STUDIES IN HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, (Winter 2015)Vol 22 No 1 (2015)
SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE ANXIETY OF INTIMACY
The Latin etymology of the word ‘intimacy’ conveys the following meaning: it is making known (intimare) what is innermost (intimus) to a close friend (intima).Intimacy, thus, incorporates a notion of sharing by acknowledging an urge of belonging together, almost inseparably. The questions arise then: Out of all that we develop, how many are intimate relations for us? Out of all that we feel, how many can be identified as the innermost feelings and how much of even those can we express intimately in a familiar circle? The paradox of intimacy lies in the fact that it is objective but personal, somatic nonetheless psychological, affective in its dimension yet without having a firm reflective/self-conscious foundation. Most importantly, intimacy of the ‘self’ is dependent on ‘other’ and yet belonging together in such a manner as if the sharp distinction between the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ is annihilated in an act of intimate destruction. The notion of Intimacy thus proves that the ‘self’ cannot resist from belonging to the ‘other’. To be specific, the ‘self’ can only be known through the ‘other’, where it seems possible that the innermost qualities can be shared.
STUDIES IN HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, (SUMMER 2015)Vol 22 No 1 (2015)
STUDIES IN HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (Journal of the Inter-University Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences). A journal that does not have a specific thematic or editorial thrust is as hard to edit as the one with a narrow focus. The mandate of this journal, as is well-known to the followers of its fortune, is to carry alternative issues of the journal that are oriented towards a specific rubric followed by a miscellany of sorts from among articles submitted by Associates and Fellows. The present issue happens to be one of the latter, though one has tried one’s best to give it some logical unity. We at the IIAS have tried to identify articles that are interdisciplinary in their subject and methodology by and large (who sticks to disciplinary boundaries, anyway?) and also identify the best within disciplinary confines.