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Decolonial and Critical Theory

Call for Publications

Theme: Decolonial and Critical Theory
Publication: Dissonancia: Critical Theory Journal
Date: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2020)
Deadline: 31.12.2019

Critical and decolonial theories have long been mutually suspicious
of one another. On the one hand, and rightly so, decolonial theories
highlight the Eurocentric dimensions of hegemonic academic philosophy
in general, and of critical theory in particular, questioning the
alleged universalism that has inhabited critical philosophy from
Hegel and Marx to the present day. On the other, and also not without
reason, representatives of critical theory often express fear of
abandoning the universal altogether and endorsing the particular
unequivocally, concerned with the theoretical and political
fragmentation that may ensue.

Recently, however, there is a growing interest in thematizing the
possible connections between critical theory and conceptual paradigms
based on the critique of colonialism (not only de- and postcolonial
theories, but also subaltern, peripheral or marginal studies,
epistemologies of the South, among others). The reversal of
historical structures of domination is certainly a common horizon to
both strands, but much is yet to be done to enable a
cross-fertilization between these traditions, themselves highly
diverse and internally differentiated.

The Special Issue on “Decolonial and Critical Theory” aims to
contribute to the advancement of this cooperation and invites the
submission of articles and reviews of texts that reflect on this
dialogue – or lack thereof – in the areas of philosophy, politics,
history, aesthetics, epistemology, education, sociology, among others.

Some possible topics:

- Convergences and divergences between critical theory and
 de-/postcolonial theories
- Critical theory on the periphery(ies): reception, criticisms and
- Critical theory in/from/about Brazil and Latin America
- Post- and decolonial theories: tensions between the particular and
 the universal
- Critical theory, race and intersectionality
- Critical theory, history, progress and global justice
- What does it mean to “decolonize” critical theory today?
- What do post- and decolonial theories have to learn from critical
- What does critical theory have to learn from post- and decolonial

Deadline for submissions:
December 31st 2019

Editors of the Special Issue:
Mariana Teixeira and Mariana Fidelis (Guest Editor)

Submissions in English, Spanish and Portuguese are welcome.

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