CFP: Deconstruction and Science

The journal Derrida Today is planning a special issue on “Deconstruction and Science”

Deadline for submission of 300-word abstract: 30 June 2009

Deadline for submission of paper (no more than 6000 words): 30 November 2009

Co-edited by:
Nicole Anderson
Critical and Cultural Studies Department
Macquarie University, Australia
General Editor, Derrida Today

H. Peter Steeves
Professor of Philosophy
DePaul University, Chicago


All submissions should be prepared for blind review and emailed to: with the title “”Deconstruction and Science”” as the subject title of the email.

Special Issue Topic

In this special issue of Derrida Today, the editors wish to address the question of the meeting of deconstruction and science, the latter broadly defined. Since the 1960s and ‘70s, poststructuralist thought has garnered a reputation for being at odds with science and the Enlightenment worldview upon which modern science is based. This is understandable if for no other reason than the fact that the last four decades can historically testify to this tension. From the Sokal debate to the general sense within the scientific community that deconstruction is basically just a form of relativism that attacks science’s empirical method and the basic assumption that reason can have access to the world, there has been little attempt to find ways in which a positive dialogue can be had. One of the goals of this special issue is to allow the voices that might contribute to such a dialogue to come to the fore. 

Although any and all approaches to the topic will be considered, including essays dealing with the ways in which deconstruction calls the general project of science into question, the editors are especially interested in investigating what can be positively said rather than what can be criticized. That is, how might the insights of deconstruction change the way in which science is practiced? How might individual science practices (e.g., chemistry, physics, biology) be affected by an encounter with deconstruction? And, indeed, how is deconstruction altered by its encounter with science? Essays that are of a theoretical as well as a practical nature are thus welcome, and authors from any discipline are encouraged to submit.

Review Process

All articles will be peer reviewed through a blind reviewing process. All identifying marks should be removed from submissions. Do not include the author’s name anywhere in the article (in running headers and footers, for example), and author’s should try as much as possible to remove this information from the file Properties as well.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Articles should be approximately 6000 words. Authors should include an abstract of 300 words, plus 5-7 keywords with their submission.

Notes should be kept to a minimum, and should appear at the end of the text, before the references section. Details about notes, quotations, and other formatting issues can be found in the Edinburgh University Press Journals Style Guide.

Please remember to number the pages of the submission.

Derrida Today uses the author-date system (see EUP Journals Style Guide), for both in-text referencing and the comprehensive list of references at the end of the article.

2 thoughts on “CFP: Deconstruction and Science

  1. I was a bit nervous until I saw Steeves is editing the volume. You know, he does actual science, rather than slavishly wishing that philosophy could give science endless handjobs. God, you’re right, I’m never getting a job. No one wants to hire a guy that says handjobs.

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