CFP: Contemporary Legal Theory Journal / Teoria Jurídica Contemporânea

Contemporary Legal Theory Journal (Teoria Jurídica Contemporânea, v. 3, n. 1)
Graduate Program in Law, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Deadline: March 30th, 2018

This Special Section of Teoria Jurídica Contemporânea is articulated with the research and projects developed in one of the lines of investigation– Society, Human Rights and Art–of the Law School’s Graduate Program of Rio de Janeiro Federal University (PPGD/FND/ UFRJ). It brings as its main theme Critical Theory in its relationships with the Law through its various manifestations and formats.

The relevance of this choice lies in the fact that the dominant and hegemonic processes at this stage of capitalism compromise the material, spiritual, and ethical bases of the various forms of life on the planet, but especially in the South. “Critical behavior,” as stated by Max Horkheimer, reveals the asymmetries of knowledge and power, opening space for the rescue of the possibilities of thinking about and practicing the buen vivir. In a world in which fascism advances once again in new formats, and democracies become vulnerable, critical approaches bring the courage to renew the thought beyond theories engendered by Modernity. The purpose is to highlight recent legal and philosophical debates about the relationship between knowledge and power and its consequences in social, political, cultural, and economic life at this moment of capitalism. In this perspective, discussions on phenomena such as the struggle processes carried out by social movements led by women, LGBTs, black and indigenous people, environmentalists, among others, whose manifestations represent resistance to fascist advances, to the monoculture of the mind, to the deepening of diverse facets of capitalism in existing life forms, especially in the South. Our goal is to bring together many ways to decolonize the imaginary, encompassing theoretical perspectives and praxis that aim to make visible, destabilize and transform lives using the Theory of Law potentially allied to those movements and centered on the deconstruction and simultaneous construction of new paradigms.

The guest editors for this section are Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (University of Westminster), Enrique Leff (Universidad Nacional de Mexico), Guilherme Cruz de Mendonça (Instituto Federal do Rio de Janeiro), and Vanessa Batista Berner (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro).

Suggested approaches:

  • Feminist Critical Theories – Black feminism; Decolonial Feminisms; Feminisms of the South; Ecofeminisms; Queer feminisms; Community Feminsms
  • Postcolonial and Decolonial Critical Theories – Decoloniality of Knowledge; Decoloniality of Power; Epistemologies of the South
  • Critical Theories of Culture – Identities; Migration; Art and Human Rights
  • Critical Theories of Race – Indigenous; Maroons; Traditional People; Afro-American Identities
  • Critical Environmental Theories – Latin American Constitutionalism; Environmental Justice; Environmental Racism; Political Ecology; Critics to Development

Articles may be written in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French.

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