Call for Papers for Issue 24 (July 2024)

Submission Deadline: August 30, 2024


Guest Editors:

Michiko Komiya (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Chieh-Han Chiang (National Chengchi University)

Crisis and Creativity: Humanity in Social and Cultural Contexts

There is a prevailing sense that we are living in a period of crisis unparalleled in our history. The meaning of crisis has always been a major topic of inquiry in the humanities and has received particular attention in recent years, when natural disasters, ecological catastrophes, pandemics, economic problems, social conflicts, political confrontations and wars, among others, continue to impact the contemporary life and constantly challenge universal values, upon which the modern world is founded. On the other hand, times of turmoil, exposing the contradictions and vulnerabilities in society, play a significant role in shaping human culture. Over the course of history, difficult situations provide indispensable stimuli for radical shifts and profound transformations in various areas, not only inspire new ideas, foster creativity and innovation, but also serve as key elements of powerful narratives that form collective memory and forge identities. Through critical reflection on crises and coping strategies, humanity redefines itself and navigates the ever-changing reality.

INTERFACE Journal of European Languages and Literatures is inviting original, unpublished papers written in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, or Italian for Interface Issue 25, to be published in November 2024. We welcome contributions from established researchers, postdoctoral and early-career scholars, and postgraduate students.

Topics may include (but are not limited to)

  •  crisis and cultural innovation in a global context;
  •  crisis and the concept of the end in art and humanities;
  •  geopolitical conflicts and radical movements;
  •  cultural responses to environmental crises;
  •  representation of crisis in literature and art;
  •  apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic narrative;
  •  crisis, memory, and cultural identity;
  •  the rhetoric of crisis.


interface also invites papers not related to the Special Topic which will be published in a dedicated General Topic Section.

Papers should be submitted online at no later than August 30, 2024.


All potential authors should consult our website for Author Guidelines (