[Msa-discuss] CFP--NANO: New American Notes Online: An Academic Journal for Big Ideas in a Small World

Ruth Garcia RGarcia at citytech.cuny.edu
Sat Feb 16 21:29:17 EST 2013


*Call for Papers: **NANO: New American Notes Online**: An Academic Journal
for Big Ideas in a Small World*

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*Issue 4       *



*New Deadline: 26 April 2013*



*Special Theme: Competition*



*Last July, the world witnessed Olympic athletes perform at their limits
for personal and national glory. But, London restaurants also competed for
customers. Journalists from around the globe vied for the best story. Fans,
too, formed an important part of Olympic competition, even if they were
thousands of miles away from the physical action. Fans may not have
competed on the track, but fans did compete against the fans of opposing
teams.*



*Why do we feel compelled to compete, to watch competitions, and to pick
sides?*



*Even if NANO invokes the royal “we” to describe who witnessed this
competitive macro event, we do so in light of its scale and scope: 200
nations will send representatives to the XXX Olympiad.*

*Competition is old and vast. Some even argue that it is innate. People
compete for housing, jobs, mates, political office, airtime, downtime, the
biggest toys, the newest ideas, and the right sneakers. This special issue
of NANO seeks submissions on competition writ large.*



*Three question tracks:*



*1. Are we competitive because we are animals, or, do we become animals
through competition?*

*2. What do people compete for, and how do they go about it? Is competition
cruel, sublime, or something in between?*

*3. What is new in competition theory? What new competitions are out there?
What are the counter-narratives to competition narratives?*

*A partial list of possible categories/topics:*



*Business:  stock markets, markets, jobs, ethics, globalization,
protectionism*



*Economics:  capitalism, Marxism, socialism, oligopoly, monopoly, other
systems*



*Education:  getting into college, testing, grades, scholarships, awards,
grants*



*Games:  gambling, casinos, cards, board games, schoolyard/informal play*



*Politics:  presidential races, primaries, polls, long shots, running
mates, the democratic process, democracy, monarchy*



*Science:  competition theory, game theory, evolution, survival of the
fittest, biology, mating*



*Sports:  team, individual, popular, unpopular, dangerous, violent,
official, unofficial*



*Sporting Events:  Olympics, Tour de France, World Cup, Super Bowl, World
Series*



*Send queries or completed notes to editor.nanocrit at gmail.com or
sscanlan at citytech.cuny.edu*



Sean Scanlan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

New York City College of Technology

The City University of New York

300 Jay Street, Namm 520

Brooklyn, NY 11201



Editor: *NANO: New American Notes Online*

http://www.nanocrit.com



Phone: 718-260-5123 <file://localhost/tel/718-260-5123>

Email: sscanlan at citytech.cuny.edu

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-- 
Ruth G. Garcia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
New York City College of Technology
The City University of New York
300 Jay Street, Namm 503
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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