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Call for proposals Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (1976—)

Updated: February 08 2017

Background: the journal

Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (ISR) is a quarterly journal that aims to set contemporary and historical developments in the natural and social sciences, engineering and technology into their social and cultural contexts and to illumine their interrelations with the humanities and arts. Much more is said about ISR's intellectual project in an editorial that appeared in the journal at the beginning of last year. I attach it, below.

Most of ISR's issues are devoted to specific though wide-ranging themes; approximately one issue per year is for unsolicited essays. Examples of the thematic issues from the recent past are the Two Cultures Debate (41.2-3), Software and Scholarship (40.4), Theatre and Science (39.3), Master and Servant in Technoscience (37.4) and Computational Picturing (37.1). In 2010 ISR devoted a double-issue to the work of the historian of ancient science G.E.R Lloyd (35.3-4, freely downloadable). It included an essay by Lloyd, "History and human nature", to which 15 colleagues responded. For 2018 a similar double-issue on the work of anthropologist Tim Ingold is currently underway.

The thematic issues are guest-edited; some of them take on a life of their own and become reference points in the fields they address.

The call: Interdisciplinary Engineering

On behalf of ISR allow me to issue this call for proposals, in the first instance on the topic of engineering with the emphasis on knowing through making and on world-building. Computationally orientated contributions would be welcome, but the aim should be to include a wide range of philosophical, historical, biological and anthropological disciplines. Hands-on, embodied, motile, experimental and exploratory perspectives would be most welcome.

Whatever our academic paymasters may say, editing such an issue offers a significant opportunity -- as well as a not insignificant amount of work. Experience suggests, however, that such burdens are light.

ISR is completely booked until late 2019, so there is time to find contributors, negotiate with them and manage their submissions. If you are interested please write to me. A proposal should be no more than 2 pages in length. Kindly include a c.v. or URL. I will answer preliminary enquiries promptly.