Call for Submissions

2019 Volume 6 Theme: Narrative and the Transformative Journey

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”
― Flannery O’Connor

We are excited to announce the call for papers for the upcoming 2019 (Vol.6) issue of Cutting Edge: The Journal of the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program (ISGP) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). We invite students and scholars to explore and examine how narrative can uniquely capture a transformative journey, or how narrative itself can become part of the transformation. We welcome works from all academic disciplines, theoretical frameworks, and research methodologies to engage in a wide variety of topics, ideas, and conversations.

Narrative is a critical guidepost in our academic journeys – as Flannery O’Connor insists, we think through complex and challenging experiences by writing about them. Narrative also supports our travels through our public and private lives, and in our professional and personal spheres. These journeys can be the introspective deep dive or a scholarly exploration of political perspectives or an outward plea for humanitarian or environmental action. Just as the journey can take many forms, so, too, can the narrative, surprising us with unexpected, transformative insight. The inter- or multi-disciplinary journey can involve unintended but creative confluences, where the planned final destination is changed by a profound meeting at a crossroads.

Authors are encouraged to explore the notion of transformative journeys in connection with a broad variety of academic topics and areas of interest, including, (but not limited to):

  • Integrations into pedagogy, curriculum, general educational culture, Bildung/formation, contemplative and holistic education, humanism in education
  • Cultivation of personal identity and meaning/purpose, nihilism, philosophical anthropology
  • Postmodernism
  • Relationship/tension with science, rationalism/empiricism, determinism, materialism
  • Physical and mental health/illness, therapeutic applications and interventional models/frameworks
  • Clinical phenomenology, psychoanalysis, existential-humanistic psychotherapy
  • Social justice, political ideology, intersectionality, critical consciousness, social action/revolution, social work, human rights
  • Artistic expressions and experimentation
  • Moral frameworks, ethical actions and responsibility 

Instructions for Authors
We welcome submissions from multiple styles; authors may submit philosophical/theoretical positions, qualitative/quantitative research, or experimental/art-based presentations and poetry. Submissions must be the author’s original work and should not have been previously submitted to any other academic sources. The paper must be formatted with 1-inch margins on all sides and use 12-point Times New Roman font. The paper format, in-text citations, and references must adhere to APA standards.

We require a 125–150 word abstract and an 80–100 word bio due with the final revised article.

Peer review process
Submissions go through a peer review editorial process, after which we respond to authors with clear revision requests as required. If you are interested in being a peer reviewer for Cutting Edge, please send an email to the address below:

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Cutting Edge accepts submissions on an ongoing basis. We encourage scholars to submit their reflections on past and current aspects of interdisciplinary research, as well as thoughts on the future of interdisciplinary studies. This can include submissions which explore and/or describe interdisciplinary methodologies or have an interdisciplinary intellectual focus.

The key consideration is the extent to which the work represents a cutting edge in a field of inquiry. How does your work “cut” a new opening in your area of study or create a new intellectual space in which emerging methods, models, and paradigms can be constructed? What is edgy or emergent about your work? We welcome work that is provocative, eye-catching, even unsettling.

The journal accepts submissions in multiple formats, including:

  • Reports of empirical research
  • Poetry
  • Conceptual and theoretical issues in interdisciplinarity
  • Audio clips
  • Book reviews
  • Video clips
  • Literature reviews
  • Photographs
  • Biographies
  • Graphics
  • Interviews
  • Blogs
  • Policy analyses

Word Length and Format
Apart from poetry and interviews, written submissions should be between 2,500-4,000 words in length. Word limits are exclusive of footnotes and bibliography. The first footnote should include a short statement (maximum four lines) about you, including faculty, university, and any information pertinent to your submission. The footnote will be removed, along with the author’s name, before the article is peer-reviewed to facilitate anonymity but will be included when the article is published online.

Simultaneous Submissions
Submissions to the journal may not be under review or currently published by another publication or under copyright elsewhere.

There is no charge for submission and publication.

Feedback on Abstracts
If you would like feedback on an idea for a submission, feel free to send us a 200-word abstract.

Contact Information
Send final submissions, including the abstract and biographical note to