Mosaic invites innovative and interdisciplinary submissions for a special issue on Numbers. Nations rise and fall on fiscal models. Warfare, marketing, and global trade are driven by statistical analysis, probabilities, and the abstract calculus of Wall Street. Life, literature, and the visual arts are increasingly driven by speculative capital. And all have fought back. So too, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and critical theory: Alain Badiou equates mathematics and ontology; Jacques Lacan plumbs the correspondences between consciousness, language, and binary code; and in an anecdotal aside, Theodor Adorno finds the roots of 12-tone music and logical positivism in a fondness for number games in the coffee houses of Vienna.
How pervasive is the rule of numbers? What are the challenges to calculability? Out of what set of variable examples will the limits to the rogue power of numbers emerge? As a supplement to our own special issue on Letters, Mosaic invites submissions on numbers in literature, art, music, theoretical texts, and the world at large. Possible themes include: finitude, multitude, technics, contingency, and economy.
Submissions must be received by: Mar 9, 2018.
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The topography of the general issue is always rough and unpredictable. As the poet Trevor Joyce would put it, the granularity of every essay is different. The terrain is uneven, the content variable, and on the micro level all mapping gives way to terra incognita. Every general issue also has its high point: here especially the pages Joseph P. Vincenzo devotes to Nietzsche’s environmental aesthetics. In the present issue we have called upon “Zarathustra’s Animals” to introduce the fundamental problem, to perform a certain work, and to showcase and model a kind of relation to what Vincenzo isolates in Nietzsche’s texts as the “sensible particular (aisthētón),” “small things,” the “little that makes the best happiness.”
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