Call for Papers

Otherness: Essays and Studies 6.2

The peer-reviewed e-journal Otherness: Essays and Studies is now accepting submissions for its general issue, forthcoming Summer 2018.

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.

‘The foreigner is neither a race nor a nation ... we are our own foreigners, we are divided.’

Julia Kristeva, Strangers to Ourselves

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.  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

Hybridity, Creolization, and the Global other

Memory, History, Trauma, and Otherness

Ethics, Responsibility, and the Other

Sexuality, Gender, the Body and the Other

Ambivalence and Otherness: Mimicry & Menace

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

Malignant Otherness: Madness/Sadness

Healing Otherness: Sanity & Suffering

Pathography: Voicing the Otherness of Pain

Otherness and the ‘Post-Racial’

Political Otherness and Democracy

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 standards to the editor Matthias Stephan at

The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 30, 2018.




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 general issue to come out in the Summer of 2018.  

Please address any inquires to