a journal that is published every semester, founded in 1985 by professors
of the Department of Humanities and Arts of the Universidad de Los Lagos
(Osorno, Chile). Throughout this time, it has concentrated in its pages
the interests in art, letters and philosophy with the common objective
of building an academic space for the distribution of research about literary
studies and the humanities, in general.
Alpha is, therefore, an evident interdisciplinary proposal
regarding the sciences, that is molded on the status of equality offered
to specialists in these matters, from a transdiscursive perspective. In
its electronic version, the objective is to apply the potentialities offered
by the internet for the transmission and exchange of research and of the
knowledge that concerns an educated culture and to the semiosis of the
image and social communications.
This project conciles, at the same time, the urgent need to incorporate
said approaches in the development of the globalization of culture, so
that the area of the humanities and the social interaction that takes
place through semiotic processes, accupy a space among the new information
highways. Alpha is, in consequence, an intellectual, analytical, and theoretical
proposal, advanced by a group of professors of the Department of Humanities
and Arts of the Universidad de Los Lagos who –with the intent to
form ties around their respective disciplines— wish to fortify this
area of knowledge that –as others— will make of the internet
an irreplaceable instrument. In fact, the growing use of the World Wide
Web in academic life is undenieable, reason for which the internet has
become a key instrument for research, as is proven by the virtual libraries
and bibliographic catalogues that can be consulted from any place of work,
without the need to travel to the physical archives; precise and up-to-date
bibliographic references can be completed due to exhaustive directories;
specialized search engines or institutional sites shorten times and distances.
Thanks to these, the possibilities of the internet for the professor and
the researcher are not only in its current reality, but in an imminent
future, a potenciality that goes furthere than the imaginable and depends,
in great measure, to what the very specialists wish to do with it.