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Submission Deadline Jun 15, 2022
Categories    philosophy   ontology   personae   post-continental

Call For Papers

for a topical issue of Open Philosophy
(second call)

Open Philosophy ( invites submissions for the topical issue “Conceptual Personae in Ontology", edited by Carlos A. Segovia (Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain).


As Gilles Deleuze writes, through conceptual personae concepts are not only thought but also perceived and felt. They are philosophical sensibilia which often play a part in the production and the definition of new concepts. Mythical figures, science-fiction motifs, landscape impersonations… Conceptual personae are polymorphous and pervasive. Think, for example, in Nietzsche’s take on Apollo and Dionysus as meta-philosophical images; in Ihab Hassan’s reuse of the myth of Orpheus’s dismemberment to define postmodernism; or, more recently, in Haraway’s reuse of the Lovecraftian Cthulhu to mark the return of the chthonic in the limes of the Anthropocece, and in Povinelli’s triangulation of the Desert, the Animist, and the Virus to map the open renegotiation of what is life and non-life today. In short conceptual personae can function as icons, indexes, or symbols for thinking, and thus can also play a major role in the making of an ontology of the present and its margins, that is, in helping to figure out what the present is and what it can eventually become, in the short and the long run, under the sign of the Otherwise. Papers exploring existing conceptual personae and/or proposing new ones in any territory relevant to the philosophical analysis of the present and its futurability are thus welcome.

Authors publishing their articles in the special issue will benefit from:

· transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,

· efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter's e-technology,

· free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Because Open Philosophy is published under an Open Access model, as a rule, publication costs should be covered by so called Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors.

Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk ( before submitting their manuscripts.


Submissions will be collected by June 15, 2022. There are no specific length limitations.

To submit an article for the special issue of Open Philosophy, authors are asked to access the online submission system at:

Please choose as article type: Conceptual Personae.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available

All contributions will undergo critical review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Carlos A. Segovia at In case of technical or financial questions, please contact Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk at

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