Call for Blog Posts: Question: Essays and Art from the Humanities 

Issue #5: ‘Exchange’  - deadline 20th April 2020

Due to the disruption caused by the measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19, the release of Question Issue #5 (‘Exchange’) has sadly been postponed until September 2020.

With this in mind, the Question team are now re-opening submissions for the journal’s blog. Writers are invited to submit abstracts on the theme of ‘Exchange’ and are encouraged to interpret this theme as creatively as they wish. We welcome contributions from any Art or Humanities discipline, including (but by no means limited to) History, Literature, Philosophy, Archaeology, Modern Languages, Classics, Art, Music, Law, Theatre and Film. We are also keen to showcase creative writing and visual art on the same theme.

Some ideas for interpretations of ‘Exchange’ include:

● Exchange through literature, film and theatre

● Information/knowledge exchange (inside and outside of academia)

● Political, philosophical and ideological exchange

● Linguistic exchange

● Travel writing and letter writing

● Artistic and visual exchanges

● Intercultural dialogue and discourse analysis

● Translation, subtitling and adaptation as facilitators of exchange

● Public spaces as sites of exchange (e.g. museums, galleries, libraries, housing, festivals)

● Citizenship, migration and social exchange

● Global trade and exploitation

This call is open to any researcher within the AHRC South West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. However, it is particularly aimed at PhD students who have had research events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are keen to display their work on an alternative platform.

Examples of previous blog posts can be found here:

Submission guidelines

As Question is officially an SWW DTP-run journal, priority will be given to submissions from researchers from within the DTP community. External applicants are encouraged to contact the submissions team before submitting anything in order to discuss their proposal and assess the volume of submissions already received.

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length. They should aim to give editors a broad introduction to the chosen topic, the angle of the blog post and its links to the theme of ‘Exchange’.

Should your abstract be accepted, you will be assigned to a specific subject editor and asked to produce a draft of 500-1000 words. This will then be subject to a back-and-forth review process between the writer and editor until it is ready to post online.

Question applies the principle of ‘No Prior Knowledge’: all written submissions must be academically rigorous but written so as to be intelligible to a mainstream audience. Should your work be accepted, our subject editors will help you achieve this.

Please send abstracts to:

The deadline for abstracts is Monday 20 April 2020.

Call for Papers: Question: Essays and Art from the Humanities 

Issue #5: ‘Exchange’  - deadline 6th of January 2020

The interdisciplinary postgraduate journal Question invites submissions for its spring issue, due to be published in June 2020.

Question was founded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership and is circulated both institutionally and publicly, allowing specialists, non-specialists and the public alike to engage with its content. We encourage conversations across academic disciplines and with the wider reading community, sharing knowledge beyond traditional subject fields and gaining new insights as a result. We welcome a range of content, from academic articles, visual art, and creative writing, to video content and blogs. All disciplines in the humanities are accepted, including, but not limited to, English, Philosophy, Law, Media & TV, Theatre, History, Modern Languages, Archaeology and Classics. 

Theme: Exchange 

Question’s theme for Issue #5 is ‘Exchange’. Concepts of knowledge exchange are a constant feature in contemporary academia. Conferences, journals and symposia from every discipline facilitate the sharing of new ideas and arguments. In the wider world, however, understandings of ‘exchange’ are not limited to knowledge dissemination alone. 

Exchange can be cultural, bringing people into contact with new languages and forms of expression. In the arts, we witness cross-cultural communication through translated literature, film, music and theatre. Exchange can also be social, encompassing the movement of people and traditions across borders. Yet, at the same time, exchange can have an insidious element in the shape of economic exploitation, cultural appropriation or resistance to change. 

This issue of Question will be released in collaboration with the upcoming SWW DTP Research Festival, which is centred on the same theme. The editors are looking for submissions that interrogate existing definitions of exchange and will stimulate discussion that is inspired by, but not limited to, the following


● Engagement with the concept of exchange through literature, film and theatre 

● Information/knowledge exchange (inside and outside of academia) 

● Political, historical and ideological exchange 

● Communication and linguistic exchange 

● Travel writing and letter writing 

● Artistic and visual exchanges 

● Intercultural dialogue 

● Translation, subtitling and adaptation as facilitators of exchange 

● Public spaces as sites of exchange (e.g. museums, galleries, libraries, housing, festivals) 

● Citizenship, migration and social exchange 

● Global trade and exploitation 

● Political discourse analysis 


Question applies the principle of ‘No Prior Knowledge’: all formal essay submissions are academically rigorous, but written so as to be intelligible to a mainstream audience. Should your work be accepted, our team of discipline-specific editors will help you with this.

We welcome proposals for:


  1. Academic articles (2000 to 3000 words)

  2. Opinion pieces (500 to 1000 words)

  3. Reviews (up to 500 words)

  4. Original translations, translation commentaries or translation reviews (500 to 2000 words)

  5. Creative content, including poetry, fiction, and drama

  6. Visual content, including paintings, illustrations, photography

  7. Blog posts (500 to 1000 words)




Abstracts should be 250words (max.) for academic articles, translations and creative content. Blog submissions, reviews, commentaries and opinion pieces should be submitted in full (500-1000words max.).


Please submit your proposals to questionsubmissions@gmail.comno later than Friday 24thMay 2019. All proposals should include your name, home institution, primary subject and the title of your piece. All proposals will be considered anonymously. Provisionally accepted articles will then be subject to double-blind peer review. Provisionally accepted blog posts and creative content submissions will be reviewed anonymously by the subject editors.

Please note that the final version of your article will be peer-reviewed, and that we reserve the right to ask for further revisions or to refuse the article, depending on the outcome of the peer-review procedure.

Why submit to Question?
Questionis available in print across the South of England and Wales, as well as online at Existing agreements with commercial book-sellers and retailers, such as the London Review of Books Bookshop and Waterstones, mean that your work will be also widely available to non-specialist audiences and readers. 



Call for papers closes Monday, 6th January 2020. 

Authors should expect a response by Monday, 13th January 2020. 

Completed pieces to be submitted by Monday, 10th February. 

© 2017 by Question, ed. Gareth Mills and Tabitha Stanmore. Proudly sponsored by the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

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