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Jun 3, 2009, 2:30pm

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Experimental Scholarship

'The Wig: Journal of Experimental Scholarship' is currently seeking submissions for its debut issue. Specifically, we are looking for scholarship on art and philosophy that takes experimental form or explores non-traditional knowledges and ways of understanding. Possibilities include (but are not limited to):

* Verbal or visual collage
* Audio/visual scholarship
* Collaborative essays
* Manifestoes
* Irreverent review essays, interviews or festival/exhibition reports
* Articles whose forms enact alternative points of view
* Incorporations of everyday life
* Short shorts

Please note that we are not an academic journal, per se, though we do deal in scholarship. Do not send us the kinds of articles you would submit to traditional academic journals, or the sorts of papers written in graduate seminars. Rigorous thought need not always follow the same format. We’re also not a lit journal. So while we’re open to exploring the limits of truth, we don’t want your fiction, and we aren't looking for the next Baudelaire or Angelou.

If you think you’ve got what we’re looking for, send submissions and queries to Acceptable attachments include .doc or .tiff files. Please query before sending other types of files (e.g. video or audio files).

You may also respond to this thread with questions.


Nov 1, 2009, 10:41pm

Follow up to this call for submissions:

We're happy to announce the launch of the debut issue of The Wig: Journal of Experimental Scholarship.

This first issue features a rumination on the cyclicalilty of lived experience from Brian Evans, an interrogation of digital creators' preoccupation with the technical to the detriment of the personal from Jean Detheux, an investigation into celebrity death and fan experience by Caitlin Graham, a collage of surrealist research pastiched by Laura Ivins-Hulley, and a report on consumerism and disenchantment at the 2009 London Film and Comic Con from Martyn Conterio.

The Wig: Journal of Experimental Scholarship is a quarterly online journal founded on the principle that scholarship can and should come in a variety of formats. Through our academic training, we learn to present our thought in relatively inflexible formats that conform to expectations in our field and in the major scholarly journals. But what if our object of study exceeds the systemization of a journal essay? What if poetry and collage and interruption are necessary for the idea to take shape? So, we devote ourselves to providing a space where these excesses can find a home, where philosophy can bypass definition and emerge from life, where sudden eruptions into poetry might occur mid-sentence and practical jokes are welcome.

To subscribe to our mailing list and receive notification when a new issue is published, please send an email to with “Mailing List” in the subject line.

Also, we are still accepting submissions for upcoming issues, so if you have scholarship that exceeds that boundaries of traditional academia, please keep us in mind. Our submission guidelines can be found here.

Thank you for reading, watching, and listening,
The Wig Editors

Nov 22, 2009, 11:26am

Dear editors,

Thank you for your post. I read it with great interest, as I do all texts that articulate what I am still struggling to form into a familiar shape. I had two questions about your journal that I hope you won't mind me asking –
1. Is The Wig indexed with anyone?
2. Do you accept submissions from Masters students too?

Thank you

Nov 23, 2009, 12:44pm

No, we're not indexed with anyone. A bit new for that, and we're actively try to provide a non-institutional forum for alternative scholarship.

And yes, we accept submissions from everyone, including grad students, independent scholars and artists.

Glad of your interest!