Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural

Preternature is a rigorously peer-reviewed interdisciplinary forum for original research that touches on the appearance of magic, prophecy, demonology, monstrophy, the occult, and related topics that stand in the liminal space between the natural world and the preternatural.

Preternature publishes scholarly articles, notes, and reviews covering all time periods and geographies, from a variety of academic approaches. As an English language publication, the Western tradition is inevitably an important focus, but the journal strongly encourages submissions covering cultural traditions worldwide.

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Call For Papers: Preternature Volume 4:2: Uncanny Animations


Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural, invites submissions for the special issue, “Uncanny Animations,” guest-edited by Prof. Elina Gertsman.

We seek essays that offer inquiry into the agentic potential—depicted, imagined, described, and perceived—of medieval animate or animated objects. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the ontology of living images; miracle stories that focus on image enlivening; visual and literary histories of automata; articulated objects used in devotional performances; agency of relics and reliquaries; and discourses of iconoclasm that target the living nature of images.

The editor welcomes essays that are interdisciplinary in nature; submissions from scholars working on Byzantine
and Islamic material are especially encouraged.

Contributions should be 8,000 - 12,000 words, including all documentation and critical apparatus. If accepted for publication, manuscripts will be required to adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (style 1, employing endnotes).

The title of proposed contributions, a brief abstract, and a CV, should be e-mailed to by April 15, 2014.

Complete papers must be submitted through Preternature's Content Management System at by June 15, 2014.

Queries about the journal should be made to the Editor, Dr. Kirsten C. Uszkalo  (

Posted: 2014-03-18
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