CFP: SPECIAL ISSUE: Educational ills and the (im)possibility of utopia
Deadline: Jun 30, 2017
This is a call for papers for a special issue of the journal Educational Philosophy and Theory, to be edited by Joff P.N Bradley, Teikyo University, Tokyo, and Gerald Argenton, Tamagawa University, Tokyo. The editors of EPAT invite submission of manuscripts for publication in a forthcoming special issue of the journal.
To mark the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More's Utopia, EPAT is returning to the concept of utopia to extract from it responses to the current pedagogic ills plaguing higher education institutions across the planet. Central to this project is a consideration of the role of the university as a site or 'island' for the creation of 'worlds'. Faced with the bout of psychical ills assaulting the student body (social withdrawal, reduced tolerance to frustration and conflict situations resulting in violent outbursts, disindividuation [Stiegler], depression, drug and networking addiction, and, despite enhanced connectivity, widespread loneliness and indifference - leading to suicidal tendencies in worst cases), the ambition of this CFP is to extract from the concept of utopia new theoretical weapons to counteract the 'sad passions' prevalent in higher education. The thrust of this CFP is to search out traces of resistance, experimentation and creativity, counter-power and counter-thought in higher education institutions across the planet. Defending the fabulatory, utopian function of philosophy (philosophy as a form of absolute deterritorialization in Deleuze) in order to resist negativity, resignation and despair, the CFP is asking for reflections on how to make philosophy itself an immanent weapon of resistance, a force of the new, a means to unearth the forgotten or forsaken, a site for the invention of "new possibilities of life".
From an educational and philosophical point of view, we are asking for papers which critique and contest the (im)possibility of thinking utopia as such. Using concepts drawn from utopian literature, philosophy of education, continental thought as well as science fiction, cinema studies, feminism, queer studies etc, the special issue will address the question of the university's capacity to create worlds. We shall look beyond the affects of fear and hope to the sense of weapon-creation in Deleuze and what form this might take in the light of globalization or the ‘unworld’ - the sense of the world as vile and unwelcoming, the geo-trauma of the anthropocene, and the end of world-creation as we know it. By resurrecting the concept of utopia, it is envisaged that the CFP will collate original, thought-provoking and transdisciplinary contributions, thereby presenting to the reader a comprehensive, informed and invaluable new vision of what Joff Bradley has designated a geophilosophy of education.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joff Bradley or Gerald Argenton.