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    Muslims in the Media

    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’.

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

    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.

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    Waste: Disposability, Decay, and Depletion

    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.

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    Pride Revisited: Cinema, Activism and Re-Activation

    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.

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    New Approaches to Late Medieval Court Records

    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.

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    Utopian Art and Literature from Modern India

    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.

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

    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.

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    Representing Climate: Local to Global

    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.

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    Cultivating Spheres: Agriculture, Technical Communication, and the Publics

    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.

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    Freedom After Neoliberalism

    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.

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    The Medieval Brain

    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.

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    Remaking Collections

    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.

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    New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies

    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.

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    Imaginaries of the Future 01: Bodies and Media

    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.

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    Imaginaries of the Future 02: Politics, Poetics, Place

    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.

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    Imaginaries of the Future 03: Utopia at the Border

    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.

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    Postcolonial Perspectives in Game Studies

    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.

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    Station Eleven and Twenty-First-Century Writing

    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.

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    #Agreement20

    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.

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

    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.

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    New Voices in Jewish-American Literature

    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.

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    Authors, Narratives, and Audiences in Medieval Saints’ Lives

    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.

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    From TV To Film

    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.

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    American Literature & the Transnational Marketplace

    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.

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    Mnemosyne

    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.

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

    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.

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    The Abolition of the University

    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.