Stasis announces a new call for papers for a thematic issue to be published in the summer of 2022: “Act, Labor, Creation”.
We invite you to submit your papers. The deadline for submissions is 15.01.2022.
Our time manifests and demands hectic activity. We cobble pieces together, drive around, push buttons, carry weights, chatter, smile, sell — even our thinking is part and parcel of our work. Ever since Aristotle, Western thought proceeds on the assumption that activity is prevalent over all other modes of being. Today, this imperative appears to serve as a justification for the capitalist system, wherein it is money that truly works: hence the multiple theoretical approaches advocating an end to work, or procrastination. However, being busy is arguably not the same as being truly active: committing acts, such as heroic exploits. Our everyday fuss is, arguably, merely a passive activity. Hannah Arendt, whose terms roughly correspond to the title of this conference, attempted to distinguish the higher meaning of action, or act, as a free, existential achievement, from the more mundane phenomena of work or invention. However, history has proved her wrong, with its continuous intermingling of the three elements — existential action becoming subsumed into instrumental activities such as communication or entrepreneurship.
Is there such a thing, these days, as meaningful work, and which forms does it take? Is the new (cognitive, communicative, emotional) labor the same as work in general, or does it require a new ethic? What kind of subjectivity does it presuppose? Can we distinguish between productive and non-productive labor under contemporary capitalism? Can work be saved, or should we, as far as we can, abandon work and leave it to robots? Should we choose the vita activa, a new vita contemplativa, or claim that intense rest is the highest activity? Can we re-create a theory of activity (as opposed to heroic action), beyond the ideological normativity with which it has been associated, in both Soviet theory (Vygotsky, Leontiev, Ilyenkov et al.), and American pragmatism (Dewey, Searle, Rorty et al.)? Is there a way to restore the hieratic seriousness of acta without falling into new forms of obscurantism? These and other questions are to address in your articles.
We are announcing an open call for articles on these topics. Email your submissions to: email@example.com
An International Journal in Social and Political Philosophy and Theory
Print ISSN 2310-3817 Online ISSN 2500-0721
Published since 2013 by European University at St Petersburg
Frequency: semiannual (December-January and June-July)
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Editor: Artemy Magun
Stasis publishes articles on social and political philosophy and theory. It seeks to provide an international intellectual format that can open a common space between the English- and Russian-language philosophical traditions. The journal welcomes interdisciplinarity and covers a broad range of topics, from the purely philosophical, such as negativity, to the culturally and historically specific, such as social movements, religion, and sexuality.
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