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Issue 27 of the E-Journal History and Theory: the Protocols is Online


Issue 27, spring 2013, of the E-Journal History and Theory: the Protocols - “The Uncanny”, is now accessible on our website in English and in Hebrew.
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The current issue (eds. Itzhak Benyamini and Gal Ventura) focuses on the concept of the “Uncanny”, a term that signifies a sentiment based in the familiar and the already-known, in what used to be ordinary, friendly, intimate, and homey, and has become the source of a burdensome, frightening and terrorizing strangeness. This strangeness evokes anxiety not because it is strange, but because it has a familiar side. Sigmund Freud’s “Uncanny” was published in 1919, shortly after the end of the First World War and a year before the publication of his radical essay “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” that examines the death drive. These two texts complete and support each other in terms of their theory, and describe together in a somewhat somber manner the mental biography of the modern man and his inability to rescue himself from what is traumatic. Even though Freud did not continue to explore the concept, “Uncanny” is now perceived as one of the most prominent and influential texts in the disciplines of art and culture criticism and continental philosophy. Indeed, the postmodern thinking of the last decades has aimed at exploring precisely these disturbing borderline experiences, which manifest themselves in the Uncanny. At the same time one can witness the rising of the “Uncanny” in contemporary visual culture.
  The issue opens with Bracha L. Ettinger’s article “Matrixial 'Uncanny', Scintillations of Co/in-habit(u)ation and the Home-affect”. Following are benyamini’s "The Manhood Anxiety"; Meital Raz’s, “God Has Created a Monster: The Representation of the Monstrous Feminine in Contemporary Art as Feminist Aesthetics”; Liora Bing Heideker's “Unearthing the Spirit: The archaeological metaphor and the Uncanny pathology of romantic ballet”; Yonatan Ventura's “At your fingertips: The Threatening Body in Industrial Design”; Yochai Ataria’s “Good Jew”; and “’Home is Where I Want to Be, But I Guess I'm Already There’: an Essay on the Cinemanalytical Uncanny” by Orna Castel. The issue also includes excerpts from a book by Adi Sorek and four virtual exhibitions: Tamar Nissim’s “Two Hours in June”; Rachel Mozes’ “Zombies and Survivors” accompanied by a text by krzysztof Wodiczko; “Eyes that do not See” by Dvora Morag; and Ettinger’s exhibition accompanied by Jean-François Lyotard analysis.