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CFP: Praxis

October 21, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

*—————-PRAXIS JOURNAL—————— *


PRAXIS is a student-run journal based in Montreal. For our latest issue, we are soliciting material on the ONTOPOLITICAL. Defending the vitality of radical research projects and methodologies is certainly crucial, but perhaps not as difficult as explaining the urgency of reformulating theories of being, of time, of space, of embodiment and even of life. How do these apparently intangible elements in fact permeate the concrete, structuring our world, thought, and practices? How can the study and elaboration of ontologies be politically viable? How does considering ontology redefine the domain of the political – without allowing this definition to exclude or, through undue abstraction, make evanescent the relations of political domination, especially the violence which they produce and legitimate? We have designed three variations on this theme to illustrate how we understand it; submissions which do not fit neatly into these threads are equally welcome.

*Dismantling liberalism: *In a society governed and judged with liberal understandings of good, right, and equality, creating spaces to critique the foundations of liberalism is necessary to contest mainstream political views. If these spaces do not include ontological interventions that disrupt concepts like the individual, freedom, choice, nature, and the human, however, they are vulnerable to reproducing liberalist political models. How do these liberal commonplaces pervade our radical frameworks? What alternatives should we promote to not only contest liberalism, but surpass it?

*Body issues: *Feminist scholarship has challenged philosophy and politics for improperly conceiving or for entirely omitting the body. Through the separation of mind from matter, not only the field of politics, but reason itself becomes purged from any corporeal specificity and so privileges the white, unmarked male subject. How do arguments and ideologies require embodiment to capture material differences? In which ways does the promotion of an embodied political subjectivity contribute to – or undermine – the entrapments of identity politics?

*Natural history: *Nature gets used as an opposite or complement to a host of politically relevant concepts: the social, culture, science, and most basically, the human. Each of these pairs makes use of a model of time, or of history, which locates nature as a place of origin and situates the political on the side of progress, civilization, and the ongoing project of modernity. What are the effects of these dichotomies, and how do they lend a false orientation to our political visions? What happens when we disrupt the isolation of nature and incorporate it to our understandings of history, or make it a timely political concept?

*Please send all submissions as .doc or .docx attachments to praxis.journal@gmail.com*

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