About the Journal

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.

Author Self-Archiving Policy

This journal permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories both prior to and after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal.

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)

Journal Sponsorship

The editorial board of Peninsula is based in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, a uniquely critical school where creative reflections on politics are welcomed and encouraged. The Department is renowned for the quality of its faculty members and the programs in which they take part. Because of the their fertile research, teaching, and various academic projects, a number of well-recognized scholars of political theory have contributed in particular to the reputation of the department. We, the graduate students, find their work and their personality inspiring, and we therefore sought to participate in stimulating intellectual life by creating a journal in political theory. Our project comes from a place of sincere enthusiasm vis-a-vis the politically inquisitive climate of this Department. We hope that our unique learning experience can be reflected in this journal and, in turn, inspire incoming students as well as the academic community in general.