CFP: Derrida Today - Special issue: "Traces of Judaism in Derrida"

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Nathan Van Camp - Institute of Jewish Studies (University of Antwerp)
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Call for papers: Derrida Today

Special issue on: "Traces of Judaism in Derrida"

"For you have understood me well: when I say 'the most jewish (la plus juive),' I also mean 'more than jewish (plus que juive).' Others would perhaps say: 'otherwise jewish (autrement juive),' even 'other than jewish (autre que juive).'"

- Jacques Derrida: Abraham, the Other

Faced with numerous references to themes from Jewish thought, Jewish thinkers, and biblical narratives throughout Derrida's writings, one finds it impossible to disregard the profound influence of the Jewish tradition on his work. Although it is widely known that Derrida was born in Algeria into a Sephardic Jewish family and suffered from anti-Semitic violence during his childhood, there has yet been no satisfactory inquiry into the structural connections between this aspect of his autobiography and his philosophical work. Often pushed to the margins of the literature on Derrida, these topics need to be fully explored, elaborated and, if possible, made intelligible. This special issue of Derrida Today therefore welcomes papers that try to illuminate all aspects of Derrida's thought from the perspective of its indebtedness to the Jewish tradition.

Deadline of submission:
30 April 2010

Submissions and queries:
Nathan Van Camp, Institute of Jewish Studies (University of Antwerp).

Preparation of Manuscripts
Authors should include an abstract of 200 words, plus 5-7 keywords with their submission. A short biographical note (up to 50 words) should appear at the end of your article.
Notes should be kept to a minimum, and should appear at the end of the text, before the References section. Details about Notes, quotations and other formatting issues can be found at:

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