French philosopher Jacques Derrida died on 8 October 2004 in Paris. Subject matter of politics of friendship, one of his most recurrent themes, remains an unfinished affair. In his first treatise on The Politics of Friendship (1997) Derrida speaks of its traces of responsibility; hostility; courage; fraternity; will; honour; foolishness; justice; faithfulness; loyalty; remembrance; mourning; silence; reconciliation and so on, and he calls upon the reader to join him on his quest of discovering a true meaning of and a language of friendship. The theme re-emerges in The Work of Mourning (Derrida, 2001) and later, across two volumes of The Beast and the Sovereign (Derrida, 2009, 2011). More than ever this theme, and especially that of a language of friendship, is becoming relevant. A prolonged economic crisis has elevated it to a new height; where certain events are forming the ruptures and voids in and between all spheres of the society: individuals, communities, organisation, governments and nation. Certain questions are worth addressing:
- What is true value of friendship?
- To what extent a ‘political’, identity or culture may influence friendship?
- How can storytelling address this theme?
- How can we proceed from the methodological point of view?
One constantly keeps stumbling over how to present and translate these ruptures and voids in the context of the politics and language of friendship. This special issue is an invitation to explore the traces of friendship that Derrida speaks of, through a language of storytelling. Stories speak on behalf of Other, the beasts from Derrida’s world, their unspoken and marginalised voices, of their pain or suffering, sorrow or happiness, or exclusion from society. This special issue honours Derrida’s legacy in the sense that it endeavours to re-connect Derrida and his future readers through the stories as a language of friendship. It calls for an interdisciplinary approach, broadening the scope of domains to include novel ways of exploring this theme.
Manuscript including abstract (200 words) and article (8000 words) should be submitted via on-line system of Tamara Journal: http://www.tamarajournal.com. Letters of acceptance will be sent by the end of January 2013.
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