The Witcher and Philosophy
Call for Abstracts
Edited by Matthew Brake and Kevin S. Decker
The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series
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The Witcher series of books by Andrzej Sapkowski have gained acclaim for their multiple adaptations, including a lauded series of video games by CD Projekt and a Netflix television adaptation (one of Netflix’s most-watched streaming series of all time). Works focusing on any of the Witcher novels, games, the TV series, or other adaptations are welcome. Contributors of accepted essays will receive an honorarium. Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader.
Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Emancipatory Politics, Racism, and the Elves
- Feminism and Women’s Agency in The Witcher
- Carl Schmitt and the Nature of the Political
- Is political neutrality possible? Witchers as Third Way Community.
- Church, State, and Magic on the Continent
- Picking the Lesser of Two Evils: Is Moral Purity Possible?
- Destiny, Free Will, and the Elder Blood
- A Fantasy World of Marginalized Outcasts: Existentialism and Unfairness
- The Philosophy of Monstrosity
- Immanuel Kant, Moral Choice, and the Problem of Predicting the Consequences of Our Actions
- Player agency and freedom in the Witcher games
- Geralt the god-killer as vanquisher of nihilism?
- Ciri, the “Lady of Space and Time” – unlimited and untapped power and its consequences
- Witcher mutations, potions – bioethics and dehumanization
- Imperialism and the ever-presence of Nilfgaard
- White Frost and climate change
- Scapegoating and misplaced blame
- Team Triss or Team Yen?
- Choosing the lesser evil and critiques of utilitarianism
- The Witcher as Postmodern Fairy Tale
- Avoiding the Abyss: Can You Dabble with Evil Without Becoming Wicked?
- Thanedd, Political Rebellion and the Question of Sovereignty
- Science and Magic in the World of the Witcher
- Is Geralt a Stoic?
- Ciri, Justice, and Revenge
- Can You Control Chaos? Philosophy of Magic
- Non-linear Storytelling and Narrative Identity
- Don’t Kill the Bard! Aesthetics in the Witcher
1. Submission deadline for abstracts (350-500 words) and CVs: October 3, 2022.
2. Submission deadline for drafts of accepted papers: April 3, 2023.
Kindly submit by e-mail (with or without Word attachment) to Matthew Brake at email@example.com