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Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies
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Sérgio Dias Branco (University of Coimbra) and Amir Khan (University of Ottawa)
CONVERSATIONS: THE JOURNAL OF CAVELLIAN STUDIES
Conversations is a journal that seeks to promote precisely this sort of communal, human conversation. For dialogue between seemingly disparate realms of thought to thrive, it is imperative that contributors not simply take up Cavell’s work solely within a given specialization, but that efforts are made to extend Cavell’s thinking to other realms and disciplines as well, either familiar or unfamiliar to Cavell’s thought. While interdisciplinary conversation occurs quite frequently between film and philosophy, literature and film, or literature and philosophy, Conversations puts no restrictions on the nature of the dialogues, or number of disciplines, at the outset.
The end result, it is hoped, will be a dissolution of disciplinary boundaries at best, or, at least, an assurance that conversation can occur between otherwise perfectly delimited discourse communities. Hence it is hoped that humanistic lessons and insights supposedly unique to certain specialized investigation are made salient and shareable with a broader audience — in true Cavellian spirit.
CFP NO. 1
We invite papers for the inaugural issue of Conversations that discuss and engage with Cavell’s autobiographic writings, not only Little Did I Know, but also his earlier autobiographical exercises A Pitch of Philosophy (Harvard University Press, 1996) and references to his personal history from other texts. Close readings that negotiate both the professional and personal ramifications of the many encounters Cavell so compellingly recounts are welcome – see, for example, James Conant’s recent essay “The Triumph of the Gift over the Curse in Stanley Cavell’s Little Did I Know” in Modern Language Notes. Articles may also address broader issues raised by the autobiographical elements in Cavell’s publications for the field of philosophy, and its approaches and traditions, through a less narrow engagement with his texts and philosophical contribution.
We accept submissions from all theoretical perspectives and disciplines and encourage attempts to assimilate seemingly disparate (disciplinary) areas of Cavell’s thinking (or recounting). Possible topics include:
- The use of “I” in philosophical writing (for rhetorical affect, or detraction, or both)
Papers should be no more than 6000 words, including footnotes, and must follow the notes and bibliography citation system described in