A CFP on Executable Culture


As a blog, we have always been interested in translating aspects of maker culture into higher ed. (For just a couple of examples, see Erin “On Building” or Anastasia on “Making Games in the Classroom with Scratch”.) Having said that, it is difficult to translate the products and process of making things into quantifiable academic publishing units.

Addressing this problem, Friend-of-ProfHacker Kathi Inman Berens points to a journal that’s calling for “executable” projects:


As the maker movement has infiltrated the academy, with delightful results, we find ourselves confronted with physical and media objects that can often be exhibited but not “published” in a permanent forum. This special issue requests submission of works that exemplify executable culture of all sorts: blueprints, plans, “kits for culture,” 3d-printable files, recipes, and detailed documentation of performances, exhibits, happenings.

Each kit or plan must be accompanied by an essay (2000-4000 words) contextualizing and theorizing the submitted work. We encourage authors to submit both finished and partial/raw files for download and remix.

Hyperrhiz is a peer-reviewed online journal specializing in new media criticism and net art. Hyperrhiz is published yearly in conjunction with its parent journal Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge. For submission criteria, please read Submit Work to Hyperrhiz.

Deadline for abstract and sample documentation or files December 1st; essays and final files (2000-4000 words) due February 28th.

Direct all enquiries and submissions to the editor, Helen J Burgess, at

For more information, see the Hyperrhiz web site.

Photo “Ratmobile Kits” by Flickr user Jon Callas / Creative Commons licensed BY-2.0

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