Representing Classical Music in the Twenty-First Century
Representing Classical Music in the Twenty-First Century

Published: 28/05/21

This Special Collection investigates contemporary artistic and media representation of classical music as well as representation in the classical music industry and considers how these various forms of representation intersect.

Museum Engagement as Speculative Design
Museum Engagement as Speculative Design

Published: 13/04/21

This collection explores ideas of audience engagement in relation to museums, drawing upon Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby’s idea that design speculations can promote discussion and debate, as well as proposing alternatives to the ways that things are now.

Reading in Ruins: Exploring Posthumanist Narrative Studies
Reading in Ruins: Exploring Posthumanist Narrative Studies

Published: 07/10/20

This collection explores modes of posthumanist reading, writing and analysis in productive tension with theoretical paradigms in the humanities in order to challenge traditional key concepts in the study of narrative such as author, reader, text, and meaning.

The Language of Perspective
The Language of Perspective

Published: 06/08/20

This special collection brings together some key insights on the topic of perspective-taking in narratives from the fields of narratology, cognitive linguistics, formal semantics, philosophy of language, and psycholinguistics.

Nancy Astor, Public Women and Gendered Political Culture in Interwar Britain
Nancy Astor, Public Women and Gendered Political Culture in Interwar Britain

Published: 06/07/20

2019 marked the centenary of Nancy Astor’s election to the British Parliament becoming the first woman to take her seat. This special collection considers the gendered political culture of the early C20th and prevailing attitudes towards women in politics.

The Working-Class Avant-Garde
The Working-Class Avant-Garde

Published: 10/03/20

This special collection examines the work of avant-garde writers and artists of working-class origin, with a particular focus on British figures of the twentieth century.

Colonialities in Dispute: Discourses on Colonialism and Race in the Spanish State
Colonialities in Dispute: Discourses on Colonialism and Race in the Spanish State

Published: 23/12/19

This Special Collection interrogates and explores the concealed colonial heritage of Spain, bringing together the debates and critical discourses currently taking place in the country around racism, colonial history, the “nation-state”, feminisms and LGTBIQ struggles.

Powering the Future: Energy Resources in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Powering the Future: Energy Resources in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Published: 13/09/19

This Special Collection registers the significance of the genres of science fiction and fantasy amid the rise of the Energy Humanities. A range of energy imaginaries are read in a variety of texts, forming a speculative array of futuristic energy systems and the transformed worlds they help create.

Writers and Intellectuals on Britain and Europe, 1918–2018
Writers and Intellectuals on Britain and Europe, 1918–2018

Published: 22/08/19

This Special Collection interrogates Britain’s relationship to Europe and the part played by writers and intellectuals in the on-going process of defining this relationship since 1918 in a range of articles across the disciplines of literary studies, linguistics, history and cultural studies.

Literature, Law and Psychoanalysis
Literature, Law and Psychoanalysis

Published: 25/07/19

This Special Collection interrogates and re-examines relationships between literature, law and psychoanalysis during the period 1890–1950. The collection brings together productive mixing of canonical and popular literature and also encourages interdisciplinary conversations between different fields of study.

Muslims in the Media
Muslims in the Media

Published: 27/05/19

This Special Collection analyses the textual and visual representations of Muslims and Islam in mainstream and social media, critically engaging with the extent to which such representations racialise Muslims and contribute to the social construction of a ‘Muslim problem’.

Encounters between Asian and Western Art in the 20th and 21st centuries: a liberating influence for Asia?
Encounters between Asian and Western Art in the 20th and 21st centuries: a liberating influence for Asia?

Published: 24/04/19

This Special Collection analyses Western Art in Asia, focussing especially on artists who gave themselves the mission of regenerating the nation by using Western Modern art as a template.

Waste: Disposability, Decay, and Depletion
Waste: Disposability, Decay, and Depletion

Published: 17/04/19

This Special Collection will make visible the untold story of waste by exploring its representations, both material and metaphorical, within contemporary culture, calling on related discourses from the arts, social sciences, medical humanities, and beyond.

Pride Revisited: Cinema, Activism and Re-Activation
Pride Revisited: Cinema, Activism and Re-Activation

Published: 07/03/19

This Special Collection examines the film Pride (2014), released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the 1984-5 UK Miners' Strike, and the interplay between the historical events it depicts, other representations of the Strike, and its present-day reception context.

New Approaches to Late Medieval Court Records
New Approaches to Late Medieval Court Records

Published: 21/02/19

This Special Collection considers the possibilities and challenges of using court records as insights into the premodern past. It showcases both the international character and thematic richness of these sources, while suggesting important new avenues of research.

Utopian Art and Literature from Modern India
Utopian Art and Literature from Modern India

Published: 13/11/18

This Special Collection builds on existing scholarly work on modern Indian utopian art and literature, such as Bagchi (Indian feminist utopia) and Mohan (utopia and the village in India), while taking new directions, notably giving attention to bhasha or vernacular literatures and film.

Right-Wing Populism and Mediated Activism: Creative Responses and Counter-Narratives
Right-Wing Populism and Mediated Activism: Creative Responses and Counter-Narratives

Published: 31/10/18

This Special Collection explores the dynamics of mediated activism, analyzing the co-constitutive relations between narratives propagated by right-wing populists, critical counter-narratives formulated to counter these strategies, and the media platforms that are entangled with these narratives.

Representing Climate: Local to Global
Representing Climate: Local to Global

Published: 08/10/18

This Special Collection combines approaches from environmental history and literary studies to examine how contemporary accounts of climate change negotiate the interrelations between sensory responses to local manifestations of climate on the one hand and more abstract concepts such as climate change on the other.

Cultivating Spheres: Agriculture, Technical Communication, and the Publics
Cultivating Spheres: Agriculture, Technical Communication, and the Publics

Published: 08/10/18

Cultivating Spheres: Agriculture, Technical Communication, and the Publics uses social sciences methodology to explore publicly-debated agricultural topics, revealing how best practices in technology-mediated technical communication constitute the digital humanities in action.

Freedom After Neoliberalism
Freedom After Neoliberalism

Published: 02/10/18

This Special Collection examines the ways in which twenty-first-century literature, film, and theory have sought to reimagine freedom beyond its limited conception in neoliberal theory and practice.

The Medieval Brain
The Medieval Brain

Published: 19/09/18

This Special Collection explores its central theme of "the medieval brain" from diverse perspectives. It aims to grapple with terminology, investigate medieval source material from new angles, combine unconventional disciplinary approaches, and spark debates around the theme.

New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies
New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies

Published: 25/04/18

This Special Collection showcases the state of the field for medieval water studies, teasing out salient themes and demonstrating possible futures for the field. Articles explore new multi- and inter-disciplinary water studies, contributing to the understanding of wider environmental humanities themes emerging from the study of water in the Middle Ages.

Remaking Collections
Remaking Collections

Published: 25/04/18

This Special Collection addresses emerging creative practices around digital collections. It aims to document current practice and theory through diverse case studies, articulating multidisciplinary understandings of the art, design, computing, heritage and humanities practices.

Imaginaries of the Future 02: Politics, Poetics, Place
Imaginaries of the Future 02: Politics, Poetics, Place

Published: 12/03/18

This Special Collection considers contested poetics of place through the prism of the expectant, the anticipatory, the Not-­Yet, and the utopian. It investigates the ways in which futures are (and have been) imagined, governed, projected, deferred and deterred through a variety of disciplinary formations; and explores the effects of competing ways of conceiving futurity.

Imaginaries of the Future 03: Utopia at the Border
Imaginaries of the Future 03: Utopia at the Border

Published: 12/03/18

This Special Collection examines the role of borders within the present historical moment, including national, regional, physical, electronic, cognitive, performative and cultural borders. Working within the utopian studies tradition, these articles consider how borders remain a key site of contestation and struggle.

Imaginaries of the Future 01: Bodies and Media
Imaginaries of the Future 01: Bodies and Media

Published: 12/03/18

This Special Collection considers the role that embodiment and mediation play in utopian studies within, against and beyond our present. Collectively, they suggest that entanglements of bodies and media (mediated bodies, embodied media) provide ways to rethink (and feel) the future through recollections, representations and retellings of pasts and abandoned alternatives.

Postcolonial Perspectives in Game Studies
Postcolonial Perspectives in Game Studies

Published: 31/01/18

This Special Collection brings questions of Postcolonialism to the forefront of game studies. An often underexplored and neglected area in the domain of studying both digital and analogue games, a critique of the (mis)representation of Orientalist attitudes, race, hybridity, notions of space and the fragmented postcolonial identities is urgently required.

Station Eleven and Twenty-First-Century Writing
Station Eleven and Twenty-First-Century Writing

Published: 31/01/18

Canadian author Emily St John Mandel’s award-winning 2014 novel Station Eleven has attracted enthusiastic critical responses. In this Special Collection, we explore Station Eleven's position within twenty-first-century writing, asking how the novel opens up questions about genre, politics, national literary traditions, popular culture, intermediality and prize culture.

#Agreement20
#Agreement20

Published: 17/01/18

April 2018 will see the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, the central protections of which are currently under threat from uncertainty over Brexit and the collapse of the Stormont Assembly. This Special Collection will discuss the impact and legacy of this Agreement on Northern Ireland's social, political and cultural life.

What’s Left? Marxism, Literature and Culture in the 21st Century
What’s Left? Marxism, Literature and Culture in the 21st Century

Published: 14/11/17

This Special Collection examines the role of Marxist approaches to analyses of literature and culture in the 21st Century. Moving beyond the post-structuralist concerns of identity, difference, representation, and language, the current ‘economic turn’ has led to a critical resurgence of Marxist criticism, which is analysed from a variety of approaches.

New Voices in Jewish-American Literature
New Voices in Jewish-American Literature

Published: 13/09/17

This Special Collection features articles on new voices in Jewish-American literature. Articles were invited that offered thematic or author-focused essays that share a fascination with the dynamism of the field, and that offer original perspectives on contemporary writers and works that have yet to receive significant critical attention.

Authors, Narratives, and Audiences in Medieval Saints’ Lives
Authors, Narratives, and Audiences in Medieval Saints’ Lives

Published: 31/05/17

This Special Collection focuses on the composition of saints' lives in medieval literature. The collection aims to bring the spotlight onto saints' lives as an exciting and innovative narrative medium and a means of communication in the Middle Ages.

From TV To Film
From TV To Film

Published: 05/04/17

This Special Collection considers the transition of popular television programmes to film. This process of adaptation not only relates to contemporary trends in film-making but was also recognised early on by Hollywood, when 'big screen' remakes heralded the popularity and prestige of TV successes.

American Literature & the Transnational Marketplace
American Literature & the Transnational Marketplace

Published: 22/06/16

This Special Collection is inspired by substantial changes over the past fifteen years in the way scholars have engaged with US literature and culture. The aim of the collection is to reflect on the history of international markets, copyright, and the book trade as shaping forces in American literature and culture.

Mnemosyne
Mnemosyne

Published: 31/05/16

This Special Collection takes its inspiration from Mnemosyne Atlas, by the art historian and cultural theorist Aby Warburg. Articles were invited to consider, in the spirit of Warburg’s Atlas, the use and reuse of images in art and art history, from antiquity to the present day.

Healing Gods, Heroes and Rituals in the Graeco-Roman World
Healing Gods, Heroes and Rituals in the Graeco-Roman World

Published: 10/05/16

This Special Collection examines how the study of ancient myths and cults within their socio-cultural context challenges traditionalist approaches to the history of religion. The articles offer new paths of inquiry that could help us to extract new data and shape a new interdisciplinarity in the research of the religions and cults of Antiquity.

The Abolition of the University
The Abolition of the University

Published: 18/02/16

This Special Collection seeks to consider the chequered history of the westernised university, to diagnose its embattled present, and to imagine its future. Cross-disciplinary articles were chosen from across the humanities and social sciences, as well as from the critical, creative and deviant work of educators and activists.