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TURKISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY

Volume 38 – Number 2

 

Critical Perspectives on the Historiography of Civilization

 

Guest Editors

Prof. Cemil AYDIN

(University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of History)

 

Prof. İsmail COŞKUN

(Istanbul University, Department of Sociology)

 

Deadline for Article Submissions

March 12, 2018

 

First published in 1917, The Turkish Journal of Sociology is a publication of the Department of Sociology of the Istanbul University Faculty of Letters, the first and leading sociology department in Turkey. The Turkish Journal of Sociology is a peer-reviewed, biannually published journal covered by international indexes such as ProQuest CSA Sociological Abstracts and EBSCO SocINDEX (for further information, see http://tjs.istanbul.edu.tr/en).

The second of the two issues of Turkish Journal of Sociology to appear in 2018 will address the critical readings on the concept of civilization and the history of civilizations in different historical, geographical, political contexts and from different disciplinary point of views.

Although the modern concept of civilization has emerged and institutionalized in context of imperial Eurocentric globalization, the contested views of civilization has deviated from its etymological roots and acquired new meanings through the period of decolonization to cold war and post-cold war period. Even though early dominant usages of this term implied developmental hierarchies and differences among various societies, in time, the concept became employed to analyze the relations between civilizations. Ongoing intense debates over this issue carried the concept of civilization beyond being merely an analytical tool and paved the way for a new disciplinary field, i.e. History of Civilizations.

Turkish Journal of Sociology invites original article contributions dealing with the politics as well as intellectual history of the idea of civilization from multi-disciplinary perspectives.

Papers can address, but are certainly not limited to the following topics:

  • How social sciences read the idea of civilization and approach History of Civilizations
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Sociology
    • Philology
    • Anthropology
    • Orientalism
  • What are the political and scholarly contestations about the periodization in the History of Civilization?
    • 18th century, Enlightenment’s reading of the History of Civilization, and World History
    • 19th Century’s reading of the History of Civilization
    • 20th Century’s reading of the History of Civilization
      • Change and differentiation of the reading of the History of Civilization during World War 1 and interwar era (the idea of decline, popularity of the circular history approaches)
      • The transformation of the reading of the History of Civilization after World War 2
      • Re-transformation and differentiation of reading of the History of Civilization: post-structuralist, and post-modern readings
  • What are different approaches to History of civilizations in various geographies, cultural and civil environments, and of political centers from the age of empires to era of nation states.
    • Anglo-Saxon/Anglo American reading of the History of Civilization
    • French readings of the History of Civilization
    • German readings of the History of Civilization
    • Russian readings of the History of Civilization
    • Chinese readings of the History of Civilization
    • Indian readings of the History of Civilization
    • Japanese readings of the History of Civilization
    • Turkish readings of the History of Civilization
  • Paradigmatic readings on the History of Civilization
    • W. F. Hegel’s reading of the History of Civilization
    • Oswald Spengler’s reading of the History of Civilization
    • Arnold J. Toynbee’s reading of the History of Civilization
    • Pitirim A. Sorokin’s reading of the History of Civilization
    • Fernand Braudel’s reading of the History of Civilization
    • Marshal Hodgson’s reading of the History of Civilization
    • World History approach to the History of Civilization

Articles should be submitted till March 12, 2018 in English through http://tjs.istanbul.edu.tr/en/online-submission-instructions. Work submitted for potential inclusion must be a complete manuscript that adheres to the Turkish Journal of Sociology’s submission requirements, which may be found on the journal’s official website: http://tjs.istanbul.edu.tr/en/notes-for-authors. For further questions regarding the issue please contact with Prof. Cemil Aydın at caydin@email.unc.edu and with Prof. İsmail Coşkun at ismailcoskuna@yahoo.com. You are kindly requested to direct your technical questions to: sosyolojidergi@istanbul.edu.tr