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Call for papers: The operativity of play

Guest Editors: Fernanda Eugénio (ANDlab; BR); Ricardo Seiça Salgado (CRIA–UMinho; PT)

Deadline: 28 February 2018

The transdisciplinary concept of play (jeu for French, or jogo for Portuguese) embraces a wide-ranging semantic field. Summarizing its structural qualities, the act of playing involves willingness to play. The position of the players is framed by a set of rules or procedures. There is a sense of dislocation that transports the player out of the positions and logic of everyday life. We turn to live in the “as if” domain of living, in the subjunctive mode. Play or to play is also more than playing the game. It is also a message about itself, a metamessage (Bateson 1987), since play begins by referring to itself, introducing the possibility of reinventing and reclassifying actions, and developing new frameworks. The play plays us (Gadamer 1999). By being what it is not, by re-framing reflections of what does not exist, it is paradoxical. And since it is a liminality (Turner 1992), it reverses and subverts reality and the social structure of the world, and so the roles we play in it may not know the logic of the hierarchies imposed by the public sphere.

Being a noun and also a verb, we better think of play as an adverb (Millar 1971). As an adverb, play produces possibilities, it joins verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs to change their meaning. This indicates that it may be better to define play by what it does, by its function, rather than by giving it a definition of what it means (Spariosu 1989). Perhaps it is more productive to look at play as an operative concept.

This dossier intends to discuss play as an operative concept, namely how play serves as an experimental laboratory of procedures, how play is put into practice and what consequences this provides as a practice, contributing to a heuristic of sociocultural analysis. We would like the article proposals to focus on:

1 – How play becomes an apparatus (or counter-apparatus of common sense) for the collective and dissensual invention of the common, allowing the community practices to untie frim the identity mechanisms of belonging and reproduction. It also re-situates its meaning as an open process of binding: neither essence nor substance, but a potential relation which has to be confirmed every time.

2 – How play is being activated, in different areas, as an exploratory practice – giving evidence of what the body can do, and contributing to the reimagining of corporality and ways of being in the world.

3 – How play can function as a re-performance plan and/or as an analytical key to show the complex ethical, aesthetic and political relations involved in the constant social negotiation of the speech acts, representations and subjective formations.

4 – How play is used for the reinvention of pedagogical and/or methodological practices.

5 – How play, in its apparatuses and process dynamics, relates to utopia or the avant-garde, and can be objectified as heterotopia.

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