In the modern era and accelerating in the age of Trump and Brexit, interstitiality, or the space between one boundary and the next, has become an urgent area of investigation. Existing within and between entities, interstices challenge conventional understandings of boundedness, inviting us to rethink the space between objects and ideas as an erupting site of transformation. From this view, rigid divisions can no longer be taken for granted, whether political (as in the case of national borders) or scholarly (such as the emphasis on discrete academic disciplines). Instead, theoretical scholarship must think through the continual creation, re-creation, and hybridity that inform the tempo of modern times, while accounting for the contingent impact of individual actors upon one another in the unfolding of modernity as an event.
Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events invites authors to submit essays (5,000 to 8,000 words) on the myriad manifestations of interstitiality birthed by modern events, especially those that resist the regressive politics of the early 21st Century. Situated within a post-disciplinary academic framework, we welcome submissions from any field, including political theory, philosophy, literary studies, law, sociology, and cultural studies. We are especially interested in works that traverse multiple theoretical trajectories, including media archaeology, literary criticism, speculative philosophy, critical theory, game and film studies, posthumanism, new historicism, post-colonialism, and political aesthetics, among others. Potential topics might include:
- How is the line between human and nonhuman being blurred by speculative philosophy and posthumanism, and what how might this challenge our understanding of climate change and the anthropocene?
- How is political space being re-mapped, if at all, by the politics of (in)security, including policies about and attitudes toward immigration?
- In what ways might media studies theorize interstitial space, particularly with regard to new media, emergent technology, and gaming?
- What liminal or transformative textual practices are at play in today’s political climate, and how might this impact imagined communities?
- Within what interstices do so-called “queer” sexualities unfold and what challenges do they pose for predominant means of social and moral ordering?
- What ways of democratizing education and the university might have purchase, and how might this redirect the production of knowledge(s)?
- How can modern political protests, like Black Lives Matter or the Women’s March on Washington, be thought of as contesting, re-creating, or hybridizing sovereign power, especially at the level of everyday life?
- Are there ways of questioning politics or ordering global society beyond traditional understandings of the state?
- How might we problematize socioeconomic inequality, power, or governmentality from a post-postmodern position, in which we update and move beyond canonical critiques?
Interstitial Journal will also consider submissions on topics unrelated to interstitiality, but still within the orbit of modern culture and events. Additionally, we accept reviews (approximately 2,000 words) of recently published theoretical works, “flash theory” (no more than 250 words) interrogations of current events, and multimedia submissions (videos no more than 15 minutes in length) for “INTERMix.” Queries about the relevance of a given topic or potential review are encouraged. Submissions are considered and accepted year-round on a rolling basis. All inquiries and submissions should be sent to the editors at email@example.com.