Culture Frame: A third-culture journal
Call For Papers: Shifting Foundations of Knowledge
Submission Deadline August 7th, 2009
Culture Frames inaugural call-for-papers would like to address what
it regards as a historical shift in the foundations of knowledge. The
20th century was marked by scientific development and implementation,
especially in physics, chemistry, biology, as well as technological
expansion. This remarkable century transformed human cultures
engagements with the scientific method. The result of scientific and
technological impact on human culture and identity, from the
automobile to antibiotics, from the double helix to the atomic bomb,
is now evident in almost every moment of every day. Twentieth-century
culture, unlike previous centuries, became more intertwined and
dependent upon scientific ways of knowing and empirical methodologies
than any previous time in human history. Culture Frame would like to
take the next step and explore how the impact of the last century is
leading to the adoption of new foundations for methodologies of
knowing in the humanities and traditionally non-scientific
disciplines, as well as how the scientific disciplines are reaching
out to speak to the masses that are responsible for founding their
claims of knowledge using either discernible methodologies or by the
aesthetic, relativistic, and intuitive judgments.
Shifting Foundations encourages papers on topics that address questions like:
• Is the scientific method now the bedrock of knowledge, in general, as
opposed to traditional humanistic methodologies?
• How can a completely causal methodology be applicable to humanistic
disciplines, such as art and literature; fields that are predicated upon the
notion of creativity and spontaneity and freedom?
• Can reliance upon scientific methodology be considered progress or is this
an inevitable epistemological cul-de-sac?
• Has this new reliance upon a particular methodology irreversibly changed
the direction of human culture and what it means to know, what it means
to be human?
• What opportunities arise from this foundational shift and what valuable
aspects of humanity may be lost due to its perspective?
Papers on the shifting foundations of knowledge in the sciences and
humanities will help define the new direction being taken not only by
scientists and humanists in the twenty-first century, but by the
general public that is now more reliant than ever on ways of knowing
for their own ends in a competitive world.
Please submit by August 7th, 2009. See the website for full submission