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