Calls for Papers

The Agonist is seeking submissions. Essays may cover any aspect of Nietzsche’s philosophy. Contributors should keep in mind the readership of The Agonist: professional philosophers, academicians in the arts, and practicing artists. We welcome submissions from researchers, university faculty, independent scholars, and artists working in all media. Although the primary language of the journal is English, we accept submissions in German also. The Agonist accepts review copies of books on art, film, aesthetics, Nietzsche, and related fields, and will seek reviewers to write on them. Book publishers interested in forwarding review copies can contact the editors at nceditors@nietzschecircle.com or you can use our contact form. Please submit initially a proposal for an essay, which must be original work by the submitting author. For further details, please see Submission Guidelines and the specific CFPs below to see if you can submit work on these topics.

Call for Papers for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018:

The Agonist-Call for Papers for Fall 2017 Issue

250-word abstract/proposal deadline: July 1st 2017.
Full paper submission deadline: September 1st, 2017.

Nietzsche and Psychoanalysis
Many philosophers of the 19th century contributed to the birth of psychoanalysis at the level of ideas. This is not to dispute the fact that psychoanalysis is a new beginning, but rather to acknowledge its philosophical underpinnings. By now, it is well established that Freud read Nietzsche, even if in his later years Freud firmly denied this influence, further prompting a detailed analysis of Freud’s conception of the mind, the unconscious and their relationship to Nietzsche’s philosophical ideas on soul, emotions and the drives. In addition, leading figures in psychoanalysis such as Adler, Jung, Klein, Winnicott, Lacan and Irigaray have found inspiration in Nietzsche’s writings.

For our next issue, we invite submissions of an engaged critical dialogue on Nietzsche and psychoanalysis both as a scholarly topic and as a point of entry for artistic exploration.  We are open to different areas of interest and welcome contributions from different fields and artistic media such as photography, sculpture, fiction, poetry, film and theater.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

The unconscious in Nietzsche and Freud, Jung, Klein, Lacan and/or Irigaray
Internalization (of instincts) and repression
Freudian and post-Freudian theories of the soul
Theory of instincts and drives
Therapy vs. analysis
Theories of sexuality
Aggression and emotions
Katharsis
Therapeutic relationship (between the analyst and the analysand)
The role of play in therapy
The ethics of psychoanalysis
Human development and its phases
Types, archetypes, psychology and typology
The individual and the overhuman
Repetition compulsion and the eternal return
 

To submit your work for review, please send an abstract of 250 words or a 250-word proposal of your suggested artwork to nceditors@nietzschecircle.com by July 1, 2017. The final paper submission and final work deadline is Sept 1, 2017. Please see the Submission Guidelines.

The Persisting Enigma of Nietzsche’s Zarathustra:
Engaging with Thus Spoke Zarathustra
The Agonist Spring 2018 Issue

250-word abstract/proposal deadline: November 1st 2017.
Full paper submission deadline: February 1st, 2017.

Nietzsche published his enigmatic Thus Spoke Zarathustra – A Book for All and None in 1883, adding a fourth part two years later. Since its inception, this work has perplexed us with its metaphors, its structure, not to mention its thought-provoking notions of eternal recurrence and the overman. Both composers and visual artists have found inspiration in Nietzsche’s Zarathustra. Yet, what is the work about? Is it a tragedy, paralleling ancient Greek literary composition? Or is it his critique of religion, an exploration of myth or something else? As a philosophical work, why does Nietzsche recommend it to be heard as music? And do the well-chosen German words resonate differently today than they did over a century ago? Moreover, what does an engaged, critical dialogue with Nietzsche’s Zarathustra look like today?

For our next issue, we welcome contributions from scholarly essays to artistic explorations on the book itself through media such as photography, music, sculpture, fiction, poetry, film and theater.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

Zarathustra as a literary and philosophical work
Zarathustra and the role of tragedy, comedy and parody
The musical structure of the work
The historical influence of Zoroastrianism
The influence of Nietzsche’s Zarathustra today
The notion of the overhuman
The notion of eternal recurrence
The role of the body in Zarathustra
Zarathustra, women and the role of gender
Zarathustra and film
Zarathustra and music
Zarathustra and dance
Zarathustra and art
Zarathustra and religion
Zarathustra and the role of mythology
Zarathustra and the role of Eastern thought traditions
The role of communication in Zarathustra
Zarathustra and the significance of the animal imagery

To submit your work for review, please send an abstract of 250 words or a 250-word proposal of your suggested artwork to nceditors@nietzschecircle.com latest by November 1, 2017. The final paper submission and final work submission deadline is February 1, 2018.

For further details, please see our Submission Guidelines.