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# 4 (29) 2017: The Phenomenon of Victim in Culture

Guest Editor

pict SAVCHUK Valeriy Vladimirovich
Professor of the Department of Cultural Studies, Philosophy of Culture and Aesthetics, Head of Center of Mediaphilosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, St. Petersburg State University, a Member of the International Union of Art Historians and Art Critics (AIS), Doctor of Sciences (Philosophy),
St. Petersburg, Russia

In the ancient form of sacrifice, it was found a way of gaining order in the cycle of events, the Cosmos. At the base of culture, we always could find a victim, which is an ontological condition of the existence of culture. The essence of the victim is an ultimate sincerity, its holiness, an absolute certainty of the transcendent reality for the victim and ritual sacrificeparticipants;it is both – stabilizing of life’s order, its preservation, and – its transformation. Sacrifice as the confirmation of life through death is the absolute and total limit of what could bethought, imagined and experienced, the border of any representation, which does not allow us to approach the "golden age" of mankind, as the first thing we need to do - to accept the state of solemn festivity of sacrifice and the joy of participation in establishing the order of the Cosmos.
The purpose of this issue is to create an interdisciplinary field of research that allows us to work with the problematic of the victim in its ambiguity. The traditional anthropological approach, which treats the sacrifice as one of the key cultural constants, needs a substantial addition and rethinking, since it is necessary to describe the actual forms of the presence of phenomenon of victim in history, in actual social reality, in media space.
The following topics are suggested for discussion:

  • The economy of the victim: life as a value in the logic of symbolic and equivalent exchange.
  • Priest/victim, executioner/victim, offender/victim, terrorist/victim: the reciprocity of roles and shifts of discourse.
  • Victim of the catastrophe: taboo addressee as a symptom of modern civilization.
  • Anatomy of sacrificial enthusiasm.
  • Victimhood– devaluation of sacrificial behavior?
  • Blood as the price of ideas and the boundaries of a humanistic project.
  • Sacrifice as a rate in a political conflict.
  • Enemy’s and victim’s images in the conflicts between parties.
  • Sacrifice as an ambivalent argument: legitimization and discredit of power.
  • Experience of the victim: beyond the lost sovereignty.
  • Recognize the Otheras a victim: a sense of responsibility and insanity.
  • The rights and duties of victim.
  • The victim as an imposed and/or desired identity.
  • Controversy about the Holocaust: terror as a sacrifice or excess of biopolitics?
  • Victim as the name of the Real: how the memory of humanitarian disasters is possible?
  • Strategies of victim’s constructing.
  • Sacrifice as a medial construct.
  • Terrorist on-line: a forbidden sight and new forms of ritualization.
  • War, conflict and remembrance of the dead: the specificity of network resonance.

These topics are directly related to the traumatic points of the modern social sphere, whereby articles, manifestos and dialogues have not only theoretical, but also practical value. Mentioned problems and fundamental reflection involves the association of the efforts of different humanitarian specialists (cultural studies, sociology, psychology, religious studies, history, jurisprudence, political science, etc.).

Deadline is 01.12.2017

 

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