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On the Condition of Language: Translation & Philosophy (Vol. 46, No. 3, Autumn 2023) - Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics

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Event Date: 2023-01-31 Abstract Due: 2022-12-31

Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics
On the Condition of Language: Translation & Philosophy
Guest Editor: Byron Taylor, University College London (UCL)

This special volume asks scholars to wonder how, why, to what extent and in what ways ‘the Philosophy of Language’ has supposedly dominated academic Philosophy for so long now, while having almost nothing to say about translation. As such, it invites scholars to consider ways in which the engagement of translation and philosophy can be reappraised and re-examined across a variety of global contexts. This is an oversight long overdue addressing. It will aim to open new dialogue and set forth a new discursive space, with rich possibilities of re-invention and diversification for both disciplines in their mutual engagement. As such, we hope to receive contributions from either discipline, or from scholars with an interest in these issues, the engagement (or lack thereof) between these disciplines.

Analytic philosophy has, at least since the days of the Vienna Circle, opted for a style of writing that is deliberately clear, uncharacteristic and transparency. Yet however confidently it has pursued these ends, it now reaches a moment of stagnant crisis with no clear direction. We are especially interested in contributors who examine how translation and philosophy operate in conjunction, comparison or dialogue with debates of World Literature and untranslatability. For a discipline in a state of self-confessed dysfunction as Analytic Philosophy is, does the introduction or inclusion of translation into philosophy represent a chance for renewal? Should philosophers read more about translation, or should translation scholars read more philosophy? Themes include (but are not restricted to):

Translation and Analytic Philosophy
Translation and Continental Philosophy
Translators and philosophers
The language used by philosophers
The history and reception of ideas
Global contexts that challenge Global English
Comparative literature and philosophy
Please email your papers to jclaindia@gmail.com.

Important dates: 

Submission deadline: December 31, 2022
Decision of acceptance: January 15, 2023
Publication of the issue: Autumn 2023 (Vol. 46, No. 3)
Submission Guidelines: 

Submissions must be properly typed out in MS Word (Times New Roman, 12 Font), not exceeding 8,000 words and not below 4,000, complete with an abstract of 100 words alongside 4 or 5 keywords, incorporated within the essay itself.
All essays shall be peer-reviewed (refereed) and those abounding in solecisms, catachresis, or insufficiently argued shall be returned unread. “Works Cited” and “Notes” must preferably follow the MLA 8th convention without exception.
Each essay submitted must carry a declaration that it has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The least suspicion of plagiarism will result in an outright rejection of the article.
The cover letter should include a brief author’s bio with no revelation of the author’s identity in the paper itself. An acknowledgement shall be sent upon receipt. A further communication shall be made only after the editor considers the paper worthy of publication.
Revisions must be returned in three weeks without further delay. Authors are implored to wait at least two months before withdrawing their article, in case no communication has been made.
Simultaneous submissions are not allowed.
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