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Numbers

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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