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# 4(17) 2014: "The Ecology of Culture"

The traditional way of looking at the interrelationship between man and nature, through the prism of ecology, appears today to be somewhat obsolete. The ecological activism of the late 20th Century, which concerned itself with fighting for a clean environment and for biodiversity, needs to be subjected to critical analysis. The ideals of "the natural world" and environmental friendliness, which support the idea of an autonomy in nature, are particularly under question. Another way of looking at the question is from the post-anthropological perspective, according to which actions can be performed by non-human, as well as human, agents. Unlike minority groups of human society, nature is voiceless. From this arise such questions as: Who speaks on behalf of nature? How can we conceive of the human-nature interrelationship from the point of view of the latter?
It is necessary to accept that ecological harmony is a fictitious concept. Returning to the unspoiled natural world of primeval times is impossible. The concept of ecology is difficult to separate from the concept of culture. There is a 'natural' element of culture to be found at every step of man's interrelationship with his surroundings: whether in his appropriation, formation, or deformation of the landscape. The ecology of culture implies an interdependence of natural and cultural phenomena. Ecological culture studies the ways culture affects the natural landscape. In this edition contributors are invited to discuss the similarities and differences, as well as problematic areas, of these two concepts. They are also encouraged to consider ecology from a post-anthropological perspective, to once again analyse the binary oppositions of civilised and uncivilised, and nature and culture, which lie at the heart of the European world view, and to study questions of ecology in the wider context of present cultural practices. The aim of this edition is to trace the historical and epistemological outlines of ecological approaches to describing culture, and to raise the question: to what extent can we speak of the ecology of culture today?

Contributors are invited to consider the following themes, which may be expanded or supplemented as they wish:

  • The discourse of ecology
  • Ecological aesthetics
  • The geology and ecology of media
  • The immunology of culture
  • Eco-activism and eco-feminism
  • Environmentalist art and eco-art
  • Ethnoecology in the context of anthropology and geography
  • Bio-art and ecological crisis
  • The design of environment and ecological ethics
  • Ecological history
  • Cultural production and consumption
  • The ecology of identity and ethics of 'weak anthropocentrism'
  • Energy and economic myths of culture
  • Ecological philosophy: dirt and litter as a philosophical problem

Materials to be submitted by 1st January 2015

# 1(18) 2015: "In-Culture Borders and In-Borders Life"

Invited Editor

pict Vladimir KAGANSKY
Russia, Moskow. Department of physical geography and natural resources, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, research associate

Only when bordered and due to borders a thing is what it is.
G. W. H. Hegel

A cultural entity does not have inner space –
it exists only over borders, which transect it anytime and everywhere...
M. M. Bachtin

Any pattern of culture is divided in many ways,
but the main border divides it into inner and outer space.
Yu. M. Lotman

It is hard to find a branch of humanities which does not deal with issues of borders – inner and outer borders; cultural studies are engaged in a constant process of defining and redefining the borders of their research fields. Questions of borders can be found in: the boundaries of a city, ethnic and cultural communities, civilizations, landscapes, division of institutional systems, the currently popular themes of marginality and identity; and finally the so-called border studies... But the phenomenon of borders constantly slips out of the spotlight, escapes reflection; border-cultural studies in a broad sense (including, of course,the study of cultural landscapes) are changed and replaced by that which is connected with, and caused by, borders.
This volume is devoted to the cultural phenomenology of borders in the broadest sense: the systems and situations which are created by borders, and which create borders themselves.. The research situation is ambiguous, this can be seen just by looking at the contradictory epigraphs of this journal (the list of which would be easy to multiply). The goal of this issue is to make a collection of anthropological, cultural, interdisciplinary views on the problem of borders, either theoretical or applied to concrete facts.

We offer the participants several topics to discuss:

  • nitial representation of a border/ border situation. Intuition of a border.
  • When it is sensible to discuss borders? Space as a place for, and a presupposition of, borders.
  • The border as semiotic construction and "cultural body": dialectics and complementarity.
  • The cultural and landscape diversity of borders. Borders as the expression, and constraint, of diversity.
  • Delimitation and limitation by borders. The symmetry of borders.
  • The basic forms of borders. Borders which provide contact, and borders which isolate. Positive and negative borders.
  • The border as a type, and as an element, of the landscape . The fundamental distinction of border and periphery. Contacts across the border and through the periphery.
  • Systems based on borders. Limitrophic cultures and subcultures.
  • The contact and border crossing. A center as a border. A border as a center. The duality of border-center interdependence.
  • The border as a fundamental component of a culture. The specificity of cultural borders.
  • The border as a position (cultural, semiotic, methodological).
  • Border, dialogue, communication, translation. Culture as a translation of untranslatable (Yu. M. Lotman).
  • Borders and frames in science, methodology, culture.
  • The border and reflection. The specificity of the reflection of borders.
  • The acuteness of the border as a sign of cultural, methodological and semiotic phenomena.
  • The border as a value, sign, symbol, myth, cultural resource. The production of borders.
  • Borders and identity. Identities based on experiencing and symbolizing borders.
  • Borders and marginality. People of the border: marginals, , outsiders, "extra people".
  • Cross-cultural borders.
  • The culturally-marked border.

Materials to be submitted by 1 March 2015 года



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The Character of the Look — Saw!

Friday, 04 January 2013 | Alexander Lyusiy
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Арзрум, да не тот. Империобол как предчувствие футболистической революции

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Alexander Lyusiy
There are no translations available.В основе материала — выступление автора на Международном конгрессе «Россия и Польша:...
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Reminder about Humbert

Thursday, 05 April 2012 | Alexander Lyusiy
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Friday, 01 July 2011 | Irina Sokolova
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Oil — a metaphor for culture

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 | Anna Rileva
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The Chronotope of Illustrated Magazine

Friday, 14 January 2011 | Margarita Gudova
The article deals with the industry glossy magazines as an agent of modernization of consciousness and the transition from the patriarchal and industrial models to the identification of...
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Tuesday, 15 November 2011 | Alexey Krivolap
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