The flag goes with the foul landscape,

and our jargon muffles the drum.

In the great centers we'll nurture
the most cynical prostitution.
We'll massacre logical revolts.

In spicy and drenched lands!--
at the service of the most monstrous
exploitations, industrial or military.
Farewell here, no matter where.

Conscripts of good will,
ours will be a ferocious philosophy;
ignorant as to science, rabid for comfort;
and let the rest of the world croak.
This is the real advance. Marching orders, let's go!

Arthur Rimbaud, Collected Poems 2001: 309


We call for papers for the International Political Anthropology May 2021 issue, with Julian Freund’s piece, written quite some time ago and now first translated from French to English, as the opening piece on the topic. In this paper he said that: 'We have entered into an interregnum, in the transition toward this other type of civilization, of which the sources will be, without doubt, no longer entirely European.'  Accordingly we have the following questions in mind, for a start: How to see the signs of a civilizational erosion, beyond the fading promises of prosperity and wellbeing? What and where is the measure? In what sense can a collective experience of decline and decadence be captured through the notion of generation? If it is true that the world war and its resistance movement was the last jolt of Europe confronted with its demons, then how is it that we again are confronted with the demons of depersonalisation? Instead of a rather cold summary, such as ‘Life goes on, and Europe is no longer what it was.  It’s not a matter of the end of the world, but of the decadence of Europe’, how we can describe the general culpability of a civilization, described by the poet in the motto above? Are we at the historical closure of a civilization, as the text of Freund stated? Can we accept the decline, or just quite simply ignore its factuality? Do we know which are the new problems that are posed in front of us; and by consequence do we know how to prefigure the manner of resolving them? Finally, are we capable to define the spirit which will preside over the solution to these problems?

Please read the extract of Julien Freund

Submission deadline is 15 April 2021. Please send your Abstract by 15 December 2020.

The editors: Harald Wydra, Agnes Horvath, Paul O’Connor


Tags: Arthur Rimbaud, IPA CALL FOR PAPERS, Julien Freund


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