In the spring of 2001, some friends, interested in various disciplines and close to the chair of Aesthetics of the Faculty of Educational Sciences at Catania University, decided to start Perelandra, a review characterized by interdisciplinariety. Aesthetics is, by nature, charactrerized by wide horizons; the bet, won or lost will be stated by the readers, was to find themes able to put together different backgrounds and sensibilities. History, art, architecture, philosophy, sociology: the editors, researchers in each of these subjects, have confronted themselves with each essay, tempering the natural tendency of every specialist toward technicalities and disciplinar slang, and giving to each number of the review peculiar stylistic hallmark and contents. Interdisciplinariety, supported by the friendship between editors, has then became the guarantee of an articulation of knowledges and competences, oriented toward the building of a humanistic knowledge.
During the four years of its life, the editorial staff has been expanded by new contributors, who have enriched the review with new subjects, without changing its basic physiognomy. The revew must then stop publication for a long time because of troubles with the publisher; the core intuition of the first series of the review has however remained lively, and it has today led to the revival of Perelandra and to the building of this website, which has two main aims: to render available the numbers of the first series of the review, now out of stock; to house the numbers of the new series, still in preparation.
The new series of Perelandra, treasuring the preceding experience, born with a more complex structure and with more ambitious objectives: the editorial board is made up of seven members and the illustrator, and the review will avail itself of a scientific committee and of a lot of collaborators in charge of reviewing the essays to be published; the website, as the review, will be international, with contributions in Italian, English and Spanish, and English abstracts and tables of contents; the review will be published both in paper format and, free and uncut, in electronic format on this website, which will also be a virtual place where those who will want to follow the review can meet.
The differences between the first and the second series of Perelandra, however, are not only of organizational, as exemplified by the different subtitles, going from the more generic "Six-monthly of culture and ideas" of the first series, to the more accurate "Theory and form of contemporaneity" of the new one. The review aims at being a tool to analyze and criticize the contemporaneity, by an analysis and a criticism which will be sane and constructive but never affected. The contemporaneity is the range of the proposed reflections; the theory and the form are referred to the theoretical and plastic ways in which the contemporaneity structures itself and can be grasped.