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Human Arenas

Human Arenas

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Psychology, Culture, and Meaning

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

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

Journal no. 42087

Special Section: The Problem of Origins

Human beings seem obsessed by the problem of origins: Where we come from, and how origins are able to legitimate the human rights. One can see the power of this theme in history, politics, and social life. The identification of origins is a major issue of the refugee crisis: origins have been crucial in discriminating about asylum requests. At a macro-social level, the issue of the Christian-Judaic roots of Europe reflects the selective and instrumental nature of the debate about origins: the very origins of the Roman Empire were the result of complex migratory movements and cultural dynamics, which make origins, both genetically and culturally, a complex issue. All of these considerations are sufficient to require an interdisciplinary and innovative debate about the concept of origins, their personal meaning, and their role in the macro-level discourse.
Human Arenas would like to invite a section editor to take the responsibility of collecting contributions about the “arena of origins” for a special section of the journal to be published in 2020. The special section can take several forms, including up to 6 articles: it can be a target article with a group of interdisciplinary commentaries, a group of articles in reciprocal dialogue presenting different theses, an historical overview of the concept, etc.
Submission Instructions
To propose a special section in response to this call, please send an exploratory email, with an overview of the idea and a preliminary list of the topics/authors to the chief editors, Pina Marsico (pina.marsico@gmail.com) and Luca Tateo (luca@hum.aau.dk)
The deadline for the submission of preliminary ideas is June 2019. A first selection will be made by the scientific board of the journal. The shortlisted proposals will be peer-reviewed and the best one will be invited to submit the group of articles. The selection will be completed by July 2019. The final deadline for the submission of the special section will be January 2020.

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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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