Intersections: Postgraduate Journal for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Staying Alive!

The second iteration of Intersections takes as its thematic focus the very idea of continuing, through an examination of sustainability. More than ever, we are particularly aware of that which is finite and that which is infinite.

But equally, everything is part of a plenum; the relentless tumble and fold of objects, structures, histories, materials and ideologies of every scale does and will continue apace.

What do we take forward, and how?

How can - or should - we transform or reform in the future using the experience that we have?

In accepting the momentum of transformation and destruction, humanity rationalises the guises for harm and hope in the best ways we know.

We are now accepting contributions for the 2019/20 journal on or around these questions and proposals.

Whatever your vantage point, you may not look the other way.

Who may submit

Intersections is a postgraduate journal for multidisciplinary exchange of research and practice at Ulster University.

It is an annual meeting place for - primarily - the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to share reviews, processes and theories emerging from current PhD and MA candidates and early career Researchers.

In this instance, and given this issues’ specific focus - this should be a conversation that includes us all - we also encourage appropriate cross-disciplinary responses (the format for which is outlined below) from other faculties which align with the journal’s ethos.

What to submit

Contributions may locate ideas of sustainability in theoretical, practical and historical contexts. We invite them in a range of forms, including (but not limited to):

  • Original research articles of up to 2,000 words
  • Literature reviews of up to 2,000 words
  • Original creative pieces (visual or literary)
  • Poster presentations
  • Critiques (book, conference, exhibition, etc.) of 500-1000 words

Peer reviewers will be recruited from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and all contributions, including those from other faculties, will be reviewed through that lens.

How to submit

Original articles, as well as presentations from conferences, seminars, symposiums, exhibitions, etc. are welcome, provided the work has not been previously published.

All submissions will undergo a blind peer review process.

Papers should be formatted as a word document, but do not include any information which would allow you to be identified as the author.

A second document containing your name, contact details, the title of your paper, a 200 word abstract, department, and your total word count should be attached separately. Images should be jpeg format at 300dpi, and no larger than 120x140mm.

Digital content may be linked via a university repository, such as PURE or ORCID.

All work should conform to Ulster University’s Harvard referencing guidelines

Please email your submissions to: before 9am, Monday 9th November 2020.

Call for Peer Reviewers

The Intersections editorial team are also currently seeking peer reviewers with an academic background affiliated with Ulster University.

The scope covers practice-based, theoretical, literature, creative-writing and historical research, across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Peer reviewers will be responsible for independently reading, scoring and providing timely, well written comments via a blind peer review process.

Peer Reviewer requirements

  • Subject area: peer reviewers should be from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty. This year’s theme invites dialogue from/with other faculties, though contributions will be viewed through an Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences lens.
  • Availability:  reviewers will be requested to participate in a training session in late November and should allow time for reading, scoring, developing comments.  Reviews will take place between November 2019 - January 2020.
  • Tools: each reviewer must have access to the Internet, a computer, and have the ability to interact within the web environment.
  • Quality of review: each reviewer must complete a detailed, objective, constructive, and timely reviewer report for a shared number of assigned applications. Supporting material and training will be provided.
To be considered as peer reviewer for this issue of Intersections, please send a supporting statement (max. 200 words) about your interest in the opportunity, and how it would benefit your professional development to before 9am, Monday 18 November 2019.

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