Décalages: An Althusser Studies Journal


Décalages: An Althusser Studies Journal


Since the publication in 1965 of For Marx and Reading Capital, the
work of Althusser has continued to provoke discussion, debate and
controversy throughout the world. The posthumous

publication of thousands of pages of texts and correspondence has not
only led to an increased interest in the work of Althusser, it has
altered our sense of both the scope and meaning(s) of his

work. In addition to the late writings, the mass of material from the
sixties and seventies gathered in the Fonds Althusser at the Institut
Mémoire de l'Édition Contemporaine has deprived

much-but not all-of the commentary of the seventies and eighties of
its relevance and interest. At this point, the known Althusser is
dwarfed by the unknown. We feel that the time for a

reconsideration of Althusser, free from the often sterile debates of
the past, has come. It is possible and necessary to read Althusser, a
different Althusser with a different oeuvre, in a new way.

At the same time the journal recognizes that while it is standard
practice to refer to Althusser in many disciplines, from film studies
to sociology, there are few places to publish studies of

Althusser's texts themselves. It is for this reason that a very
diverse group of scholars from different countries and disciplines
came together to establish Décalages, an online peer-reviewed

journal in which work focused on Althusser in the broadest
sense-readings of his texts, as well as the texts of those who worked
with him, comparative analyses, applications of his theory-would

appear, thus encouraging debate and discussion. The journal would also
provide space in every issue for reviews of the latest scholarship on
Althusser. Finally the journal will include an

archives section in which we would publish previously unpublished
texts by Althusser.

The objective of Décalages is to establish a global community of those
working on Althusser. Every essay submitted will be carefully
peer-reviewed not with the aim of imposing a single

interpretation of Althusser, but precisely to strengthen the diversity
of views and encourage discussion and debate.

For the present the journal seeks articles in French, Spanish, Italian
and English. We will also consider translating texts published in one
of these languages into another language to make it

accessible to a new audience.


Contact: Warren Montag

E-mail: montag@oxy.edu

Subject: Althusser Studies, Philosophy

Date Posted: 8th December, 2012

Original posting date: 
Monday, December 10, 2012
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