Theoria and Praxis: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Thought
Call for Submissions
Deadline: October 20, 2013
The History and Theory of Subjectivity
What is the nature of subjectivity? The second issue of Theoria and Praxis seeks
to explore this question through an interdisciplinary perspective. We are
interested in papers that push the boundaries of traditional understandings of
subjectivity—that move subjectivity beyond a simple grasping of “essence” to a
fundamental questioning of its very groundings.
Subjectivity has a wide array of possible understandings. It can be used as a
way to grasp agency, activity and/or social action; as a traditional binary
correlate of the subject-object dichotomy in philosophy; as the source of
psychic depth; and, as the place of political activity. Subjectivity is,
therefore, at the center of social science discourse and its exploration is
both essential to the conceptual underpinnings of any social science as well as
grounding our own place in the world.
Topics open to participants include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Do the ancients (the Pre-socratics, Plato and Aristotle, as well as
Hellenistic philosophy) have a concept of subjectivity?
• Is subjectivity a feature of modern thought?
• What is the structure of the Cartesian moment of subjectivity? Is subjectivity
essentially a moment of knowledge and epistemological grounding?
• What is the “ontology of subjectivity?” Is a Husserlian transcendental
subjectivity possible? And what is the relationship between being and subject?
• Is subjectivity a political coordinate? Is it the correlate of all political
action and choice?
• What is the relationship between language, writing and subjectivity?
• What is the relevance of the traditional sociological distinction between
structure and agency to a theory of subjectivity?
• What role does discourse and power play in the formation of subjectivity?
Further, is Foucault a theorist of subjectivity?
• What is the psychoanalytic theory of subjectivity? How does the unconscious
impact and/or delimit subjectivity? Do Freud and Lacan provide with a unique
access to subjectivity?
• What are the consequences of Badiou’s re-thinking of subjectivity and its
linkage to the notion of “event?”
Neither are submissions, by any means, to be confined to these questions alone.
In fact, we will gladly and seriously consider all papers that we receive.
Manuscripts shall be subject to a double-blind reading, ensuring the integrity
of the peer-review process. All submissions should be between 6,000 and 12,000
words, and include abstracts of no more than 200 words (in Microsoft Word file
We welcome those interested to please submit their papers and proposals, and all
relevant inquiries, to Theoria and Praxis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also visit us at: http://theoriapraxis.yorku.ca