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The Journal Las Torres de Lucca, continuing its goal of becoming an open and free magazine, has incorporated the section "Dossier". This section is meant to publish compilations of articles on a specific topic proposed by the dossier coordinator.

Articles published in the dossier are evaluated according to the same rules as any other articles. Therefore, those authors interested in participating in a dossier should submit their articles as usual, indicating in "comments" the adscription to a particular dossier.

For information on how to propose a dossier to the Editorial Committee, write to

Next Issues

Nº 12 (January 2018): Gramsci. Democracy between Latin America and Europe

Coordinator: Ricardo Laleff Illief.

Deadline: June 1, 2017.

To think about "the legacy of Gramsci" we consider it is relevant to focus on a common element in his thought: the attempt to grasp the complexity of contemporary phenomena, not reducing them through concepts, but realizing the need for creation and redefinition of the language with which we think and also act. Not surprisingly, Gramsci's presence persists explicitly or implicitly, as a reference, influence or as an absence that necessarily challenges thought in Italian Marxism wondering about the autonomy of politics, in French structuralism with Althusserian roots, in postfoundationalism, in the Latin American Left, in populism and democratic transitions, and even in right-winged policies and the concerns about cultural hegemony.

In this sense, this call is intended to be faithful to that fundamental premise of Gramscian thought, namely, the gestation of a located thinking, which, far from being narrow, is on the contrary committed to the epochal features and the nuances of the different points of enunciation. This call asks for original submissions inspired by the work of Gramsci but focused on the discussions in contemporary Europe and Latin America. In both regions, the deep crisis of "democracy" transitions restates the Gramscian question of cultural and political hegemony around democratic values.

Number 13 (July 2018): Exile as a political figure

Coordinator: Antolín Sánchez Cuervo

Deadline: November 15, 2017.

Exile constitutes a political figure that radically questions many of the spaces and times that modern rationality has built. It exposes the exclusionary dimensions of the state and its great ally, the nation narrative; It sheds light on the relevance of both in the genesis of totalitarianism and on the somber complications between the latter and the contractualist formulas from which the liberal intelligence has brought out so much profit. Exile is therefore a privileged place to weigh the critiques of modern political space, as well as to demystify numerous constructions of modern identity in general. It is the germ of a new citizenship, inspired by the semantics of alterity and the status of the diaspora. It also unmasks the violence of oblivion inscribed in the logics of progress which have nourished the philosophies of history, as well as in the continuations drawn by historicism when it has wanted to get rid of the latter. It raises other hermeneutics of the past, irreducible to the methodologies of the scientific or conventional historian, putting in value the critical and subversive significance of memory. In this way, it connects with the anamnestic rationality which the most critical contemporary thinking has developed.

This monographic issue will be composed of original contributions that deal with the figure of exile from the point of view of political philosophy, considering its close and controversial relationship with the State, the nation narrative, memory, modern identities or historiography, understood as an interested narrative. Proposals that focus on the singular protagonism of exile as the main thread of critical thinking in Latin America or which take into account its connection with literary expression are also welcome.