CFP: [General] FORUM Postgraduate Journal: HAUNTING

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Jana Funke
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FORUM: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts


The idea of haunting points to a residue or surplus of meaning that cannot be affirmed in the
present and nevertheless makes itself known in unexpected and disruptive ways. The haunting
traces of the forgotten, the disavowed and the effaced fundamentally undermine and trouble
what we have come to know and rely on as, or in, the present. In this sense, haunting opens up
the complex possibility of spectral knowledge and emerges as a powerful tool of
conceptualisation and representation.

What impact does haunting have on constructions of individual and communal identity? To what
extent does the concept of the trace allow us to conceive of a collapse of time and to rethink
temporal constructions of past, present and future? What demands does the idea of haunting
place on writing, given that language is haunted by its own traces and how does haunting
operate in other media? We seek contributions that address some of these questions or attempt
to theorise or employ the concept of haunting and/or the trace otherwise, raising awareness of
its possibilities and, perhaps, also its limitations.

We are seeking articles which engage with the concept of haunting in literature, art, film, theatre,
popular culture and the media. Submissions could consider, but are not limited to, any of the

- Haunting and Temporality
- Haunting and Presence
- Haunting the Other
- The Philosophy of Haunting
- Haunting and the Uncanny
- Haunting as Subversion
- Representations of Haunting
- Apparitions: Manifestations of Haunting
- Haunting and Traces

The deadline for article submissions is Friday, July 11th. Papers should be between 3,000 and
5,000 words and formatted in accordance with the MLA guidelines and should be submitted to:

FORUM is a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduate students working in culture and the arts.
The journal takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the realm of arts and culture and considers
contributions from across the spectrum of the humanities. For more information, go to:

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