Following the frantic activities of April to get the latest issue of the journal live, by contrast May has been a busy behind the scenes month for Exchanges. Work towards one of our forthcoming special issues – Representations of Nerd Culture – has now advanced to the point where we are looking at potential publication dates over the summer. Given the initial discussions around this issue began just ahead of the pandemic age, and while progress on it has been constant since then, it will be a delight to be able to finally share this volume’s articles with the worlds. Certainly, as a collaboration with the universities of Oxford and SOAS, the ‘nerds’ special issue has also helped raise Exchanges’ profile outside of Warwick yet further.
Progress on our other special, and regular, issues also continues although in all cases their publications are a little way off as of yet. Excitingly though, this month we’ve had an outline approach to develop a potential seventh special issues in collaboration with another major research university. More about that in due course once it, hopefully, takes more concrete shape. You can always find out more about our special issues programme here:
Exchanges Discourse Podcast
While there haven’t been any new episodes for a little while, I am pleased to report we have a number of interviews lined up with recently published journal authors in the next few weeks. Hence, keep an ear open for these next episodes throughout June. You can of course listen to every episode of the past three seasons of the podcast on Spotify, and most other major podcasting platforms too.
May has also been a month for a few public engagement activities for the journal. Following on from the arrival of the IAS’ newest cohort of early-career fellows, the latest in a series of Ask Me Anything sessions was hosted by the Editor-in-Chief. This was followed a few days later by a panel discussion focussing on publication strategies, wherein the Editor was joined by a number of external academics to share their thoughts in this area. You can read more about this session on our editorial blog. Finally, by the time this newsletter goes out, the Editor will also have delivered an invited lecture on writing for journals to some of Warwick’s undergraduate students. Will there be some future Exchanges authors among them? Only time will tell.
Call for Papers & Reader Survey
On top of our open call for papers we currently have a couple of other chances to contribute to the life of the journal. Firstly, the latest issue launched our anniversary call for papers on the theme of authentic interdisciplinarity. There’s quite a generous lead time, ahead of a planned October 2023 publication, and we’re hoping that some authors old and new will share their thoughts as contributions for the issue. Find out more about the call here:
Beyond this, we’re also currently running a reader survey – seeking insight from our audience about the aspects of the journal they value, and their thoughts on where they’d like us to head next. If you’ve ever been a reader of Exchanges, pop-on over and complete the short survey and let us know your opinions on this topic too:
As always, the EIC and journal team always welcome approaches to discuss any aspect of the journal, podcast or prospective contributions throughout the year. In which case, contact Editor-in-Chief Dr Gareth J Johnson at Gareth.Johnson@warwick.ac.uk.