[UPDATE] Deadline extended to January 15, 2015; Utopia and political theology today
[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
University of Zadar
Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV. br 2
23000 Zadar (Croatia)
10th Call for Papers
CFP: Utopia and political theology today
The Book of Revelations describes the Holy City, a New Jerusalem with transparent glassy streets and pearly walls – a city so heavenly that, "The nations will walk by its light" (Revelation 22.24). All nations, the poor, outcasts, all races, all human forms, will dwell forever within the Light of the Lord. In The City of God Saint Augustine developed this Heavenly City as an idealized polis, as an eternal haven of joy above and beyond the material world of the dying Roman Empire. "An eternal haven of joy", a "light for all human forms" signals the emotional dimension of the utopian promise for the oppressed, the noncountable, the marginalized, the different, the singular. Today, after the catastrophic failure of the communist projects at the end of the last century and the global domination of liberal democracy, perhaps more than ever we miss this emotional side of the utopian faith. Perhaps this is the reason for the recent theological revival and the unusual upturn in interest in political theology.
The utopian side of political theology today calls us to reexamine and rethink what it means to be a human self and what selves might be together. How are contemporary politics, art and culture contaminated by different forms of the sacred? How is dominant liberal discourse and the myth of modernity as a pure secular form of politics interiorized and maintained? How does the discourse of 'crisis' connect to submissions of the oppressed and production of the sense of a 'damaged future'? Does any emancipatory project require what Simon Critchley calls both a counterfactual faith and utopian faith in radical social imagination as a performative alternative to biocapitalism?
We invite papers that address these questions through critical examination of the ways utopian faith has been envisaged in literature, film, performance, art, politics, philosophy….
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
• the political promise of the performative (political deployments of performativity in art, performances, literature, film, individual actions, movements, protests….etc.)
• the survival of different forms of utopias in dystopias – e.g., in new forms of life often represented as monsters (zombies….)
• the utopian faith in images, or in the possibility to 'liberate' images across gender/class/race division….
• the utopian promise of plural performativity and the politics of memoralization
• the affects of belonging and discourses on the good life and collective well-being
• sound and sonic utopianism
• revisiting the "classics" of political theology (Benjamin, Schmitt, Kantorowicz, etc.)
• the challenge of capital to emancipatory politics
• time and temporality of (political) change
• the meaning of "messianic" in late capitalism
[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation invites submissions for the upcoming 10th issue. We accept:
- original research papers: up to 9,000 words, including references and footnotes
- reviews and interviews: up to 2,000 words
- translations of literary texts: up to 9,000 words
- video essays (max 50 MB) – video submissions are welcome from all fields within the journal's focus
Submission of research papers, reviews, interviews, translations of a literary texts or video essays implies that the work described has not been published previously and that its publication is approved by all authors. By submitting an article or video to [sic], the authors acknowledge that the article or video is original and entirely the result of work of the author or authors. The ownership and rights of works submitted and published in [sic] shall reside with the author(s). However, [sic] reserves the primary right of publication.
Contributions can be in both English and Croatian language.
All manuscripts (research papers, reviews, interviews, and translations of literary texts) and video essays should be submitted by email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Manuscripts must be computer typed and saved in .doc or .docx formats (Times New Roman, letter size 12 points, double spaced, fully paginated), while video essays should be submitted in standard video formats. Please attach to every submission a covering letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.
Research Articles and Video Essays
All submitted research papers, reviews and video essays should contain:
- title page with full title and subtitle (if any)
For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full contact details plus short biographical note (up to 150 words) should be supplied in a separate file. Please ensure that you have anonymized the script throughout, deleting self-references until after the review process is complete.
- abstract of 100-150 words
- up to 10 key words
- main text and word count – submissions must not exceed a total of 9,000 words, including abstract, main text, notes, all references and author's short biographical note
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere (all quotations, titles, names, and dates should be double-checked for accuracy).
Translations of Literary Texts
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- title page with full title and subtitle (if any) and the author's and translator's name
- main text and word count – submissions (main text or the translation, original author's and translator's biographies) must not exceed a total of 9,000 words
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Submission deadline: January 15th, 2015
Anticipated publication date: May 15th, 2015