《SCALE》「武汉，湖北」特辑现于此征集稿件 - 'WUHAN, HUBEI' Call for ParticipationMon Feb 24 2020
远在抗击狡诈的 COVID-19 病毒前，武汉与湖北就一直盛产最动人心弦的故事，当然也有最琐碎无味的。动人如长江之缥缈莫测，琐碎则如每日「过早」之惯常。
2019/2020 COVID-19 的爆发恰逢农历新年。和家人朝夕相对一周已属不易，命运的离奇使得一周延至两周，接着三周，然后一个月。突然得闲，人们开始深思，并互相分享自己生命中最珍视的人，物，与地点的记忆 —— 包括那些幸存者，和那些无法忘怀的逝者。
隔离使得人们无法再进入平日常去的场所，并重塑了我们对于空间的习以为常的描述。然而思想此时并不受禁锢，网络上的信息亦然，就这样，昔日往事点滴聚积，逐渐在脑海里演变为这座城市某种不一样的景象与对域外（Outside）的想象。一些早已遗忘的地点突然浮现于你脑海里的地图上，像这小巷里的一家苍蝇馆子 —— 你的私人领域 —— 突然变得让人难以抗拒。
- 须以中文（普通话或武汉话皆可）或英文书写 （这期杂志为中英文对照，翻译由我们来完成）
- 附图形式不限 —— 相片，地图，截图皆可
- 稿件请以 Word 文档（.docx），Markdown 文稿，或纯文本形式呈现
- 来稿请于三月十七日（中国标准时间）前以电子邮件形式寄至 firstname.lastname@example.org
倡导新知，写作与实验性的表达。此刊于多个网络平台有售，亦可按需印刷出售。本刊所有内容将会于发售一年后投放入公有领域。您可访问 https://qiwa.re/scale 以获取更多信息。
我们邀请到张颠孬作为本期特约主编。作为一名人类学家，颠孬主要研究网络文化，电子游戏，并尤其关注中国的视频直播界。他同时还是播客 Cursed With Good Ideas 的主持人之一。
[SCALE] 'WUHAN, HUBEI' Call for Participation
Here is the call for participation to SCALE special issue about WUHAN, HUBEI.
This issue in-development dives into the cultural and daily life of one of the most outrageous and unknown cities in Asia, currently under military quarantine because of a viral pandemic outbreak. The city of Wuhan aspires to be recognized nationally and internationally, often in vain, and remains locked afar from the costal success stories of modernizing China. However, the pandemic unexpectedly elevates the city to an international status. To ride on this wave of high aspirations and unexpected global attention, this issue is a tribute to the Wuhan/Hubei ways of life in uncertain times, and to one of the most central region in China's geography, history, art and culture - long before and after the latest headlines.
Long before fighting against the nasty COVID-19 virus, WUHAN and HUBEI have been home of the most incredible stories - and also the most banal ones. Incredible like the mystic beauty of the Yangzi River; banal like the breakfast rituals.
Joy, disgust, fun, anxiety, anger, excitement, love... life in WUHAN and HUBEI is made of strong feelings and violent emotions, anything but indifference. Years after years, locals, migrants, and travelers weave their personal journeys into the rapid process of (re)urbanisation. Wuhan's colonial history, trio-megacity, and its unique modern folk cultures crafted a compounded environment built by both plans and accidents. We hope these collective and intimate memories thrive and find a path somewhere as the city is and will be traumatized by the pandemic.
The 2019/2020 COVID-19 outbreak coincided with the Chinese New Year. While it is already hard enough to survive a week of family gathering, a twist of fate turned this one into two, then three, then a month, then two. Plenty of idle time to reflect and share memories of the things, people and places one cherishes the most - those who are thankfully there, and those who are afar and missed.
Confinement makes banal places inaccessible and reshapes our usual representations of space. Thoughts wander around, online messages flow, convoking some remembrances and memories, sometimes evolving into some mental image of what the city could be and the Outside. Some previously forgotten locations pop up on the mental map, like this dirty hawker down the alley that has now became so desirable---your intimate territories.
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Today, we call for articles, collages, photos, poetry, interviews, essays that recollect the intimate territories of WUHAN and HUBEI. Vibrant streets, cultural outrage, deep love and hate, beautiful and ugly encounters, (in)famous bus lines, mad or ingenious architectural ideas, crazy dialect and fine wording, policed thoughts and twisted imaginaries, we hope to bring a contrasted and diverse compilation of life in WUHAN and HUBEI.
While locked in your apartment, what was the place in Wuhan you missed the most? Why? Which personal event embodies your relationships with Wuhan or Hubei? What is your story?
We are awaiting all contributions by March 16, 2020.
Papers should be:
- original work
- written in Chinese (Mandarin/Wuhanhua) or English. (The issue will be in both Chinese and English and we will handle the translations)
- from a short text (a few lines), poems, excerpts of chatlogs, reflections, fragmented thoughts, to longer essays (several pages) are all welcomed.
- attached images are welcomed---photos, maps, screenshots, and so forth.
- in the form of Word documents (.docx), Markdown or raw text
- submitted by March 16, 2020, 11:59 PM China Standard Time (CST)
- submit to: email@example.com
SCALE is a quarterly publication about culture and technology in a world of limited resources. SCALE support new knowledge, writing and experimental content forms. The publication is available for sale online on various websites and via print-on-demand. All content will be released into the public domain after a year. Check the website and the announcement for some more context.
GUEST EDITOR: Dino Ge Zhang
For this special issue, our guest editor is Dino Ge Zhang. Dino is an anthropologist and writes about internet culture, videogames and especially the livestreaming scene in China. He is also the co-host of the podcast Cursed With Good Ideas.
Dino is working with us live from his apartment in the Wuhan quarantine zone where he has spent the last month.
(Special thanks to digougou and Rachel for their translation)