Issue 2: Fluidity

This Fall, we’re interested in exploring FLUIDITY as the theme of the next issue of ANASTAMOS: as physical phenomena, as psychic vacillation, as malleable substance.

Fluidity is the ability to adjust and change, but it is also not possible to imagine movement without the architecture of form, which often creates obstacles.  However, though the shape of water flowing down a mountain is created by the terrain, the water also erodes and shapes the mountain itself.  For this issue we want to see work that takes on the changing state of affairs in our world, from the personal to the philosophical to the political.

Send us your best interpretation of FLUIDITY.

– How does the concept of fluidity engage with issues of of intersectionality, diversity, racial and ethnic identities, gender, and sexuality?

– In these days of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” is there fluidity of truth? Or by simply asking the question do we question the basis of a shared reality?

– How do we approach the idea of mental fluidity, or a fluidity of consciousness?  As we age, how is it that we feel that we stop aging mentally but continue to age physically?  Is Alzheimer’s or dementia a state of mental fluidity?  What is mental illness?  Is there such a thing as delusion and sanity?

– Language is inherently fluid, with the structure of language standing for the communication of information and meaning.  How might we look at ESL learning as opposed to the idea of a “native tongue” in terms of fluidity?  Or translation as a fluid space of engagement?

– In what way do the sciences engage with the concept of fluidity? What implications are there for matter being in a fluid, or even superfluid, state? How does the precise chemical makeup of water in our oceans allow for the diversity of sea life on Earth?

What might we find if we eventually fly to Enceladus or Europa and dig through their icy surfaces to the oceans beneath?

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