Call for proposals:

This collection of essays will look at the changing nature of story and myth.

Proposals should focus on video games, the Internet, and social media; how is the nature of narrative changing as digital technologies become more ubiquitous?

Jungian, archetypal, and depth psychologies emphasize the prevalence of mythopoetic structures that impact our everyday lives. Analysts and scholars of mythology look at ancient stories in order to catch glimpses of the unconscious present. Depth psychologists consider our rituals, habits, and work-a-day lives to be current manifestations of primordial archetypal images.

But the structure of our stories is changing. The linear trajectory of the book, the sequential structure of cinema, and the temporal form of music are all being re-imagined as nonlinear, asynchronous, and interactive alternatives.

Taking the world’s digital shift as the starting point, essays in this volume might take a variety of approaches: speculative, critical, reflective…you decide.

You may want to consider the particular image or archetypal structure of video games. What archetype is constellated by first person shooter games? What’s with the angry birds? Fighting plants attacking zombies?

You may want to raise questions about what social networking means for the future of relatedness. Some have called it the literal manifestation of the collective unconscious. Others have called it the commoditization of the interpersonal self.

You may want to speculate on psyche’s move toward digital epistemologies. What happens if we see the hyperlink as a symptom? A Jungian interpretation of Tumblr, Pinterest, or YouTube?

You may have some thoughts about the text message. How does the brevity of SMS and its lack of nuance change our relationship to written communication?

E-readers, tablets, smart phones. Nothing is off limits.

There are so many questions. This volume hopes to address a few of them.

Contributions should be written in a familiar style that will appeal to both scholars and casual readers alike.

Submit a proposal (approx. 750 words) by September 17th using the "submit" button below.

Proposals should include a working title, your thesis, and a brief summary of the essay you intend to write. (about 2 pages total).  


Should your proposal be accepted, you will be asked to submit a draft of your essay (deadlines are TBA, but first draft will likely be due early November). At that time, we'll send you all the details regarding reference style, etc. There are no limitations on length or word count. What matters is that your work represents a substantial amount of thinking. In other words, final pieces should be as long or as short as they need to be. Techné & Poiésis' audience includes seasoned Jungians and folks who are new to archetypal theory. We will try to edit this volume in such a way that it is accessible and enjoyable whether it is the first Jungian/archetypal book you've ever picked up or the 500th book. Please keep this in mind when you consider the style of your submission. 

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