Call for Papers

[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
University of Zadar
Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV. br 2
23000 Zadar

Call for Papers
(Thematic Issue)

Otherness as a Social and Cultural Determinant of the Past, the Present and the Future

Since the 1970s, in the humanities of Western Europe and North America, Othering has had an important place as a research approach to identity and intergroup relations so much so that today it is an inescapable point of academic discourse (Säid, Lacan, Foucault, Lévinas). However, the need to once again employ this approach is particularly important in the wake of present refugee crises, the spread of epidemics and natural disasters that alter the economic, political and cultural map of the world. In these new geopolitical constellations, understanding the other/Other becomes imperative. Beyond the series of existing anthropological theoretical models of identity formation, its basic connections undoubtedly shape situational and social constructions and lead to the confrontation with the other/Other. The latter is clearly present in the enduring dynamics between dominance and subjugation, be it physical or mental, real or imagined. Moreover, throughout history, under the guise of moral obligation, such dynamics have given birth to basic driving forces of exclusion, stereotypization, monopolization, dehumanization, indifference, termination. At the same time, cultural translation between Us and the other/Other occasionally leads to transculturation as well as possible acculturation, deculturation or cultural appropriation. In this context, recognizing the other/Other, Otherness and Othering, in the past as well as in the present, is an essential tool for understanding one’s own identity.

Recognizing that the topic can be explored through an interdisciplinary approach i.e. through theoretical, epistemological and methodological articulation not only from the aspect of history and cultural anthropology, but also from the perspective of folklore, psychoanalysis and literature, we invite researchers to submit papers that give insight into the ways in which the models of Otherness shape society and culture as well as construct identities.

The list of welcome topics includes (but is not limited to):

  • Us and the other/Other in the past, present and the future
  • The Other in literature and the literary Other
  • Demonizing the other/Other in the past and the present
  • The fear of the elusive, unknown and misunderstood other/Other
  • The migrants and the other/Other
  • Othering and the Unconscious
  • Religious, national, ethnical, racial, generic other/Other
  • Otherness and the stigmatization of the sick (COVID-19 pandemic, etc.)

[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation invites submissions for the upcoming thematic issue. We accept:

original research papers: 5,000 to 7,000 words

Submission implies that the work has not been published previously and that its publication is approved by all authors. By submitting a manuscript to [sic], the authors acknowledge that the manuscript is original and entirely the result of work of the author or authors. The ownership and rights of works submitted and published in [sic] shall reside with the author(s). However, [sic] reserves the primary right of publication.

Submission Process

All manuscripts should be submitted by email attachment to [sic] accepts submissions in English or Croatian. Manuscripts must be computer typed and saved in .doc or .docx formats (Times New Roman, letter size 12 points, double spaced, fully paginated). Please attach to every submission a covering letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.

Research Papers

All submitted research papers should contain:

title page with full title and subtitle (if any)

For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full contact details plus short biographical note (up to 150 words) should be supplied in a separate file. Please ensure that you have anonymized the script throughout, deleting self-references until after the review process is complete.

abstract of 100-150 words

up to 10 key words

main text and word count – submissions must not exceed a total of 7,000 words, including abstract, main text, notes, all references and author’s short biographical note

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere (all quotations, titles, names, and dates should be double-checked for accuracy).

Citing and Formatting

Authors are responsible for ensuring that manuscripts are accurately typed before final submission. Manuscripts may be returned to the author if they do not follow the basic guidelines of the house style. The house style for [sic] is based on MLA (Modern Language Association, 2016 Edition) Style ( Authors will receive proofs of their manuscripts and be asked to send corrections to the editors within 3 weeks. Submissions are subject to editing and styling that complies with the journal's standards. Submitted manuscripts are not returned to authors. The journal does not pay contributors.

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Submission Process should be sent to the journal’s editors at:

Submission deadline: January 31st, 2021