Call for Submissions

Thinking through Time

Mosaic is planning a special issue with the Dutch artists Bik van der Pol. Thinking through time: current time, past time, and, of course, the future is the goal. We are especially interested in the compression and even annihilation of time and space with a specific purchase on the period beginning in 1989, which marked a decisive acceleration of economy, of growth, of globalism, of movement, of population, of transportation, etc., and ending in 2020, when over a few weeks the world came to a halt under the influence of the pandemic that spread as rapidly and widely as people, commodities, and capital once moved. If we take 1989 and 2020 as marking points of acceleration and coming to a full-stop, then what now? Does stopping, slowing, reversing, accelerating, or mimicking the stuttering movement and flow of time, people, and goods provide a model for imagining change? We especially welcome feminist, queer, and bipoc contributions as well as submissions instancing Indigenous knowledges, decolonizing perspectives from the global South, and the voices of critical race theory. In what ways and how is the future to be forged?

Deadline: August 31, 2021

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Re: Reproduction

Mosaic invites innovative and interdisciplinary submissions on the problem of reproduction. From Marxism and psychoanalysis on to feminism, queer theory, critical race theory, ecological criticism, and deconstruction, critical analysis has pushed reproduction beyond the oppressive binaries that dictate class, the subject, hetero-normative gender, the inequalities of race, or our relations with the non-human world. And yet, from the standpoint of genetic mutations to the increasing stranglehold of the Neo-liberalimperative, tweaking and streamlining reproduction has also led to greater suffering. How can we rethink reproduction now, so as not to reproduce existing economic, social, geopolitical, raced, gendered, and environmental relations? What kind of alternate futurities lie folded within extant models of reproduction? What of the temporal displacements themselves, or for that matter the contradictions that inhere within any structure of futurity, when sustaining even the minimal conditions of the reproduction of life confront so many obstacles? Reproduction understood as both a biological and technical question, an issue of substitution and displacement, through industrial process or trauma as much as a logocentric motive inhering within texts, or as governing a historical crucible are all equally relevant. Historical case studies, speculative work, close readings in the deconstructive tradition, and wider-ranging accounts working across the uneven topographies of reproduction are all encouraged.

Deadline: November 1, 2021

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Current Issue

General Issue (September 2020)

This general issue features essays by Phillip E. Wegner, whose argument for “fixing the intolerable present” turns on science fiction, and specifically the film adaptation of Uncanny X-Men (1980), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014); Jill Marsden, who brings us into proximity with irreducibly singular moments in Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”; and Fergal Gaynor, who examines the performative dimension to breathing in Samuel Beckett’s How It Is.

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