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Call for Papers

Otherness: Essays and Studies 9.2

UPDATE:  We have extended the deadline until June 1, 2022. 

The peer-reviewed e-journal Otherness: Essays and Studies is now accepting submissions for its general issue, forthcoming Fall 2022.

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.

“To approach the Other in conversation is to welcome his expression, in which at each instant he overflows the idea a thought would carry away from it. It is therefore to receive from the Other beyond the capacity of the I, which means exactly: to have the idea of infinity. But it also means: to be taught.” 
― Emmanuel Levinas, 
Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority

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. 

In recent years, the concept has become even more salient, as boundaries become increasingly tested, identities challenged, and difference ever more powerfully promoted. As bell hooks reminds us, “when the dominant culture demands that the Other be offered as a sign that progressive political change is taking place … it invites a resurgence of essentialist cultural nationalism” (Black Looks 1992). With that resurgence, we find the discussion of otherness ever more important.  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, 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

Race, Otherness, and Mediated Representation

Cultural Appropriation, or The Commodification of the Other

Hybridity, Creolization, and the Global Other

Representations of Otherness in the Global South

Precarity, Otherness and Marginalization

Otherness and the Non-Human Animal

Ethics, Responsibility, and the Other

Memory, History, Trauma, and Otherness

Sexuality, Gender, the Body and the Other

Otherness, Phenomenology, and Lived Experience

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

Otherness and the ‘Post-Racial’

Political Otherness, Democracy, and the Post-Truth Era

Nationalism, Multiculturalism, and the Identity of the Other

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 (author-date) standards to the editor Matthias Stephan at otherness.research@gmail.com

The (new) deadline for submissions is June 1, 2022. (the deadline has been extended). 

General Submissions

Scholars are always welcome to submit articles within the scope of the journal for consideration for our next general issue.  We anticipate a specific CFP for a general issue to come out in the Spring of 2022.  

Please address any inquires to Matthias Stephan: otherness.research@gmail.com.