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Language and alterity. Limits and excesses in the construction of meaning

Langage et altérité. Limites et excès dans la construction de sens

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Published on Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Julie Abbou

Summary

The editorial board of "Forma. Revista d’Humanitats" journal is pleased to inform that the call for the reception of articles, reviews, critics and states of the Art for their publication in the next monographic number: Language and alterity. Limits and excesses in the construction of meaning is currently open. In this number we expect to stimulate a debate within the humanistic disciplines revolving around problématiques stirred by the types of comprehension and artistic representation, the experiences and languages of the ineffable, poetic obscurity, autonomy and transgression of the resources of artistic expression, excess and horror. These experiences and languages, in their transgression and excess of the artistic normative structures, promote studies concerning their difference and alterity in relation to the traditional models of comprehension and representation.

Announcement

Argument

The editorial board of «Forma. Revista d’Humanitats» journal is pleased to inform that the call for the reception of articles, reviews, critics and states of the Art for their publication in the next monographic number: “Language and alterity. Limits and excesses in the construction of meaning” is currently open. In this number we expect to stimulate a debate within the humanistic disciplines revolving around problématiques stirred by the types of comprehension and artistic representation, the experiences and languages of the ineffable, poetic obscurity, autonomy and transgression of the resources of artistic expression, excess and horror. These experiences and languages, in their transgression and excess of the artistic normative structures, promote studies concerning their difference and alterity in relation to the traditional models of comprehension and representation.

The intense crisis of the great stories and metaphysical concepts during the XXth century brought with itself an increasing mistrust and uncertainty regarding the classic categories of meaning, truth and objectivity. This has stimulated a pressing revision and study of the structures and models of representational languages in the languages of art, criticism and thought. This takes place in an era in which the contingent, the paradoxical and the undetermined postulate as motor notions of a certain artistic and intellectual impulse, which insists on the deconstruction of the universal principles and conceptions of the modern subject. Facing the restrictive discourse of the Enlightenment, this new impulse counters the plurality and heterogeneity of the senses, or even the enigmatic figure in which the very action of assigning sense would be lacking any sense.

Main topics

We open this call for participation based on one the four topics that we present to undertake this subject in the artistic, literary and philosophical languages.

Hermeneutics of the Elusive: Research Perspectives

Be it literary criticism, hermeneutics or historiography of art, the methodology to besiege the territories of the Elusive, that hermetic fence enclosing the ineffable, becomes chimeric.“We do not know a mystery by unveiling it and decomposing it, but only because it shelters the mystery as a mystery”Heidegger warns. Still, there are methodological forms of approximation for all that is night, invisibility, sound, fear or in suspense: by the means of what arrives to us by the symbol, the allegory and the metaphor, or, further than form, humor, perhaps the only expression possible.

Poetic obscurity and the quest of meaning

Poetic obscurity is a multifaceted phenomenon. In the context of neoplatonic Christianity, Saint  Augustine formulates an allegorism theory that assigns to the biblical text the potential of revealing a non-apparent meaning. The discussion on the role of obscurity, well put forward in the fields of philosophy, religion or in the pragmatical rhetoric, will find in the field of literature a specific place for debate. Dante, Petrarch or Boccaccio, for instance, reemployed the Augustinian argument to defend the obscure style in poetry. However, the arguments for obscurity in literary texts are multiple and historical. Reflections on the phenomenon of poetic obscurity of any age and place are welcome in this call for papers.

Autonomy and transgression in the artistic languages of the XXth century avant-gardes

The worry for the autonomy in the artistic language of the avant-gardes impulses studies on the differentiation and validity of the languages of art in relation to other discourses of modern reason. On the other hand, it allows recognizing the role that this difference, validity and autonomy would play in the avant-garde notions of art as supplement, game, irony (humor) and in the program of avant-garde art as a criticism of society or of modern reason and Christian religions. This section is open to the reception of academic collaborations that promote an interdisciplinary study revolving around the problématiques caused by the artistic languages of the XXth century's avant-garde, putting forward the relationships and correspondences between the languages of aesthetics, politics and religion in these artistic and intellectual inter-war movements in Europe and Latin America.

War, excess and dehumanization in the XXth century

The XXth century wars implied an unprecedented charge of pain, evidenced at least in the following aspects: excess and dehumanization, exile (and inner exile, insile) and concentration camps. For this topic, we call for the reception of articles addressing the ineffability that war and its experience imply when trying to make sense of them, be it at a philosophical level or at a literary creation level. This perspective requires the artistic artifice as an element of communication of said experience.

Submission guidelines

Deadline: September 15, 2014

Articles from 3,500 to 8,000 words are to be sent to: revista.forma@upf.edu

Posting Rules: http://www.upf.edu/forma/en/normas.html

System of arbitration: http://www.upf.edu/forma/en/arbitraje.html

EDITORIAL BOARD

  • Bécard, Lorraine (Université de Paris IV, France)
  • Caputo Jaffé, Alexandra (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
  • Castro Godoy, Jimena (Universitat de Santiago de Chile, Chile)
  • Chang, Clio (Cornell University, United States)
  • Clariana Rodagut, Ainamar (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
  • Gandul Galiano, Maximino (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
  • Gómez Villar, Antonio (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
  • Grosso, Chiara (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain)
  • Janeiro Torres, Fernando (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Espanya)
  • La Parra, Pablo (New York University, USA)
  • Lévy, Gillian P. (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Rametta, Valentina (Università di Palermo, Italy)
  • Rivoal, Solène (Lycée Evariste Galois Beaumont sur Oise, France)
  • Saccone, Daria (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
  • Wickberg, Adam (Stockholm University, Sweden)

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

  • Brown Sartori, Rodrigo F. (Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Chile)
  • Cussen, Felipe (Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile)
  • Cusset, Felipe (Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre, France)
  • Fernández de Rota, Antón (Universidade da Coruña, Spain)
  • Mariscalco, Danilo (Università di Palermo, Italy)
  • Mazzone, Massimo (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera di Milàn, Italy)
  • Ponce Cárdenas, Jesús (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
  • Primiero, Giuseppe (Universiteit Gent, Belgium)
  • Rosàs, Mar (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Saccone, Serena (Università degli Studi di Napoli l'Orientale, Italy)
  • Sáez, Begonya (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)
  • Silva, Víctor Manuel (Universitat de València, Spain)
  • Wilhite, Valerie (Miami University, United States)

Places

  • Cèlia Nadal (Despatx 21.301) Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
    Barcelona, Kingdom of Spain (08005)

Date(s)

  • Monday, September 15, 2014

Keywords

  • obscurité poétique, recherche de sens, alterité, limites du langage, art, littérature, guerre, inexpressable, insaisissable

Contact(s)

  • Patricio González
    courriel : revista [dot] forma [at] upf [dot] edu

Information source

  • Sergi Sancho Fibla
    courriel : ssfibla [at] gmail [dot] com

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« Language and alterity. Limits and excesses in the construction of meaning », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, February 20, 2014, https://calenda.org/276809

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