UPDATE: [Theory] theory@buffalo 13: The Condition of Possibility

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theory_at_buffalo 13 – The Condition(s) of Possibility

The editors of theory_at_buffalo are seeking submissions for the 2009 issue
(#13) on the theme of possibility and futurity.

Possibility has been philosophically important since Aristotle’s
Metaphysics, yet despite some notable exceptions (Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant,
for instance) it was not until the 20th century that possibility came into
its own, and with the futural as its dominant modality, displaced the
dominance of actuality and the present. Since this turn toward possibility
continental philosophy has seen a delineation of two camps of thinking on
this subject: one which traces its roots from Aristotle through Heidegger
to figures such as Agamben, Arendt, and Derrida, while the other returns to
Spinoza and includes Deleuze as well as others. To the extent that such a
division in the thinking of possibility signals a split in contemporary
theory, an investigation into the nature of this division is also an
inquiry into the condition of theory and its conditions of possibility.
Given the priority of possibility in the discourses of theory and the
tensions that mark it, we seek to engage these two traditions of
approaching possibility and futurity in order to explore the condition of
theory and the possibilities of its future.

We welcome all papers that examine the theme of possibility and the futural
in any number of disciplines, including but not limited to: art, feminism,
film, literature, philosophy, politics and visual studies. Possible topics
might include: theory’s possibilities; art and possibility
(science-fiction, fantasy, etc.); the impossible; ontology and possibility;
the imagination; the virtual; possibility and knowledge; the event; the
possibility of utopia/revolution and utopian/revolutionary possibilities;
calculating the possible (probability, gambling, randomness, contingency);
potentiality and power; possibility and phenomenology; and possible worlds.
We are particularly interested in the relevant theoretical works of
Agamben, Arendt, Aristotle, Bergson, Bloch, Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault,
Heidegger, Irigaray, Kant, Kristeva, Leibniz and Spinoza, although other
critical perspectives are also welcome.

theory_at_buffalo also accepts book reviews. These can be on any topic and
must be 1200 words or less. All other submissions should be no longer than
10,000 words. Please send two blind copies with a cover page and disk to
the address below. Alternatively, you may send your submission as an MS
Word attachment to dbc8_at_buffalo.edu or jfkurt_at_buffalo.edu, re:
theory_at_buffalo 13.

All submissions are due December 1, 2008.

David Collins and James Kurt, Editors
Department of Comparative Literature
638 Samuel Clemens Hall, North Campus
State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

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