On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture 16 (2024)

On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture 16 (2024)
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Ways of Reading

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On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture
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Isabella Kalte, Graduate Center for the Study of Culture, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen

Dear colleagues,

we are very excited to announce the publication of On_Culture's 16th issue entitled “Ways of Reading.” Issue 16 delves into diverse ways of reading by exploring its represenation in literary texts, political reading, reading as an academic but also a deeply personal practice, as well as different theories of reading.

The issue’s Articles conceptualize reading as a hermeneutical posture geared towards the representation of distance in contemporary novels of migration (Adinolfi) and analyze the intricate relationship between reading and care that emerges when these two concepts are considered in relation to each other (Hinders). Two other Articles propose new ways to approach political reading by engaging with the fields of reading theory, praxeology, multimodality and political communication (Kuhn), including an engagement with tactics and strategies of reading as well as non-reading practices, and how these implicate knowledge production (Künzler).

The Essays contributions analyze the construction of media-critical discourses on the psychological and physiological impact of “digital reading” on humans (Düwell), present a personal account of collected reading experiences spanning nearly seven decades (Gilbert), and explore the discourse of reading with special interest in its tropes, problems, and ways of expression (Kreuzmair).

Three Perspectives complete the issue by featuring an insightful interview that reflects on the challenge of bringing literature and reading into the museum (Hinders), along with an examination of reading as a social, material, bodily, and affective practice (RUSTlab), and a part-playful, part-earnest experimental autofiction in which the author’s alter ego takes the reader on a meandering journey through history and the literary archive (Lee-Price).

Read the entire issue here: https://www.on-culture.org/journal/issue-16/

In addition, a new Perspective picks up the conversation of issue 15 on “Present Futures” through an analysis of prototypes as a materialized means to explore potential sociotechnical futures (Matzner, Thiel-Woznica, Tost, Weller).

With best wishes,
The Editorial Team

Table of contents

The Editorial Team, “Ways of Reading.” https://www.on-culture.org/journal/issue-16/editorial-4/

Sibylle Künzler, “Doing Seminar Reading: Ways and Detours of Reading/Not-Reading Seminar Texts and Papers as Actors.” https://www.on-culture.org/journal/issue-16/doing-seminar-reading/

Sonka Hinders, “Read Carefully! Conceptualizing Reading as Care in The Book of Form & Emptiness and My Salinger Year.” https://www.on-culture.org/journal/issue-16/read-carefully/

Simona Adinolfi, “Reading for Distance: Form, Memory, and Space in Contemporary Novels of Migration.” https://www.on-culture.org/journal/issue-16/reading-for-distance-form-memory-and-space-in-contemporary-novels-of-migration/

Axel Kuhn, “Political Reading Artifacts: A Conceptual Approach on Characterizing a Certain Way of Reading.” https://www.on-culture.org/journal/issue-16/political-reading-artifacts/

Elias Kreuzmair, “On Reading Reading: Fundamental Problems of ‘Méta-lecture’.” https://www.on-culture.org/journal/issue-16/on-reading-reading/

Bennett Gilbert, “A Memoir of My Reading.” https://www.on-culture.org/journal/issue-16/a-memoir-of-my-reading/

Susanne Düwell, “Digital Reading.” https://www.on-culture.org/journal/issue-16/digital-reading/

RUSTlab, “Please Go Away… We’re Reading: A Practice Approach to a Taken-for-Granted Academic Craft.” https://www.on-culture.org/journal/perspectives/please-go-away-were-reading/

Sonka Hinders, “‘In this space, all the stories are alive.’ In Conversation with Thea Mantwill and Jana Buch about Reading (in) their Literary Exhibition 13 Morgen.”

Simon Lee-Price, “Dutiful Reader, or....” https://www.on-culture.org/journal/perspectives/dutiful-reader-or/

Perspective #15 "Present Futures"
Nils Matzner, Marcel Thiel-Woznica, Jordi Tost, Kevin Weller, “Prototypes as Future Artifacts of Today: Towards Prototyping Alternative Futures.” https://www.on-culture.org/journal/perspectives/prototypes-as-future-artifacts/

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