This is a Call for Papers for an IPA Special Section on:


The Idea of Liminal Outsider


The Outsider has become a dominant political discourse in the contemporary. Its impact has been felt across different historical periods and has become irretrievably bound up with issues of religion, revolutions, crises and other liminal periods. The purpose of this IPA issue is to ask a series of questions meant to interrogate the very foundations of the notion of the Outsider.

Topics open to participants include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What are the intellectual groundings of the Outsider?
  • What is its connection to the history of religions?
  • Is the Outsider in contradiction with the economic, social and political integrity of society?
  • What is the fate of the Outsider in the contemporary world?
  • Can the Outsider provide a legal and philosophical framework for the movement/exaltation of societies?
  • Is the Liminal Outsider a problematic category? That is, does it distract and draw attention away from the realities of political, economical and cultural realities? Does it, in other words, reflect a dominating Western discourse? Is it a continuation of a religious project designed to repeat artificial creation into a set of hegemonic practices and institutional frameworks?


Contributors are also asked to think of the Liminal Outsider as open to a fundamental philosophical and social scientific questioning. That is, is the Outsider justified by and through human nature? Is it a remnant of a religious worldview? Or does it represent, in light of the recent Palaeolithic findings, the advent of a new form of being that is meant to deeply impact and change the nature of man.

The IPA Flying University events in Cork are designed to get closer to problem of the Liminal Outsider.

Submissions are not confined to these questions alone. The IPA will consider all serious proposals/papers that we receive.

We welcome those interested to please submit their papers and proposals, and all relevant inquiries, to the submissions editor, please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Deadline: April 30, 2014

IPA is edited by Agnes Horvath, Bjorn Thomassen, Harald Wydra. For further information please visit www.politicalanthropology.org.