Fascination, a special journal issue
“On Fascination”: A Special Issue of Postmodern Culture
Ed. Mikko Tuhkanen, Texas A&M University
Call for papers
This proposed special issue of Postmodern Culture explores issues in contemporary politics, aesthetics, and philosophy through the problematic of “fascination.” Recent scholarship has begun to map “fascination” as a concept (for example, by M.A. Abbas, Sibylle Baumbach, Andreas Degen, Andy Hahnemann and Björn Weyand, Hans Seeber, and Brigitte Weingart). “Fascination” has been associated with the others of modernity and the Enlightenment—the premodern, the occult, the sacred—but continues to be a pivotal (but often untheorized) cultural concept. How does “fascination” operate in contemporary discourses? We ask potential contributors to explore the role this concept has had in discussions of aesthetics, affect, capitalism, ideology, postcolonialism, psychoanalysis, queerness, technology, and totalitarianism, among other topics in contemporary theory and culture.