Excursions is an online peer reviewed journal, designed to showcase
high-quality, innovative and inventive postgraduate research and early
career research. Based at the University of Sussex, we aim to encourage
work that plays with the permeable nature of academic disciplines. It is
an invitation to journey into the unfamiliar, a space in which to reflect
upon the travels of concepts, beyond the boundaries of one’s discipline.

Please can you circulate the below Call for Papers for this
interdisciplinary workshop, and new edition of our journal, to all
postgraduate researchers, early career researchers, and other interested
parties in your department.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Heather McKnight

*Co-Editors, Excursions Journal, Networks Edition*

*equiries@excursions-journal.org.uk <equiries@excursions-journal.org.uk>,
University of Sussex*



*Call for Papers and Abstracts: ‘Networks’*

*Deadline for Symposium Abstracts: 7 August 2017*

*Deadline for Journal Articles: 31* *October 2017*

‘*To operate within the matrix of power is not the same as to replicate
uncritically relations of domination.’ Judith Butler, Gender Trouble (1990)*

‘*They have built tents across the campuses and lived there, both to show
the impact indebtedness is having on their lives, to show that they need to
move away from a university that is becoming more and more like a financial
operation, more and more commercialised.’ Sylvia Federici, Education and
the Enclosure of Knowledge in the Global University (2007)*

‘*One thanksgiving, Danny spent hours handing out flowers to people on a
busy street. It was like he was trying to jumpstart a zone of contact in
the world.’ Kathleen Steward, Ordinary Affects (2007)*

The recent political turmoil, in both the US and European context, has made
tangible the desire for dissolution of old networks of trade, communication
and allies, and we find ourselves debating the formation of new structures,
and their impact on the everyday as well as the political hierarchy. In the
meantime, networks of resistance to the right have sprung up: the Women's
March on Washington found itself in solidarity with sister marches across
the globe; people across Britain and the US wore safety pins to mark
themselves as a resource for immigrants made newly vulnerable. Divided
across the political spectrum, what these political happenings have in
common is a belief in the plasticity of networks and the potential they
have to create an alternative to the present.

Equally, developments in technology have enabled intimate surveillance of
our everyday lives, increasing the potential for intrusion and violence, by
both governments and corporations. Networks can be deeply conservative,
restructuring academic and professional fields which are often rendered
invisible in the process. Mechanisms of control, corporate or professional
networks, and the norms/practices that constitute them, can ingrain
societal exclusion and privilege.

Environmental crises, war and migration demonstrate how seemingly disparate
processes are deeply networked and how both social, natural and technical
systems are mutually constitutive. This highlights the need to be aware of
the networked complexity of the world, and the entanglement of human and
nonhuman phenomenon, which is crucial to make sense of the world in which
we exist.

Excursions Journal are seeking abstracts of 250 – 300 words for a symposium
due to take place at the University of Sussex on 27 September 2017, and
journal articles of 3000-5000 words. We are interested in receiving
submissions from a range of disciplines that engage with instances,
contemporary and historic, where the networks we have established matter.
This could include, but is not limited to:


How networks in our historical approaches help us to better understand
our present moment, or reinterpret our narratives of the past

Representations of networked practices in art, literature and music

Spatialisation, architecture and place

Economic networks of production, distribution and/or exchange

Telecommunication, technology and surveillance, conspiracy, and

How networks structure organisations and hierarchies, engaging with
networks of power, politics, social mobility and privilege

How networks are embodied, and how networks create and construct
feelings of belonging and/or isolation

Migration and borders in relation to local, national and international

The role networks play in constructing identity and identity politics,
issues of race, gender and queer networks

The transmission of ideas and practices through networking

Academic networks and critiques of these, looking inward as well as
outward, considering professional networking, and collaborative practice

Inclusion, access and discrimination in the public and/or private spheres

Use of complexity theory or speculative entropy to understand social and
practical issues

Religion, intentional communities, protest networks and the project of

The deadline for abstract submissions for the symposium is 7 august 2017,
abstracts should be between 250 – 300 words, and include a short author bio
(no more than 50 words). Please submit via

The deadline for journal submissions is 31 October 2017. Scholarly papers
should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words and must follow Harvard style
guidelines. We also encourage creative submissions in media such as film,
photography, or audio. For creative submissions, please include an abstract
and a brief biography (no more than 150 words) along with your submission.
All enquiries should be directed to enquiries@excursions-journal.org.uk.

To submit your work, register with us here:


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