Gender and Emergent Order

Guest editor, Lauren Hall

C+T is calling for papers on the topic of gender and emergent order. The range of possible topics is quite broad, with the editors seeking exploratory, critical, traditional, and other perspectives on a range of topics relating to the overlap, interaction, and conflict between gender and the spontaneous and emergent order tradition.

Perhaps more than in any other time, gender has re-emerged as a primary social and political force, though now the term itself is open to broad contestation. As a concept with both social and biological inputs as well as extensive impacts on social and political systems, gender and sexuality continue to be areas of broad interest. Yet it is precisely the political import and relevance of gender that makes non-ideological scholarly work difficult. 

With that in mind, this special issue will consider papers with broad themes perhaps relating to but not at all limited to: 

  • in what way, if at all, gender itself is an emergent order
  • the emergent interaction between culture and biology in gender
  • emergent orders within and around gendered social issues
  • discussions of the link between emergent orders and gender identity
  • gender, sex-ratios, and the effects of the “crisis of masculinity” on liberal orders
  • gender and gendered issues in the works of theorists of spontaneous and emergent order

Authors of accepted papers will receive an honorarium of $1,000 plus an additional $750 to attend the manuscript workshop.

Please send your proposal (an abstract or draft of the paper) to Lauren Hall: (subject line: C + T symposium) — no later than June 15, 2022.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by July 1, 2022. Drafts of papers (max 8,500 words) will be required by November 1, 2022. Revised papers will be sent out for peer review in early 2023. 


Cultural History and its (Political) Lessons

Guest editor, Nayeli L. Riano 

Cultural history serves many purposes, the ends of which we can hardly agree upon. The idea of this history as a form of cultural preservation—that is, the writing about older times and its artifacts like customs, dress, art, literature, religion, music, etc. for memory’s sake—was famously criticized by Nietzsche as “antiquarian;” idle and impractical for political change, action, or progress. Alternately, we can consider how historical works like Johan Huizinga’s The Waning of the Middle Ages (1919), Jacob Burckhardt’s The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860), or Henry Adams’ Mont Saint Michel & Chartres (1904) demonstrate an early modern desire to understand an older world-outlook not just for its own sake, since they all continued on to play significant roles in public life beyond being historians. Their study of cultural history, then, shaped the ways in which these thinkers came to analyze society. It can be said that, through their cultural-historical writings about Europe, these authors were better able to convey the inherent plurality and diversity within any society, and to take lessons from these observations which they applied when tackling the problems of their own day and age. We can, then, gather a couple of questions that will serve as suggested topics for this issue: How does the study of cultural history help us “politically”? How practical are the lessons that reading cultural history imparts? Or, is it the case that cultural history serves no purpose beyond sustaining a collective recollection of a bygone age? Is this end-in-itself something valuable? This issue welcomes submissions under the theme of “Cultural History and its (Political) Lessons,” broadly construed, as a way to engage the ways in which cultural history deepens our understanding of (and appreciation for) the complexities of society. We welcome essays on relevant historians for this topic, including the aforementioned Huizinga, Burckhardt, and Adams, but are also open to essays that tackle these questions from another angle or through another thinker or region.

Proposals due: June 22nd 2021
Final drafts due: April 1st 2022

Contact: Nayeli L. Riano, Georgetown University


Jonathan Haidt’s forthcoming book Three Stories about Capitalism: The moral psychology of economic life has been a while in the making, having been delayed by Jon’s many other commitments. Jerry Gaus was slated to guest edit but sadly with his passing, the slot is now open. Pursuant to this, C+T is looking for someone to guest edit a symposium on the forthcoming book, a preview available here. One needs to be au fait not only with Haidt’s work but with moral psychology and economics in general. Interested parties should drop a line to Leslie.


Symposium on Robert Vinten’s Wittgenstein and the Social Sciences: Action, Ideology and Justice

Guest Editor, Richard Eldridge

Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Swarthmore College

Richard T. Eldridge is leading a symposium on the aforementioned book. If anyone is interested in participating, please drop Richard a line here.