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Invited co-editors: Maria Chehonadskih, Keti Chukhrov, Alexei Penzin

Fredric Jameson once pointed out that the Marxist tradition is already our Antiquity due to its significance and historical distance. This distance allows us to view it from the outside, able to reinvent Marxism for our own time. The same could be said about the most paradoxical version of this tradition – Soviet Marxism. However, there are particular qualities, which singles it out from the “classical antiquity” of Marxist tradition. Thus, even internationally-known Soviet works (by Vygotsky, Bakhtin and some others) are not perceived as belonging to a unitary theoretical tradition and are even less associated with Marxism and the heritage of 1917.

The issue follows the discussion between Slavoj Zizek, Alenka Zupancic, Mladen Dolar, Keti Chukhrov, Aaron Schuster, and Oxana Timofeeva, which took place in Ljubljana in May 2014. The idea of this discussion was inspired by the short essay “Antisexus”, written by Andrey Platonov in 1926.

In contemporary debates within philosophy as much as in the arts, it seems impossible not to confirm the assumption that art is political. The question can be raised, whether the evidence of the art’s political dimension does not ultimately function in the same way ideological statements function, namely as evidences. Art as a material practice is assumed to intervene as such into the realm of the social and political sphere, and is thereby attributed a sovereignty of reflection that no other practice could ever reach. Following an impulse of critical theory, may it not become necessary to again free art from politics, to start with a philosophical and in a specific sense: ideological decision of their separateness that allows for an understanding of art and politics as autonomous processes and practices?

Joint Call for Papers. Revista Sul-Americana de Ciência Política – RSulACP and Stasis.

Post-communist Central and Eastern Europe and South America are frequently compared in the context of transition studies and related fields. Outside of this relatively narrow disciplinary area, however, there is surprisingly little dialogue between the academic communities of the two regions – even among scholars working on similar issues. This cooperative project between the two journals – one published in South America, the other in Eastern Europe – is an attempt to bridge the two academic spaces. The two special issues will introduce empirical research and theoretical reflection in and on each region to the social science audience on the other side of the globe.