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Humanist Archives: July 13, 2020, 8:38 a.m. Humanist 34.164 - corrected cfp: Taking Control

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        Date: 2020-07-13 07:16:03+00:00
        From: Jo Parnell 
        Subject: corrrection: Taking Control

[Following is a reformatted cfp that apparently did not make the
due-date for proposals clear enough. Thanks to Susan Wiesner for
pointing this out. --WM]

Announcement: Call-for-Papers

This call is for submissions for an international edited collection
entitled Taking Control: the critical and creative uses of digital tools
in the now, the foreseeable future, and beyond, in screen, literature,
and the visual arts. The deadline for abstracts is 15 December 2020. See
the end of this posting for instructions on how to submit.

Taking Control seeks to examine the current uses, and the potential for
expansion and extension, and possible future uses of AI in relation to
screen and literature and visual culture texts and narratives; as well
as the little explored angle of cultural criticism and cultural meaning
in those human-AI assisted productions.
Suggestions for potential contributions to Taking Control are: how the
use of AI in these productions may sharpen, and ask for answers to, big
questions that intersect with our society and environment and worlds;
encourage further research that opens new possibilities as well as an
open-mindedness in the quest for a deeper understanding; create
platforms that cross cultures and borders, to become inter- and
multidisciplinary; provide immediate access to resources that we can
trust to provide accurate information, and that is enriching and
productive; and bring to the table a common “language” that can create a
shared experience, with the potential to cross borders into other
disciplines, and sustain our cultural heritage. The aim of Taking
Control is to highlight the human-AI blend in creativity as a vibrant
multidisciplinary thematic area where we urgently need better
understanding and clear parameters to judge success and failure.

Technology can be misused, yet in the human-AI blend humans have the
power to intervene. In these interactions, there is the potential to
take things to a different level. The power of the human, the ability to
think differently, and critically and creatively, together with the
technical abilities of the immediate computer for holding, sorting, and
providing masses of big data, hold out the possibility of expanded human
creativity. When you choose and use information fairly, it makes the
outcome compelling and accurate. AI affects what people look for; what
they enter, and how they respond, and what that reveals and changes
about the people, can affect our societies and cultures. Wherever you
add questions about our environment, for instance, AI it sharpens it so
we can relate to it.  Thus, how it relates to the human experience, to
our world, and human society, much depends on how we manage it, where we
take it and what we do with it.

Questions remain: In what ways can human-AI assisted screen, literature
and visual culture texts and narratives expand, grow, and bring deeper
understanding of ourselves, our worlds, our environment, our culture and
society, and bring about change?  How do these works address cultural
criticism, and social and cultural meanings, and add to our
understanding of our cultures and society? What is the potential for
exploring human experience and that connect to our world, and the
possible import of these productions for the future? Admittedly, there
are differing views and opinions on the future of AI. Some think an
Artificial General Intelligence  can exist and others think not. What
does all this mean for our future society and culture?

At this initial stage, in lieu of “chapters,” this proposed work, Taking
Control, calls for extended abstracts for consideration for inclusion in
the book.

Submission instructions:

1.      The extended abstracts must be more than 1,000 and less than 1,500
(Full-length chapters of 6,000 – 7,000  words each (including notes but
excluding references lists, title of work, and key words) will be
solicited from these abstracts.)

2.      Please keep in mind that your essay-chapter will be written from your
extended abstract. Your abstract will carry the same title as your

3.      To be considered, abstracts must be written in English, and submitted
as a Word document.

4.      When writing your abstract use Times New Roman point 12,  and 1.15

5.      At the beginning of your extended abstract, immediately after the
title of your work and your name, add 5 to 8 keywords that best relate
to your work.

6.      Use the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition.

7.      Since this work is for Palgrave Macmillan UK, please use English
spelling not American English spelling.

8.      Use endnotes not footnotes, use counting numbers not Roman numerals,
and keep the endnotes to a bare minimum, working the information into
the text where possible.

9.      Do cite all your work in your extended abstract as you would in a
full chapter.

        a) in the body of the abstract, add parenthetical in-text
citations (family name of author and year, and page number/s) (e.g.
Smith 2019, 230);
        b) fully reference all in-text citations in alphabetical order,
in the References list at the end of your abstract.

10.     Please send your abstract and your documents as attachments to an

At the same time as submitting your extended abstract, in separate
documents please send the following:

a)      Your covering letter, giving your academic title/s, affiliation, your
position, and your home and telephone, and email contact details;
b)      A short bio of no more than 200 words;
c)      Your C.V., giving your publications to date, and the publishing
details and dates.

Papers should be forwarded to:

Jo Parnell Jo.Parnell@newcastle.edu.au  alternatively
annette.parnell@newcastle.edu.au or joandbobparnell@bigpond.com

Deadline for abstracts: 15  December 2020.

Dr Jo Parnell,
Conjoint Research Fellow,
Faculty of Education and Arts,
School of Humanities and Social Science,
University of Newcastle, Australia.

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