CFP: Sedition (5/1/06; online journal issue)

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Contretemps: An Online Journal of Philosophy

Call for Papers for Issue 7 on 'Sedition'.

Sedition: =8CConduct or language inciting to rebellion against the constitute=
authority in a state=B9.

Sedition poses an immanent crisis for contemporary liberal states. These
states are founded on principles of individual liberty and freedom of
expression. In denying individuals the right to sedition, liberal states
place limits on their ownmost, constitutive principles. Ultimately, the
problem posed by sedition is that of distinguishing legal from illegal
violence. If states come into being through violence (either as a matter of
historical fact or understood =8Ctranscendentally=B9, i.e., in the absence of
any prior legitimation), then critical reflection on sedition questions the
basis of the modern legal-juridical order. Is the critique of sedition an
inherently seditious act? To what extent do sedition laws establish an
implicit limit for critical reflection and intellectual debate? Is sedition
a dialectical ruse of the state, a doubling that defines the object to whic=
the state is opposed? Must we today learn to think sedition otherwise than
sovereignty and the state? If sedition calls into question the structure of
right, is it appropriately conceived as a right? In liberal states such as
Britain and Australia, the ill-defined concept of sedition threatens to
undermine or even criminalize activities that might otherwise promote
positive social transformation. How may we rethink the problem of sedition
to liberate critical, progressive, and socially creative energies in the
name of positive social transformation and renewal?

Contretemps invites philosophically informed and focused submissions on the
contemporary legal and political problem of sedition.
Word length: 6000 words.

Deadline for submissions: 1st May, 2006.

Please direct all enquiries and submissions to

For more information (including submission guidelines), visit Contretemps a=

The aim of Contretemps is to enact a philosophical engagement with social
and political events. We seek to publish original and insightful work that
attests to the contemporary moment and that expands the horizons of critica=
thought. Departing from the models of exposition and the recycling of the
=8Chistory of philosophy=B9, Contretemps encourages contributors to read events
with, alongside and perhaps against the discipline of philosophy. The
objective is to create new ways of responding to events, thus to participat=
in and reinvent philosophical sociality.

Contretemps is an independent journal of philosophy, supported by the
Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, Australia.

Contretemps editorial board.

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