Am Journal of Art and Media Studies, Call for Article Contribution no. 9/2016

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Call for Publications
December 31, 2015
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences

The Editorial board of AM: Journal of Art and Media Studies invites all potential contributors to send in their proposals for issue No. 9/2016. AM journal is structured in five sections: Discussions, Research, Artist Portfolio, Studies and Book Reviews. Only the first and central one section – Discussions – is predefined by the main topic of issue. Section Research and Studies are intended for scholarly articles dedicated to the different, freely chosen, theoretical problems of contemporary art and media (see Author Guidelines).


The No. 9/2016 special topic of the section Discussions is Ordinary Language Philosophy. The great linguistic turn performed by the philosophical platforms that took language as their focus of research marked much of 20th-century intellectual history: this turn started in analytic philosophy, which became part of the Anglo-American philosophical tradition, while structuralism, semiology, and poststructuralism dominated the so-called Continental tradition. Ordinary language philosophy was an important episode in this turn: it was shaped by the philosophers gathered around the so-called “Oxford school” (Ryle, Strawson, Austin) and under the influence of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s late works. As such, ordinary language philosophy performed an internal critique and revision of logical positivism and logical atomism. Ordinary language philosophers, referring to Wittgenstein’s self-critique in his Philosophical Investigations, repudiated the argument about logic as the basis of human cognition of the world, and began exploring  the grammatical structures of language. Philosophers such as Austin, but also his followers, such as American philosopher Stanley Cavell, repudiated the claim of the possibility of an ideal, non-historical, and logically completely coherent metalanguage and instead promoted their thesis of the historical determination nof language, i.e. its variable criteria; incertain respects, ordinary language philosophy thus came close to deconstruction and poststructuralism.


With this focus issue, titled Ordinary Language Philosophy, the AM journal wishes to examine the currency of ordinary language philosophy’s main thesis. We will welcome all interdisciplinary contributions reinvestigating the philosophies of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s late works, John Austin, Stanley Cavell, and others. What was the unique place of ordinary language philosophy in the linguistic turn mentioned above? How did ordinary language philosophy influence contemporary debates in ethics and aesthetics? What is the relation between ordinary language philosophy and deconstruction, i.e. poststructuralism? We will especially welcome all texts on the relevance of ordinary language philosophy for contemporary art theory – the visual arts, as well as performing arts, film, music, and media and media culture.


Please submit your paper topic, an abstract of up to 250 words, and a short biography by e-mail to the by 1 December 2015, and the final version of your paper by 28 February 2016 at latest.

You will be notified by 15 December 2015 if your topic has been accepted.


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Looking forward to our cooperation,

Editorial Board of the AM: Journal of Art and Media Studies

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Sanela Nikolić, Ph.D. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies Managing Editor
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