Volume 3, 2012

EU-topías. A Journal on Interculturality, Communication, and European Studies

Co-published in four languages by the Departament of Theory of Languages and Communication Studies (Universitat de València. Estudi General, UVEG) & The Global Studies Institute of the Université de Genève. ISSN: 2174-8454 / e-ISSN: 2012-1206. E-mail: info@eu-topias.org / eu-topias@uv.es / eu-topias@unige.ch

Editorial

Is it possible to build the future while ignoring the presence of religion (of religions) in the world? The current issue of EU-topías devotes much of its space to this question, which during a certain period of time was not considered to be worth of serious consideration, until recent political and social events returned it to centre stage. It does so through a complex collection of articles that seeks to articulate (this would be the keyword for the model of conceptualization underlying all texts) a “second-generation dialogue” between at least the three major religions of the Book. Such a dialogue implies, first of all, the foregrounding of singularities of the different approaches to what we might call the “revealed word,” leaving aside emotional and unproductive appeals to a “fraternity of fusion” between diverse and probably irreconcilable ideological forms, but without ever losing sight of the goal of this issue, like a bass note resounding under the plurality of discourses, which is none other than tuning our sensitivity to the Other’s reasoning, since in the final analysis our future depends on how we can build and assume a reasonable image of the Other. 

The three texts devoted to the study of image do so from very different fields (Philosophy, Semiotics and Historicism). Beyond a kaleidoscopic standpoint, they offer elements of intellectual confrontation and analytical resources with which to approach contemporary image in the turbulent context of an unstable present which affects both content and format.