CFP: Disturbing Spaces, Impossible Strategies

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parallax. a journal of metadiscursive theory and cultural practices

Disturbing Spaces, Impossible Strategies:

Disturbing spaces: a metaphor for the challenge of structures and a symptom of spatial difference when operating within set frames. The manipulation of the space of activity, of the 2-D page, of the 3-D room, the juxtaposition of words, pictures, objects, bodies; the spatial and temporal configuration of things, their distance. But also, the metaphorical space of reflection, of ordering and classification, of orthodoxy and the canon; the domain of methodologies and typographies, of linguistic orders, of visual structures, of cognitive processes.

How does one, as a philosopher, a writer, an artist move in-between spaces, from the mental space of the formulation of ideas and rhetorical operations to the embodied space of physical impact and back again? And how does one act on the metaphysical space of theory from within the space of experience? This issue of parallax wishes to invite a discussion on strategies that by disturbing the spatio-temporal configuration of experienced space open up the space for critical reflection, or confront the canon with a premise that nourishes the possibility of doubt. What demands does the frame (of reference, of regulations, of limitations) make on the structure of the physical object? What are the frame/object?s internal and external limits and how can one invent and sustain alternative conditions of meaning and intelligibility?

Disturbing spaces entails knowledge of the object's physical location and therefore depends on the context of its experience and the conditions of its exposure. Thus, one may arrive at a disjointed critical stand by way of upsetting the order of things, yet this disruption of the frame of reference will also cause one to fall back to a provisional starting point. Is it, then, possible to retain this experience and to use it in order to reflect on and repeat such a performance? Where would one locate strategies that disturb the embodied/mental space and that tease out their distance? Would a self-reflective operation create a new space, reconfigure the same space anew or remain in a conceptual space?
Questioning the notion of impossibility and of impossible strategies, not as a prohibition but as a tangent, this issue of parallax allows its own space to become a meta-space of dialogue across philosophy, literary and art criticism, semantics and discourse analysis.

Submission Deadline: 1 April 2009

Potential contributors are encouraged to contact:
Eve Kalyva
Centre for Cultural Studies
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies Old Mining Building University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT UK


parallax is edited by a team at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. parallax publishes themed issues that aim to provoke exploratory, interdisciplinary thinking and response, providing a forum for a wide spectrum of perspectives on a topical question or concern. The journal is of interest to those working in cultural studies, critical theory, cultural history, philosophy, gender studies, queer theory, post-colonial theory, English and comparative literature, aesthetics, art history and visual cultures.

ISSN: 1460-700X (electronic) 1353-4645 (paper) Publication Frequency: 4 issues per year
Subject: Cultural Theory;
Publisher: Routledge

Editors: Ignaz Cassar, Mark Dawson and Eve Kalyva Arts Editor: Lynn Turner Reviews Editor: Marcel Swiboda Executive Editors: Barbara Engh, Martin McQuillan

Editorial Board:
Mieke Bal, Andrew Benjamin, Rachel Bowlby, Elisabeth Bronfen, Ian Buchanan, Susan Buck-Morss, Elizabeth Cowie, Omayra Cruz, Barry Curtis, Jonathan Dollimore, Simon Frith, Sue Golding, Ray Guins, Mark Little, Joanne Morra, Frank Mort, Christopher Norris, Peter Osborne, Kristin Ross, Marquard Smith, Allan Stoekl, Valerie Walkerdine, Jeffrey Weeks, Lola Young.

Founders: Joanne Morra, Adrian Rifkin, Marquard Smith


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