Europe's Times and Unknown Waters #8
e-revistă culturală de filosofie şi literatură aplicată
lansată în Aprilie 2009
ISSN 2066 - 3323


ISSUE # 10 EUROPE'S TIMES AND UNKNOWN WATERS - “ Albert Camus, our contemporary?”, NOVEMBER 2013

Can we still regard Albert Camus as our contemporary ?

         This is the question that the 10th issue of Europe's Times and Unknown Waters, journal of applied philosophy and literature, addresses to students, researchers and academics from all around the world, on the occasion of celebrating one hundred years since the birth of the French author.

         We do not wish to postulate the actuality of a great writer and of a complex thinker, because every great writer and complex thinker risks, at certain moments in history, falling into inactuality, and such a risk is frequently amplified by the very same discourse which celebrates his immortality and which praises its classicism.

         It is precisely because we have an enormous consideration for everything that Albert Camus was and could have been, that we have to find out whether he still is, or not, our contemporary, and in what why his contemporaneity still affects us.

         We must investigate what caused his inactuality, the crossroads from which the writer’s work was perceived in another way.

         If Camus’ place is no longer with us, we should determine where exactly one can find Camus today…in a museum, in a university course, among the interminable series of books buried in dust, or in our cultural memory?

         But the other possibility remains also to be explored. If Camus is after all our contemporary, we must (re-)discover him above and beyond the usual clichés and conventions. We must grasp the nature of his contemporaneity - eternal, quantum, partial, (un) assumed and so on and so forth -, its socio-cultural functions, the pedagogies implicit for our present.

         In order to answer the question referring to Camus’ contemporaneity, we propose a list of themes to be further investigated, however the authors should not limit themselves to these themes proposed by us, but they can and should come with themes of their own.

  • Camus and postmodernism
  • Camus and fragmentarity
  • Camus and the contemporary re-valorizing of nature
  • The Camusian humanism between idea and ideology
  • Camus and the existence as state of revolt
  • Camus and the revolted writing
  • Camus and the violence
  • Camus and the socio-political and cultural situation in Algeria
  • Camus and the critique of history/ of historicity
  • Camus and the (non)sense of poverty
  • Camus and the philosophies of existence
  • The alterity in the works of Camus
  • Let us consider the following possibility: isn’t it the suicide the only truly serious philosophical problem?
  • What remains today of the absurd?
  • Camus’ relations to existentiaslism: inclusion, intersection, difference ?
  • The Camusian vision on death and on dying
  • The Camusian philosophical heritage
  • To be an involved writer
  • The mythology of Camus, a contemporary mythology
  • Camusian motifs and literary symbols today: the desert, the sea, the stone, the sun, the plague, the happiness, the scapegoat, Sisyphus, Prometheus, The Antichrist, The Nemesis and so on and so forth
  • Camus and the literary and social necessity of ethics
  • Camus and Sartre, the same degree of contemporaneity ?
  • The reception of Camus’ work in the United States
  • The reception of Camus’ work in Europe
  • Camus’ journalistic writings

        The articles written in French or in English must be sent simultaneously to Adriana Teodorescu, Francisc Ormeny and Theodora Ormeny before the 30th of November, at the following e-mail addresses:,,

         The texts must not exceed 60 000 signs (footnotes and spaces included). We encourage the interdisciplinary studies and the courageous and original approaches. The selection of the articles will be made through of process of peer-review, the fundamental criteria being the scientific relevance of the subject and the coherence of the research effort.

         Dossier editors: Adriana Teodorescu and Andreea Blaga

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