Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events (Inaugural Issue)
Interstitiality, or the space between boundaries, is a dynamic site of transformation. In modern times, 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 (re)creation, hybridity, and contingency of modernity, as it unfolds for different places, agents, and forms of being.
For the inaugural edition of Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events, authors are invited to submit essays of any length 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 studies, philosophy, literary criticism, law, sociology, and cultural studies. We are especially interested in works that traverse multiple theoretical trajectories, including political theory, media archaeology, speculative philosophy, critical theory, posthumanism, and post-colonialism, 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 1,000 to 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.
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