Z e t e o
The Journal of Interdisciplinary Writing
Call for Papers on Conflict!

conflictFor Spring 2015 we are looking for articles and essays about Conflict!

“Class warfare” is not a dirty word; it’s a feature of human history. Has Charlie Hebdo reminded us that free speech is a double-edged sword?

Please send Zeteo articles and essays about conflict and conflicts, be this from the perspective of history, gender studies, psychology, science, the fine arts, . . .

As always we are interested in pieces rooted in scholarship, reflection, personal experience, and passionate beliefs. It’s a tall order. Help us fulfill it.

Texts, proposals, or queries should be sent to zeteojournal@gmail.com.

Please submit manuscripts in Word and to include a brief bio and a short paragraph summarizing the piece. Maximum length: about 5,000 words. Surprise us with something shorter—a fragment, an exploration, a list, a letter or response, a series of annotated images, or . . .

Deadline for submissions: 1 April 2015.

We have been developing an idea of Zeteo as a pyramid, with Zeteo is Reading as a strong base, reviews and short essays in the middle, and the prisms of our issues being fashioned semi-annually. We encourage contributors to become involved in all phases of this process: doing a “week of reading,” writing a review or short essay, contributing an article. {For yet more: See News for Potential Contributors}

More generally, eternally—

Our interests include:

Interdisciplinary pieces—that is, pieces spanning more than one field, and taking advantage of the special insights that may be gained from such spanning.

Pieces that combine, as we say, the personal, the political and the intellectual. We do not publish personal essays, but we are particularly on the lookout for writers who weave into their analysis discussion of how they have come to their subject and why it is important to them. One might speak of writers who are both well-read and not afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves, or to take sides in the conflicts of our times, or of all times.

The Uses of Confusion. Of the Unknown? We have in mind Keats’s Negative Capability:

At once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement, especially in literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously — I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties. Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.

Reading. Fifteen years ago a Silicon Valley exec gained some notoriety by announcing that, in the Age of the Internet, privacy was dead. Is reading dying out, too? We skim and skip now? Or read and write in short bursts? Are we coming to a truer understanding of what reading involves and implies?

The announcement: “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” The poet James Merrill apparently once proposed that we live in a time when more people write poetry than actually read it. The same might be true of cellphone texts.

Friendship. We’d love to see pieces that explore what friendship is. (N.B.Zeteo does not publish personal essays. Our pieces may well have their autobiographical moments, but they should be rooted in reflection and study of others’ reflection and research.)

Nothing makes me so dejected as to have met my friends, for they make me doubt it if it is possible to have any friends. . . . Not in a single thought agreed; regularly balking one another. But when I get far away, my thoughts return to them. . . . Thus I am taught that my friend is not an actual person. When I have withdrawn and am alone, I forget the actual person and remember only my ideal. Then I have a friend again. — Henry David Thoreau, from a Journal entry of November 3, 1858

This is a sampling of what’s on our minds. We would love to hear what’s on your minds.

Connected multiplicity—a phrase we have borrowed from John C. Meagher’s Shakespeare’s Shakespeare. We are interested in essays that, in lieu of a relentlessly focused argument, explore various paths, and allow readers to find unexpected connections and to relax in the pleasure of reading and thoughtfulness. We are also, btw, admirers of focused arguments, but Zeteo means to seek, and we want it to offer a port of call for intellectual explorers.

Camouflage. We are living in a world in which people, corporations, governments, and political groups are disguising themselves (including, at times, from themselves). Zeteo staff, for instance, are working in a range of fields—from Africana, Latino, Jewish and American studies; to ethics, fashion, film, and work and family; to women’s, gender and sexuality studies—which reveal how transformations of the self can be essential for survival. At times it’s not the strongest, but the most versatile or adaptable who survive. We want to see how interdisciplinary scholars and writers are exploring, defining and perhaps engaging in camouflage.

 

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