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 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 The Agonist-Fall 2018 Issue:

As an untimely thinker, one who often proclaimed the greatest task is to think against the grain, Nietzsche was not in fashion during his time. He is also not a philosopher often associated with the fields of fashion or design. Despite his notorious criticisms of “fashionable” ideas, an enthusiasm for elevating aesthetic values, and his interest in the body, he never mentions clothing. Furthermore, other than his brief discussion of “Doric architectonics” in The Birth of Tragedy and some offhand remarks from Twilight of the Idols (“The architect represents neither a Dionysian nor an Apollonian state…Architecture is a kind of eloquence of power in forms”), he rarely mentions architecture. Nietzsche is rarely mentioned in fashion studies, nor did he write to fashion magazines or theorize fashion (as Mallarmé, Simmel, Benjamin, Barthes or even Fink did). And while much has been written on the artists, dancers and composers that have found inspiration in Nietzsche’s philosophical ideas, his influence on architects, urban planners and fashion designers— both directly (Karl Lagerfeld and Le Corbusier) and indirectly (Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau)—has been largely ignored.

As Nietzsche’s fame has caught up with him posthumously, we are left with his philosophy, photographs of his austere, banal, and period-appropriate suits, and countless questions on his relationship to design. For the upcoming issue of The Agonist, we welcome contributions – from scholarly essays to artistic explorations – on what an engaged, critical dialogue with Nietzsche’s philosophy from the perspective of fashion and design might look like. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Fashion and philosophy
  • Nietzsche and architecture
  • What does/would Nietzschean fashion look like?
  • Fashion designers inspired by Nietzsche
  • The fashion designer as philosopher
  • Nietzsche and environmental aesthetics

To submit your work for review, please send an abstract of 250 words or a 250-word proposal of your suggested artwork to latest by June 1, 2018. The final paper submission and final work submission deadline is August 1, 2018. Please see our Submission Guidelines for further details.