Submissions

We are open to submissions for the 4th issue of TT journal.

The theme remains broadly centred on the role of the senses in making sense of our world and our place in it. By extension this also includes the impact of the pandemic on this relationship and the growing role of technology in mediating our everyday encounters. What is being gained and what is being lost? How can we creatively counter-balance this ongoing tendency by harnessing our embodied knowledge and our imagination?

Additionally, the upcoming 4th issue is has a sub-theme of attending and attention.

To Attend to be present at; to go to; to pay attention to; to look after; to take charge of; to be present with; ACCOMPANY

Etymologically “to attend” comes from Middle English (in the sense ‘apply one’s mind or energies to’): from Old French atendre, from Latin attendere, from ad- ‘to’ + tendere ‘stretch’.

At a time when attending an event can mean two things: being present in person or virtually, new questions are raised about what attendance means. If attendance and attention have the same etymological roots, can we consider attending as a form of attention rather than requiring physical presence? Can we argue that shared attention (as well as time and virtual platforms) allows us to be in attendance, together, no matter how physically displaced we are?

According to philosopher and cognitive scientist Lucas Battich (TT journal 3) shared attention not only helps us learn better, it is also multi-sensory. What effect our new, so called “hybrid reality” has on our attention? Which role do the so-called proximity senses play in being attentive, attending to presence?

Attention is a precious and limited human resource which is under pressure: multiple forces constantly fight for our attention. Not just every day demands but social media, advertising and various other inventions of our late capitalist world, which understand that attention and money are intertwined. Attention is what makes us present, attention is learning, attention is the fabric of our experience, attention is being conscious, being conscientious, it is our future memory: we remember what we pay attention to, the rest becomes an unconscious assimilation of facts.

The form which your submission can take is open: we welcome essays, subjective reflections, academic articles, interviews, but also audio-visual material, such as moving image, animation and podcasts, as well as all things in-between.

If you are interested in submitting, please get in touch, to discuss your idea or share your proposal tereza.stehlikova@network.rca.ac.uk