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Human Arenas

Human Arenas

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Psychology, Culture, and Meaning

Editor-in-Chief: G. Marsico; L. Tateo

ISSN: 2522-5790 (print version)
ISSN: 2522-5804 (electronic version)

Journal no. 42087

Call for articles and special sections

Article submission 

The journal “Human Arenas. An interdisciplinary journal of psychology, culture, and meaning” is now accepting new manuscripts submissions and proposals for special sections.
The object of the journal is the interdisciplinary study of higher psychological functions in human goal-oriented “liminal” phenomena in ordinary and extraordinary life conditions. The journal is organized around topics and arenas of human activity.
Human Arenas promotes an innovative mix of theoretical and empirical studies, based on the analysis of key, crucial and meaningful data rather than inductive accumulation of large empirical “evidence”.
Examples of topics of interest will be:
• Human arenas of movement (moving, changing, developing, crossing borders and horizons, utopia, crisis, resistance, schooling)
• Human arenas of creation (imagining, fictionality, music, sensuality, drawing, dancing, playing, affectivating, anticipating, eating and cooking, loving, ambivalence)
• Human arenas of regulation (religion, rituals, semiosis, constructing/destroying/deforming, killing, believing, caring, value, cultivating, dwelling, blocking/facilitating, inhibiting/promoting, coordinating collective action, ornamenting, voicing/silencing)
We strongly encourage innovation in the content and format of the articles. Please refer to the sections Aim and scope and Accepted article formats of the journal website for further details.
Manuscript should be submitted via manuscript system and must comply with the journal Ethical guidelines.
For specific inquiries, please contact the editorial staff at: humanarenas@hum.aau.dk
Special sections proposals
We also invite scholars from different fields to propose and organize “Special sections” of the journal. That is a group of articles about a specific theme, that can also be developed over several issues of the journal.
The editors in chief have identified a list of themes to be developed in the next years. However, new themes can be proposed at any time.
• Scaling: how human phenomena unfold when considered at different scales and how the same phenomena can be observed at different scales of analysis.
• Origins: any developmental approach soon or later deals with the problem of origin (how processes start: sociogenetically, ontogenetically, etc.). At the same time any social ideology is nothing but a retrospective set of assumptions about the origins and justification of the present and future states.
• Becoming: ontology of being and of becoming are an open arena for discussion. Besides, does becoming imply motion, transition, purposefulness, intentionality?
• Belonging: how the sense of belonging is built, modified, cultivated or destroyed? How belonging is related to residing?
• Mobility: would mankind exist without forms of mobility? What are the conditions that promote or inhibit different phenomena of mobility and non-mobility?
• Borders: how and why humans construct, maintain and deconstruct borders in mind and society?
• Center/periphery: Centre and periphery are dynamic dialogical pairs that do not occupy a fixed position. They are epistemic ways to understand the emergence of novelty as complement to the personal and collective trajectories of socialization.
• Life/death: human civilizations are a continuous striving for making sense of the articulation between life and death. How one feeds into the other and how one can see the former through the latter.
• Sensuality: sensuality is a mode of experiencing and thinking. Is it also a way of human relations, a form of knowledge, a form of power, a form of educating, etc.?
• Deformation: what is the relationship between deformation, beauty, sublime, border, forms, aesthetic, erotic? What is the relationship between deformation, transition and identity?
• Dwelling: at some moments in history, humans turned into dwellers (of places, ideas, affects, etc.). What are the forms and conditions of dwelling? How dwelling is a transformation (of the umwelt, of the identity, etc.)? How mobility feeds into dwelling, and the other way round?
• Atmosphere: Humans create special atmospheres in their living spaces and at the same time they identify special places because of the atmosphere they evoke. How atmosphere can be created, cultivated, promoted or regulates us in return?
• Non existing objects: humans can kill or die for something they cannot touch, see, eat or pass to their offspring. However, “objects” such as freedom, motherland, faith, love, free-market, perfect health, Santa Claus, etc. exert a real powerful influence on everyday life. We act as if they were real: how and why?
• Feeding: feeding is the stem of any human relation. It is a fundamental activity that people entertain not only for the sake of survival, and elaborate very complex rituals around it.
• Whishing: when, in which places and in what ways people express wishes? What they do for making those wishes come true? What they prioritize when they make a wish?
• Surfaces: humans make meanings by showing/hiding, covering/uncovering, transparency/opacity. Surfaces, natural or artificial, are arenas for meaning-making. Everything or everyone can become a surface.
To candidate yourself as organizer of a special section, please contact the editors Pina Marsico (pina.marsico@gmail.com) and Luca Tateo (luca@hum.aau.dk).
Please refer to the sections Aim and scope, Ethical guidelines and Accepted article formats, of the journal website for further details.

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    The aim of this journal concerns the interdisciplinary study of higher psychological functions (as topic of a general theory of psyche from the perspective of cultural psychology) in human goal-oriented liminal phenomena in ordinary and extraordinary life conditions. The journal is organized around topics and arenas of human activity, rather than the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines. It will explore human arenas from the point of view of historical foundations, methodology, epistemology, and the intersection of disciplines. Human Arenas promotes an innovative mix of theoretical and empirical studies, as well as qualitative and quantitative approaches based on “small data,” that is, the analysis of crucial and meaningful data, rather than the inductive accumulation of large empirical “evidence.”

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