Re-Imagining the Moon

Guest Editor: Sundar Sarukkai, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

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Human exploration of the moon has become the subject of renewed interest, with upcoming space missions from all the space-faring nations, as well as private companies. In late 2008 the Indian Space Agency, ISRO, will launch the Chandrayaan 1 mission to the moon.

The moon has profoundly influenced the human imagination over the centuries, in the domains of myths, religion, art and science. A variety of cultures have generated rich narratives about the moon. The moon is more than a mere object---it is also an image, an illusion, a picture. It inspires stories about lunacy as well as love. It has regulated our lives in a fundamental way by catalyzing calendars based on its movement. Stories of navigation are incomplete without the shadow presence of the moon.

The engagement of poetry, art and literature with the moon has had a profound influence on these activities. The moon also has a political significance---new space projects related to the moon by countries such as Japan, China and India are fundamentally tied to the new articulations of what these countries are and want to be.

The Leonardo Special Section "Re-Imagining the Moon" will remind us of this historical, cultural and scientific trajectory in which the moon plays an important part even as it suggests new, contemporary reflections on the moon. We seek articles from a variety of disciplines exploring various social and cultural aspects related to the moon as well as those that engage with the relation between the moon and the artistic and scientific imagination. Reflecting the universality of this influence, we seek articles from countries and cultures throughout the world.

We are also particularly interested in documenting artists’ projects connected to current space exploration missions to the moon and collaborations between artists, scientists and engineers on moon projects.

Deadline: This is an active project; manuscripts will be considered on an ongoing basis.

Submissions: Send manuscript proposals to Authors are encouraged to submit a manuscript proposal before sending a full manuscript.

Author Instructions:

The project is part of the activities of the Leonardo Space Arts Working Group:

This project follows on the Bangalore Space and Culture Symposium held in 2007, a collaboration of the National Institute for Advanced Studies, The Arts Catalyst, Leonardo/OLATS and the Srishti School for Art, Design and Technology:

Sundar Sarukkai, trained in physics and philosophy, has a Ph.D. from Purdue University. His research interests are in the areas of philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, postmodernism, phenomenology and philosophy of art, drawing upon both Western and Indian traditions. His books include Translating the World: Science and Language (University Press of America, 2002), Philosophy of Symmetry (IIAS, 2004) and Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science (CSC, 2005). Currently he is professor and dean of the School of Humanities and head of the Centre for Philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India.

Updated 14 March 2012