Call for papers

Call for Papers

I. The advent of the “anthropocene” (Paul Crutzen, 2000), or “Ecoumène” (Christian Grataloup), Anthropozoïque (Stoppani, 1873), Noosphère (de Chardin, 1922, Vernadsky, 1936), Érémozoïque (Wilson, 1992), Anthrocène (Revkin, 1992), etc.:

– Is it be the final stage in a story that emphasizes the central role of mankind in geology and ecology, or a sequence of destructions which started with prehistoric hunter-gatherers and led to the current climate change ?

– Is it alternatively a belated awareness resulting from these developments?

– Do we experience a partial deviation from Nicolaus Copernicus’s break in the 16th century, which moved the Earth from its privileged position at the centre of the universe and made people peripheral?

– Does the overlapping of nature and culture (Philippe Descola) as autonomous concepts in conventional studies bring about a “paradigm shift” which excludes single, disciplinary approaches and requires a transdisciplinary method to address complex systems and implement holistic strategies?

– As a consequence, the crisis of humanities may need some reconciliation with hard sciences within a complex, global model of knowledge.

– The enduring cultural factors derived from family structures (Peter Laslett, Emmanuel Todd) puts into perspective the universal nature of mankind and the collective management of the world.

– Can the imperative of economic development be reconciled with the need to limit climate change? The imperative of growth, the increase of inequalities (Thomas Piketty) and conflicting cultural views as global political deadlocks.

– Are we heading to the final collapse of civilisation (Jared diamond) caused by the ongoing “ecocide”?


II. The Concept of politics and what is political

– The diversity and significance of approaches to political institutions and the concept of « political » as understood within different cultural contexts.

– What is « political » in comparative cultural analysis ?

– The failure of political leaders to deal with the ongoing global crisis. Do politically determined structures (of property rights, government spending allocations, etc.) necessarily maximize the efficiency or growth potential of the economy?

– Should policies be dictated by scientific rationalism and its technological implementations, as in climate change?

– Do the bankruptcy of the policy process and the resulting disengagement of citizens at local and global level dismiss anything like an inclusive community? Will global leaders reach a global consensus, as the world is reaching a tipping point?

– What can be expected from social movements, environmental initiatives, and civil society at local, regional and global level?


III. Culture/cultural industries & the culture of economics

– Economics-based view of culture

– The fate of publishing confrontrd with the fate of other culture industries

– The Place and Role of Cultural Industries in the Cultural Development of Societies (follow-up to meeting of experts, Unesco/Canadian National Commission, Montreal, 9 to 13 June 1980)

– The economics of culture : demand and supply and interrelationship in the various industries that make up the cultural sector

– Old versus new : access to works produced in the past & current cultural products

– Culture as soft power: the economic/political attractiveness of local, national and international cultural products

– “Soft power is cultural power” (Joseph S. Nye). The three sources of a country’s soft power: culture, political values and foreign policies (seen as legitimate and having moral authority)

Please send submissions to:

Paul GHILS, Editor

Cosmopolis. A Journal of Cosmopolitics/Revue de cosmopolitique