Special Issue: Research in the Humanities

Scheduled for publication in 2015

Submissions deadline: 31 December 2014


The editors invite submissions to a forthcoming special issue on the question of ‘research’ in the humanities today. What counts as research; what doesn’t; and who decides?

Does the traditional distinction between critical and creative work still hold?

Is creative work, or any form of non-traditional academic work (i.e. whatever doesn’t conform to a notion of the standard academic essay), quantifiable and measurable according to an idea of research modelled on a certain conception of science?

And who or what is humanities research for? What are its most appropriate or effective means of dissemination, and what kinds of effects might be expected of it once — if — it reaches its proposed destination?

The editors have begun to address these questions in earlier issues — see Briggs & Lucy, ‘Art as Research?’, for example — but there are many other possible responses.

Ctrl-Z welcomes contributions in a variety of forms, including:

  • Essays between 3,000 and 6,000 words
  • Reviews (books, films, exhibitions, performances, etc.), up to 2,000 words
  • Audio-visual texts
  • Short fiction/creative nonfiction between 3,000 and 6,000 words
  • Poetry

Contributors are encouraged to incorporate images in their work, and the journal favours multidisciplinary approaches.

For the journal’s preferred style of presentation, including referencing style, see previous issues.

Email submissions to the general editors.