Hyphen Journal call for Issue 2: Excess
Hyphen Editorial Collective

Hyphen Journal asks for your contribution on the theme of Excess

Creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to receive, to nourish yourself, and not be afraid of fullness. … Allow for the rise in temperature and all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess.

Anaïs Nin – A Woman Speaks

Hyphen is a new PhD researcher-led open-access online journal featuring a rich diversity of work across disciplinary boundaries that reflects on the process of doing research. For our second issue, we are looking for contributions on the theme of Excess. Please send your 200–400 word abstract to submissions@hy-phen.space by 10 Nov.

Research involves a process of accumulation, organisation and analysis of materials in the production of new knowledge. Researchers deal with possibilities of surplus, abundance and profusion, and develop methods for managing and containing moments of excess and for applying strategies of moderation. The theme of Excess invites reflection on the process by which these choices are made, and what they reveal about the conventions by which knowledge is produced.

Excess can refer to the remainder that lies outside of what eventually constitutes the published research. This could encompass:

  • material deemed unnecessary, irrelevant, off-topic to the main research carried out,
  • avenues of research that were embarked on but later abandoned,
  • research questions that turned out not to yield any viable results,
  • materials left over in the process of making,
  • questions left open,
  • trains of thought that stalled,
  • or simply material for which there was not enough space to be included in the final research output.

Looking to bodily and social processes, Excess also carries within it the seeds of the new. Here Excess can function both as nutrient for other forms of life, or as material to be recycled, repurposed and reused. In relation to this, we ask contributors to also consider the productive potentials inherent in the excess, the discarded and the excluded materials.

What we are calling for:

Hyphen Journal is open to a wide range of submission formats from all areas of research:

  • experimental, personal, creative and discursive pieces, which present your research as it evolves and takes shape;
  • video, animation, photography, illustration, drawing/sketches, sound, music, and other formats of creative media;
  • gestures and propositions that explore or explode specific differences and interplays between practice-and-research strategies across disciplines;
  • pieces written in a standard academic format and adhering to academic conventions.


Want to know more about the aims of Hyphen Journal?

Hyphen Journal is an open-access online journal featuring a rich diversity of work that explores the interplay between thinking and making.

Hyphen Journal is about research-practice. The hyphen, the mark that links these two terms, provides the critical conceptual frame for reflections on research as practice and practice as research. What are the differences between the outcomes of research and the processes through which these are arrived at? What types of knowledge does each produce or call into question?

Hyphen Journal is inter-disciplinary and aims to provide a context for experiments in research writing and practice. We are open to a variety of contributions and welcome subject matter that explores or expands what constitutes creative processes of research, records of fieldwork, reflections on method or anti-method, on collaborative approaches, or thoughts on data-gathering.

Hyphen Journal is an opportunity to share and develop our research-practice, and to reconsider our place in the academy.

Hyphen Journal submissions are reviewed through a process of open peer review.

Hyphen Journal has been originally launched by the CREAM/CAMRI Caucus, a PhD researcher-led initiative at the University of Westminster. The Caucus also organises exhibitions, talks, symposia and other events that bring different practices of creative research in conversation with each other. If you would like to contribute to one of our other activities, do let us know.

Hyphen Journal Issue 2 editorial collective: Pablo Antolí, Swati Bakshi, Karin Bareman, Harshavardhan Bhat, Iram Ghufran, Frankie Hines, Monika Jaeckel, Matthias Kispert, Sarah Niazi, Mirko Nikolić, Lucy Rogers, Arne Sjögren