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Society and Politics appears on the following dates:

April 30th

November 30th

Call for Papers

Society and Politics aims at publishing thematic and special issues and for this is seeking prospective guest editors that would be willing to submit proposals for thematic and special issues.



The Wisdom of Automata: Performative Science and Early Modern Diplomacy


Invited editor: Stefano Gulizia


Automata – often made up by puzzling parts, like wood inlays, brass, or metal – are charged with different tasks, such as defense, entertainment, or time-keeping. Automata also allow a 'methodizing' of spatial displacement through artificial life. Building on this premise, namely that despite internal diversification over time, the metis of self-propelled devices converges on political brokerage and cross-cultural exchange, the proposed Special Issue brings to a fresh light early modern entanglements of travel and experimental science aiming to produce a new angle to discuss the mechanization of nature. Boundaries between object and subject are blurred in the deep history of automata. Often this very fuzziness turns into a performance of cultural heritage, historically situated or perspectival as it might be. However, most scholarship up to date has suffered from a divide between attending to artisanal and technical manufacture on the one hand, and considering the social protocols attending to its display on the other. Likewise, the prevailing trend has been towards microhistory. As a result, more work remains to be done to conveniently tie up mechanical instrumentality with social legitimation, making the most of seminal inquiries into ambassadorial training and courtly culture as areas of artificiality. This Issue aims at a comprehensive re-balancing between production and circulation, and therefore at reinstating automatic life as a leading early modern discipline of information management. The claim of this collection is that what ultimately is embodied in automata and their peculiar time-keeping is not a simulation of live bodies, but a replication of habitus — that is, a tissue of geopolitical ambitions and bodily practices.


Research articles are encouraged from scholars working on the ‘archival turn’ and aspects of the mechanics of mobility such as Mediterranean gift-giving, storing, portable archaeologies, as well as from every field pertaining to the brokerage of early modern science and intellectual history, with particular (but not exclusive) interest to the routines of workmanship and the re-enchantment of technology. Papers should not exceed 8,000 words. They should be prepared for a double blind-review and be submitted electronically to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by March 1st, 2019. Scheduled publication is anticipated for November 2019.


For further information and bibliographic references about this project see:



Boris Hessen and the Philosophy of Science


Invited editor: Sean Winkler


For this special issue of Society and Politics, we would like to invite papers that discuss the thought of Soviet physicist, historian and philosopher of science, Boris Hessen (1893 – 1936). Hessen is best known for delivering a talk at the 2nd International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in London, entitled “The Socio-Economic Roots of Newton’s Principia” (1931); one of the most infamous papers in the historiography and philosophy of science. In this paper, Hessen argued that every theoretical problem in Sir Isaac Newton’s natural philosophy could be traced to two sources: (1) economic production (i.e., technical problems that were relevant to the development of the newly-emergent capitalist economy) and (2) class morality (i.e., Newton’s ideological standpoint as a member of the rising bourgeoisie in late 17th-/early 18th-century England). Though an immediately provocative figure, Hessen’s notoriety was short-lived as not more than five years after his appearance in London, he became one of the millions to perish in Stalin’s purges. And although he was rehabilitated in 1956 during the “Khrushchev thaw”, scholars’ attempts to revisit his works have yet to spur an exhaustive study of his thought. Such an exhaustive study is necessary, because Hessen’s paper exerted a profound, subterranean influence on so-called “externalist” historiography of philosophy and science that has yet to be fully appreciated. Moreover, his writings on topics such as dialectical materialism, the history of science, relativity theory and quantum mechanics, are not well-known. The aim of this volume, therefore, is to encourage systematic studies of his thought as well as assessments of the relevance of his work for understanding the relationship between economic production, philosophy and science today.


Papers on the following topics are welcome (but not limited to):

  • English translations of Hessen’s other writings
  • Hessen as the founder of ‘externalist’ historiography of philosophy/science
  • Hessen’s influence on other thinkers (i.e., Bernal, Grossmann, Merton, Needham, etc.)
  • The role of dialectical materialism (i.e., Marxist, Leninist, Stalinist, Deborinite, etc.) in Hessen’s thought
  • Hessen’s understanding of the relationship between economic production and philosophy/science
  • Hessen’s interpretations of relativity theory and/or quantum mechanics
  • Contemporary applications of Hessen’s thought

    Papers should not exceed 8,000 words and should be prepared for double-blind review. Submissions should be made by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 15 December 2018, with an anticipated publication date of 30 April 2019.


    Instructions for authors can be found at:



    Consciousness in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy of Mind


    Invited editors: Martin Klein, Naomi Osorio-Kupferblum, Oliver Istvan Toth


    In recent years, the relationship between Medieval and Early Modern philosophy has received greater attention. Scholars have characterized this relationship both as a continuity and as a break. This is certainly true of philosophy of mind, where many Aristotelian assumptions and questions persisted, while the framework of substantial forms and their inherent powers was questioned. Also, in both Medieval and Early Modern history of philosophy the notion of consciousness has been the topic of new research: different scholars have tried to investigate the question how our contemporary concern with consciousness maps onto Medieval and Early Modern philosophy, as well as what implications medieval and early modern positions in philosophy of mind and epistemology have for possible views on consciousness. While some scholars point to similarities, others have warned that it is not clear whether the problem of consciousness even existed for some of the authors in these periods.


    For this special issue of Society and Politics we therefore invite papers discussing one of the followings topics:

  • Consciousness in Medieval philosophy
  • Consciousness in Early Modern philosophy
  • The influence of Medieval on Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
  • Influence and/or relevance of Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness for the contemporary philosophy of mind
  • Methodology of research on Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
  • Historiography of Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness

    Papers no longer than 8000 words, or book reviews no longer than 800 words, should be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by March 31, 2018. Submissions must be prepared for double-blind peer review. Publication is scheduled for November 30, 2018.


    For the authors guidelines see:




    Whither United Europe? Competition and Cooperation in the New World Order


    Invited editors: Cristian Bențe & Irina Ionela Pop



    Since the first European Security Strategy (ESS), A Secure Europe in a Better World, adopted on December 12, 2003, the EU’s strategic environment has changed radically. The Report on the Implementation of the European Security Strategy of December 11, 2008 did not bring significant changes in the EU foreign and security policy. In April 2015, Nathalie Tocci, Special Advisor to the High Representative on the European Security Strategy, emphasized that the world is “more connected, more contested and more complex”. This should lead the Union to reflect more closely on the six components of its external action: a) stronger engagement in the Balkans and towards Turkey; b) preserving and developing the European post-war order; c) crises in North Africa and the Middle East; d) relations with Africa; e) transatlantic partnership and EU-NATO relations; and f) improving cooperation with Asia and an associated renewal of the system of multilateral institutions.


    Considering the new EU Global Strategy, which will be presented to EU leaders by June 2016, this special issue of Societate și politică (Society and Politics), seeks articles that investigate these strategic challenges and attempt at offering pertinent explanations and solutions.



    Papers no longer than 8.000 words or book reviews no longer than 800 words should be submitted by email to: Cristian Benţe, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Irina Ionela Pop, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



    For the authors guidelines see:


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