Philament 24: Peripherality

Edited by Ben Eldridge

The twenty-first century has seen the general devaluation of the humanities at the same time as it has witnessed a proliferation of intellectual endeavour not clearly connected to actual social change. This is a worrying trend. For volume 24, Philament encourages contributors to interrogate liminal spaces within and between disciplines, locales, and temporalities, and to focus on the value of our contemporary work in the humanities—and particularly work that appears at the peripheries.

The term peripherality signals the condition of subsisting at the margins or on a periphery. And yet, the word is also nebulous: it can mark the limit of an idea (through the setting of specific boundaries) or serve to liberate knowledge (by recognising the non-hegemonic). Peripherality is thus a transgressive concept. It may refer to a threshold or connote a marginal quality that can be harnessed, both in 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: 10 August, 2018.

Philament 24 will be produced over two issues: an Autumn issue (no.1, June 2018) and a Spring issue (no. 2, September, 2018). The Autumn issue has now been published here. The above Call for Papers is still open for the Spring issue — the deadline is 10 August, 2018.

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.

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.