Special Issue on "Aesthetics and Terrorism"

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Contemporary Aesthetics journal
contact email: 

 

Terrorism is unfortunately ubiquitous in the contemporary world. In the
post-9/11 era, so-called “political violence” in the form of state or
anti-state activity has placed itself at the very center of international
politics and policies. But, of course, terrorist violence is not a recent
phenomenon; rather, it has always preoccupied the minds of authorities,
shattered the every-day routines of citizens, victimized thousands of
people, but at the same time intrigued or even fascinated humanity with
its unpredictability and suddenness. Through this lens, it is not
paradoxical to admit that terrorism looms large in the artistic, literary,
and philosophical imagination, and also in aesthetic debates. Although it
may at first sound oxymoronic to articulate the concepts of terrorism and
aesthetics in a single breath, not only is extreme political violence
against (usually) non-combatants relevant to aesthetic matters and
preoccupations, but it turns out that there may even be a structural link
between the two. Aesthetics, here, does not necessarily hinge upon the
question of beauty or artistic representation, but is more broadly defined
as aesthetic experience understood as sense perception. In such a context,
aesthetic sensibility has a lot to say about how terrorism is represented,
employed, disseminated, reproduced, or even opposed.

The relationship between aesthetics and terrorism has generated
considerable interest, and three articles on the subject have already been
published in Contemporary Aesthetics:

“Aesthetic Appreciation, Ethics, and 9/11” by Emmanouil Aretoulakis
(Vol. 6, 2008)

“Art, Terrorism and the Negative Sublime” by Arnold Berleant (Vol. 7,
2009)

“Terrorist Aesthetics as Ideal Types: from Spectacle to ‘Vicious
Lottery’” by Marshall Battani and Michaelyn Mankel (Vol. 15, 2017)

In light of this interest, Contemporary Aesthetics invites original,
innovative, full-length articles that explore the connection between
aesthetics and terrorism or terror across cultures, ages, genres, or
discourses. CA welcome submissions on topics related (but not limited) to
the following:

Aesthetic Theories, Political Violence, and the Philosophy of Terror

The Aesthetics of Suicide Attacks/Terrorism and the Body

The Politics of Aesthetics (or Aesthetics of Politics) in Terror(ism)

Radicalization as an Aesthetic Posture

Post-9/11 Political Discourse and Aesthetics

Ethics, Aesthetics, Narrativity in the Media Communication of Terror

Terrorist Discourse and the Sensorial Aspects of Terrorist Communication

Terrorism through the Perspective of Art (in its widest sense)

Morality, Ethics and Aesthetics in the Artistic Representation of Terror

Terrorism as Theatre/Performance

Society and the Cultural Imaginary of Terrorism

Counter-Terrorism, Law and Aesthetics

Urban Defense, Architecture and (Counter)Terrorism

Terrorism, Aesthetics and Ecological Consciousness

Postcolonial Aesthetics, Imagination and Terror

Religious (or not) Terrorism and the Aesthetics of Pain/Suffering

Aesthetics, Terror, Culture, and the 21st Century

Length: maximum 7,000 words, including abstract and notes. Only electronic
submissions are acceptable. Deadline for submitting the full article and a
short CV is August 31, 2018.

The article should be attached (as a word document) to your e-mail and
sent to the guest editor, Dr. Emmanouil Aretoulakis: emmareto@enl.uoa.gr.

For submission guidelines, see:
http://www.contempaesthetics.org/pages/guidelines.html