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Contemporary Political Theory
Palgrave Macmillan UK

Contemporary Political Theory

Editor: T. Carver; S.A. Chambers; L. Disch; M. Ferguson; J. Martin; A. Valls

ISSN: 1470-8914 (print version)
ISSN: 1476-9336 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41296

Palgrave Macmillan UK


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Contemporary Political Theory Annual Prize

We are delighted to announce that the Contemporary Political Theory Annual Prize for 2015 (Volume 14) has been awarded to Giunia Gatta for her article Suffering and the making of politics: Perspectives from Jaspers and Camus, Contemporary Political Theory, Volume 14, Number 4 (2015), pp. 335–354.
The judges' citation was as follows:
In this article, Giunia Gatta makes theoretical progress on a timely but difficult topic: how to link suffering with political action. The topic is timely, since it brings to our attention the condition of human suffering experienced not only by all those who have become victims of war and persecution, but also by those who suffer from precarious living conditions, including educated young people, workers and migrants. The topic is difficult, since suffering is often thought of either as a passive, silent and apolitical condition, or as a condition construed by neoliberal politics as a result of individual failure and misfortune rather than politics and injustice. The question is: can suffering also serve as a ground for concerted political action and rebellion? This is the question addressed in the article, and Gatta answers it in a convincing and nuanced way. Turning to Karl Jasper’s idea of the sharing of a situation, she argues that suffering can be understood as political in its own right. In a very elegant and lucid move, Gatta uses the tale of one city, seen from four different characters’ perspectives, as a way to illustrate how the sharing of an extraordinary situation can unmake bodies, and place human beings in a new position vis-à-vis each other and the world. Combining engagement with analytical clarity, Gatta encourages her readers to move beyond the classical divide between ethics and politics, and to acknowledge the politically transformative role of human suffering.

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    Founded in the UK in 2002, Contemporary Political Theory has quickly established itself in the top rank of peer-reviewed journals in political theory and philosophy. Under new editorship in 2010, the journal is now based in both the USA and UK and reaches out to authors and readers in Europe, Asia and Oceania. It will continue, through a rigorous peer-review process, to seek out the very best work from the wide array of interests that constitute ‘contemporary political theory’: from post-structuralist thought to analytical philosophy, from feminist theory to international relations theory, from philosophies of the social sciences to the cultural construction of political theory itself. The editors welcome submissions from disciplines outside philosophy and political science, including but certainly not limited to: geography and anthropology, women’s studies and gender studies, cultural studies and economics, literary theory and film studies. Contemporary Political Theory publishes a challenging and eclectic mix of articles that contribute both to rethinking what political theory is and does, and to promoting lively engagements with contemporary global politics.
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