Ostrakon – a small shard of broken pottery or stone used as a durable and convenient medium for writing scratched into the surface. Bound up with the notion of exile through its use in the voting process for ostracism in Ancient Greece, the ostrakon captures the spirit of this new imprint. With the more ephemeral notions of the chapbook or pamphlet in mind, Ostrakon welcomes multi- and interdisciplinary work, which explores and develops themes broadly related to mass mobility, forced displacement and exile brought about through conflict, climate change, and authoritarianism.
Ostrakon welcomes contributions from a wide range of authors and artists that move beyond conventional scholarly presentational forms to alternative modes of creative and multimedia work. The intention is to attract scholarly and general readers concerned about human rights, social justice, and the planet’s future and its inhabitants. Academic submissions will undergo a peer review process. Submissions in English and German are considered with a maximum limit of 25,000 words. Ostrakon will be published in both hard copy and online.
The first issue X-ist, edited by Ahmad Moradi, is a collective reflection on X-ist, a collaborative art project on how nature and advanced technologies record the perils of crossing Europe’s external borders. In dialogue with the artworks, four scholars engage with the intricacies of borders and what life borders give rise to or deny. X-ist invites readers, however fleetingly, to embark on a journey that some may never experience, yet the horrors of which are as real as it gets for many in the world.