Special Calls

Special Call 11° number – June 2019

The editor is Geminello Preterossi (University of Salerno)

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,000 to 6,500 words, including footnotes, concerning:                                     

 Might this be the new class struggle?

There is no further time for class struggle. This was one of the many assumptions at the basis of the neoliberal official discourse which was dominant after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Is it so? A look back on the last decades, and specifically on political and financial establishment response to the crisis, suggests not just the persistence of the class struggle but even its efficient functioning from above. Its ideological denial underlies the succeeding of neoliberal offense that drives a devaluing of work and a systematic extraction of surplus value, with neither political restrictions nor redistribution of wealth. The symbolic field has been functional to remove or otherwise opacify the “class” interest field (how once it would be called), crediting the ideology of the end of the conflict, in attempt to neutralize the global market and competition as a universal and not partisan form of life. Analytically that implies the necessity to avoid the distinction between the symbolic level and the practical processes level because it might render to us a partial, thus unharmed, comprehension of the new political reality we are facing.

From an objective point of view, if we consider differences in interests and the social contradictions, there would certainly be reasons for class struggle as well as economic discrepancies concerning the ideologies of left and right. Rather, the actual background around the new social concern on the (economic) crisis and austerity measures is of an opposite stand: the language, applied by the left party, does not look exhaustive enough to seize and reproduce this reality and even less prepared to arrange it in a cohesive conflict.  Besides, out of some rare cases, the left party looks involved with the social inferiorization, the cheap jobs, and the unemployment, all of which are implied in globalization. While the economic right side has a clear vision of the goals and the power relationships, the left side is living in a credibility crisis. As a matter of fact,  the reformist left is subordinated to the economic right side which led it to shelter behind an unspecified rhetoric of hospitality that, unsupported by social policies, allow ghettos and wars among the poor; in addition to that, the subordination is the motivation behind the acknowledgement of civil rights as a way to compensate for the demolition of the welfare state. What is more, the “radical” left side cherishes dreams of a palingenesis of meta-policies, which are extremely unfeasible and ultimately with no cultural antibodies against a globalism whose dominance has been empowered by the neoliberalism.

The Laclau’s theory of populism in addition to the political use of it (including  European countries too) is perceived as a way to re-arrange the conflict and political subjectivity grounded on the mentioned eclipse of the “left” and on the rising of new unresponsiveness and of lines of social fracture (places against flows, downwards against upwards, identity against standardization).

The main question of this call for papers is whether or not nowadays the class struggle that is played from above is structurally forbidden and on what ideological assumptions could it be upheld.

A further investigation should consider redefining the shift from inside itself to for itself that is indeed the principal factor in the subjectification of conflict.  Might it be the case that the assessment of the conflict in the shape of post-essentialism is only realizable populistically? Might it be a trade of class struggle paradigm for a populistic one (that which is undoubtedly a source of political strength although ambivalent), or rather a more strategic trade?

Is the Laclau’s approach really a critical and polemical interpretation towards the hard core of the capitalistic domain and of devices it uses? Or is it just a rhetorical-linguistic instrument?

Ultimately how could it be answered efficiently but not abstractly regulatory to the shift from class struggle to identity struggle that is the result of a malfunctioning among the anomic effects of the globalization and the socially disempowering effects of neoliberalism?

 

Soft Power invites submissions of articles not exceeding 6,000 words, including footnotes.

All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

Papers (with Name, Title, little Abstract – max 20 lines – and Keywords) should be sent to info@softpowerjournal.com.

DEADLINES: Full Article must be received by December 10th, 2018 (acceptance shall be communicated by January 15th, 2019 )

For author guidelines and for any further information: info@softpowerjournal.com

 

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Special Call Number 12 – December 2019

The editor is Salvo Vaccaro (University of Palermo).

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,000 to 6,500 words, including footnotes, concerning: 

Political Theory and Post-Truth

In November 2016, Oxford Dictionaries nominated Post-Truth word of the year, «relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective  facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals  to emotion and personal belief».

Is it ever thinkable a political theory embedded in the reality? What are the constituencies of truth in politics? Is a political theory still able to capture the signals of fracture between political will and free formation of political will via mass- and social media? What did changed in the relationship between truth and lying in politics, from Plato to Arendt via Nietzsche? Which kind of ethos shall survive in a post-truth era?

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,000 to 6,500 words, including footnotes, concerning these themes: Politics, Political Theory, Policies, Accountability, Information/Communication, Public Opinion, Vote, Free Mind, Truth/Power, Lying.

Philosophical, theoretical, historical and interdisciplinary articles are welcome. All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

Papers (with Name, Title, little Abstract – max 20 lines – and Keywords) should be sent to info@softpowerjournal.com.

DEADLINES: Full Article must be received by June 1st, 2019 (acceptance of the papers shall be communicated by September 1, 2019).

For any further information: info@softpowerjournal.com

 

 

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Special Call 10 number – December 2018:  Pluralism and Enforcement of Rights.

The editor is Valeria Giordano (University of Salerno).

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,000 to 6,500 words, including footnotes, concerning these themes: pluralism, governance and social rights; cultural pluralism and identity conflicts; value pluralism and legal interpretation;  constitucionalism and international justice; enforcement and protection of rights.

Particularly requested  topics are: gender, race, religion, war, bioethics, environment y commons.

Philosophical, theoretical, historical and interdisciplinary articles are welcome. All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

Papers (with Name, Title, little Abstract – max 20 lines – and Keywords) should be sent to info@softpowerjournal.com.

 

DEADLINES: Full Article must be received by: July 15 th, 2018 (acceptance of the papers shall be communicated by September 15 th, 2018).

For any further information: info@softpowerjournal.com

 

Special Call  9° number – June 2018

The editors are: Federico Chicchi, Antonio Tucci

 

Inclusions

The paradigm based on the conceptual couple inclusion/exclusion, which has marked the modern juridical and political mindset, seems to be very uncertain in the currently advanced stage of neoliberal governmentality. The new imposing logic rests on the “promise” of a progressive inclusion of everyone, but it actually works with continuous selections and marginalization – when not exclusions – often in a violent and definitive way. According to Aiwha Ong, these models of social inclusion might be qualified as graduated. This method of government, in full accordance with the empowerment devices and the release of new digital technologies of control, produces new and complex hierarchies, i.e. unprecedented instances of proletarianization, new forms of slavery, new methods of exploitation and boundary rearrangements. The new salience gained by identity issues – in the forms of borders, race, gender and so on and so forth – is to be analyzed against the background of a new logic of government, largely in need of further clarifications.

Therefore, how shall we reconsider and rethink the categories of political and legal philosophy, or of the social sciences as a whole, that interrogate those issues?

 

The main issues of this call for papers are: differential inclusion, selective inclusion, exploitation, identity, race, borders, gender, subjectivity and neoliberalism, marginality, governmentality, digital democracy.

 

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,000 to 6,500 words, including footnotes, concerning:

All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

Papers (with Name, Title, little Abstract – max 20 lines – and Keywords) should be sent toinfo@softpowerjournal.com.

 

DEADLINES

Articles must be received by Genuary 10th, 2018 (acceptance will be communicated by  February 1oth, 2018, after double-blind peer-review).

 

 

 

 

Special Call  8° number – December 2017

The editor is: Ida Dominijanni

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,000 to 6,500 words, including footnotes, concerning:

The domestication of Feminism

Half a century after the explosion of the so-called “second wave”, the subversive radicality of feminism is threatened by governmental policies and discourses that focus on its domestication. Neoliberal apparatuses, which turn female freedom into entrepreneurial self-affirmation and neutralise sexual difference as one among other fragmented social identities, are added to the recurring trends, of a Marxist and liberal stamp respectively, which reduce the demand for female freedom to an issue  of social emancipation or equitable inclusion of women in the democratic citizenship. How do these apparatuses work at political, legal, economic, mass media, psychic and sexual levels? Can they be challenged and countered  throwing again the original bet of feminism?

The main topics are: feminism, work’s feminization, sexual difference, gender, neoliberalism, neutralisation

All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

Papers (with Name, Title, little Abstract – max 20 lines – and Keywords) should be sent toinfo@softpowerjournal.com.

 

DEADLINES

For abstract (500 words max): March 30th, 2017 (acceptance shall be communicated by April 30th, 2017 )

Full Article must be received by June 1th, 2017 (acceptance shall be communicated by  September 1th, 2017, after double-blind peer-review).

For author guidelines visit here

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Special Call  7° number –June 2017: The return of the world: space, territory and materiality in the age of globalization and its crisis.

The editor is Ottavio Marzocca  (University of Bari)

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,000 to 6,500 words, including footnotes, concerning these questions:

The environment – as geo-local, social, political-legal and ethical modus – is a central issue.

Have society, subjects and social powers become subjectively more attentive to the problems of territory, environment, space and material world? Or are these problems objectively urgent, without adequate social attention?

The main topics are:

Environment; Ethos; Territorial communities; Material world; Legal borders and Urban space.

 

Philosophical, theoretical, historical and interdisciplinary articles are welcome. All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

Papers (with Name, Title, little Abstract – max 20 lines – and Keywords) should be sent toinfo@softpowerjournal.com.

 

DEADLINE: November 30th, 2016.

Acceptance of the papers shall be communicated by January 10 th, 2016.

For author guidelines visit here

For any further information: info@softpowerjournal.com

 

 

Special Call  6° number – December 2016: Justice, conflicts, mediations

The main topic of sixth issue is: Justice, conflicts, mediations.

The editor is Laura Bazzicalupo (University of Salerno)

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,000 to 6,500 words, including footnotes, concerning these topics:

Conflicts, war, political rinegotiation; political mediation strategies and International justice; reconciliation process and transitional justice; Arbitrations and forms of political and legal mediation.

Philosophical, theoretical, historical and interdisciplinary articles are welcome. All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

Papers (with Name, Title, little Abstract – max 20 lines – and Keywords) should be sent toinfo@softpowerjournal.com.

DEADLINE: June 30 th, 2016.

Acceptance of the papers shall be communicated by September 15, 2016.

For author guidelines visit here

For any further information: info@softpowerjournal.com

 


 

 

Special Call  4° number – December 2015: Metamorphosis of Power and Political-legal Subjectivations

The main topics of fourth issue is: Metamorphosis of Power and Political-legal Subjectivations. Its editor is  Antonio Tucci (University of Salerno)

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,000 to 6,500 words, including footnotes, on any aspect related to notions and practice of Governmentality and Soft Power.

Philosophical, theoretical, historical and interdisciplinary articles are welcome. All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

Papers (with Name, Title, little Abstract – max 20 lines – and Keywords) should be sent to info@softpowerjournal.com.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2015.

Acceptance of the papers shall be communicated by October 30, 2015.

For author guidelines visit here

For any further information: info@softpowerjournal.com


 

Soft Power is an inter-disciplinary academic journal published in 2014 by the Grupo Planeta, one of the leading publishers in the Spanish-speaking world. It is supported by the University of Salerno and the Universidad Católica de Colombia. Its website is: http://www.softpowerjournal.com

The aim of the journal is to be a forum of discussion for researches and scholars interested in the changes of contemporary political and legal
 orders. Through an approach that integrates philosophy, legal and political theory and history, it tries to investigate the diffused and fragmentary power dispositifs emerging forms social practices that bring to light new aspects of political and legal rationality. In particular, research interests focus on transformations of law and politics in contemporary neoliberalism.

The main topics of third issue is: Governementality and Soft Power. Its editor is Salvo Vaccaro (University of Palermo)

On one side, the concept of governmentality in Foucault introduces the notion of “conduire les conduits”, that’s to say a practice of power which is not hierarchical, vertical, repressive; on the other side, this same concept is useful in order to investigate the new forms of post-democratic regimes which are typical in the era of neoliberalism.

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,500 to 7,500 words, including footnotes, on any aspect related to notions and practice of Governmentality and Soft Power.

Proposals with Name, tentative Title, little Abstract (max 20 lines) and Keywords should be submitted by December 20, 2014. Acceptance of the proposals shall be communicated by January 10, 2015, but this does not commit any real publication. Articles for issue number 3 should be submitted by April 10, 2015.

 

Philosophical, theoretical, historical and interdisciplinary articles are welcome. All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

For more information, for the author’s style guide, and for submission of 
articles, please write to: info@softpowerjournal.com