CfP: Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen

Call for Clusters: Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen

The Archiv für das Studium der Neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, founded in 1846, is the world’s oldest journal on modern philology still in print. It publishes essays, short notices, and reviews; engaging in current debates and reflecting the status quo of the disciplines covered. The Archiv welcomes contributions on literary history, literary theory, textual criticism as well as philological questions. The journal is peer-reviewed, MLA- and Electronic Journals Library-listed, indexed in ERIH PLUS, and offers a reliable and transparent publication process via Erich Schmidt Verlag, Berlin. The journal is comprised of three sections – Germanic, English and French Studies – and has chief editors responsible for each section. Together, they produce two sizeable issues per year that provide a comprehensive view of the latest trends and developments in the academic study of modern languages and literatures. For an overview of the journal and the content of back issues, please visit

The journal’s editors of the English Studies section now invite proposals for thematic clusters/ ‘special issues’ to be published in 2025 across all areas of literary and cultural studies in any field and period(s) of English Literature. A cluster will consist of an introduction (2,000-3,000 words) and four articles (7,500-8,000 words each).

The proposer(s) of the thematic cluster will take responsibility for the acquisition of essays, as well as the introduction. The English Section’s chief editors will advise the cluster coordinator(s) throughout the peer review and production process. Early-career scholars are therefore particularly encouraged to consider applying.

We are looking for cluster proposals that are coherent, state-of-the-art, and in line with the Archiv’s 180-year-old mission to publish sound scholarship and open up critical, philological debates. Topics for clusters may include:

  • current theoretical and methodological debates;
  • new developments in any field of literary theory;
  • approaches to a particular genre, author, or literary period;
  • questions of literary history;
  • the current state of literary studies.


For issue 2025/1   

  • 1 August, 2024: submission of completed articles for peer review;
  • 1 December, 2024: submission of revised articles;
  • May 2025: publication.

For issue 2025/2   

  • 15 January, 2025: submission of completed articles for peer review;
  • 1 June, 2025: submission of revised articles;
  • November 2025: publication.

Please submit your proposal (3-5 pages: outline and description of the proposed topic and its relevance; brief abstracts of the articles) to the editors by December 31, 2023: Prof. Dr. Eva von Contzen ( and Prof. Dr. Julia Kuehn (

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