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CFP: Special Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology on SOVEREIGNTY

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Sovereignty

The notion of sovereignty understood as the authority of the state to govern over its territory, has been resuscitated both on the Left and the Right, from Podemos to Trump, thus taking once again the center stage in political debates. We could ask if we can imagine a progressive vision of political sovereignty, such as the one sketched by William Mitchell and Thomas Fazi in their recent book, Reclaiming the State. But we may as well want to inquire into the general need for, appeal and promise of sovereignty in all its different manifestations - in particular in a world where sovereignty has become a scarce resource. In a disenchanted, extremely unequal world, sovereign moments, and rituals capable of bringing such moments about, become rare. We invite papers from across anthropology, critical theory, and philosophy, to think theoretically through the notion of sovereignty, and to think the concept through unconventional or extreme examples. In particular, following themes will be of interest:

*sovereignty and the state

*sovereignty and crime, murder, torture or tyranny

*sovereignty and religion

*sovereignty and economy

*sovereignty and excess, luxury, wasting, exploitation

*sovereignty and the sacred and ritual

Deadline for abstract submission (max. 250 words): 15 February 2018

Please send your abstracts to:

Deadline for paper submission: 15 June 2018

If your abstract has been approved by the editorial board, please submit your paper online by creating a user and following the submission guidelines:

The special issue is scheduled for October 2018.

Journal of Extreme Anthropology is an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, open-access and indexed journal that publishes articles written in the fields of anthropology, social sciences, philosophy and critical theory specializing on extreme subjects, practices, and theory. To view current issue:

Journal of Extreme Anthropology is connected to the Extreme Anthropology Research Network which brings together researchers working on extreme, dangerous, obscene, controversial and unconventional subjects and increases public visibility of their research.

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