Category Archives: Journals

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities

The MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association) is looking for a second postgraduate editor for its online journal, MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities. Working Papers was launched in 2006 and is aimed at early career researchers and postgraduates.

The successful applicant will serve as a second postgraduate representative to the MHRA Executive Committee, attending three committee meetings per year in London and advising on postgraduate matters. The position will also involve an element of conference organisation. For further information about the work of the MHRA.

This position starts in January 2017 and ends in December 2018. Whilst unpaid, it offers invaluable experience in the world of academic publishing, as well as representing a chance to work constructively for the future of the Humanities more broadly. Applications are welcome from postgraduates working in any of the ‘modern humanities’, defined as relating to the modern and medieval languages, literatures and cultures of Europe (including English and the Slavonic languages, and the cultures of the European diaspora).

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter (in a single Word file, please), together with a letter of support from their supervisor, as email attachments to Mrs Ann Keith, Assistant Secretary, by 5 December 2016. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be addressed to the current representative, Eleanor Dobson.

CFP: Skepsi, ‘Borders’

Skepsi: Call for Articles, ‘Borders’

Skepsi is an online interdisciplinary peer reviewed research journal, now in its ninth year, run by postgraduate students of the University of Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) and funded by the University of Kent.

Following the recent success of our interdisciplinary conference on ‘Borders’, held at the University of Kent in May 2016, we are calling for contributions on the same theme to a future issue of Skepsi to be published summer 2017.

Thor Heyerdahl, widely known for his Kon-Tiki expedition, is said to have once remarked, ‘Borders? I have never seen one, but I have heard that they exist in the mind of some people’. Arguably, Heyerdahl might be mistaken for questioning the existence of borders, yet his statement nonetheless draws attention to some highly interesting and controversial questions: What exactly are borders and on what necessary, legal and ethical grounds do we build them — and where? These questions seem particularly relevant today, as the European Union is facing the so-called migrant ‘crisis’, and with Daesh’s auto-proclamation of an Islamic State.

It is, thus, not surprising that academic interest in borders is on the increase. Over the last decades the topic has been developing into a new interdisciplinary field of research drawing together scholars from the social sciences and humanities. Border studies notably look at the historical, anthropological, sociological, and geopolitical aspects of borders ‘in the quest to understand the changing nature of territory, power, governance, and identity within both national and more global frames of reference’ (Wilson & Donnan: 20–21).

Topics may include but are not limited to:

 European Borders and the Refugee Crisis

 Shifting Borders, Territory and Partition

 The Frontier

 Security and Conflict

 Globalisation vs. National State

 Colonialism and New Imperialism

 Mobility, Migration and Multicultural Societies

 Borders and (national/sexual/racial) Identity

 Performativity

 Crossing Borders

 The Impact of Borders on Literature and their Literary Representation

 The Representation of Borders in the Arts

 Borders and Language(s)

 Physical Boundaries and the Self

 Psychological Aspects of Borders and Boundaries

Submissions are invited from academic staff, postgraduate students and independent scholars. Articles will be selected by the Board after peer review and published in a forthcoming issue of the journal, to be published in summer 2017.

Articles, which should not exceed 6,000 words, should be sent together with an abstract of about 250 words and brief biographical details about the author to:

The deadline for submission is 31 October 2016.

Skepsi is an online interdisciplinary peer reviewed research journal, now in its ninth year, run by postgraduate students of the University of Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages and funded by the University of Kent.


Skepsi Call for Peer Reviewers

Skepsi is currently looking for peer reviewers in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences.

All of the articles submitted to Skepsi are double-blind peer reviewed (the peer review will be blind both for the author and the peer-reviewer). Peer reviewers read and give anonymous feedback on the style, presentation, originality, scholarly merits, of the academic articles in their field of study.

The peer reviewing system guarantees the quality and the originality of the material published in the journal.

For more details on becoming a peer reviewer, please see the page here.

CFP: The Wenshan Review, Special Issue on Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations

The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, Vol. 11. No. 2 (June 2018)

Special Issue: Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations, 1776 to the Present

Guest Editors: Dr Li-hsin Hsu (National Chengchi University, Taiwan) and Dr Andrew Taylor (University of Edinburgh, UK)


This special issue seeks essays of 6,000 to 10,000 words engaged in debate around historical, cultural and literary issues in the Atlantic World. Whilst national narratives have often sought to assert the truth of universal values, a more self-conscious focus upon the methodological framework of the transnational Atlantic world concerns itself explicitly with ways in which diverse and competing local or national paradigms might contest the kinds of ideological assumptions that underwrite narratives of progress, civilisation and modernity.

The editors are keen to receive submissions that explore what happens when the assumptions of a nationalistic model of doing literary and cultural criticism, in which geography is allegorised as the autonomous locus of all possible meaning, are challenged by forms of encounter and contagion that disrupt and expand our frames of interpretation. How might the Atlantic space map a series of textual disruptions and contagions during the period? In what ways does transatlanticism open up possibilities for thinking about literary comparison as a critical practice? How do the crossings of people, objects and ideas complicate our sense of literary and intellectual inheritance? What kinds of relationship does the Atlantic world have with other spatial paradigms—the Pacific, the Orient, Australasia? The essays in this special issue seek to explore the meshed networks of interaction—aesthetic, ideological, material—that constitute the space of Atlantic exchange. This, we hope, will result in a wide-ranging, geographically diverse collection that displays much of the best research being undertaken in this exciting and vibrant field.

Possible areas of interest may include, but are not limited to:
– Ecology and landscape
– Migration and travel
– Nature and nation
– Asia/Orientalism and transatlanticism
– Social reform
– Class and conflict
– Gender and sexuality
– Art and aesthetics
– Slavery and empire
– Science and technology
– Nationalism and cosmopolitanism


Articled are to be submitted online by 30 June 2017. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Li-hsin Hsu is Assistant Professor of English at National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan. She holds a PhD in Transatlantic Romanticism from the University of Edinburgh and specialises in transatlantic studies, ecocriticism, and Orientalism. She received the 2014 Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) Scholar in Amherst Award and has published in journals such as Symbiosis: A Transatlantic Journal and The Emily Dickinson Journal.

Andrew Taylor is Senior Lecturer and Head of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He specialises in 19th- and 20th-century North American literature and intellectual history, and has an interest in the intersection of historiography and contemporary American fiction. He’s the author of Henry James and the Father Question (Cambridge UP, 2002), Thinking America: New England Intellectuals and the Varieties of American Experience (U of New Hampshire P, 2010), and co-author of Thomas Pynchon (Manchester UP, 2013). He’s the co-editor of several books including Transatlantic Literary Studies: A Reader (Johns Hopkins UP, 2007), Stanley Cavell: Literature, Philosophy, Criticism (Manchester UP, 2012), and Stanley Cavell, Literature and Film: The Idea of America (Routledge, 2013). An awardee of the Leverhulme Trust Project Grant, Dr Taylor is a series editor of the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Atlantic Literatures and Cultures, published by Edinburgh UP.
*The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture ( is a Scopus-indexed journal of interdisciplinary nature based in the Department of English, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan. 

Transnational Magazine Looking for Translators

The Transnational Magazine is looking for translators, preferably MA or PhD students who intend to work as professional translators later on. The Transnational is a bilingual literature magazine and focuses on political and socio-critical poetry and essays. An interest in these areas and a good command of German (the ability to translate from English into German) is desirable.

Informal enquiries and applications should be sent to

Visit the website for further information.

Contributions Invited for 2015 volume of the Kremenets Comparative Studies

Contributions are invited for the 2015 volume of the Kremenets Comparative Studies published by the Department of Foreign Languages at Taras Shevchenko Regional Humanitarian Pedagogical Institute of Kremenets, Ukraine.

The aim of the journal is to unite literary critics in order to exchange opinions on modern research of the literary phenomena in comparative aspect. 

Deadline for submission is 1 June 2015. See the call for papers for details.