Friday, January 23, 2009

The Unbearable Charm of Frailty

Call for Papers: "The Unbearable Charm of Frailty. Philosophizing in/on Eastern Europe."
A Special Issue of "ANGELAKI - The Journal of the Theoretical Humanities"

Guest Editor: Costica Bradatan (The Honors College, Texas Tech University)

Over the last several years European Union has welcomed a number of new member countries, most of which used to belong to the "Eastern bloc." While, thanks to the influence of mass-media, tourism, immigration, etc., Western Europe has come to acquire some general geographic knowledge about these countries, relatively little is known about what happens there in terms of production of knowledge and cultural artifacts, in terms of intellectual debates and marketplace of ideas. Although all of them are now part of the same "European family," there is comparatively little knowledge in the countries of the Western Europe about the cultural physiognomy of the East-European newcomers.

Here are only some of the possible topics:

- (Philosophical) texts in/and their (cultural) contexts
- Lost in translation
- The traffic of philosophical ideas between Eastern & Western Europe
- Centrality and marginality in the European philosophical culture/discourse
- Canon(s) and canonization in the European philosophical culture
- Specifically East-European philosophical topics
- Making philosophical sense of (disastrous) historical experiences
- The (quite) bearable lightness of being East-European
- (Eastern) Europe as a laboratory of ideas
- Genealogies, contaminations & disseminations of ideas
- Philosophy and politics in Eastern Europe (before and after the collapse of Communism)
- Philosophy & civil society in Eastern Europe
- The tragic (East-European) fate of some (Western) philosophical ideas
- The European project, philosophically speaking
- "Le plombier polonais," philosophically speaking

Please note that - in the spirit of ANGELAKI, a journal of "theoretical humanities" - we use throughout the term "philosophy" in a broad (Continental and interdisciplinary) sense. Geographically, for the sake of convenience, this issue attempts to cover philosophical developments in countries that used to belong to the "Eastern bloc" and are now part of the European Union (Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, the Baltic countries, Romania, etc.) or will join the EU in a foreseeable future (Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, etc.). Needless to say, as always, these are just approximations.


Deadline for submissions: May 1, 2009
Length: 5000-7000 words

Authors should keep in mind that they are writing for an academic, but non-specialist (and largely Western) readership. Therefore, references to specifically East-European developments, institutions, figures, etc. should be further clarified in end-notes as appropriate.

All submissions should be in English. Notwithstanding the fact that some authors use this language as their second language, it is their responsibility to make sure that their submissions are written in publishable English. Apart from essays, we also invite proposals for a small number of book reviews - on the theme of the issue - and translations of (short) philosophical texts by major East-European philosophers. Interested authors should approach the Guest Editor with a short proposal offering a brief description of the book/translation in question & explaining their relevance for this special issue of ANGELAKI. However, the Guest Editor's initial approval of the book review/translation proposals should not be taken as a guarantee that their book reviews/translations will be accepted for inclusion in the special issue.

All materials submitted to ANGELAKI undergo peer-review. Manuscripts and Notes, typed double-spaced, should be submitted to the Guest Editor as e-mail attachments, using Microsoft Word. The author's full address should be supplied as a footnote to the title page. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the MLA Citation Style:

You can submit your contributions to: (with "For the Angelaki issue" in the subject line). Please allow at least 4-6 months for the review process and editorial decisions. Receipt of materials will be confirmed by email in a matter of days.

Unless otherwise stated in this Call for Papers, the Instructions for Authors on the journal's webpage are adopted for this issue:


Costica Bradatan
Guest Editor - ANGELAKI
Assistant Professor of Honors - Texas Tech University

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