parallax would like to invite contributions to the forthcoming issue:
Crypt, topoi, death, cipher: an ‘anasemic’/antisemantic series of displacements; retranscryptions of the sepulchre which preserves an ineffable pleasure and/or impossible loss; which guards a scene, secret word or ‘artificial unconscious’ incorporated under the phantasy of introjection. This issue of parallax will (w)rest with the incorporation of the crypt; of the topographies it introduces and to the defence of which it stands, at once alien and familiar; the outside inside as exterior; extimité; das (un)heimliche.
In ‘Fors: The Anglish Words of Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok’, Derrida suggests that the question ‘What is a crypt?’ can no longer be posed. With the crypt as ‘(n)either a metaphor nor a literal meaning’ the antisemantic displacement he follows ‘obeys a different tropography’. How can we forge such a cryptropographic path, which comes out from the crypt and still moves towards it; how do we approach the place which marks the end of our journey as the destination from which we begin; how do we go on after the end, remain after death, haunt as the phantom and survive with/as the crypt – as/in the other? And what would such a journey entail, and who or what would accompany us: our object-choices; an ‘archaic heritage’; our analysts; or our exorcizers, who both call forth and drive away?
parallax invites contributions that expand this discussion; inscr(i/y)ptions, ‘in place of another here the first word is – crypt’; to make place for another, a taking place of the other, the desistance of the Self; by writing, speaking and living in lieu of the first; to inherit the dead, lost, loved; to both hold and be possessed. This issue extends from a theory of trauma and the crypts of psychoanalysis, and welcomes discussion from those fields; but it is also concerned with the act of crypting, and our perpetual fascination with decryption – in all its guises; opening this call up to all possible responses and inscr(i/y)ptions.
Submission Deadline: September 1st 2008
Centre for Cultural Studies
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Old Mining Building
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
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