For those of you who have some thoughts or feelings about Austin’s changing identity over the past several years, we encourage you to consider submitting a piece to The End of Austin, one of our department’s flagship digital humanities projects. See the call-for-submissions below.
We are pleased to invite your submissions to the fifth issue of The End of Austin, a digital humanities project housed in the Department of American Studies that explores Austin’s changing urban identity.
Our goal is to bring together different kinds of voices—academic, artistic, activist—to start an interdisciplinary conversation about life in the fastest growing city in the US. We are interested in original writing, photos, video, art, music—anything that illuminates how things are changing, ending, expiring, or collapsing in the midst of our growth-obsessed sunbelt burg. For additional information about the project, please see our press page.
We encourage submissions from all disciplines on the following topics (and welcome other proposals):
- Traffic and transportation infrastructures (bus, urban rail, etc.)
- Cedar fever and air quality
- Droughts, floods, freezes, and weather issues
- The proliferation of festivals of various kinds (e.g. SXSW, ACL, FunFunFunFest, PsychFest, Ice Cream Fest, Eeyore’s Birthday)
- The Formula One track
- The turnover of businesses and concerns about chains versus local businesses
- Race, class, and gentrification
- Cultures of leisure
- Food culture and food trucks
- The “Live Music Capital of the World” moniker
- Weird anxiety and anxiety over weirdness
- The rapidly changing cityscape, skyline, and exurban sprawl
- The [administrative, pedagogical] future of the University of Texas
- Representations of Austin in film, television, and other forms of popular expression
- Drunk driving
Deadline for completed submissions is May 15, 2014. Please email inquiries and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.