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Thinking the Anthropocene debate with Merleau-Ponty

Penser le débat sur l’anthropocène avec Merleau-Ponty

Pensare il dibattito sull’Antropocene con Merleau-Ponty

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Published on Monday, November 15, 2021 by Lucie Choupaut

Summary

Chiasmi International 24, thematic section on “Thinking the Anthropocene debate with Merleau-Ponty,” will investigate the possible convergences and divergences between Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s thinking and the notion of Anthropocene as well as the contributions that the work of the French thinker can offer the latter, in view of its possible enrichment and its further problematization.

Announcement

Argument

At the 2016 International Geological Congress of Geology, the term “Anthropocene” gained the status of “provisional recommendation for official adoption” as a geological epoch. The term was, however, already the subject of extensive and often heated discussions in many different fields, from archeology to political philosophy, earth sciences to modern history, the visual and performing arts to museology; and it had already gone more deeply into the many cultural debates of our time.

Promethean and apocalyptic at the same time, the intrinsic ambivalence of “Anthropocene” as a notion has allowed an intertwining of numerous disciplines which, in their overlapping, colliding and connecting, allow a renewed and pluralistic look into the global condition, sometimes producing other possible declensions and variations of the term (with notions such as Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Cthulhucene, etc.), which do not limit it to the field of anthropos, but expand it to dimensions economic, social, historical and political, and to the very relationship between the human and the non-human.

Chiasmi International 24, thematic section on “Thinking the Anthropocene debate with Merleau-Ponty,” will investigate the possible convergences and divergences between Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s thinking and the notion of Anthropocene as well as the contributions that the work of the French thinker can offer the latter, in view of its possible enrichment and its further problematization. The ontology of the flesh, characterized by an effort aimed at overcoming dichotomies, the notion of Nature, the persistent attention to the field of “non-philosophy” in the constitution of philosophical investigation, are elements that can accompany an ecological reflection on a common global condition. This condition is characterized by shared fragility, by the dense emergence of political and social strategies that may make way for corporeality; it opens the political field to the perceptive environment through which we experience and explore our global condition and its manifestations, as well as to the field of the sensible and emotions, inviting us to consider, in the ecological and global challenges of our time, also what goes beyond the canon of Western reflexivity.

Submission guidelines

Full articles in English, Italian or French, formatted according to Chiasmi International guidelines, should be submitted until January 10, 2022, to the Section Editors:

  • Davide Scarso (d.scarso@fct.unl.pt)

and

  • Gael Caignard (gaelcaignard@outlook.com)

Information for authors

A peer-reviewed academic journal, Chiasmi International publishes original research on or inspired by the thought of the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

The contributions submitted to Chiasmi International must be original, with no simultaneous submission to other periodicals.

All submissions are subject to double blind peer-review and, if accepted, authors may be required to make revisions, based on feedback from the reviewers.

The journal welcomes submissions in French, English, and Italian.

Only submissions complying with the following indications will be accepted for peer review.

Extension limits:

  • Articles: 40.000 characters, spaces included.
  • Abstract: 100 to 200 words in the language of the submission.

In preparing an article for submission please:

  • Include author’s name and institutional affiliation with the title on a separate cover page (with author’s name, affiliation, email, title, signs count, short bio) to facilitate the blind peer review process.
  • Include as a separate file an abstract of 100-200 words in the language of the submission. The abstract will be translated into the journal’s other two official
  • Include references to the original French editions of Merleau-Ponty’s works, rather than only to English or Italian
  • Double-space and use Times New Roman, 12-point
  • Use endnotes rather than
  • Submissions must be in Word or Rich text format.

Scientific committee

  • Davide Scarso (CIUHCT – Universidade Nova de Lisboa / FCT)
  • Gael Caignard (université Jean Moulin Lyon 3)

Date(s)

  • Monday, January 10, 2022

Keywords

  • anthropocène, global, mondialisation, globalization, phenomenology

Contact(s)

  • Gael Caignard
    courriel : gael [dot] caignard [at] univ-lyon3 [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Gael Caignard
    courriel : gael [dot] caignard [at] univ-lyon3 [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Thinking the Anthropocene debate with Merleau-Ponty », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, November 15, 2021, https://calenda.org/929479

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