Call for Papers – Brief Encounters Issue 3

Call for Papers – Brief Encounters Issue 3

The call for papers for Issue 3 is now closed. The call for papers for Issue 4 is coming soon.

Brief Encounters is an open access peer-reviewed postgraduate journal, run entirely by doctoral researchers from across the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE). Intended to showcase the work of CHASE, Brief Encounters provides individuals with the opportunity to publish short, academically rigorous articles, reviews, and creative alternatives known as creative encounters.

It is central to the CHASE ethos to aid the exchange of ideas without geographical or disciplinary restrictions, to encourage encounters between postgraduate students and academics that will result in long-lasting academic outputs. In line with this vision the editorial team invite a diverse range of submissions. As an example of this academic diversity, in issue two the editorial team accepted submissions on:

  • ‘Making Connections, Changing Lives’: Imaginaries of Commonality and Difference in Artisanal Weaving Tourism
  • Alternative Photography as an Ethnographic Method
  • Review of Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875-76

The Editorial Team especially encourage submissions that explore ideas within the early stages of research or which challenge existing interpretations. Articles should be brief (500-4,000 words). Reviews (500-1,500 words) can cover new publications, films, theatre productions, documentaries, and major exhibitions engaging with any aspect of the arts and humanities. Reflecting the ethos of CHASE, we are particularly interested in emerging scholarship and innovative interdisciplinary publications and productions.

Creative/Alternative Submissions for the Creative Encounters section

We are also very keen to receive alternative submissions for our online exhibition space, which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Video-essays
  • Creative Writing
  • Documentaries
  • Posters
  • Musical Interpretations
  • Photography

Alternative submissions must be accompanied by a critical commentary of at least 500 words to be published in the journal.

Who can submit to Brief Encounters?

Brief Encounters welcomes submissions from across the Consortium, both from within institutions as well as from colleagues working at CHASE’s many strategic cultural partners.

  • CHASE-funded students
  • CHASE-affiliated students (SOAS and Birkbeck)
  • Postgraduate students at CHASE institutions (regardless of funding status)
  • Alumni of CHASE institutions
  • Individuals employed by CHASE institutions
  • Individuals employed by Non-HEI CHASE partners

Submission Guidelines

All submissions will follow MHRA style guidelines (footnotes and bibliography).   Please see our style guide for further details.

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.

Along with your article, please submit an abstract (max. 300 words), and a list of key words (max. 5). When you register as an author on the website, please provide a brief bio statement (max. 200 words).  If you have any queries please contact