Call for Papers

Call for Papers

eSharp, Issue 27 (Summer 2019), ‘Trans-’

Postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers are invited to submit an article for possible inclusion in the next issue of the eSharp journal on the theme of ‘Trans-’.


Abstracts: Friday, 18 January 2019
Full Paper: Thursday, 28 February 2019

eSharp is an international online journal for postgraduate research in the Arts, Humanities, Social and Political Sciences and in Education. Based at the University of Glasgow and run entirely by postgraduate students, it aims to provide a critical but supportive entry into the realm of academic publishing for emerging academics. Papers will be blind reviewed by two peers before publication.


Transitions, Transformations, ‘Trans’ Narratives

The Oxford English Dictionary describes the prefix ‘Trans-’ as ‘across, through, to or on the other side of, beyond, outside of, from one place, person, thing or state to another’. In the 27th issue of eSharp, we will investigate the deconstruction of the seal between normative categories, be they be academic disciplines, national identities and geographical definitions, or gender identities. Not only do we aim to review perceptions and experiences of realities, expanding our understanding of these various categories, but also to rethink the interaction of these pre-established notions. How and why did we formulate borders between the binary genders? What are the implications of physical frontiers, philosophically or politically? How does translation create a bridge between cultural constructs?

We particularly encourage contributors to take an interdisciplinary approach to their topic; to think not only about oppositions, but relationally, about continuums. This involves a method of cutting across fields of research, media and genres. We strongly encourage you to think about the concept related to ‘trans-’ as political, to rethink and question normativity and, perhaps, even to suggest new ways for perceiving and thinking the present and future. Ideas for topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Transmodernism, transmodernity
  • Transcendence
  • Transnationalism and borders
  • Transhuman: Human and machine
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Transcultural experiences
  • Translations and transliterations
  • Feminist and Gender Studies: Trans narratives
  • Periods of transition/transformation: Revolutions and Reformations
  • Transgressions: to a genre, a movement, etc.


We welcome contributions by PG students (Masters and PhD) working in any area of the Arts, Humanities, Social and Political Sciences or in Education. We also accept submissions from postdoctoral researchers within one year of completing their PhD.

Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words summarising your argument, and a list of 3-5 keywords to indicate the subject area of your article.

When contacting us, state your year of study, programme and shortly describe your research interests. Successful candidates will be notified by Monday 28 January, and may be asked to make the relevant editorial changes in order to qualify for publication within a specific time frame.

All articles should adhere to the word limit (4,000-6,000 words) and be submitted with a bibliography listing all works cited (not works consulted) by the 28th of February 2019. These should either be in doc/docx or RTF format.

A full list of guidelines and our style sheet is available at:

For all enquiries and comments please contact:

We are looking forward to hearing from you,

The Editors