Metacritic Journal

for Comparative Studies and Theory

ISSN 2457 – 8827


Interdisciplinarity and intermediality are becoming more important in humanist and social studies every day. While the first concept has been used increasingly since the eighties, the latter has grown in both frequency and importance within the academic world after 2006. There is already a consistent corpus of interdisciplinary studies and an archive of intermedial studies is in the making. None of these would be complete without acknowledging the place of metacritique and metareflection among them.

Meta- is the crux of all intermediality, since it is the focus of self-reflective discourses, debates on the crisis of a given discipline or reformulations of another; it makes visible ways of mapping a new research territory or of reorganizing existing ones, paths of communication and web-creation. Meta- also has a real deconstructive potential, since focusing on self-referentiality exposes system fallacies and power structures.

Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory is the journal whose first concern is the self referentiality brought to interdisciplinary and intermedial studies by their metacritique.

Aims and scope

Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory is an open-access, double blind peer-review, online publication for academic research, published twice a year (July and December, except the founding issue in October) by the Faculty of Letters, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj, Romania. It promotes free-access for academic work and it welcomes authors who want to share their research and resources with their peers. It encourages, recognizes and rewards intellectual excellence  in interdisciplinary and intermedial approaches of literary culture, visual culture and theory. The journal welcomes papers in English (or, for regionally oriented topics, Romanian) from the following domains: comparative studies, including digital and posthuman studies; literary studies, cultural studies, including social and gender studies; media and film studies, literary criticism and theory, cultural poetics.
All articles must explore metacritic, reflexive dimensions of the issues covered, whether aiming for theoretical or methodological conclusions, or focused on pragmatic, applicative or analytic issues. The journal discourages unsystematic work, lacking in argumentative cohesion and conceptual clarity. No publication fees are requested.

Indexing and abstracting

Metacritic Journal for Comparative Studies and Theory is indexed in the following databases: 
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