Philament 24: Peripherality

Edited by Ben Eldridge

In many ways, the twenty-first century has seen the general devaluation of the humanities at the same time as it has witnessed a proliferation of intellectual endeavours not resulting in any obvious progress or results. This is a worrying trend. For volume 24, Philament encourages contributors to interrogate the liminal spaces both within and between disciplines, locales, and temporalities. In so doing, the volume will aim to reaffirm the value of our contemporary work in the humanities—and particularly of humanities work that occurs or appears at the peripheries.

The term peripherality signals the condition of subsisting at the margins or on a periphery. However, the word periphery is itself a nebulous term that can serve to delimit an idea (through the setting of specific boundaries) or to liberate knowledge (by recognising the non-hegemonic). Peripherality is thus a transgressive concept: it refers to a threshold, and it connotes a marginal quality that can be harnessed in both positive and negative ways.

Increasingly, it seems that certain disciplinary structures in the humanities are becoming more and more peripheral. And in Australia, our own work and geographical position can often appear ancillary in nature. Being in the so-called antipodes may mean that our collective intellectual efforts are sidelined. In considering peripherality, this special volume of Philament seeks to directly confront the discursive limits of our own practices of knowledge construction. Can being sidelined also be productive? If so, how?

Through the lens of peripherality, it is hoped that this volume’s contributors may begin to reveal new ways in which we might erode the rigidity of disciplinary boundaries and enable a more constructive interdisciplinary dialogue.

About this CFP

Submissions deadline: 1 November 2017.


This is an open call for papers; any postgraduate or early-career scholar may submit a contribution. Please note, however, that this special volume of Philament arises out of a conference that took place at the University of Sydney in early 2017. As such, several submissions have already been invited (but not yet reviewed). In light of the number of submissions we may receive, we anticipate publishing two issues within this themed volume: i.e., Philament 24, nos. 1 and 2. Accordingly, we may extend the deadline for submissions following the publication of the first issue. Please contact us if you have any questions.

About Philament

Philament, the peer-reviewed, open access, online journal of arts and culture based at the University of Sydney, invites submissions from postgraduate students and early career academics for its twenty-third issue.

This special edition of Philament will publish scholarly articles on the above theme of up to 8,000 words, creative works of all kinds (“Excursions”) up to 2,500 words, and book reviews broadly relevant to the theme up to 2,000 words. Submissions should be original, not previously published, and not under consideration elsewhere. Scholarly articles must include endnotes and conform to our Submissions guidelines.