Call For Papers

Sensorium Journal vol.3 (Spring 2020) is dedicated to: Gilbert Simondon

Within recent years the work of the French philosopher Gilbert Simondon has attracted increased attention within the fields of aesthetic philosophy, media theory and artistic practices oriented towards materiality. His techno-philosophical perspective and especially his groundbreaking study Du mode d’existence des objets techniques from 1958 (which was first published in a complete English translation as late as 2016) stands out as increasingly relevant in our contemporary media technological situation. With concepts such as individuation and ontogenesis Simondon has directed attention towards the relations of technical objects to one another, to science, cultural practices and humans. Today, philosophers such as Brian Massumi (Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts, 2011) and Elizabeth Grosz (The Incoproral: Ontology, Ethics, and the Limits of Materialism, 2017) have been strongly influenced by Simondon in their affect theory and aesthetic philosophy.

In acknowledgment of this newly awoken interest, Sensorium Journal is planning a special issue on Simondon in order to examine how his theoretical and philosophical perspective can be compatible with various theoretical, literary and artistic contexts today. We warmly welcome all proposals for contributions that address this theme.

Relevant perspectives include but are not limited to:

  • Historicizing the philosophy of Simondon.
  • Critical perspectives on Simondon’s concepts and theories, for instance on individuation.
  • Application of Simondon’s theories in artistic and academic contexts.
  • The relation between Simondon and contemporary American, French and German media theory.
  • Translation of essential Simondon texts into Scandinavian languages.
  • Other ideas!

Deadline for submission of proposals (brief abstracts): EXTENDED TO October 15, 2019.

Deadline for submission of complete manuscript: January 10th 2020.

Publication: spring 2020.

Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to sensorium@liu.se

We are looking forward to receiving your proposal!