MARGIN: Call for Submissions

What we hope to look like on December 14

The title of this post is familiar to the members of the Margin editorial board. For the last two weeks we have been sending out a barrage of emails to professors, journals, and generally anyone we think might be interested, curious, or excited about submitting work to Margin. It is a struggle to figure out how to properly inform people of what exactly Margin is. “Well it’s an undergraduate-run alternative publication” is generally what we fall back on. This is then followed by a list of all the potential “types” of submissions we would accept, as long as they relate to our topic this year “Deploying Terror.”

1.) Dioramas (for inspiration see photo below)

2.) Traditional papers

3.) Photojournalism reviews

4.) Renegade travel guides

5.) Music videos

6.) Lists

Before you get bored reading through 1,439 list items, let’s just simplify and say the possibilities are mostly endless. And then the people who we want to submit could constitute an entirely different list, but range from students to professors to artists to administrative assistants to your great-aunt who has cut out every newspaper article ever relating to terror and put them in her scrapbook.

More details are included below. We want the word to be spread far and wide, so whether you desire to submit yourself or you know someone who has something to submit or you just enjoy spamming your friends’ and relations’ inboxes with awesome emails, we thank you in advance.

Besides, who doesn’t love seeing their name in print?



Margin, Haverford College’s alternative student-led academic publication, seeks to foster interdisciplinary dialogue around a specific cultural topic by publishing themed critical essays, reviews, creative writing, and visual media from a wider academic community. Margin publishes the work of students, scholars, artists, musicians, and writers. Moving on from last year’s theme Divas, the board hopes that Margin will continue to generate and collect wide-ranging, provocative content.
Margin Topic for Spring 2013: Deploying Terror

Deploying Terror asks scholars, writers, and artists to consider the languages and images generated and deployed by the events of September 11, 2001.

How do we identify and assess the mobilization of terror and inflections of 9/11 in the cultural sphere?  How do we understand these artifacts of 9/11 (television, film, music, journalism, photography, law, literature, memoir, art, etc) and their reception?  How can we think of the construction of a post-9/11 world as a new way of thinking and being?  How can we conceptualize the transnational connections between 9/11 and the global “War on Terror”?  What can be said about the physical, cultural, and intimate spaces demarcated by terror, trauma, violence, and war?

We encourage submissions from all disciplines and especially those interested in popular culture, anthropology, philosophy, gender and sexuality studies, race, visual culture, history, literature, urban studies, and foreign policy.

Submissions do not have to address 9/11 explicitly but can address broader interpretations of the word “terror” and its deployment elsewhere in the cultural field (including in the form of popular music analysis, music/film/book reviews, political manifestos, lists, Bush administration fan fiction, photographs, a travel guide to Abbottabad, bibliographies for unwritten theses, etc.).

We seek students/scholars/artists/people who are excited about the field and interested in developing and presenting their own original projects. We invite submission of relevant academic and creative projects at all stages of development, with the understanding that a substantial amount of work will be completed in time for publication.

Deadline for submission: December 14, 2012

How to Submit:

Send submissions and questions to: Your submission should arrive as an email with the subject heading: “Deploying Terror, [Submission Title].”

Required format: Written pieces must be submitted as Word documents with a .doc or .docx extension, and must use proper MLA citation style. Visual pieces must be saved as high-quality .tiff files.

Sponsored by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities

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