CFP: Otherness: Essays and Studies 6.2 (General Issue)
Call for Papers – Otherness: Essays and Studies 6.2
The peer-reviewed e-journal Otherness: Essays and Studies is now accepting submissions for its general issue, forthcoming Summer 2018.
Otherness: Essays and Studies publishes research articles from and across different scholarly disciplines that examine, in as many ways as possible, the concepts of otherness and alterity. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study.
‘The foreigner is neither a race nor a nation ... we are our own foreigners, we are divided.’
Julia Kristeva, Strangers to Ourselves
Otherness is complex and multivalent term. Otherness is defined by difference, both via outside markers and internal characteristics. Otherness is also a means by which we define ourselves. Thus the concept is inevitably bound with conceptions of selfhood, making it fundamental for discussions of subjectivity, social, cultural and national identity, and larger discussions of ontology. In light of more recent theory and criticism, the assumed line between the self and the other, the defining boundary of identity construction, is blurred, and as such the entire concept of otherness has become intricate and problematic. It is this concept, otherness, in all of its complexities and nuances that we seek to explore and discuss through Otherness: Essays and Studies.
Past projects from the centre, and past issues of the journal, has brought together articles from the fields of cultural theory, continental philosophy, sociology, postcolonial studies, psychoanalysis, gender studies, Gothic studies, animal alterity, the performing arts, fandom and celebrity studies, postmodernism and poststructuralist theory, and the consideration of the post-linguistic turn in their consideration of otherness. This journal invites submissions dealing with aspects of critical, socio-political, cultural, and literary exploration, within the scope of studies in otherness and alterity.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Otherness in Cultural Representation
The Representation of Otherness in Popular Culture
Hybridity, Creolization, and the Global other
Memory, History, Trauma, and Otherness
Ethics, Responsibility, and the Other
Sexuality, Gender, the Body and the Other
Ambivalence and Otherness: Mimicry & Menace
Absolute Otherness vs. Self-Same Other
Monstrosity, Spectrality and Terror of the Other
Uncanny or Abject Others; or The Familiar Other
The Sublime or the Unimaginable Other
Malignant Otherness: Madness/Sadness
Healing Otherness: Sanity & Suffering
Pathography: Voicing the Otherness of Pain
Otherness and the ‘Post-Racial’
Political Otherness and Democracy
Articles should be between 5,000 – 8,000 words. All electronic submissions should be sent via email with Word document attachment formatted to Chicago Manual of Style standards to the editor Matthias Stephan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 30, 2018.