Letter of Intent
Liminality as a phenomenon (subject of study) and as a specific term (part of the methodological organon for the contemporary social sciences and humanities) for some time now has been broadly accepted in traditional cultural anthropology, but also among scholars working in the area of cultural studies, post-colonial studies, political studies, media studies and gender studies. The term itself derives from the Latin word limen, meaning threshold, a term used in psychology to indicate the limit between the sensate and the subliminal (the level below which a sensation ceases to be perceptible).
Building on Mircea Eliade's concept of division of human experience in sacred and the profane, Victor Turner introduced a third value: a 'liminal space' as a space of transformation between phases of separation and reincorporation. It represents a period of ambiguity, of marginal and transitional state. Similarly does Arnold van Gennep, while describing rituals of transition. For Gennep, liminal or threshold world is a space between the world of status that the person is leaving and the world of status into which the person is being inducted. In post-colonial studies, for Edward Said, but especially for Homi Bhabha, the liminality is important as a category strongly related to the concept of cultural hybridity. For Bhabha, liminal as an interstitial passage between fixed identifications represents a possibility for a cultural hybridity that entertains difference without an assumed or imposed hierarchy.
The concept of liminality as a quality of "in-between" space and/or state is of the outmost importance in describing some of the most interesting and highly specific social and cultural phenomena: the transcultural space, the transgeographical space, the transgender space etc.
The initiative for the independent peer-reviewed on- and off-line journal named Limen is coming from the region which itself fit into the category of liminal (Central and Eastern Europe), being a politically transitional space, and a marginal space of specific cultural landscaping. It is proposed by the “liminal generation” (generation in-between industrial and post-industrial, socialism and capitalism etc.) of scholars, academics and independent thinkers living and working in different countries of the area. This fact should make the whole project more meaningful and innovative particularly in terms of 'globalization from below'.
The journal is open to any article in cultural theory, a case study or review regarding the "in-between" subject or methodological perspective. This includes the broad range of subjects: from analysis of mixed and hybrid identities, minority and exilic discourse, the transage phenomena, border phenomena in politics, history, cultural geography, comparative studies in literature, art etc.
The journal will be issued at least twice a year and made available via the Internet offering a worldwide distribution at no cost to the readers. Once a year, in accordance to financial and other resources, a classical hard copy with selection of articles will be published.