Schedule of Publication

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.

Semantics and Metaphysics in Analytic Philosophy

Societate și Politică (Society and Politics)

Invited editor: Paula Tomi

It is widely assumed that there is a tight connection between semantics and metaphysics. This special issue is interested both in the possible relation between semantics and metaphysics, but also in topics related with the key terms taken separately. Papers focusing on deflationary perspectives about semantics and metaphysics represent a special interest.

Society and Politics is a journal devoted to the exploration of the interactions between the history of political thought and the history of ideas/intellectual history, focusing on the formation and development of the major concepts and intellectual trends that have shaped the modern and contemporary European thought.

Society and Politics is evaluated by the National Council for Scientific Research in Higher Education (CNCSIS) category B+, code 834, CNCS category B and indexed in the following international databases: Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL), Index Copernicus International Journals Master List, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Ebsco Host, ERIH Plus, ProQuest, and Scopus/Elsevier.

For more details, please check the journal’s page:

Papers no longer than 8.000 words or book reviews no longer than 800 words should be submitted by email to,

Deadline for sending materials: the 15th of October 2021.

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 by March 1st, 2019. Scheduled publication is anticipated for November 2019.

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