Public Group active 1 month, 3 weeks ago

City Tech Journal Publishes Newest Issue on the Gift

This topic contains 0 replies, has 1 voice, and was last updated by  Sean Scanlan 9 months, 3 weeks ago.

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)
  • Author
  • #57217

    Sean Scanlan

    Hi all,

    NANO: New American Notes Online is an interdisciplinary humanities journal with a digital humanities slant. The purpose of this email is twofold. First, I want to update everybody on our newest issue on the gift. And second, I want to invite advanced graduate students and faculty members (teams work best) to propose special issues for 2018-2019.

    From our press release:

    How do gifts move and also stay put? The new issue of NANO: New American Notes Online, an open access City Tech humanities journal, explores this and related questions by considering how gift exchange functions in contemporary consumer culture, the Burning Man festival, Amish domestic life, and literary works from Marianne Moore to Dave Eggers.

    Issue 11, “Economies of the Gift in an Age of Austerity,” is the result of a collaboration between guest editors J.P. Craig (Alabama State University) and Jennie Stearns (Georgia Gwinnett College), the article authors, and NANO’s editorial team: Sean Scanlan and Rebecca Devers.

    Guest editors J.P. Craig and Jennie Stearns describe the direction of this special issue:

    In our culture, all material gifts are generally first commodities and all commodities potential gifts. But is it really that simple? The thread that we have tried to weave throughout this introduction is that any time one mixes social codes with offerings, social feelings will emerge. If an object can be either a gift or a commodity at different times, then a transaction is defined not by the objects exchanged but, at least in part, by the social relations it represents. The boundary between gift and commodity exchange demarcates transactions between those who recognize an ongoing relationship with each other as distinct from transactions between those who do not.

    Gift exchange thus plays a critical role not only in the maintaining of relationships between friends and family, but also in the defining and even the formation of larger communities. For this reason, they must also be viewed critically: the gift that binds might also be a gift that simultaneously excludes or one that carries with it the risk of subordination. The contributors to this issue of NANO rely upon these and other understandings of the gift to explore how generosity functions in the face of scarcity—scarcity of time, resources, mutual tolerance—to strengthen, or weaken, communal bonds.


    Table of Contents:

    Issue 11: Economies of the Gift in an Age of Austerity

    Guested Edited by: J.P. Craig and Jennie Stearns


    Editors’ Introduction for NANO Special Issue 11: Economies of the Gift in an Age of Austerity

    J.P. Craig and Jennie Stearns

    Woolf’s Weighty Gifts: The Measure of Modernist Autonomy

    Rebecca Colesworthy, SUNY Albany

    Gift Exchange as Communal Resistance in Ernest Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying

    Scott Thomas Gibson, La Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador

    “To fulfill a private obligation”: Marianne Moore, Her Patrons, and the Social Economy of the Gift

    Síofra McSherry, Freie Universität Berlin

    Are Women Full Citizens? The Abortion Debate, and the “Gifts” of Life and Poverty

    Elizabeth Gregory, University of Houston

    Consumption in Practice: Gift-Giving as Mutual Aid in Amish Home Sales

    Nao Nomura, Saitama University, Japan

    Blazing Grace: The Gifted Culture of Burning Man

    Graham St. John, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

    The Gift Network: Dave Eggers and the Circulation of Second Editions

    Jacquelin O’Dell, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

    In Looking “We” Become: Neoliberal Giving and Whole Planet Foundation’s Faces of Poverty

    Anushka Peres, University of Arizona


    NANO Gets a New Look:

    In addition, the founder and editor of the journal, Sean Scanlan, has overhauled the look of the journal. The reason for this design, explained at length in the new blog section of the journal, is due to the need to update the CMS so that NANO gets indexed quickly and efficiently. The updated design not only loads faster, it also is responsive on mobile devices. NANO is now https instead of http, which is essential for security and stability. The journal has always been at the forefront of giving authors rights over their material. Now, NANO has a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License. This designation more clearly spells out NANO’s and the author’s desire to share and to receive attribution. NANO has an Instagram account, so if readers have a NANO theme-related photo, or an academic-related image, please send it the editor: or

    On the Horizon:

    Issue 12 on The Force Awakens is ramping up this summer and will be published in the late fall of 2017. And Issue 13 on The Anthropocene is slated for spring 2018.

    If you are interested in proposing a special issue, please email Sean Scanlan:

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Need help with the Commons? Visit our
help page
Send us a message