[Humanist] 30.726 call for proposals: interdisciplinary engineering

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Feb 8 09:34:39 CET 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 726.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2017 15:43:32 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: call for proposals

Call for proposals
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (1976--)

Background: the journal

Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (ISR) is a quarterly journal that aims 
to set contemporary and historical developments in the natural and 
social sciences, engineering and technology into their social and 
cultural contexts and to illumine their interrelations with the 
humanities and arts. Much more is said about ISR's intellectual project 
in an editorial that appeared in the journal at the beginning of 
last year. I attach it, below.

Most of ISR's issues are devoted to specific though wide-ranging themes; 
approximately one issue per year is for unsolicited essays. Examples of 
the thematic issues from the recent past are the Two Cultures Debate 
(41.2-3), Software and Scholarship (40.4), Theatre and Science (39.3), 
Master and Servant in Technoscience (37.4) and Computational Picturing 
(37.1). In 2010 ISR devoted a double-issue to the work of the historian 
of ancient science G.E.R Lloyd (35.3-4, freely downloadable). It 
included an essay by Lloyd, "History and human nature", to which 15 
colleagues responded. For 2018 a similar double-issue on the work of 
anthropologist Tim Ingold is currently underway.

The thematic issues are guest-edited; some of them take on a life of 
their own and become reference points in the fields they address.

The call: Interdisciplinary Engineering

On behalf of ISR allow me to issue this call for proposals, in the first 
instance on the topic of engineering with the emphasis on knowing 
through making and on world-building. Computationally orientated 
contributions would be welcome, but the aim should be to include a wide 
range of philosophical, historical, biological and anthropological 
disciplines. Hands-on, embodied, motile, experimental and exploratory 
perspectives would be most welcome.

Whatever our academic paymasters may say, editing such an issue offers a 
significant opportunity -- as well as a not insignificant amount of 
work. Experience suggests, however, that such burdens are light.

ISR is completely booked until late 2019, so there is time to find 
contributors, negotiate with them and manage their submissions. If you 
are interested please write to me. A proposal should be no more than 2 
pages in length. Kindly include a c.v. or URL. I will answer preliminary 
enquiries promptly.

Please do circulate this call to whomever might be interested.

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney
University and North Carolina State University; Editor,
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20)

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