Otherness: Essays and Studies 2.2 (www.otherness.dk) - CFP Journal Issue - Deadline Sept 2, 2011

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The Centre for Studies in Otherness

The Centre for Studies in Otherness invites papers for the e-journal issue Otherness: Essays and Studies 2.2.

Otherness: Essays and Studies, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary e-journal, publishes research articles from and across different academic disciplines that examine, in as many ways as possible, the concepts of otherness and alterity. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study. We publish two issues a year, alternating between special topic issues and general issues. This is a call for our general issue, forthcoming in Winter 2011.

'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, have brought together articles from the fields of cultural theory, continental philosophy, sociology, postcolonial studies, psychoanalysis, gender studies, Gothic studies, postmodernism and poststructuralist theory 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

Hybridity, Creolization, and the Global other

Memory, History, Trauma, and Otherness

Ethics, Responsibility, and the Other

Sexuality, Gender, the Body and the Other

M/other / Sm/other: Engendering Otherness

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

Articles should be between 5,000 – 8,000 words. All submissions should be sent via email with Word document attachment formatted to Chicago Manual of Style standards, to editors, Maria Beville and Matthias Stephan at otherness.research@gmail.com

Previous issues can be found at our website at www.otherness.dk

The deadline for submissions is Friday the 2nd of September 2011.