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Postsocialist Affectivity and Intersectional Feminism

Organization: The Polish Journal of Aesthetics
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-03-31 Abstract Due: 2022-10-31

Call for Papers

Postsocialist Affectivity and Intersectional Feminism - The Polish Journal of Aesthetics Volume 68 (1/2023)

Submission deadline: October 31, 2022

Editors: Jana Kukaine (Art Academy of Latvia), Natalia Anna Michna (Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland)

This special issue of The Polish Journal of Aesthetics concentrates on affect theory, postsocialist studies, and intersectional feminism. By merging, subverting, and establishing affinities between these three fields of research, the special issue will fill a gap in ongoing theoretical debates and academic knowledge.

The first blind spot that the upcoming issue attempts to address is Central and Eastern Europe’s under-representation within affect theory, which primarily focuses on exploring Anglo-American contexts or their postcolonial Others. The second question worth considering is the problematic status of feminism itself in affect theory. The historiography of the affective turn (allegedly associated with the turn of the millennia) is often oblivious of the feminist work on emotions and feelings conducted in earlier decades. Thirdly, many researchers regarded postsocialism as a temporal condition of a culturally and geologically marginal region (Europe’s eastern border). However, there are many good reasons to assume that this condition has a global significance with much broader implications. In addition, postsocialist feminism is likewise a marginalized “little sister” of the transnational feminist community, oscillating between its socialist and neoliberal displays.

While suggesting these points of departure, the special issue of the journal invites contributions to illuminate the concept of postsocialist affectivity from the perspective of intersectional feminism. 

We invite Authors from various research areas to submit articles that explore: 

-          the idiosyncratic character of affect in postsocialist contexts, its difference, peculiarity, and obscurity;

-          sensual, carnal, and embodied experiences in Central and Eastern Europe;

-          intersectional feminist perspectives on affectivity and the situation of a lived body (for example, poverty, sex work and trafficking, the rebirth of docile femininity, consumerism, etc.);

-           the ambiguity of postsocialist affect and its rhizomatic roots, which pass through socialism, communism, neoliberalism, capitalism, nationalism, consumerism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, etc.

-          postosicialst affectivity from gender, queer, environmenal, anti-capitalist, decolonial etc. perspectives;

-          other perspectives and approaches that enhance the understanding of what postsocialism feels like and what affects it generates.  

Author Guidelines:

We ask Authors to read our guidelines posted under the tab “For Authors” (https://pjaesthetics.uj.edu.pl/for-authors) as well as to double-check the completeness of each submission (please do not forget to collectively submit: the abstract, keywords, bibliography, and a biographical note about the author) before submitting.

Only complete submissions sent through the submissions page will be accepted—submission page: https://pjaesthetics.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/wyslij-tekst.

All submitted articles are subject to double-blind reviews. Articles published in The Polish Journal of Aesthetics are assigned DOI numbers. Please do not hesitate to contact us via email: pjaestheticsuj@gmail.com.

About the Journal:

The Polish Journal of Aesthetics is highly regarded as an international forum for debate in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. The journal is published to promote the study and discuss philosophical questions about aesthetic experience and the arts. The Journal is open to different philosophical and artistic orientations, and it publishes lively and thoughtful articles on a broad range of topics from art, aesthetics, the philosophy of art, popular culture, and new technologies. The journal is a quarterly periodical published in March, June, September, and December by the Institute of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.

Please visit our website at https://pjaesthetics.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/

The journal is indexed by:

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (CEJSH)
Index Copernicus International
e-Publikacje Nauki Polskiej
PhilPapers. Online research in Philosophy
The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL)
The Philosopher’s Index
Polska Baza Cytowa? POL-index
ICI Journals Master List



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