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Miscellaneous News

Contemporary Aesthetics Special Volume “Aesthetics and Terrorism”

Terrorism is unfortunately ubiquitous in the contemporary world. In the post-9/11 era, so-called “political violence” in the form of state or anti-state activity has placed itself at the very center of international politics and policies. But, of course, terrorist violence is not a recent phenomenon; rather, it has always preoccupied the minds of authorities, shattered the every-day routines of citizens, victimized thousands of people, but at the same time intrigued or even fascinated humanity with its unpredictability and suddenness. Through this lens, it is not paradoxical to admit that terrorism looms large in the artistic, literary, and philosophical imagination, and also in aesthetic debates. Although it may at first sound oxymoronic to articulate the concepts of terrorism and aesthetics in a single breath, not only is extreme political violence against (usually) non-combatants relevant to aesthetic matters and preoccupations, but it turns out that there may even be a structural link between the two. Aesthetics, here, does not necessarily hinge upon the question of beauty or artistic representation, but is more broadly defined as aesthetic experience understood as sense perception. In such a context, aesthetic sensibility has a lot to say about how terrorism is represented, employed, disseminated, reproduced, or even opposed.

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On-going CFP, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies

The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS) is - devoted to literary, historical, film and cultural studies of the English-speaking world - an international scholarly journal with an international audience available at major research centers and libraries throughout the world - the oldest continuously published Central European scholarly journal in its field - published twice a year by the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary.

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