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Otherness: Essays and Studies

About the journal:

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 otherness.research@gmail.com.

See the members of the Editorial Board here

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Journal Issue: Otherness: Essays and Studies 7.2


The Centre for Studies in Otherness presents 'La Représentation de l'Autre/The Representation of the Other' a special issue of Otherness: Essays and Studies guest edited by Devika Vijayan and Miao Li of the University of Calgary


Travel is an essential part of every culture. Since the Middle Ages, much has been written about these cultural, religious, exploratory, or mercantile encounters in travel literature and fiction. These works represent a journey in space and time, a displacement and retreat leading to an ongoing reflection on the discovery of the Other, the encounter of difference, the nature and the role of the Other. In various humanistic disciplines, these encounters have usually been studied through dichotomous models (barbarians versus the civilized or East versus West). Writing about the Other also leads to a reflection about oneself, as identity and alterity are but two sides of the same coin. It is a symbiotic relationship in which one cannot exist without the other. So, what exactly do these terms, identity and alterity mean?

Read this special issue here Otherness: Essays and Studies 7.2, November 2019