We were all thrilled to hear that our very own Alvin Pang is consultant editor for issue 5 of AXON, the peer review journal of the International Poetry Studies Institute at the Univ of Canberra.
The issue's guiding theme is recovery...
1. A return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength
2. The action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost
Submissions for the fifth issue of the journal, which will be published in September 2013 are being called for. The issue aims, in particular, to explore a broad range of perspectives on Asia. Alvin Pang is working with the Axon editorial team on this issue.
Among other themes and topics, they invite contributions that address:
• Pain, convalescence and resilience as a way of apprehending the Asia-Pacific region and its return to the centre of world affairs, in the context of its complex tapestry of historical humiliation, political turmoil, personal suffering, natural disaster, economic imbalance, cultural amnesia.
• The perceived value of literature - e.g. as a form of intellectual, moral and spiritual tonic, or opposing questions about its material or utilitarian worth.
• The role of the marketplace in defining or challenging received notions of cultural identity and expression.
• The challenges and opportunities of language and translation.
• Dynamic, diverse and different forms of cultural engagement - with, within and across Asia - that deserve wider attention.
Contributions that are off-theme, though still in line with the scope of the journal, are also welcome.
They also welcome papers that range into the fields of the visual and/or performing arts.
Submissions: scholarly articles, essays and interviews, visual, sonic and other digital media are invited. Final revised articles, papers, essays and interviews (including endnotes) will be between 3,000 and 6,000 words in length. All scholarly contributions are double-blind peer reviewed. (Please note that while Axon publishes poetry, all poetry contributions will be directly solicited by the journal's editors.)
Submissions should be previously unpublished, although works previously published in a workshop or conference proceedings may be submitted for consideration if they have been substantially revised.
Please contribute by entering your email address and writing a message at the very bottom of the AXON webpage here. Deadline: 31 March 2013.