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Editors: R. Shields (University of Lancaster/Carleton University)
J. van Loon (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
I. Roderick

Call for Papers

A Virtual Society? Issue 5

What would it mean to argue that certain social groups and cultures
are already in, or are entering a 'virtual society'? Does 'the
virtual' have any significance? Isn't any product, category,
representation, activity or gesture both 'natural' and virtual at the
same time: turned in two directions, both concrete and abstract by
virtue of its quality as an element of culture, and by virtue of being
an object or represention amongst others. Such developments would
appear to be only half decipherable as virtual, as the bearers of a
series of relations with other abstract cultural representations.
However, they retain a quality of substantiality, however ambiguous.
We are seeking papers which critically explore the advantages and
risks of 'the virtual', query the implications of a wholesale
redefinition of some aspects of cultural activity in the terms and
phrases of virtuality - virtual-cultural industries, virtual
sociality, virtual realities, virtual bodies, virtual sex. What are
the slippages between the virtual and the natural, and relations of
this 'new' arena of culture with traditions, bodies, and everyday
life? How does the libidinal economy of desire and of aspirations
change around workstyles, skills, new forms of interaction and urban
and infrastructure developments. Based on this critical examination,
what are the elements of an agenda for interrogating a virtual

Deadline for Submissions: April 30, 1998.

Other Current Calls

Issue 2 - Apocalypse: The Collapse of Time and Space into a Void of
'The End'. Deadline: 30 April 1997

Issue 3 - Habitable Spaces: How Are the Cruellest Spaces Made
Inhabitable? Deadline: 31 August 1997

Issue 4 - Webs, Networks & Organizational Space
Deadline: 31 December 1997

Issue 6 - Anti-Methods: Expressive Forms of Researching and Writing
Culture. Deadline: 31 August 1998

NOTE: Submissions need not be limited to the particular theme of each
issue. All manuscripts that meet with Space and Culture's mandate will
be considered for publication.

Double spaced submissions in Harvard format in three copies with short
abstract (100-150 words) and IBM diskette to the address below.

A complete submission guide can be requested by email or retreived
from our website (in RTF or Word for Windows 6 format).

Space & Culture
Design, Space and Society Research Unit
Room A37
Cartmel College
University of Lancaster
Lancaster LA1 4YL U.K.
Fax: +44 (01524) 594256
Tel: +44 (01524) 594188
Email: or

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