Ex-position is housed in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. Its predecessor was first launched in 1985, titled Studies in Language and Literature, which was renamed NTU Studies in Language and Literature in 2000. The journal has been an important vehicle for scholarship in English and comparative literary studies in Taiwan. The new identity Ex-position marks our attempt to start anew while attending to the long tradition of the journal.
Ex-position seeks to provide a forum that showcases research in the critical humanities revolving around literary studies by scholars based in or interested in areas outside of the Western European/American world.
While our scholarship is by and large informed by Western thinkers and Western institutional frameworks, we would like to initiate critical conversations that concern us as academics and individuals geopolitically situated on the periphery relative to the world’s supposed academic centers.
This is not playing ignorant of the interconnectedness of knowledge production today, nor marketing crude differences. The journal welcomes input from anywhere, and aims to act as a generative venue by posing questions grounded in our specific positionality.
In addition to the General Articles section, each issue of Ex-position may consist of at least one Feature Topic (FT) section.
- FTs are effective and flexible. A FT helps to draw attention to scholarship focused on the same theme, but works differently than a conventional special issue as a FT may be smaller in scale than a special issue.
- Each FT is cumulative. Each FT call for papers remains open after its launch issue is materialized. This way, submissions that come in later (by no means late) shall have the opportunity to respond to studies that have appeared in the journal, making the conversation an ongoing one.
(For more details, visit the page “Calls for Papers.”)
- Currently we publish twice a year: in June and December.
- We use double-blind peer review.
- Our editorial board members, local and international, are actively involved in the editorial operation, brainstorming for FT ideas, serving as intermediaries between the journal and prospective contributors, and participating in discussion over important editorial decisions. The board members are also essential in facilitating the review process: they recommend reviewers, help to assess the reviewers’ reports, and suggest verdicts to the editorial board meeting convened among local members for each issue.
the hyphen . . .
In the new title we are to go by, there is an unmistakable hyphen. But when the idea of renaming first took form, we were imagining being called Exposition with a funky-looking dot: Ex·position, Ex.position, or Ex*position. We would have liked the title to show just a barely noticeable break so that the name could suggest its range of possibilities quietly: explanation, exhibition, exposure, etc.
As it turned out, wherever we moved the dot, upward or downward or to the center, the dotty name would not have fitted into the library’s standardized archiving system, nor international citation indices. Hence the slightly intrusive hyphen.
But we hasten to add that we have assumed the clumsiness of the hyphen unflinchingly. It spells out what is hidden in the root of the word: Ex- + -ponere (“forth” + “to put”), the origin of the sense “to set forth the meaning (of something).” It also conveniently articulates where we now stand: an outside spot. The journal happily takes this Ex-position as its rightful place wherein to start thinking what it can do for its community.