Borders in Globalization Review (BIG_Review)

In 2019, the Borders in Globalization research program at the University of Victoria created the Borders in Globalization Review (BIG_Review). BIG_Review is a print and open-access online journal featuring double-blind, peer-reviewed articles and creative artwork about the borders of globalization. The journal is committed to public accessibility, policy relevance, and cultural significance.

BIG_Review provides a forum for academic and creative explorations of borders in the 21st century. Our interest is advancing high-quality and original works in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, that explore various aspects of borders in an increasingly globalized world. BIG_Review publishes current scholarship (academic articles, essays, book reviews) as well as original art and literature (photography, poetry, short stories, fiction reviews, and more). We are multidisciplinary, peer reviewed, and open access. 

Our starting point is that borders offer metaphoric-conceptual tools for the study of differentiation and integration. This perspective mandates a wide range of artistic, theoretical, and empirical explorations of borders. The journal is especially interested in advancing the study of the borders of globalization. New research is documenting a shift in the logic of borders from spatial and territorial to functional and aterritorial. This means that borders are increasingly detached from territory, functioning as mobile and relational nodes in increasingly complex regulatory frameworks. For example, border screening often happens far from the border, and goods and people are increasingly bordered ‘on the go’ with microtechnology and biometrics. Simultaneously, global processes are increasingly straining the territorial foundations of borders, including transnational social movements, the virtual flows of global finance and big data, and the effects of climate change. These developments impact culture and politics, including understandings and contestations of identity, citizenship, law, nationalism, gender, and Indigeneity.

The borders of globalization are rapidly being established in a variety of spaces – not just in borderlands. Like a puzzle in the making, their infrastructures and institutions are interlocking in various geographies around world, although they are not always visible. BIG_Review offers a platform to visibalize, problematize, and discuss how these borders are changing and how they affect all other borders, physically, of the mind, and across the cyber space.

Recognizing the importance of subjectivity, the journal also advances original artwork related to borders. Borders capture the popular imagination and inspire creative works. Artwork reflects and influences the cultures that shape borders. Sometimes artwork is subversive of borders. BIG_Review connects artists to audiences around the world through wide distribution networks and open-access electronic editions. Our art pages showcase individual works as well as artist portfolios, including photos, paintings, poems, short stories, fiction reviews, and more. All art is published at no cost to the artists.

The first issue is coming Fall 2019.

For more information, visit BIG_Review.