Stasis announces a new call for papers for a thematic issue to be published in the winter of 2020: “THE ACTUALITY OF CONSERVATISM AND CONSERVATISM OF THE ACTUAL”.
We invite you to submit your papers. The deadline for submissions is 01.07.2020.
In recent years we have witnessed many electoral victories by parties and leaders that are populist or part of the “new Right.” These newly popular politicians and parties (Trump, Front National, True Finns, Alternative for Germany, etc.) do usually have a dominant ideology, even if it is eclectic and hybrid. The traditional name of this ideology is “conservatism.” It argues, in particular, for identarian nationalism, a more prominent role for family and church, authoritarian structures of power, the need to defend against subversives—the rest depending on national culture. But it also provides strong and often convincing arguments against liberal philosophy.
The new popularity of conservatism cannot simply be dismissed as archaic—the very reevaluation of the “archaic” is one of conservatism’s messages. As theorists, we have to take it seriously, to be able both to explain its persistence and to understand its claims in order to criticize them. Unfortunately, recent English-language literature on conservative thought is not rich: sociological explanations prevail rather than an argumentative engagement. Stasisseeks to fill this gap.
The current conservatism is not a more familiar style of what Michael Oakeshott defined as a preference “of the familiar to the unknown,” “of the tried to the untried.” Today we are dealing with the rise of a very different, rebellious conservatism—one that expresses deep skepticism about the status quo. The present crisis inverts the terms: defenders of the liberal order emerge as conservatives in form, while the real substantive conservatives present themselves as radicals and challenge the elites.
Indeed, if we turn to the last two centuries’ intellectual tradition of conservatism, we can witness there both poles: moderation and protest, satisfaction with the given and an uncompromising critique of modernity’s individualism and instrumental rationality. We are convinced that we would not be able to understand and oppose the current “conservative turn” without a thoughtful treatment of this contradictory legacy. We invite articles in social and political theory and philosophy: those that explore the arguments made by individual authors and by schools of thought, as well as more objective but theoretically-minded historical pieces; we welcome research of the conservative tradition as well as inquiries into new authors and trends.
Issue editors: Ilya Budraitskis and Artemy Magun
An International Journal in Social and Political Philosophy and Theory
Print ISSN 2310-3817 Online ISSN 2500-0721
Published since 2013 by European University at St Petersburg
Frequency: semiannual (December-January and June-July)
Languages: English, Russian
Editor: Artemy Magun
Stasis publishes articles on social and political philosophy and theory. It seeks to provide an international intellectual format that can open a common space between the English- and Russian-language philosophical traditions. The journal welcomes interdisciplinarity and covers a broad range of topics, from the purely philosophical, such as negativity, to the culturally and historically specific, such as social movements, religion, and sexuality.
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