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For its upcoming issue, Voyages: Journal of Contemporary Humanism welcomes essays, brief reflections, interviews (written and/or filmed), creative works (poetry, fiction, memoirs, visual arts) that engage with the recent authoritarian turn in global politics—from Turkey to the United States and from Brazil to the Philippines—which has caused great consternation in the humanities and social sciences.

Probing its underlying causes, scholars across disciplines are calling into question the intellectual foundations of modern democracy—foundations rooted in renaissance humanism and enlightenment political thought. To quote one observer, is the age of humanism over? In other words, has the rational subject of renaissance humanism and enlightenment modernity given way to a new subject defined by unbridled market values and commodified human relations? Or rather, does the current proliferation of authoritarian and neoliberal state actors merely signal the dark underside of the philosophical discourse of modernity as others have previously suggested? Similarly, are we witnessing the birth pangs of a new world order characterized less by hegemony and more by overt forms of domination? Alternately, how can a renewed and critical understanding of the humanist and enlightenment philosophical traditions serve to confront the virulent forms of violence and exclusion that characterize the shifting geopolitical landscape? In short, what are the philosophical and literary resources available to artists and intellectuals seeking to grapple with the erosion of democratic norms in contemporary modes of governance?

Voyages seeks to become a forum for debate on these questions, asking whether this pessimism is justified, where its sources and logic stem from, and most importantly, how humanism, past and present, can serve as a vehicle for resolving the problems facing the world today.

Submissions for the forthcoming issue should be sent no later than November 1.

Voyages uses double-blind review for evaluating manuscript submissions.  Every contribution is reviewed by three readers who express their opinion and make editing suggestions, without knowing the name of the author.  Authors are requested to submit a Title Page containing relevant contact details and the submitted Manuscript with no author details as 2 separate files. Essays, reviews, creative writing or translations should be no longer than 10,000 words, formatted in APA or MLA styles (double-spaced), with endnotes and a bio-note on the author, including contact information. Essays should be introduced by a brief abstract and keywords to facilitate editing.

This is a process that requires time, so potential contributors typically receive an answer to their cover letter within 3-6 months. Once the contribution is accepted, the author will be contact when the publication of the forthcoming issue is imminent.

Contributions can be in English or in Italian. Material that has already been published will not be accepted. However, translations of a published essay, poem, short story etc. from the original language into English or Italian will be considered. Publication subventions are available for two translations per issue. Authors may also submit their own translations, but only high-level translations are accepted.

Voyages does not retain any copyright, so it remains with the authors.

Images of works of art: Images of works of art should be submitted as separate TIFF or JPEG files at a resolution of at least 150dpi. Individual image size should not exceed 4MB. Audio and video submissions are also encouraged.

Please submit all materials to the following email address:

florence.voyages@nyu.edu