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Call For Papers

In the modern era, interstitiality, or the space between one boundary and the next, has become an urgent area of investigation. Existing within and between entities, interstices challenge conventional understandings of boundedness, inviting us to rethink the space between objects and ideas as an erupting site of transformation. From this view, rigid divisions can no longer be taken for granted, whether political (as in the case of national borders) or scholarly (such as the emphasis on discrete academic disciplines). Instead, theoretical scholarship must think through the continual creation, re-creation, and hybridity that govern the tempo of modern times, while accounting for the contingent impact of individual actors upon one another in the unfolding of modernity as an event.

For the inaugural edition of Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events, authors are invited to submit essays (5,000 to 8,000 words) on the myriad manifestations of interstitiality birthed by modern events. Situated within a post-disciplinary academic framework, we invite submissions from any field, including political theory, philosophy, literary studies, law, sociology, and cultural studies. We are especially interested in works that traverse multiple theoretical trajectories, including media archaeology, literary criticism, speculative philosophy, critical theory, game and film studies, posthumanism, new historicism, post-colonialism, and political aesthetics, among others. Potential topics might include:

  • How is the line between human and nonhuman being blurred by speculative philosophy and posthumanism, and what implications might this have for social, political, and literary studies?
  • How must political space be re-mapped, if at all, to account for the “in between-ness” of social identities, governance, and security?
  • In what ways might media studies theorize interstitial space, particularly with regard to new media, emergent technology, and gaming?
  • What textual function does the space of transformation, or “liminal space,” possess, and how is it represented in literary, cinematic, and other narrative forms?
  • Within what interstices do so-called “queer” sexualities unfold and what challenges do they pose for predominant means of moral ordering?
  • What effect might considering interstices have on democratizing the university and/or the production of knowledge(s)?
  • How can modern political protests, like the Occupy and Arab Spring demonstrations, be thought of in terms of the re-creation and hybridization of sovereign power, especially at the level of everyday life?
  • How can colonial and post-colonial periods be understood as interstices, if at all?
  • Do events create their own space and time, and how can we rethink the space and time in which events become meaningful?

Interstitial Journal will also consider submissions on topics unrelated to interstitiality, but still within the orbit of modern culture and events. Additionally, we accept reviews (approximately 2,000 words) of recently published theoretical works. Queries about the relevance of a given topic or potential review are welcome. Deadline for submission of papers and reviews for our inaugural issue is December 31, 2012. All inquiries and submissions should be sent to the editors at editors@interstitialjournal.com.

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