Replacement and replaceability: theoretical traditions and contemporary practices

Replacement and replaceability

Call for Abstracts for an edited volume titled: Replacement and replaceability: theoretical traditions and contemporary practices .

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, philosophy, visual studies, gender and queer studies, feminist theory, post- and de- colonial theory, psychoanalysis, and contemporary art.

Our aim is to produce an edited and peer reviewed volume that contributes 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 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.

We invite proposals for contributions in the form of an abstract 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 replacementvolume@gmail.com before March 1 st 2019 for peer review.

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 will announce the publishing house as soon as possible.

Sara Magno, Jad Khairallah & Ilios Willemars.