Special Issue of Pages on Arts and Design: Insularity: Islands and Insolation (Oct 2016)

Website: PAD Deadline for submissions: 1 October 2016 Editor: Fedja Vukić The editor invites contributions to the issue 14 of Pad-pages...

Website: PAD
Deadline for submissions: 1 October 2016

Editor: Fedja Vukić

The editor invites contributions to the issue 14 of Pad-pages on art and design - online journal (to be released by the end of 2016) that will focus on island life, island cultures and insularity as an identity and cultural issue.

“The isolation spins its mysterious cocoon, focusing the mind on one place, one time, one rhythm - the turning of the light. The island knows no other human voices, no other footprints.”
M.L. Stedman, The Light between Oceans

For much of human history, islands were a geographical fact but the metaphor too - for an isolated area of living, a separation from the mainland, an insularity. Island communities were not only the specific types of collective living but the examples of human struggle for survival in a essential and confined given space. Voluntary choice for dismemberment from the mainland is a driver to insularity, given by tradition, history context or a forced act of transfer from the usual conditions. Islands of contemporary world, surrounded by the seas of water or social closure function in a isolation of a new kind: inherited geographical and cultural static is complemented by  symbolic and physical dynamic, of communication content and of humans in travel, as tourists or migrants.

Just how much the complexity of contemporary networked world, in a reality of mass scale economy crumbled by hard choices for the post-fossil fuel future, is related to the island communities and island cultures, as most of the conflicts are conducted on the mainland? Is the insularity as a human feeling and a state of culture confined to geographic islands only or is it a state of mind, a loneliness in culture in an age of vast social networks? Are there islands and isolated communities on mainland too, "do cultural islands still exist" (Hylland Eriksen (1993), does insularity function as global discomfort?

The focus of this theme issue of PAD journal is on communal life in confinement of an island and insularity as a way of cultural identification of such a confinement. We would like to explore the ways design theory, criticism and practice comprehends this issue of island life and insularity in contemporary world by way of a collection of essays creating a small body of cultural theory, material culture research, case studies, criticism, examples of good design practices, education practice and  innovative concepts and scenarios examples. The aim is to explore, from various perspectives and disciplinary methods, the divergent island culture of today as to  realize  - the island life and insularity  is merely "an exception in a sea of convergence" (Rappleye 2015:77) or a exemplary topic with wider cognitive potential for the world of tomorrow?

Call for contributions
We invite academics, scholars, educators, researchers and practitioners to contribute original papers that are included but not limited to the following topics:

Track_1: ISLAND STATIC AS GIVEN GEOGRAPHICAL FACT AND AN ON-GOING DEPOPULATION PROBLEM:- Sustainability of life on islands;- Physical and symbolic systems to preserve life on islands;- Remnants of mass scale economy or micro scale production as a choice for islands communities. AS ABANDONED CULTURAL METAPHOR?- Cultural islands and policy making;- Culture of islands and global context. AS ISOLATED URBAN CONTEXT- The problem of historical city-centers and tourism (unintentional island);- Insularity culture and the future of the cities.

Track_2: ISLAND DYNAMICS- Of a community;- Of a person;- Of cultural production;- Of a political action.

HYLLAND, E. T., In Which sense Do Cultural islands exist?, (1993), Social
Anthropology 1, 133-147.

RAPPLEYE, J.(2015), Revisiting the metaphor of the island: challenging
'world culture' from an island misunderstood, Globalisation, Societies and
Education, 13:1, 58-87.

Further informations here.



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The Trouble with Normal...: Special Issue of Pages on Arts and Design: Insularity: Islands and Insolation (Oct 2016)
Special Issue of Pages on Arts and Design: Insularity: Islands and Insolation (Oct 2016)
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