This peer reviewed online journal was inspired by the immense research productivity of recent collaborative projects undertaken by members of the Centre for Studies in Otherness. These have included conferences, seminars, special edition journal issues and a hard copy edited essay collection published in 2011.
Via ‘Otherness: Essays & Studies’, we seek to publish research articles from and across different academic disciplines that examine, in as many ways as possible, the concepts of otherness and alterity. As such, we now offer an outlet for the dissemination of such research into otherness and aim to provide an open and active forum for academic discussion. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study. We envisage that forthcoming issues of the journal will relate to topics within the context of Otherness studies and members and colleagues of the Centre are welcome to propose research ideas and themes for more focused studies.
Please keep an eye out on this website for upcoming calls for papers. For further information on the journal, please contact the editors at email@example.com.
The otherness of nonhuman animals is at the heart of the current, special issue that explores ways in which human conceptions of nonhumans rely on notions of alterity, and how such conceptions may also be challenged through new approaches to otherness and animal others.
While the concept of otherness is often considered in light of the human, its significance to human relations with the nonhuman should not be forgotten or underestimated. Indeed, as human relations to nature and nonhuman animals are the subjects of increasingly heated debate, their role in and for culture as well as the boundaries between the ‘human’ self and the ‘animal’ other should be continually interrogated and explored. How do our understandings of ‘animal’ alterity affect our ideas of humanity or our relation to that which is not human? What contribution can intersubjective approaches focusing on the nonhuman make to our understanding of the world? How are our views of human others tied to our perspectives on nonhuman ones? And how can studies into the nonhuman further our understanding of otherness and alterity? While the diverse essays and studies found in this issue stem from different disciplines and offer different approaches, it is the exploration of questions such as these that that they are nonetheless bound together.
Read the current issue here Otherness: Essays and Studies 5.2, September 2016
Re/shaping Otherness is the focus of the current, special issue that explores performative and theatrical representations of Otherness. Within the spaces of theatre and the performing arts, the differential bounds demarcating otherness, such as national, cultural, religious, socio-political, sexual, gender, and diasporic delineations, are continually and constantly dramatized, disrupted, negotiated, and redrawn.
In light of the heated debates on globalization and multiculturalism in recent years, new, heterogeneous inter- and cross-cultural approaches to fluid, migrant, hybrid, transcultural worlds have emerged. In this respect, the question of Otherness is vital to the quests that arise as a result of their emergence: How do we approach these new intersubjective and dialogical perspectives of identity-seeking, self-definition, indeed, community cohesion in such a milieu? In a world increasingly global yet local, uniform yet diversified, how do these perspectives complicate relations to and understandings of others and Otherness? How is the relationship between dominant and peripheral cultures, self and other, reflexively re-negotiated? In the following articles we will consider a surprisingly vast array of topics: most recurrent being embodiment, representation, participation, différance, act and reflection, and also methods of approach: ranging from theoretical analysis to essay-manifesto and performance-as-research methodology. This open and loosely waved narrative, offering philosophical, socio-cultural and artistic insights, also induces a series of quests related to Performing Arts being challenged with regards to its genre, role, socio-cultural-political involvement and responsivity/responsibility.
Read this recent issue here Otherness: Essays and Studies 5.1, Summer 2016