Call for Papers

eSharp, Issue 29 (Summer 2021) - Call for Papers

Postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers are invited to submit an article for possible inclusion in the next issue of the eSharp journal on the theme of 'Boundaries'.


Abstracts: Friday 5 February 2021
Full paper: Monday 29 March 2021

eSharp is an international online journal for postgraduate research in the Arts, Humanities, Social and Political Sciences and 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 submitted to double-blind peer review.


A boundary is a dividing line which marks the limits of an area.  Boundaries can be examined in any discipline and in a wide range of historical contexts.  Some boundaries are restrcitions and social norms which limit individual freedom, such as boundaries formed along the lines of race and sexuality.  Other boundaries are markers and identifiers meant to determine belonging in a group or society, defining which characteristics are considered to be "normal".  Narratives that expose and critique the implicit boundaries in societycan be studied in this context.

Boundaries also exist in the forms of tradition and style, and in their worst expressions can stifle creativity.  Yet, as we have recently seen, adverse circumstances often force those boundaries to be expanded and broken down, leading to new opportunities as well as creative challenges.  It is the aim of many disciplines to overcome boundaries, including comparative literary study and interdisciplinary study, cross-cultural communication and conversation.

Boundaries can be explored in these ways and many others.  We therefore welcome proposals that explore the theme from the widest range of perspectives from any discipline within the Arts and Humanities.  Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Boundaries relating to identity, including the perspectives of race, feminism and intersectionality, sexuality, and gender
  • Philosophical boundaries, including questions of truth, morality, and what it means to be human
  • Boundaries considered from a historical perspective
  • Cultural boundaries, including perspectives of politics, social norms, religion, and migration
  • Boundaries in fine arts, both historical and contemporary
  • Boundaries in language and literature
  • The challenging of boundaries through collaboration and interdisciplinarity
  • The challenging of boundaries through protest, resistance, and social unrest


We welcome contributions by postgraduate students working in any area of the Arts, Humanities, Social and Political Sciences or 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.  Abstracts must be submitted to by Friday 5 February 2021.

When contacting us, state your year of study, programme and briefly describe your research interests.  Successful candidates will be notified by Monday 15 February and may be asked to make 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 29 March.  These should either be in doc/docx format or RTF format.

For all enquiries and comments please contact:

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Editors

Some helpful links:
How to submit an article to eSharp.
Our style guide.