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Mon, 9 Mar 2009 17:39:37 -0500
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> darkmatter Journal -
> Special Issue - Call for Papers: Pirates and Piracy in History,  
> Literature and Theory
> Once consigned to the romance of film and literature, the figure of
> the pirate has a renewed cultural presence. From solicitous debates
> around intellectual property to the recent maritime hijackings off the
> Horn of Africa, piracy looms large in the twenty-first century. This
> special issue of darkmatter seeks to engage critically with the
> politics of piracy. As in the 17th and 18th centuries, piracy today is
> an activity that often takes place at the so-called periphery of
> metropolitan capitalism. Piracy challenges the primitive accumulation
> and wage labour discipline of capitalism at large, while
> recapitulating and amplifying its violence. This special issue is
> interested in work that explores how and why modern piracy emerges
> against the backdrop of neo/colonial relations of production.
> Possible topics might include:
> * Piracy as the expression/outside of global capitalism
> * Piracy and inter/transnational law, property rights and human rights
> * Piracy and the War on Terror
> * Media piracy and the geopolitics of the culture industry
> * The pirate as a celebrated and reviled figure of rebellion and
> neo/colonial resistance
> * Outlaws, pirates and poachers in media studies, cultural studies and
> philosophy
> * Freebooters, pirates and buccaneers, and their place in capitalist
> and neo/colonial relations of production
> * The cultural politics of race, digital reproduction and p2p
> file-sharing technologies
> * Racialized representations and performativity of the pirate and
> piracy in film, animation, art and literature
> * The pirate as a figure of trangressive dis/ability
> Articles between 1,500 - 8,000 words are welcome, as are alternative
> format submissions such as commentaries, reviews, audio, visual and
> digital contributions. Please submit an 300 - 500 word abstract if you
> are interested.
> For darkmatter's editorial policy and online submission information:
> For inquiries about the 'Pirates and Piracy' special issue,
> email Andrew Opitz (Guest Editor): [log in to unmask]
> Deadline for Abstracts: 1 May 2009
> Deadline for Articles: 1 Sept 2009
> Publication date: Nov 2009

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