Replacement and replaceability: theoretical traditions and contemporary practices

The editors of a peer reviewed volume with as its working title Replacement and replaceability: theoretical traditions and contemporary practices, call for papers. Departing from the idea that
replacement and replaceability can be productive concepts for the study of cultural objects, we are looking for contributions from interdisciplinary scholars working on the interstices between different fields of knowledge such as comparative literature, anthropology, philosophy, visual studies, gender and queer studies, feminist theory, post- and de- colonial theory, psychoanalysis,
linguistics, and contemporary art.
The aim of this volume is to contribute to an understanding of replacement and replaceability in relation to a broad range of notions such as conflict, visuality, photography,
representation, witnessing, sacrifice, memory, the digital, performativity, and the environment. We are looking for proposals that stage a dialogue between the notion of replacement on the one hand and an object of study on the other. The aim is to theorize what replacement might signify for us today, and how it can help us figure out how it can be a significant tool for the study of cultural phenomena. We would like to trace replacement back to some of its more traditional theoretical roots, drawing on traditions ranging from Marxism to Psychoanalysis and from Nietzsche to more recent French theory, all the while remaining attentive to the possible contemporary usefulness of the concept of replacement for the study of culture.
Hearing the words replacement and replaceability, we wonder: Who or what is being replaced? Who is doing the replacing? What counts as replaceable? Is there a logic of replacement?
What happens when bodies are deemed replaceable for other bodies? Or for machines? Is replaceability a notion that can be productive for the study of violence inflicted upon the
environment? How does replacement communicate with other, related, concepts, such as translation, repetition, reiteration, quotation, citation, metaphor, metonymy, synechdoche, and
displacement? And how does it acquire meaning in relation to concepts taken from different traditions, like precariousness, simulacrum, spectacle, ideology, object-subject relationships,
trauma, and violence? Are fantasies of replaceability exclusively violent, or sometimes necessary, as in the case of renewable energy sources coming to replace oil and coal? How does the concept of
replacement travel between different discourses? How can replacement or replaceability be made useful for the study of cultural objects? And which objects warrant their use? It is on these and
related questions that we invite abstracts for papers.
The proposed volume will include contributions from participants to a two day conference that took place in Lisbon in December of 2018, and contributions from people outside of that
conference who are interested in these themes alike. The editors are still in the process of finding a suitable publishing house, but have already found different options for publication that they are
confident will work out.
We invite proposals for contributions in the form abstracts in which replacement or replaceability are used either as concepts of analysis, put into dialogue with a cultural object, or in
which the concepts themselves come under theoretical scrutiny. Proposals should be no longer than 250 words and have to be sent to before March 15st 2019 for peer review.

Full submissions will be 5.000-6.000 words in length. For those who are interested in the conference that took place in Lisbon on this theme, the program of that conference can be found at
Should questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us at the email address above. We are very much looking forward to your proposals.
Sara Magno, Jad Khairallah & Ilios Willemars.