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Beyond Borderlands is a forum for the artistic and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird.

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Call for Papers


Beyond Borderlands: A Critical Journal of the Weird, Paranormal, and Occult


Deadline: February 1st, 2014
 

Beyond Borderlands is an open, online, peer reviewed journal and a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird. Within our pages we hope to foster a conversation between academic approaches, contemporary practitioners, and artists and writers exploring these themes. We seek to create a shared space for these divergent perspectives, without compromising the methodological integrity or free creativity appropriate to each.
 

Since the early work of David Bloor, Harry Collins, and others involved with the strong programme in the sociology of scientific knowledge, scholars have increasingly come to see the importance of the principle of symmetry in their explanations of knowledge production and exchange. Anthropologists, such as David J. Hess and Stefan Helmreich, and historians, such as Heather Wolffram and Andreas Sommer, have been able to employ this principle to show how even in the modern period the weird, paranormal, and occult have continued to play a major role in science and society. The recognition that scientific knowledge is coproduced inspired by Bernard Lightman, Steven Epstein, and Sheila Jasanoff challenges scholars to consider the ways in which their own work interacts with society. This view encourages us as scholars to engage with the kind of multifaceted, multi-skilled community that Beyond Borderlands seeks to create.
 
We are particularly interested in soliciting submissions from historians, philosophers, sociologists, and anthropologists exploring these themes; especially graduate students who would benefit from the personable feedback provided by our peer reviewers, and from the mix of public and academic attention garnered by the journal.

Those interested may submit articles of approximately 4000 to 8000 words formatted according to the
Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition with citations as footnotes, as well as an abstract of approximately 250 words. We also seek to introduce readers to scholarship pertaining to weird, paranormal, and occult topics, while providing a guide for its interpretation through critical analysis and contextualization. To facilitate this we are also looking for knowledgeable commentators to submit academic reviews or blog-style articles between 1000 and 2500 words long.

The submission deadline for peer reviewed articles appearing in our January issue is September 1
st, and for our July issue is February 1st.  The deadline for reviews and blog-style articles appearing in our January issue is November 1st, and May 1st for our July issue.

 

Please send all submissions to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For further questions and clarifications, feel free to contact the editor at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Potential contributors may also want to visit our facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/BeyondBorderlands.