Blindness, Issue #10
Deadline: March 1, 2013
GLIMPSE’s issue on the theme of blindness will investigate interpretations, explanations, and manifestations of blindness through the lenses of science, social science, art, and the humanities. We are interested in writings that tackle blindness as a physical state and/or as a state of mind. Do certain manifestations of blindness disrupt traditional views of a body/mind divide, i.e. cases in which blindness may be psychosomatic? How do individuals classified as “blind” express their blindness to others and, conversely, how do non-blind individuals interpret and make sense of blindness?
From a scientific point of view, how does the brain compensates for physical blindness, and why does blindness often render other senses more acute? How have medical and technological advancements undermined the ‘permanence’ of blindness, and how do these developments change both the lifestyles of those with physical blindness and the discourse surrounding blindness? Indeed, what is the discourse that surrounds blindness, and how is the notion of ‘blindness’ manifested in language (for example: to turn a blind eye; love is blind; to blindside)?
We invite works that cover any of these suggested topics, and also encourage submissions that approach other relevant issues. Submissions may not exceed 2500 words (or 6 pages for non-textual visual submissions). Research articles presented for the layperson, essays, interviews, book and film reviews, and visual works are all welcomed.
Does your work fit? Read our submission guidelines.
– Esther Howe
GLIMPSE journal is an interdisciplinary supercollider of works that examine the functions, processes, and effects of vision and its implications for being, knowing, and constructing our world(s). Each theme-focused issue features articles, visual essays, interviews, and reviews spanning the physical sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. GLIMPSE contributors are leading and emerging scholars, researchers, scientists and artists from around the world. Some of our contributors are independent thinkers and doers with no formal institutional affiliations, and others are affiliated with the most respected research institutions in the world. Read all about them.
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