Technoculture is an independent annual peer-reviewed journal. Publishing both critical and creative works that explore the ways in which technology impacts this (or any) society, with a broad definition of technology.
We seek creative works that use new media and/or are on the subject of
technology, and essays from a broad a range of academic disciplines that
focus on cultural studies of technology. Essays we publish examine the
topic “technology and society,” or, perhaps,“technologies and
For Volume 3 (2013), The Retro Issue, we are particularly seeking essays
and creative works that focus on lost, ancient, old or dead
technologies, technologies that no one uses, or very few people still
employ. Topics could include depictions of technologies that treat a
wide range of subjects related to the social sciences and humanities.
These subjects might include:
--technologies once popular that are no longer used, such as 8-track tape
--film and television as technologies (especially in the early days of television and film)
--celebrities' use of technology in a given historical moment, such as the early days of television or the heyday of radio
--politics and technology, especially historical approaches
--music production and dissemination, especially historical approaches
(such as Listz' transcriptions of entire Wagner operas and Beethoven
--visual artists and their use of (or flight from) given technologies, especially historical approaches
--literary depictions of technologies (especially in works from other decades than our own)
--computer/video gaming (older games, rather than newer games)
--the dissemination of the arts via technology to broad or to specialized audiences in particular historical moments
--the disappearance of a given technology or technologies and what that
disappearance/disappearances means/mean for the archival issues that
surround the humanities.
--sports and sports figures of the past
--memorabilia and collectibles from the past
In particular, we are interested in a conception of “technology” and the
“humanist impulse” that pushes beyond contemporary American culture and
its fascination with computers; we seek papers that deal with any
technology or technologies in any number of historical periods from any
relevant theoretical perspective with a particular focus on old, dead
and lost technologies for this issue.
We are not interested in “how to” pedagogical papers that deal with the use of technology in the classroom.
We will publish scholarly/critical papers in the latest MLA citation
style, but also creative works including poetry and creative non-fiction
are of interest to us. We will publish art work and especially media
designed for display/dissemination on a computer monitor including still
images, video or audio.
Technoculture is published continuously; we accept submissions for
Volume 3 (2013) between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013. Authors of
all materials are welcome to submit abstracts and inquiries for critical
works, creative works and reviews.
For more information visit our website.