CfP Volume 3, Issue 1: Sensing Encounters, Encountering Senses

The discipline of humanities is informed by perception and our ability to sense: to see, to touch, to smell, to hear, and to taste. These senses are what allows us to make sense of the world.  For the upcoming issue of Junctions, we invite submissions on ‘Sensing Encounters, Encountering Senses’. Bodily senses –or bodily perception– are the building blocks of observation and consumption of environment. Senses are interconnected and can be stimulated accordingly, such as by braille and synaesthesia. Different modes of perception nuance constructions of reality and historical experience. Perceptions can furthermore shape a ‘sense of belonging’, of identity and can inform political actions. Then, making sense of the world results in interpreting ideological, historical, and phenomenological encounters unique to the observer and participants. How can these encounters of objects, cultures, and experiences –ranging from perceptions of artwork and music, to migration or even drugs– describe our relationships within the public sphere? How do our senses construct intimacy and vulnerability within society?

Junctions: Graduate Journal of the Humanities invites RMA students to submit articles for the next issue of the journal, a special issue on the theme of ‘Sensing Encounters, Encountering Senses’Junctions welcomes papers and book reviews addressing the theme from all disciplines within the Humanities. We especially welcome creative papers dealing with issues of construction, perception, and reception of reality; bodily perception of art; new and old communities; nations-building; and language. We have deliberately left this theme open to interpretation in order to encourage students to imaginatively define the subject according to their own field of study and expertise.

Junctions aims to connect the different disciplines of the Humanities by collecting disciplinary and interdisciplinary texts so that they are accessible to readers from across the Humanities. This gives you the opportunity to gain publishing, editing and reviewing experience which will be important in your future career. Therefore, everyone who submits their article to Junctions will get feedback from our reviewers and if your work is selected for publication, the editors will guide you through the different stages of editing in order to produce a professional article to begin your academic CV. As such, submitting to Junctions is an opportunity for you to learn about the publishing process and for your work to reach an audience outside of your discipline and peer group.

Please send a digital copy of the complete manuscript following the guidelines provided by Junctions at in Chicago author-date referencing style to by November 17th, 2017. After a double-blind reviewing process, accepted articles will undergo a revision process which will conclude with the publication of the journal issue. Should you have any questions regarding the Call for Papers, or want some advice, we will hold a Q&A session, date to be announced. Please let us know if you wish to participate in such a Q&A.

Important Dates:

  • TBA: Call for papers Q&A
  • 17 November 2017: deadline manuscript
  • 10 January 2018: notification of acceptance
  • 26 January 2018: deadline first revision
  • 2 March 2018: deadline final revision

Submission length is 3500-5000 words for original articles, and 750-1500 words for book reviews. Submissions should engage with scholarly literature of the appropriate discipline and clearly identify its contribution to the field. Please omit references to the author in manuscripts to ensure anonymous reviews. The journal does not accept manuscripts previously published by or simultaneously submitted to other publication venues. Please contact with any questions.

Please download the full CfP here.

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Junctions Volume 2 Issue 2

Welcome to issue two of the 2nd volume of Junctions! This issue explores Imaginaries Futures and provides provide a critical reflection of past ‘imaginings’, such as analyses of dystopian literature, preservation of heritage and influence of technology on social relations.

The cover image shows “Children at the Sea” by well-known Dutch photographer Willem van de Poll, which is, ironically, ‘undated’. It shows a younger generation looking into the unknown, the sea that cannot yet be conquered by the subject nor seen in the photograph. In this manner, the photograph visualizes this Junctions issue as encompassing the variety of imagining the futures. Whatever the future might entail, what ties the articles together is primarily the process of looking at the future rather than the content on the imagined futures. Accordingly, the special issue ‘Imaginaries of the Future’ holds a tension in its phrasing. The word ‘imaginaries’ holds the connotation of fiction, implying existence only in the minds of their creators, whereas there is a connotation of fact when it comes to ‘future’, which describes that which is not yet real, but will be.

We would like to thank all the members of the Editorial Board and all the peer reviewers for their time and efforts in shaping the issue. Without you, there would be no journal. We are especially thankful to Junctions founder Stephanie de Smale, who is stepping down as Editor-in-Chief with this issue after two successful years.

‘Imagining the future’ of Junctions without you is difficult, but we will do our very best to continue with as much dedication and creativity as you have!

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Junctions Volume 2 Issue 1

Our second issue is finally here!

We are proud to present our second issue on Experiments. The articles that this issue presents, offer multiple views on what is an ‘experiment’, be it artistic, scientific or methodological. We hope you appreciate how intelligently our authors have approached a difficult and ethereal topic.

We would like to thank our authors Mathilde Theelen, Aideen O’ Shaughnessy, Veerle Spronck, Danae Kleida, & Christian Sancto for contributing to this issue, and our editors and reviewers for all their hard work and for making this issue possible.


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CfP Issue 3: Imaginaries of the Future

*Extended Manuscript Deadline: April 9 2017*

Attention future scholars! The Call for Papers for Issue 3 is open, and the theme is “Imaginaries of the Future,” downloadable here. In order to encourage submissions from all humanities disciplines, the theme of the issue has been left broad, and students should feel confident to interpret it imaginatively. As inspiration, we offer the following subjects as examples of how the theme ‘Imaginaries of the Future’ can be made relevant to different fields:

  • Mass-culture: contemporary changes in technology, thought, discourse, power structure, approach to the concept of change and the type of responsibility we feel towards the future
  • Temporality: problematizing the linear temporal relationship between past, present and future
    The digital revolution: new media and media technology, gamification, globalization, and the changing social and digital interface
  • Identity politics: post-colonialism, diversifying views on gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, human rights and minority identities
  • Post-humanism: cyborg hybridization, artificial intelligence, re-conceptualizing the definition of human beings, or of being-human
  • Material economics: growth vs. de-growth, sustainability, sharing economy, approaches to ecology and climate-change, shifts in governmental and economical practices and/or policies
  • Art and history: changing modes of representation, experience, narrative structures in various forms, changes in our experience of time and visions of the future
  • Spatiality: design of urban spaces, approaches to natural and artificial environment

The issue follows the theme of 2017’s 3rd Humanities Student Conference and this year’s Humanities Lecture Series, and we welcome both articles based upon papers delivered at this year’s conference, and original submissions from RMA humanities students, as well as reviews of books related to the theme ‘Imaginaries of the Future’. We warmly invite speakers of the conference to submit to Junctions, however, we strongly welcome other students to submit to Junctions.

Important dates
– 8th March 2017 16:00 – 18:00, Muntstraat 2a, Room 0.04: Call for Papers Q&A
– 26th March 2017: deadline manuscript extended deadline manuscript: April 9 2017
– 21th May 2017: notification of acceptance
– 14th June 2017: deadline first revision
– 16th July 2017: deadline second revision

Please download the full CfP here.

Stay tuned for more information on our website, Facebook, and Twitter!

Hannah Ackermans, Christopher Berrisford, and Stephanie de Smale
Managing editor, and editors-in-chief


Dear all,

Thank you very much for all your submissions!

We are very happy with the number of submissions and the variety of fields represented in the submissions.

All submissions have been through a basic review to ensure all basic requirements, such as correct referencing style, word count, etc.

Now we are getting ready to move to the next phase of sending all submissions to our peer reviewers.

We will send out our acceptances and rejections on January 20, 2017.

Hannah Ackermans
Managing Editor Junctions


Time for an update! The Call for Papers for Issue 2 is open, we are very happy with the number of people expressing interest in writing for Junctions and we look forward to your submissions. In the mean time, we are already planning for Issue 3.  Christopher Berrisford and I met up with Jessie Wei-Hsuan Chen, the chair of the Humanities Student Conference Committee. We are happy to announce that, as with issue 1, Junctions will team up with the conference to create an issue on the same theme! Junctions and the Student Conference are both run by and for graduate students to provide a stepping-stone for these students to take their first steps towards presenting and publishing their academic work. Participating in both the conference and Junctions will get you the full academic experience!

The theme of this year’s Humanities Lectures and Student Conference will be “Imaginaries of the Future”. The Student Conference has already published their Call for Papers. We will publish our Call for Papers on the same theme early 2017, and we warmly invite speakers of the conference to submit to Junctions. Please note that a place in the conference does not guarantee a publication in Junctions. However, our deadline will be placed after the conference, giving speakers the opportunity to improve their papers based on the feedback and new inspiration they receive in response to their presentation. People who do not speak at the conference are naturally also be eligible to submit to Junctions.

Stay tuned for more information on our website, Facebook, and Twitter!

Hannah Ackermans
Managing Editor Junctions

The First Issue + New CfP


We did it!! Welcome to the inaugural issue of Junctions: Graduate Journal of the Humanities, an open source peer-reviewed academic graduate journal published twice yearly. Junctions aims to serve as a forum for multi- and interdisciplinary discussions across the Humanities, providing graduate students with the opportunity to disseminate their research to a diverse audience of peers and scholars. Often, the papers we write in our research master will only be read by our professors, save for a proofreading by a peer. With Junctions we aim in each issue to bring together a wide range of articles showcasing the diversity of the Humanities, and to guide our authors to make their work accessible to a broad scholarly audience within the Humanities.

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Time for a Junctions update!

Hello everyone,

Time for a Junctions update! Our Call for Papers is out and the submissions have begun rolling in! I’m not at liberty to say the exact number, but l can tell you that we are all very pleased with the response so far. Article and book review submissions will continue to be accepted through May 9th, 2016, which is right around the corner, so don’t delay! Read more