The Polish Journal of Aesthetics invites contributions for a Special Issue “The Affective Aesthetics of The Body in Pain”, 51 (4/2018). The editors of this issue are Luz Mar González-Arias (University of Oviedo, Spain) and Monika Glosowitz (University of Silesia, Poland).

In this special issue of The Polish Journal of Aesthetics we would like to explore – from a multiplicity of perspectives, cultural and historical contexts – the ways in which artistic projects shape distinct affective states of experiencing pain and illness. The concept of pain is here extended beyond physical distress to also embrace illnesses that may not have an associated sensation of bodily discomfort. Far from considering “the body in pain” as a unified category, we start from the idea that each illness, each pathology and each painful body part is the result of individual experience as much as of socially constructed notions of what it means to be in pain or to experience illness. Therefore, the collective and political potential of pain interests us as much as its phenomenology as a personal and individual experience.

We invite articles, essays, artwork and fiction related to, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Aesthetics and Medical Humanities – alliances and/or incompatibilities
  • The semiotics of pain
  • Ethical responsibilities in representing pain
  • Pain as more than lack – beyond negative hermeneutics?
  • Gendered illnesses, gendered pains
  • The racial factors of pain
  • Pain and violence against women
  • Feminisms and solidarity among vulnerable subjects, ethics of care, affective labour
  • The politics of sickness: definition of normality versus deviation
  • Chronic, visible and invisible pains
  • Narratives of pain and illness

Papers should be submitted in English and thoroughly reviewed by English native speakers before submission. Additional information is available on our website.

We invite all Authors to read the instructions, ‘For Authors’, and make sure that each article is complete (including an abstract, keywords, a bibliography, and note on the author) at the time of submission. Full papers must be submitted using the submissions page, which can be found here.

The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2018. If you have any questions, please contact us by email.


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