Wednesday, December 09, 2009
  .dpi issue 17 :: call for proposals :: "adherence: messy resistance"
.dpi issue 17 :: call for proposals :: "adherence: messy resistance"

Guest editor-in-chief: Sophie Le-Phat Ho
Deadline for abstracts + bios: January 3, 2010
Selected texts must be submitted by: February 7, 2010
Publication date: February 2010

Brought closer to the notion of resistance, that of adherence seems to function as an antonym: to resist something is to not adhere to it. On the other hand, to resist, despite what might claim some inventors of "nonistes", is also to adhere to something else. Between the two, the level of adherence can serve to measure the degree of resistance against institutionalization or cooptation. Adherence can be resistance's weapon just as it can be its weakness point.

As such, resistance and adherence go hand in hand.

However their opposition is not a given. Indeed, the notion of resistance_adherence can be seen rather as a process (of everyday life), a way of doing, of work to be done at every level (at all times). The choice of the concept of adherence, rather than that of adhesion (membership), brings forth the possibility of approaching that concept in terms of degree, of coefficient -- that is, as measure -- and not as identity. Adherence hence suggests the ideas of a slippery ground, of a force of attraction, of friction, lubrication, rhythm, viscosity, entanglement, as well as dexterity, navigation, sharpness -- or in other words -- art. How can resistance_adherence be addressed in those terms, that is, not in oppositions but in levels of intensity? How can an analysis of resistance_adherence lead to a better understanding of creativity, of autonomy? Indeed, how could tackling the notion of resistance from the point of view of adherence expose new tracks, new grips?

Studio XX's feminist journal .dpi welcomes essays, critiques, interviews, and other web-based forms of expression related to the thematic cross-roads of technology, women, art and society.

As an electronic periodical, .dpi also seeks proposals that make an interesting use of the Internet. Usually, essays are no longer than 1500-2000 words and columns, 800-1000 words. Other suggestions can also be acceptable. Selected authors will receive an honorarium for their contribution ($150 per selected article and $75 per selected

Please send your abstract (300 words) and a short bio (100 words) by January 3, 2009, to:

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