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Volume 5: no. 2/2021 The Physical Culture Issue [Extended Deadline – March 31st, 2021]

This issue of Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture is uniquely centered around the accompanying magazine cover from a 1934 edition of Physical Culture: The Personal Problem Magazine (scroll down for the cover). While culture is often analyzed in terms of hermeneutics, methodology, values, symbols, such analyses often leave out one of the most obvious aspects of fertilizing and transferring such concepts and values: the physical world in which we exist, strive, and contemplate. We often forget the embodied element of culture and err on the side of the mind. This issue will seek to focus on the physical elements of culture, and the cultural elements of the physical, beginning with the basic question: what is physical culture?

From Plato’s gymnasium to modern day physical education classes, from the nineteenth century Turnverein in German-American communities to the wellness movement of current times, we see a constant link between the cultivation of the soul and the strength and training of the body. In particular, this edition of our journal will focus on physical culture through the framework of “personal problems,” using an exploration of personal problems as an answer to “what is physical culture?” The personal problems from the October 1934 edition of Physical Culture: The Personal Problem Magazine are listed as: “Why Wives Leave Home,” “Am I a ‘Neurotic’?” “What I’ve Learned about Constipation,” “What do YOU ‘Escape’ by Drinking,” and “The Movie Hercules: Joe Bonomo’s Own Story.” A smiling woman plays tennis next to these floating epigraphs, all of her personal problems seemingly solved by physical culture.

This edition calls for papers addressing physical culture through an imaginative, critical, and insightful analysis of the “personal problems” thus listed. How, for example, do the constructs of performed genders lead to clashes of culture between gender? How does the division of emotional labor contribute to the physical cultures of “womanhood” or “manhood”? Do neuroses, madness, mental “illness” or “disorders” have physical embodiment? Can neurodiverse “problems” be solved by physical training (and are they even problems?) What do we consider as neuroses, and why is it often deemed as a “woman’s problem”? What are the cultures of wellness, health, aging, illness, palliative care, and what values do they embed or reflect in our lives? What is “drinking culture” and how do different demographics view it positively or negatively? Why do millennial women buy so much wine? What is diet culture and why does low-calorie wine exist? How do food culture and religious culture inform each other? How are values – including religious values – fertilized and reproduced through physical effort and routine? Is there such a thing, as Nietzsche asks, as a “neuroses of health”?

We seek imaginative, scholarly, and interdisciplinary works on the above questions, or others. Authors are open to interpreting the epigraphs historically, in contemporary terms, and by a wide variety of philosophical, sociological, theological, physiological, psychological, literary, and in general humanities-based lenses. Papers must engage the listed epigraphs as the starting point and title of their paper. We especially seek submissions from woman-identifying authors and other underrepresented demographics.

Extended Deadline: Papers can be submitted by March 31st, 2021 to: eidos.ed@uw.edu.pl.

They have to be previously unpublished and they cannot be under consideration for publication elsewhere. They should be prepared for a double-blind review process.

Please, make sure that your paper complies with our submission standards which are posted here.

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General CFP

Apart from Calls for Papers to thematic sections, Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture invites, on a continuous basis, all high-quality papers which address topics relevant for philosophy of culture. Contemporary culture can be characterized as highly complex, dynamic if not aporetic: as a realm of ever changing conceptual and axiological frameworks, and of plural or even competing meanings. In this perspective, what is needed is constantly renewed philosophical reflection, which not only addresses but also interprets and makes sense of different cultural processes. For philosophy of culture itself demands (perhaps, more than ever before) a form of deepened meta-reflection, which confront the problems of its essence, methods, and a role it should play. Therefore, we welcome both: original analyses of contemporary cultural phenomena and methodological considerations on the current status of philosophy of culture and its relations to other philosophical disciplines as well as to the humanities in general.

We also encourage submissions of book reviews and discussion pieces devoted to contemporary issues and events in philosophy for the “Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews” section. The essays for this section are not subject to the peer-review process. They are only subject to editorial assessment.

All papers should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to: eidos.ed@uw.edu.pl.

The essays have to be previously unpublished and they cannot be under consideration for publication elsewhere. They should be prepared for a double-blind review process. Please, make sure that your paper complies with our submission standards which are posted here.

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