What the journal is about
In recent years, the emotions have gained increased attention in a wide variety of disciplines including anthropology, history, sociology, political science, legal theory, criminology, economics, cultural and media studies as well as literature. The attention goes along with a reevaluation. In philosophy for example, a discipline that often not only ignored the emotions, but viewed them with contempt, they are now considered as a positive force. For centuries, reason embodied the philosophical ideal; the emotions were seen as disruptive to the very endeavor of philosophy and were therefore to be combated and overcome. Now this rigid opposition between (good) reason and (bad) inclination is not only abandoned in favor of a view that promotes the rationality of feeling, but emotions are even regarded as something necessary for approaching the world and making moral judgments. This view is supported by recent discoveries in the natural sciences, particularly in neurology. This development has in turn built new bridges between the arts – the traditional representatives of the emotions – and science, with researchers becoming ever more curious about their connection. This growing interest in the history and theory of emotions is now both interdisciplinary and international. In particular in the English speaking world and in Germany are developing special centers for the research in the history and theory of emotions. Until now this interest has lacked a forum where contributions with such a wide orientation can be published. Passions in Context will be such a forum.
We believe that rigorous examination of the subject cannot be limited to, nor even dominated by a single discipline. Therefore, each issue will present contributions from a variety of disciplines all treating a common topic or theme. The international focus of Passions in Context implies not only an international and multilingual selection of contributors, but also a thematic awareness of the cultural and historical diversity of emotions. Contributors from all over the world are invited to send in texts of high scholarly standard and literary quality. The work is supported by a board of advisors, a number of internationally renowned scholars from different disciplines. Each volume is divided in three different sections. Section I consists of articles related to a certain main topic. Section II collects articles of general interest for the history and theory of emotions. Section III contains book reviews, reviews of exhibitions, theatrical performances, or films. The editors will solicit contributions on the particular theme of each issue from a variety of disciplines. At the same time there will be a general call for papers inviting others to contribute articles.
Passions in Context is peer reviewed. Leading scholars from around the world will be reviewing contributions and upholding the highest standards of scholarly rigour. The main platform for Passions in Context is the internet. To make the journal available for a great number of readers, the access to the website and to the articles is free of charge. Apart from availability, the online format of Passions in Context will allow us to link all articles relating to a particular topic no matter when they are published. Thus articles published in Section II which relate to a topic previously chosen as a theme for Section I of an earlier issue will be grouped together with those contributions by way of an additional link. This will facilitate a growing collection of articles for every subject and will form a network of related questions and inquiries. Moreover, we would like to take advantage of the journal’s presence on the internet, so as to incorporate not only written texts but other media as well including contributions from the arts.
Passions in Context is bilingual. The articles may be submitted either in English or in German. If possible they will be translated and published in both languages. Passions in Context will appear twice a year, beginning in spring 2010.