Call for Papers

The Annals of Cultural Studies (2/2022)

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for publication in the special issue of

René Girard and the New Understanding of Christianity”

Among contemporary thinkers supporting the new interpretation of Christian tradition there are such prominent philosophers and anthropologists as Charles Taylor, Alasdair McIntyre and René Girard. Their common intention was to revive the intellectual ethos of Catholicism especially in moral and political philosophy.  But in our days Christianity seems to be collapsing not only in its communication with the contemporary world but also in its religious function in the environment of Western civilization. René Girard was the one who not only tried to deliver an apology of Christian religion but also the one who offered a new anthropological model to understand what religion as religion is and consequently to reveal the non-religious character of Christianity

We invite researchers to contribute papers discussing the Girardian explanation of Christianity as a non-religion. Religion  understood as the mechanism of salvation focused on innocent scapegoats offered for the sake of human kind.  Can we see here any new understanding of Christianity that avoids historical and contemporary problems connected to any kind of collective violence and rivalry like religious wars, persecution of minorities or patriarchal abuses? Has religion still a future within the Western world? Or: Has Christianity a future as a non-religion?  

 René Girard and Christianity” will cover the following wide range of philosophical and anthropological problems:

  • Understanding of Girard's interpretation of Christianity as a non-religion
  • Study of historical Christianity as religion in a political and a cultural sense
  • Interpretation of Christian or non-Christian roots of Girard's theory of scapegoat
  • Understanding of the dawn of Western civilization (Spengler, Nietzsche) from Rene Girard's point of view
  • Understanding of the contemporary collapse of Christian civilization from Rene Girard's point of view

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: February 30, 2022

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the manuscript submission information on the Journal website available at: https://ojs.tnkul.pl/index.php/rkult/about/submissions

Submissions must be 5000–6000 words in length.

All submissions will be reviewed by the editorial staff prior to two external double-blind reviews.

Please submit a separate cover sheet that includes your name, contact information, institutional affiliation, and keywords and relevant area(s) of research.

Editor-in-Chief : Piotr Pasterczyk, PhD: pasterz@kul.pl
Secretary: Imelda Chłodna-Błach, PhD: roczkult@kul.pl

 

The Annals of Cultural Studies (4/2022)

We invite submissions for publication in the special forum issue of “What is art? Horizons of the creator and recipient

Your submission should discuss the following question: What is art?

Your proposal should answer the question formulated from the perspective of an art creator, if you consider yourself to be the art creator, or from a recipient's perspective, if you see yourself as the recipient of art - often or rarely, intensely or without any particular commitment.

We are also interested in your answer and encourage your submission irrespective of your scope of engagement in artistic activities (when you are not interested in any art or only a little and only one type of art or an artist).

Please, express your opinion, by formulating an answer to the question about the essence of art, specifying the position from which you write.

Answering the call, please remember that it is important to clarify your position and life-attitude in your biography note. So you can include an additional note about yourself, highlighting those elements that will explain your position and attitude towards art.

What is art? Horizons of the creator and recipient” will cover a variety of responses from very different people who interact with art in different ways - enthusiasts, not interested in art at all, meeting art accidentally, professionals, participants of different cultures, critics, playing with art or considering it as the goal of life.

The aim of the journal issue is to collect various opinions on art, to confront two positions: creator and recipient, sometimes radically different. Finally, the aim is to suggest to the participant of the contemporary world a new perspective to rethink what is this area of our world that we label with art; thoughts with and without theoretical suggestions - reflections by the creators and reflections by the audience, teaching humility and uniqueness, perhaps - forming a fresh perspective on art.

We welcome all submissions to this field. We encourage everyone who would like to share their proposal for an art formula, reflection and evaluation.

Submission Guidelines
Deadline: July 31, 2022

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the manuscript submission information on the journal website available at: https://ojs.tnkul.pl/index.php/rkult/about/submissions

Submissions must be about 200-2000 words in length.

All submissions will be reviewed by the editorial staff prior to two external double-blind reviews.

Please submit an additional separate cover sheet that includes your name, contact information, institutional affiliation, and keywords and relevant area(s) of research.

Email: roczkult@kul.pl,
Secretary: Imelda Chłodna-Błach, Ph.D imelda.chlodna-blach@kul.pl

You can send your manuscript to the leading editor:
Anna Kawalec, Ph.D
email: kawalec@kul.pl