CfP: „Authentic“ (M/C Journal)

Media and Culture, M/C Journal, Special issue:
Editors: Nicholas Hookway and Sara James
Deadline: 16 Jan. 2015

M/C Journal is inviting new contributors. Founded in 1998, M/C is a crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed journal. Our Website at provides open access to all past issues.

To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit

Authenticity pervades contemporary culture. From therapy and self-help culture to moral exhorts to be ‚true to yourself‘ to debates about ‚realness‘ in political and online life, authenticity is the value of our times. We seek to perform authentically, to consume authentic products and to be authentic people. To describe something as inauthentic is the critic’s cruellest barb, implying that the product or person under review is contrived, insincere, or at worst, soulless. As Charles Taylor has suggested, authenticity is not simply an „offshoot of individualism“, it is in itself a „powerful moral ideal“ (Ethics of Authenticity, 14-15).

Ideals of self-fulfilment, personal improvement and ‚being true to myself‘ are central to Western culture but how productive are these ideals and what are their consequences for moral, social and cultural life? Is the prominence of authenticity an expression of growing narcissism or does it engender new forms of responsibility and care?

This issue of M/C Journal seeks to investigate the significance of authenticity in regards to self, culture and society across key areas of social life from ethics, spirituality, work and intimacy to new media, tourism, health and environment. We invite submissions that assess the role of authenticity in late-modern life and its real-world applications and consequences.

Topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • Self-improvement and authenticity as cultural and moral values
  • Authentic relationships, intimacies and sexualities
  • Authentic spaces and places
  • Authentic selves, identify and performance
  • Authentic forms of cultural production and consumption in music, art, food and fashion
  • Role of authenticity in new health and wellness paradigms
  • Debates around ‚realness‘ in public life, especially political leaders
  • Authentic forms of spirituality and religious practice
  • Authentic work and employment cultures and practices

Prospective contributors should email an abstract of 100-250 words and a brief biography to the issue editors. Abstracts should include the article title and should describe your research question, approach, and argument. Biographies should be about three sentences (maximum 75 words) and should include your institutional affiliation and research interests. Articles should be 3000 words (plus bibliography). All articles will be refereed and must adhere to MLA style (6th edition).

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All articles must be submitted through the M/C Journal site.

Article deadline: 16 Jan. 2015
Issue release date: 18 Mar. 2015

M/C Journal was founded (as „M/C – A Journal of Media and Culture“) in 1998 as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting of media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C Journal for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are blind peer-reviewed.

Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2014 and 2015:

‚counterculture‘: article deadline 10 Oct. 2014, release date 10 Dec. 2014
‚authentic‘: article deadline 16 Jan. 2015, release date 18 Mar. 2015
‚technique‘: article deadline 27 Feb. 2015, release date 29 Apr. 2015
‚fat‘: article deadline 24 Apr. 2015, release date 24 June 2015
‚curate‘: article deadline 19 June 2015, release date 19 Aug. 2015
‚beginnings‘: article deadline 14 Aug. 2015, release date 14 Oct. 2015
‚re-imagine‘: article deadline 9 Oct. 2015, release date 9 Dec. 2015

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