Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies: The Anarchist Canon/Exploding the Canon.
Call for Papers Date:
Ruth Kinna at firstname.lastname@example.org and Sureyyya Turkeli email@example.com are interested in creative, innovative and poetic explorations of the anarchist canon - its problems, limitations and critique - for a special issue of Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies: The Anarchist Canon/Exploding the Canon.
What's left to say about the anarchist canon? It's exclusive (typically referring to male, European greybeards), it fails to capture the richness of anarchist thinking (giving priority to key texts over movement media) and it elevates theory over practice. Why then devote an issue ADCS to its discussion, deconstruction, interrogation and analysis?
One answer might be that reflecting on the canon's construction can help reveal something about the ways in which anarchism has been misunderstood. Another possibility is that it locates anarchism – in all its diversity and complexity – in particular geographical and historical locations. The canon not only establishes the parameters of anarchist theory, it sets them in a particular (European) context, serving as a springboard for subsequent revisions, developments and critiques. The canon describes a classic form, to use George Woodcock's term – it benchmarks anarchism. Who constructed it, where did it come from – what are the implications of its reification in contemporary anarchist studies? How successful have recent critiques been in overcoming the limitations that canonical study has encouraged? What are the risks of leaving the canon intact, even if as a target for critique? Should anarchists worry about the explosion of the canon if the result is to include as 'anarchist' philosophers or movements who do identify with anarchist traditions? What does self-identification mean in the absence of a canon? Does the rejection of the canon imply the rejection of an anarchist history of ideas, and if such a history remains important in anarchism, how should it be approached and understood?
Contact R.e.Kinna@lboro.ac.uk and copy firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute to a special issue of Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies on The Anarchist Canon/Exploding the Canon. Deadline for complete copy is 30 September 2012.
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