Focus and Scope

Peninsula: A Journal of Relational Politics is a journal of political theory open to a broad range of methodological, philosophical, and disciplinary perspectives. Our area of focus is politics; our approach is critical; and our perspective is relational.

Geographically, "peninsula" refers to a minor projection from a major landmass – one surrounded by water, though still attached to, and therefore part of, the continent. Metaphorically, the term connotes separation and connection; closure and openness; membership and marginality. Conscious of the politics of exclusion inherent in the delimitation of a discipline, Peninsula is open to commentary and critique on both canonical thinkers – those from the mainland – and non-canonical ones – those from the island.

The term "peninsula," evocative of the critical space which relates the mainland and the island, poses a political challenge for both sets of thinkers:

  • Critical, because it opens the enclosed space of mainland to the movements of the water;
  • Relational, because it throws a line to the marginal thinker; and
  • Political, because it situates theory at the location of a tectonic site of dislocation.

The French word for peninsula, presqu’île, means nearly an island. Similarly, our critical project is very nearly an island of marginality, situated where traditional and contemporary currents can meet and intermingle.

Peer Review Process

All articles submitted will be peer reviewed by graduate students or faculty members. Articles are reviewed by two readers who will judge the submission on the basis of originality of argument, clarity and accessibility, level of scholarship, and pertinence to the field of political theory.

A first review will typically take two to four weeks from acceptance of submission. If accepted for publication, the editorial committee will correspond with authors to achieve a final publishable version. Reviewers are recruited from graduate students and faculty at the University of Victoria and associated programs and institutions by the editorial committee based on their area of expertise.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of ideas.

Advisory Board

Liam Mitchell
Brad Bryan
Avigail Eisenberg
Simon Glezos
Arthur Kroker
Warren Magnusson
James Tully
RBJ Walker
Andrew Wender

Sources of Support

Peninsula is grateful to the following people and organizations for their gracious financial support:

  • The Interdisciplinary Program in Cultural, Social and Political Thought (UVic)
  • The Department of Political Science (UVic)
  • Dr. James Tully, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Law, Indigenous Governance and Philosophy (UVic)
  • Dr. Arthur Kroker, Director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture and Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory (UVic)