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Contributions in English, German, French, Portuguese, Czech, Spanish and Italian should be submitted to rainer.guldin@usi.ch

All papers are thoroughly double-blind peer-reviewed for originality, soundness, significance and relevance. Authors will be notified of the status of their papers within three months of submission. The journal publishes papers up to 8500 words, as well as shorter texts up to 3000 (event reports, reviews of books, comments on papers etc.).

Flusser Studies is aimed at a reading audience already familiar with the general outline of Flusser’s philosophy as well as with the essentials of his biography. General introductory references to the life and work of Vilém Flusser should, therefore, be avoided.

Flusser Studies is published twice a year (May and November).


Special issue on France – 2021 / FS 31

After their return to Europe in 1972, Edith and Vilém Flusser spent the summer of 1973 and 1974 in the Loire region. In May 1975, they moved to La Tour d'Aigues in Provence and in 1980 bought a house in the village of Robion (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) where they moved in the beginning of 1981. It was going to be their stable residence for the next ten years until Flusser’s death in fall 1991. After, German, Portuguese and English, French was the last language Flusser adopted for his writing. In a letter dated December 17, 1975, he still apologized for his “français zoulou,” which he had just recently learned. In the following years, however, he started writing systematically and with growing ability in French and held courses in local universities. In 1976-1977, for instance, he taught a course in communication theory at the Marseille-Luminy School of Architecture.

The French period of Flusser’s life, the ensemble of his French texts, as well as his use of the language have not yet been explored in depth. Furthermore, the reception of his thought and writing in France are still in an embryonic stage. Only a few of his texts have been translated into French and his theories still occupy a marginal position within the French intellectual landscape.

This issue is an attempt to create more visibility both for the French side of Flusser’s life and for critical readings of his work by French researchers, scholars and artists. Among the many subjects of interest are the presence of French philosophers and writers in Flusser’s texts, his relationship with the French intellectual scene of the time, and the influence he has exerted on communication theory, art and design.

The deadline for submissions for the issue is May 15, 2021. We look forward to hearing from and working with you. Please let us know if you are interested in contributing and if you have any questions (guldinr@usi.chanthonymasure@gmail.com and lenot.marc@gmail.com).


Diaspora and Dialogue: Special issue / Fall 2021 FS 32

In this special issue, we want to retrace the different ways in which Vilém Flussers thinking and writing, but also his nomadic existence between Europe and Brazil has affected his critical reception over the last twenty years in the most different countries and the publication of his multilingual work, which is hopelessly dispersed among different editors even within single languages. What connections are there between the two main tendencies of his thinking: disaggregation and aggregation, centrifugality and centripetality, entropy and negentropy, diaspora and dialogue? How have these affected the reading of his work and the thinking and behavior of people engaging with it?

The deadline for submissions for the issue is August 1, 2021. We look forward to hearing from and working with you. Please let us know if you have any questions. The editorial team: Rainer Guldin (guldinr@usi.ch), Gustavo Bernardo (gustavobernardokrause@gmail.com), Eva Batličková (eva.batlickova@gmail.com), and Nancy Roth (nanimatic@googlemail.com).

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