Call for Submissions

Mosaic welcomes submissions for an upcoming special issue.

Camera Lucida

Mosaic invites innovative and interdisciplinary submissions for a special issue on the 40th anniversary of Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida. We invite close readings informed by feminist and queer theory, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and aesthetics. We are especially interested in essays focussing on memory; chiasms; mourning; singularity; the archive; time; allegory; analytics of life/death; genetics and genealogy; the relationship between image and text; comparative analysis between Walter Benjamin and Barthes; analysis that plays between Barthes’s book and his critical corpus; the influence of the book on specific moments in contemporary photography (i.e., New York, Vancouver, or Paris); and the question of what Camera Lucida leaves out of the equation. Finally, we invite artists to submit photo-based projects that extend, complicate, and enrich our understanding of Camera Lucida.

Deadline: April 30, 2019

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New Lecture and Seminar

Andrzej Warminski

Mosaic is pleased to invite you to the upcoming lecture and open seminar by Dr. Andrzej Warminski.

On October 17th at 3:00pm, a public lecture entitled “Resistances to Rhetoric” will be presented by Dr. Warminski in the Robert Schultz Theatre (172 St. John’s College). The lecture will be followed by an informal reception.

On October 18th, from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Dr. Warminski will hold an open seminar on the short introduction to Hegel’s Phenomenology in the Faculty of Arts Boardroom (307 Tier Building).

No registration is required for the lecture or the seminar, although we encourage pre-enrolment for the seminar (by emailing so that we can estimate numbers.

Dr. Warminski is currently Professor of English and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel in the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is a Distinguished International Fellow at the London Graduate School/Kingston University and has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome and Butler Visiting Chair at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before teaching at UC Irvine, he taught at Northwestern University and Yale University.

Dr. Warminski’s main publications include Readings in Interpretation: Hölderlin, Hegel, Heidegger and two books of essays that appeared in 2013: Material Inscriptions: Rhetorical Reading in Practice and Theory and Ideology, Rhetoric, Aesthetics: For De Man. At present, he is writing a book on crucial moments in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and their implications for current theoretical debates. Some of his scholarly essays and articles include “Hegel/Marx: Consciousness and Life” (1991); “Man and Self-consciousness: Kojeve, Romantic Ironist” (1998); “Allegories of Symbol: On Hegel’s Aesthetics” (2004); “Discontinuous Shifts: History Reading History”; “Machinal Effects: Derrida With and Without de Man” (2009); and “Lightstruck: ‘Hegel on the Sublime’” (2012). He also plans to publish a book of essays on “exemplary readers,” including Geoffrey Hartman, Jean Starobinski, Neil Hertz, John Freccero, and others.

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New Current Issue

General Issue (March 2019)

This issue includes essays on a variety of topics, including gothic tropics in Grace Metalious’s Peyton Place, Barthes as phenomenologist, animal ventriloquism in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, and situational irony. The cover features the work of Dutch artist Esther Hovers.

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Freud After Derrida, Part II (Dec 2011)

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