Edited collection “The Politics of Othering”

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
University of Gafsa
contact email: 

The concept of “Othering/ Otherisation” refers to the classification of individuals or groups as outsiders. This cognitive classification divides any sociocultural and political formation into potential two generally monolithic and mutually exclusive blocks: the in-group community versus the out-group community. The inclusion or exclusion of each block is contingent on different criteria like religion, ethnicity, culture, race, politics, class, etc. When these differences are used descriptively, they become somewhat acceptable and harmless. However, when they are normative, they are often couched in the discourses of superiority or inferiority, goodness or badness, civilized-ness or uncivilized-ness, etc. Thus, those differences become highly harmful and unacceptable. The politics of “Othering” are quite likely to generate social in-justice, discrimination, racism, and power abuses. So, “Othering”, as a concept or a practice, needs more careful study and vigorous research to understand the dynamics of its production and the goals of its installation.

The perception that one group stands as a threat to another group increases people’s tendency to reject each other and to create a negative representation of them. “Othering” rests on a binary opposition of the self and the other. It is structured around a positive representation of the self and demonization of the other. Hence, “Othering” or “otherisation” rests on a solid politics of fear of the strange, the unfamiliar, the unknown, and the mysterious. It seems that the politics of “Othering” is one indulging in and capitalizing on xenophobic sentiment par excellence.

The outbreak of violence and extremism in different parts of the world is very alarming today. A scrutiny of the sociopolitical contexts of the modern era along with escalating impulses of the discourses of the US and the OTHERS has become imperative. Accordingly, this edited collection suggests studying and analysing the issue of “Othering” (Otherisation) from different theoretical and empirical perspectives in order to understand some of the aspects and causes of “Othering”.

Contributions from different walks of the Humanities can broach but not limited to topics on:

-          Islamophobia

-          Westophobia

-          Racism

-          Terrorism

-          Bigotry

-          Xenophobia

-          Sexism

The rifted collection papers will be published by a known and well-regarded publishing house. The article should not exceed 7000 words. The sixth edition of APA style is required in formatting the papers. Please, send your full articles to Dr. Hassen Zriba, University of Gafsa, Tunisia on hassen_zriba@yahoo.fr or Dr. Taher Ben Khalifa, University of Sfax, Tunisia on taherbenkhlifa@yahoo.fr

Important dates:

*The submission deadline of your full chapters is 30 June 2021 

* Articles (in their final forms) are expected to be received before 31 October 2021

*The book is anticipated to be published in, 2022  by Cambridge Scholars Publishers (CSP) indexed by the Web of Science (http://wokinfo.com/mbl/publishers/)