Special Issues

While Exchanges normally publishes two issues annually, often with papers on an invited theme, since 2019 the journal has collaborated with external scholars to create various special issues. Some of these have reached publication, while others are currently in preparation.


Special Issue – The Lonely Nerd: [Published August 2022]
This special issue collates a rich vein of scholarship concerning the cultural representations, perceptions and experiences of ‘nerds’ from around the globe. It comprises a range of invited papers selected from responses to an open call, early versions of which were presented at a workshop in spring 2021 at Warwick. The issue was developed in association with scholars at the University of Oxford and SOAS, University of London. 

Special Issue – Then & Now: [Published August 2021]
This special issue brings together an assortment of articles and critical reflections relating to the Then & Now student-led research project and exhibition, based at the University of Warwick. Published during summer 2021 it marked the culmination of 18 months of activity.

Special Issue - Climate Fiction: [Published February 2021]
This special issue brought an assortment of articles, reflections and discussions to our interdisciplinary readership, which this time derived from or were inspired by the 20th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, hosted in Prato, Italy in 2019. The journal issue was developed in association with the universities of Monash, Australia and Warwick. 

Special Issue – Cannibalism: [Published January 2020]
This special issue centred on material which was derived from the 2018 ‘Bites here and there’ conference on cannibalism, hosted at the University Warwick. It was also the first issue of the journal developed with the help of a team of associate editors. 

In Development

Special Issue - The Anthropocene and More-Than-Human World: [Anticipated Publication – 2023]
This special issue forms part of a project funded by The British Academy and led by the University of Warwick and the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. It will contain work supported by and developed as part of a series of academic workshops for early career scholars, which the Exchanges’ Editor-in-Chief will be helping facilitate. 

Special Issue - The Effect of Plurality in Translation: [Anticipated Publication - 2023]
This special issue aims to present contributions incorporating thought-provoking pieces which address the possible effects of plurality in linguistic, conceptual, and cultural translation. An open call for abstracts went live in October 2021, with a submission deadline of 1st November 2021. Paper submissions will be expected ahead of a March 2022 deadline, for anticipated publication in early 2023.

Special Issue - Early-Stage Researcher Reflections: [Anticipated Publication - 2023]
This special issue is devoted to participants within the three cohorts of the Warwick Leadership and Management Development course for developing early-stage researchers. Course delegates are being invited to submit critical reflections concerning their own research practice. These are expected to be inspired by their experiences, insights or considerations arising from the course contents and discussions with their peers. Manuscripts may opt to provide a holistic overview of the researchers’ experiences or choose to focus in on particular aspects of their life and work. 

A number of other special issues are in the preliminary stages of discussion and development. The Editor-in-Chief welcomes further approaches and expressions of interest from scholars around the world for further special issue projects.

Special Issue Production

Each special issue’s development has varied in terms of schedule, connection to events and its call to authors. This aspect is usually defined through initial conversations between the Editor-in-Chief and the project initiators. Additionally, special issues often offer the opportunity for post-graduate researchers at collaborating institutions to become involved as associate editors and contribute to the reviewing and editorial preparation for publication. Ideally, special issues should resonate with Exchanges’ twin missions of enabling interdisciplinary discourse and researcher development. Alongside this, they also provide the journal with the benefits of enriching its contributing and reading communities. Special issues of Exchanges normally take a minimum of 12-18 months from inception to publication, although the provision of additional support funding may reduce this period.

Proposing Future Special Issues

Find out more about what goes into proposing a special issue of Exchanges in this episode of our podcast. Alternatively, to discuss ideas or concepts for potential future special issues, or for all matters relating to the Exchanges journal, please contact the Editor-in-Chief.