.au/
is calling for contributors to the 'street' issue of

M/C Journal
journal.media-culture.org.au/

M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a crossover journal
between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed journal.

To see what M/C Journal is all about, check out our Website, which contains
all the issues released so far, at
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To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit
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Call for Papers: 'street'
Edited by Kate Oakley and Jinna Tay

Street in its most conventional sense represents the link between
physical places, but more than that, they are spaces where cultural
negotiations
are made. They are everyday spaces where the informal meets the formal, and
the public meets the private. In other words, they are spaces where
unanticipated, sudden encounters may take place, or where ordinary space
may be made special. Their utilitarian purpose may be subverted and they
become spaces for Formula 1 races, charity runs, street parties,
revolutions, protests, and markets. They may be formal sites known for
consumption, entertainment, and recreation or where drugs, sex and
gambling are found behind closed doors.

Streets are not accidents, they are shaped by social and economic change
and in popular media are often seen as shorthand for class and lifestyle
differentiation - think Coronation Street, Sesame Street, 42nd Street,
Wisteria Lane (Desperate Housewives), or Ramsey Street (Neighbours).
They are sites of social inclusion and exclusion - loitering on the street,
street kids, living on the street, wrong side of the street, and
graffiti on the street all present conflicting notions surrounding shared city
spaces.

Yet, knowing your back streets distinguishes one as a local from the
outsider. Being street wise is integral to top selling computer games
like Grand Theft Auto, Gangland or Sim City, where the strategy lies in
competent negotiation of streets. Street credibility is the badge of
acceptance for the privileged outsider.

The street is thus a transformative site, given to different cultural
practices and a multiplicity of uses. This issue of M/C Journal invites
articles relating to 'street' on any of the range of themes outlined above.

Send 1000-1500 word articles to street@journal.media-culture.org.au.

Article deadline: 1 May 2006
Issue release date: 28 June 2006


M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture") in 1998
as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting
of media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C
Journal for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for
comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are
blind peer-reviewed.

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Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2006:

'free': article deadline 26 June 2006, release date 23 August
2006
'filth': article deadline 21 August 2006, release date 18 October
2006
'jam': article deadline 16 October 2006, release date 13 December
2006

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All past issues of M/C Journal on various topics are available there.
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Dr Axel Bruns

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General Editor editor@media-culture.org.au
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