Call for Submissions

Mosaic welcomes submissions for two upcoming special issues.

Camera Lucida

Mosaic invites innovative and interdisciplinary submissions for a special issue on the 40th anniversary of Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida. We invite close readings informed by feminist and queer theory, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and aesthetics. We are especially interested in essays focussing on memory; chiasms; mourning; singularity; the archive; time; allegory; analytics of life/death; genetics and genealogy; the relationship between image and text; comparative analysis between Walter Benjamin and Barthes; analysis that plays between Barthes’s book and his critical corpus; the influence of the book on specific moments in contemporary photography (i.e., New York, Vancouver, or Paris); and the question of what Camera Lucida leaves out of the equation. Finally, we invite artists to submit photo-based projects that extend, complicate, and enrich our understanding of Camera Lucida.

Deadline: April 30, 2019

View the full details of this call for submissions as a pdf file:

Submit an essay »

National Literatures

Mosaic invites submissions for a special issue on National Literatures and the cluster of questions that unfolds from this historical knot: literatures of the stateless; diasporic and trans-national literatures; modernisms without borders; Heimat traditions, as well as those more troubling histories of origin and belonging; narratives of the dispossessed, of persistent coloniality, of “imagined communities”; and messianic literatures arcing toward promised futures. In an age of “multinationals,” ethnic division, and the multination state, what are the lineaments that now tether as much as fracture literatures? Need a literature be tethered to such fictions of identity or be literary at all? What literatures will emerge in this age of political asylum, detention centres, and the refugee camp? Will the “stateless democracy” of the Rohava in Northern Syria require a literature, and if so, what form will it take? What of the literatures of English Canada, Québec, the Métis, or the prairies? Is a set of documents or an archive, like the Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, all that remains of Canada’s National Literature? What of literatures that forgo the category of the human, and that treat soil less as a tie bound by blood and more as a geological, climatic, or ecological function? Given the singularity of the text, the natural processes of deconstruction that grip democracies now, and a Europe fraught with as many internal borders as external ones, how and in what form does one contemplate a National Literature?

Deadline: April 30, 2019

View the full details of this call for submissions as a pdf file:

Submit an essay »

New Lecture and Seminar

Andrzej Warminski

Mosaic is pleased to invite you to the upcoming lecture and open seminar by Dr. Andrzej Warminski.

On October 17th at 3:00pm, a public lecture entitled “Resistances to Rhetoric” will be presented by Dr. Warminski in the Robert Schultz Theatre (172 St. John’s College). The lecture will be followed by an informal reception.

On October 18th, from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Dr. Warminski will hold an open seminar on the short introduction to Hegel’s Phenomenology in the Faculty of Arts Boardroom (307 Tier Building).

No registration is required for the lecture or the seminar, although we encourage pre-enrolment for the seminar (by emailing mosaic@umanitoba.ca) so that we can estimate numbers.

Dr. Warminski is currently Professor of English and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel in the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is a Distinguished International Fellow at the London Graduate School/Kingston University and has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome and Butler Visiting Chair at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before teaching at UC Irvine, he taught at Northwestern University and Yale University.

Dr. Warminski’s main publications include Readings in Interpretation: Hölderlin, Hegel, Heidegger and two books of essays that appeared in 2013: Material Inscriptions: Rhetorical Reading in Practice and Theory and Ideology, Rhetoric, Aesthetics: For De Man. At present, he is writing a book on crucial moments in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and their implications for current theoretical debates. Some of his scholarly essays and articles include “Hegel/Marx: Consciousness and Life” (1991); “Man and Self-consciousness: Kojeve, Romantic Ironist” (1998); “Allegories of Symbol: On Hegel’s Aesthetics” (2004); “Discontinuous Shifts: History Reading History”; “Machinal Effects: Derrida With and Without de Man” (2009); and “Lightstruck: ‘Hegel on the Sublime’” (2012). He also plans to publish a book of essays on “exemplary readers,” including Geoffrey Hartman, Jean Starobinski, Neil Hertz, John Freccero, and others.

Please email Mosaic at mosaic@umanitoba.ca for more information.

New Current Issue

Special Issue: Living On (December 2018)

This special issue of Mosaic celebrates the journal’s 50th anniversary and gathers together a number of papers and events presented at a symposium to mark that occasion. The symposium, titled Living On, was initiated by Dawne McCance and held at the University of Manitoba on March 9-11, 2017. The theme and title come from Jacques Derrida’s “Living On: Borderlines” (1979) and were to acknowledge a range of issues including the journal’s interdisciplinary mandate, Mosaic’s own recent conference on lifedeath (48.1-48.4), and the increasingly fraught and troubled times that we all face. More pragmatically still, Living On was to point to the journal’s next half-century and its life under a new editor in the wake of McCance’s seventeen years at the helm. Finally, Living On was to showcase the critical work of select participants from a diverse set of fields from which Mosaic welcomes contributions.

View details & order »

Special Offers

Subscription Promotion...

Start your one-year subscription to Mosaic now and receive 50% off one of our special issues. Or start a two-year subscription and receive one of these issues free!

Choose from the following special issues:

Living On (Dec 2018)

View details »

Scale (Sep 2018)

View details »

Letters (Sep 2017)

View details »

Featuring: Rebecca Comay (Jun 2017)

View details »

The Mosaic Interviews (Mar 2017)

View details »

A matter of lifedeath III (Dec 2015)

View details »

A matter of lifedeath II (Sep 2015)

View details »

A matter of lifedeath I (Jun 2015)

View details »

Queer/Affect (Mar 2015)

View details »

Romance (Jun 2014)

View details »

Blindness (Sep 2013)

View details »

Between Poetry and Philosophy (Mar 2012)

View details »

Freud After Derrida, Part II (Dec 2011)

View details »

Freud After Derrida Proceedings Issue, Part 1 (Sep 2011)

View details »

Kristin Linklater / The Santorini Voice Symposium (Mar 2011)

View details »

Sculpture (Jun 2010)

View details »

A discount is always available to academic students (must specify school to qualify).

Subscribe now »