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Open Cultural Studies

Editor-in-Chief: Miller, Toby

1 Issue per year


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    CALLS FOR PAPERS 2017 (please note that the deadline for sending full papers has been extended to 30.06.2017 for all calls):


    Open Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal that explores the fields of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in different institutional, geographical and historical contexts. It interprets culture in an inclusive sense, which is reflected in the broad scope of the journal.

    Open Cultural Studies promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of culture and welcomes contributions from different sub-disciplines such as the fine arts, aesthetics, sociology, anthropology, political science, and regional studies, to mention just a few. Editors also encourage submissions from a variety of methodological approaches, such as cultural studies, critical theory, feminist perspectives, gender and queer studies, poststructuralism, postmodernism, postcolonialism, political and social criticism, diaspora studies, ecology, religious studies etc.

    Open Cultural Studies has a particular interest in disseminating high quality research from emerging fields of cultural studies, such as posthumanism, animal, plant or thing studies. We invite researchers, academics, teachers, practitioners and educators to submit proposals of thematic issues dealing with a wide range of subjects.
    These include:

    • History & Memory,
    • Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian culture & many others,
    • Popular culture,
    • Youth cultures & subcultures,
    • Visual culture,
    • Photography & film,
    • Ethnic cultures,
    • Comparative Literature,
    • Media and communication,
    • Architecture and urban studies,
    • Multiculturalism, inter- and trans-culturalism,
    • Gender, lesbian, gay and queer studies,
    • Music & dance,
    • Theatre & performance,
    • Culture & education,
    • Regional cultural studies.

    Aims and Scope

    Open Cultural Studies is an international journal that publishes research articles of established and emerging scholars. The journal aims to bring together scholars working in various disciplines related to culture, as well as practitioners – writers, artists, critics and curators – in short, all people connected with the “production” and analysis of culture.

    Why submit

    Open Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, which means that contributions can easily achieve worldwide readership. The papers accepted for publication are posted on the website all year around, without the necessity to wait for the completion of the whole issue.

    Call for submissions of proposals for thematic issues

    This call for thematic issues invites submissions from a wide variety of fields related to culture, not limited to any region, sub-field or methodology. It construes its area in broad terms that accommodate interregional, interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives, along with topical regional and local concerns.

    We encourage submissions pertaining to literary, cinematic, theatrical, architectural and musical expressions, as well as mass media, popular culture and subcultures in all their varieties. Emerging research fields whose scope exceeds narrower disciplinary definitions mentioned earlier are particularly welcome within this editorial initiative.

    Accepted issues will be published in 2017. At the time of proposal submission, an issue does not have to be complete. Articles submitted to a given issue will be entered into each volume on a rolling basis as they are approved by the guest Editor-in-Chief who has prepared the call for a thematic issue.

    Authors publishing in the special 2017 issue will benefit from:

    • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,
    • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open’s e-technology,
    • no publication fees,
    • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.


    Type of Publication:

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors

    Please read our licence and instruction files.

    Prospective editors are kindly asked to contact Managing Editor Dr. Izabella Penier at izabella.penier@degruyteropen.com. All authors wishing to submit an article, please use the online submission system: http://www.editorialmanager.com/culture.

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    Abstracting & Indexing

    Open Cultural Studies is covered by the following services:

    • Baidu Scholar
    • Celdes
    • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
    • CNPIEC
    • EBSCO Discovery Service
    • Google Scholar
    • J-Gate
    • KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
    • Naviga (Softweco)
    • Primo Central (ExLibris)
    • ReadCube
    • Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
    • TDNet
    • WanFang Data
    • WorldCat (OCLC)

    Editorial Information

    Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside, USA

    Managing Editor:
    Izabella Penier, Izabella.Penier@degruyteropen.com

    Editorial Advisory Board:
    Deeptha Achar, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India
    Ece Algan, California State University,  USA
    Juan-Antonio Álvarez-Pedrosa, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
    Jesús Arroyave Cabrera, Universidad del Norte, Colombia
    Sarah Banet-Weiser, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USA
    Susan Bassnett, University of Glasgow, UK
    Chua Beng Huat, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Alessandro Carrera, University of Houston, USA
    Desmond Cheuk-kuen Hui, Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong
    Miyase Christensen, Stockholm University, Sweden
    Umberto Curi, Univeristy of Padua, Italy
    Simon During, University of Queensland, Australia
    Richard Dyer, King’s College London, UK
    Anthony Y. H. Fung, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Dilip Gaonkar, Northwestern School of Communiction, USA
    Kelly Gates, University of California San Diego, USA
    Gretchen Gerzina, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
    Marie Gillespie, Open University, UK
    Rainer Guldin, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
    Yang Guorong, East China Normal University, China
    Jack Halberstam, Columbia University in the City of New York, USA
    Dal Yong Jin, Simon Fraser University, Canada
    Baron Kelly, University of Louisville, USA
    Thomas Kemple, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Roy Krøvel, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
    Thomas Kuehn, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
    Jack Linchuan Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp, Belgium
    Joost van Loon, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
    Andrey Makarychev, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, Estonia
    Anna Malinowska, University of Silesia, Poland
    Verdicchio Massimo, University of Alberta, Canada
    Ewa Mazierska, University of Central Lancashire, UK
    Richard Maxwell, Queens College, City University of New York, USA
    David Morley, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
    Graham Murdock, Loughborough University, UK
    John Nguyet Erni, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
    Nikos Papastergiadis, University of Melbourne, Australia
    Riché Richardson, Cornell University, USA
    Andrew Ross, New York University, USA
    Tony Schirato, University of Macau, Macau
    Jyotsna G. Singh, Michigan State University, USA
    John Storey, University of Sunderland, UK
    Graeme Turner, The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), Australia
    Aimée Vega Montiel, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
    David Walton, University of Murcia, Spain

    Section Editor - Book Review
    Justyna Stępień, Szczecin University, Poland

    Section Editor - Digital culture, media theory and films studies
    Erick Felinto, State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil

    Section Editor - Urban Studies
    Tim Simpson, University of Macau, Macau

    Senior Associate Editor:
    Pablo Markin, University of the People, USA

    Associate Editors:
    Manu Braganca, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, University College Dublin, Ireland
    Magda Dolińska-Rydzek, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany
    Enrique Gutiérrez Rubio, Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic
    Marcel Wrzesinski, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
    Astrida Skrinda, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Daugavpils University, Latvia
    Adam Zmarzlinski, Jagiellonian University, Poland

    Assistant Editor:
    Maria Mruk, University of Lodz, Poland
    Hanna Radzińska, University of Lodz, Poland

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