Few events in history are as paradigmatic and hold the same extraordinary symbolic value as the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1989, brick after brick, the dissolution of a symbolic and material border began: the border between two antagonistic world visions – on one side, the US and the Western block, informed by liberalism and free market; on the other, the USSR and the Soviet sphere of influence, under the tenets of socialism and an anti-capitalist economic regime.
With the end of bipolarism, the historical-political scene radically changed. The end of the long period of ideological contrast arose alongside the emergence of new practices, theories, subjects, discourses, cultures, as well as new institutional perspectives, international alliances and territorial strategies and contentions. All of these factors evolved over time slowly, significantly changing the shape and composition of political space.
Today, the theoretical-political scenarios that had been sketched immediately after the end of the Cold War appear to have been too hasty, probably still too influenced by the political categories or the ideological fervor of the previous decades. Issue 3 of Politics. Rivista di Studi Politici will explore the decades preceding and following 1989, given also the greater distance scholars and observers have now gained from those events.
This issue aims at mapping those theories, practices, discourses, institutions (both national and international), cultures (and subcultures) and political thinkers that have characterized the 1980s and the 1990s.
We invite articles on the way the one or more of the abovementioned events and phenomena:
- characterized the decade in which they took place or developed;
- changed before and after 1989;
- characterized one of the decades in which they took place, transforming that decade and continuing to transform the present;
- emerged in one of the two decades and developed into major phenomena today.
Articles may discuss aspects pertaining to the international or the national level.
Examples of possible areas to be investigated are: Ronald Reagan’s imprinting on the 1980s bringing about both a new phase of political economy and promoting a hedonistic-consumeristic culture strongly tied to a politics of desire; the strong socio-political impact of Margaret Thatcher’s conservative politics in Great Britain; the spread of the “Perestroika” in the USSR; possible influence of videogames in the formation of new processes of media/mediated individual political participation; the affirmation in the 80s of the Postmodern; the spread and political consequences of Post-Fordism; the political consequences of the affirmation of “weak thought”; the changes in the role of NATO in the new geo-political order; new ways of thinking politics (organizing, dissenting, managing) after the advent of the World Wide Web; the spread of a new governance model in Europe in the 1990s; the spread of the posthuman as new theoretical paradigm; the wide stimulus of critical theory and the theorization of new political categories in connection to the international publication of Foucault’s Lessons at the Collège de France; the deep changes in the Italian political scene with the birth and advent of Berlusconism.
We particularly welcome articles that investigate the present through the trajectories stemming from the 1980s and 1990s and the theories, practices and subjectivities produced in the process.
Contributions are invited adopting the following methodological perspectives (interdisciplinarity is also highly welcome): history of political thought, political philosophy, political theory, history of ideas, history of institutions, political science, cultural studies, postcolonial studies.
For article proposals, send abstracts (max. 2500 characters including spaces) and a short bibliography (max. 10 references) to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 30 April 2015: article proposal submission;
- 5 May: abstract selection by the editorial board;
- 1 July: submission of full articles;
- 1 September: double blind review deadline;
- 1 October: completion of revised versions of articles;
- 15 November 2015: publication.