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>Call for papers
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>Actualities of Aura
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>An anthology of essays on Walter Benjaminís concept of ìAuraî, to be
>collected and edited by Dag Petersson and Erik Steinskog, and published as
>a single volume in English.
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>This project attempts a new way of collecting and assembling
>investigations that are directly focused on the question of the Aura, its
>meaning, movement, direction, form, or, as we have chosen to phrase it in
>the working title, its actualities. The intention behind the project is
>not only to put together a number of well-written and illuminating essays
>in a single volume, but also to examine whether a certain strategy for
>assembling and organizing texts may reveal further issues pertaining to a
>contemporary understanding of Aura. What this strategy of composition may
>underscore and make explicit are configurations of what seems to be
>ëre-auratized domainsí within the arts and the politics of this new
>millennium. We are, in other words, endeavouring to balance between the
>specific insights that are brought forth in each individual article, and a
>strategy for composing them, in such a way that the publication itself may
>stand a chance of becoming a tightrope between the historical
>what-has-been of the conceptís conception and the now-timeís time of now.
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>The five sections of ìThe Actualities of Auraî are:
>1.      Danger and Boredom
>2.      Dreams and Images
>3.      Force and Connection: Abilities of Reading
>4.      Information, Deformation, Reformation
>5.      Collections and Remembrance
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>Under the first heading we want to make space for investigations
>pertaining to the role of the Aura primarily in relation to modalities of
>experience and memory. The second division continues the theme of
>experience, but with another focus. There is a Kantian dimension here
>related to figurations of time and space. This section might also be seen
>as a mapping out of the images of thoughts and dreams. The third chapter
>locates what Benjamin, under Nietzschean influence called the field of
>forces. The forth heading names what we believe are strategies of
>formation, i.e. modalities of actualisation. The last chapter reserves a
>space for condensation of the tension between history, language, and
>visuality as they appear in todayís society. We do not conceive of these
>sections as watertight compartments, but rather as areas with heightened
>density.
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>We hereby invite proposals or abstracts to be sent to the editors for
>reviewing. Deadline for abstracts (maximum 1500 words) is set to November
>15., 2002. Deadline for the completed articles will be set to March 1.,
>2003. The finished edition will be published in relation to the Nordic
>Summer University, and is scheduled for publication during the summer
>2003.
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>Abstracts are to be sent to the editors,
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>Dag Petersson ([log in to unmask]) and/or Erik Steinskog ([log in to unmask])
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