Call for Papers

Karl Jaspers and “the feminine”

Abstract submission deadline:
July 7th, 2024

Notification of interest:
before July 20th, 2024

Paper delivery deadline:
April 30th, 2025

Final submission:
June 30th, 2025

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The next issue (2025) of the Studi Jaspersiani Journal will be dedicated to the topic of Karl Jaspers and “the feminine”.

Edited by Orietta Ombrosi, Piergiacomo Severini and Stefania Tarantino

This issue of Studi Jaspersiani aims to highlight the relations that Karl Jaspers had with “the feminine” and the influences that this had on him. “The feminine” is here meant both in the sense of a sexual difference, that is how Jaspers conceptualized “the feminine” in its difference from the male, and on a relational level, namely how the philosopher approached the philosophical thought of female intellectuals of his period whom he frequented the most. In fact, considering the key role of the relationship with his wife Gertrud Meyer, who was a determining presence maybe also for the development of the philosophical proposals of Jaspers, it would certainly matter to consider and comprehend the role that the female perspective could have, or not, in this gestation. Moreover and more generally, no less significant would be to grasp the deepest philosophical sense that the whole female universe in all its declensions had for Jaspers, just as it would be interesting to decipher women’s concept and lived experience in the Jaspersian comprehensive and therapeutical methodology. Furthermore, there will be the opportunity to explore the presence of “the feminine” in Jaspers’ thought, bringing him into dialogue with female authors and philosophers whom he had a close intellectual relationship with. That is the case for example, first and foremost, of Hannah Arendt  and Jeanne Hersch or other lesser-known ones, as Rachel Bespaloff, or also others who did not discuss directly with the philosopher but who could be compared with his thought by means of an a posteriori rereading. The role of the relationship with Arendt will be central but not exhaustive. Of course, space will be devoted not only to the effect of “the feminine” on Jaspers or to the extent of possible influences/interferences of the dialogue with female philosophers, friends, and colleagues, but also to Jaspers’ direct or indirect contribution to the development of feminine reflections and the originality of such reflections.

Hence, this issue invites scholars of the Jaspersian thought and of the thought of female philosophers of the 20th century to deal with the research and the investigation about the presence of “the feminine” within the Jaspersian pages, drawing from different subject areas and starting from different point of views and perspectives: from moral philosophy to the history of philosophy, from psychoanalysis to political philosophy, from sociology to æsthetics, from theoretical philosophy to political theory, in order to reflect about several topics, among which:

• The presence of “the feminine” into the theoretical development of Jaspers;
• The conceptual determination of the psychic and bodily experience of “the feminine”;
• 20th century female philosophers in relation to Jaspersian thought;
• The intellectual relationship between Jaspers and Hannah Arendt
• The rereading of historical and existential topics from a female point of view
• Jaspers’ legacy within contemporary female perspectives.
• Therapeutical and psychiatric experience with women
• The reading of “the male” and of “the feminine” into the Jaspersian thought

The abstract must be submitted before July 7th, 2024.
Notification of interest: before July 20th, 2024.
The paper must be submitted before April 30th, 2025.
Final submission: June 30th, 2025.

Abstract: 500 words max.
Paper: 6000 words max.

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General Rules and Policy
Every year, the Karl Jaspers society calls for a theme which will be the object of the subsequent “Studi jaspersiani” Journal.

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The paper must contain an abstract in English reviewed by a English native speaker, not exceeding 250 words. The paper will be a file (pdf or doc) to be attached during submission. It must not exceed 45.000 characters (spaces and footnotes included) and can be written in Italian, English, French or German.

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The contributions will be forwarded to one or more independent reviewers, according to the blind refereeing process. Reviewers may anonymously ask the author to modify or improve their contribution for its publication.

For the initial selection procedure, no guidelines are set for formatting; in those instances where the contribution has been accepted, a final version will be asked of the author. Guidelines can be found here.

The Journal does not accept proposals outside of the call for papers announced for each number. Further collaborations (reviews) must be previously agreed upon with the editorial staff, attaching a brief profile of the author and his or her research areas.

Notification of acceptance, conditional acceptance, rejection 
The editorial staff will give notification of the refereeing outcome via email. Contributions which do not comply with the Journal’s ethical code will be rejected. The editorial staff may, under the recommendation of the reviewer(s), accept an article, provided that possible modifications and integrations be implemented. Contributions will be evaluated by three reviewers and accepted only in case of an unanimous positive refereeing.

Final version deadline 
Once the manuscript is accepted, a definitive version containing the final formatting and possible integrations must be sent within 3 months afer the Call for papers deadline.