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Humanist Archives: May 24, 2021, 6:42 a.m. Humanist 35.37 - pubs: call for submissions: Taking Control

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 37.
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        Date: 2021-05-24 05:05:35+00:00
        From: Jo Parnell <>
        Subject: call for submissions for an edited collection

Announcement: Call-for-Papers:

This call has been slightly revised.

This call is for abstract submissions for an international edited
collection now entitled Taking Control: the use of critical and creative
digital tools in the now and beyond, in  screen, literature, graphic
texts, and visual culture narratives.

Currently I am seeking a number of academics and professionals in the
field who might like to send me an abstract for consideration for
inclusion in the book.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the deadline date for abstracts has
been extended: abstracts now due 19  October 2021.

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.

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, including e-books and electronic literature
genres and graphic texts, and visual culture 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 consider, but not limited to,
are, how the use of AI in these productions may:

•       connect to the viewer’s/reader’s world to foster a new reality and
encourage learning;
•       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
multi- disciplinary;
•       provide immediate access to resources that we can trust to provide
accurate information, and that is enriching and productive;
•       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;
•       discuss how the human-AI blend can be used to highlight or determine
the use of cultural criticism and/or cultural meaning in the relevant
•       discuss the potential of the human-AI blend for extension and
expansion, and possible future uses in the stated genres.

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,
graphic texts  and visual culture 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.      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
email. 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  alternatively  or

Dr Jo Parnell. | Honorary Associate Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
College of Human and Social Futures
M: +61 (0)421 993 253
International author and editor

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