Submission deadline: April 1, 2024

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Manu vb Tintoré

Carlos H. Sierra

Nicolas Jimenez

We are pleased to announce the opening of the submission period for thethird issue of the International Journal of Environmental Epistemology,"Cosmotheoros". This monographic issue will focus on the myriad andchanging ways in which nature has been present in artistic disciplines throughout human history. From this point of view, the specific criteria of content selection will be guided by the broadest possible overview, so that the art-nature binomial will not be elaborated exclusively through the performing and visual arts (traditional and contemporary). but also through music, architecture, sculpture or even poetry and literature. Although both concepts (that of "art" and that of "nature"), due to their inherent multivocality, do not adhere to a closed definition and are rather the subject of controversial disputes, the focus of this issue is based on the idea that nature, understood as a primordial motif of representation from an artistic perspective, is intimately related to that essential anthropological condition of human activity through which meaning is given to the world (whether from a ritual, magical, religious, aesthetic, philosophical, metaphysical, moral or socio-political point of view). According to this approach, it is not by chance that this profound articulation has been interpreted through the horizon of the aspirations that have been urged in each historical period: first as a source of inspiration, later as a source of oblivion and distance, to end up, in our most immediate contemporaneity, as a pressing need. . But not only that. In this complex and at the same time fascinating game of correspondences, connections, influences and concomitances, there are those, like Philippe Descola, who propose a par-delà, perhaps utopian and dreamlike, in which all discontinuities and contrasts are eliminated.

In the same way, art, in its various expressions, currents, trends and approaches, has traditionally been one of the most important strategic ways of attributing and disseminating values in relation to natural reality, and thus an elementary reference point from which, in each specific period of history, the character of man's relationship with the cosmos has been determined. In this way, artistic representation metabolizes, incorporates, "introjects" the radical otherness of the external world into the personal inner horizon, through continuous metaphors, symbols, allegories, perceptual states, hidden narratives, sensory guides or emotional environments. This is why Joseph Campbell, for example, sees the path of the mystic and that of the artist as very similar, in that they seek to bring out the most veiled and profound aspects of the mysterious in the field of comprehensive intuition. This connection ultimately brings the theme of this issue closer to the approaches of Friedrich Nietzsche (or with his variants of Friedrich W. J. Schelling or J. W. Goethe) to the thesis that art is somehow the task of life in its most metaphysical aspect and therefore has its origin in nature itself (as a creative and productive force).

The International Journal of Environmental Epistemology "Cosmotheoros" invites submissions for this special issue dedicated to nature from the perspective of art, including philosophical, scientific, aesthetic, historical, symbolic, psychological, anthropological, mythical-religious, sociological, etc. Below are some possible topics (although they are not a limitation):

  • Art as a mirror of nature: the way nature has been interpreted through different historical periods, artistic contexts and individual works of art.

  • Artistic disciplines as a mechanism for assigning value to nature.

  • Nature under the aesthetic domain. Art as a system for controlling and domesticating nature.

  • The sublime and the terrifying in nature from the artistic work.

  • Nature subjected to artistic representation: allegories, metaphors, symbols, illustrations, emblems, etc.

  • Beyond reality. Imagined natures and other worlds from artistic practice.

  • Art as a hinge. Aesthetic modulations in the relationship between man and nature.

  • The universe through artistic optics.

  • Art and the development of the life sciences. When art and science meet.

  • Hybrid spaces between artistic practices and techno-science. Nature as creative matter.

  • The role of art in philosophical debates and controversies about nature.

The deadline for submitting papers is APRIL 1, 2024 by email to [email protected]

For more information, please contact the editors of the journal:

Carlos Hugo Sierra: [email protected]

Nicolás Jiménez Iguarán: [email protected]  

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