New Formations has been a pioneer of interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences since the 1980s. The core intellectual remit of the journal is to publish original work which explores the uses of cultural theory for the analysis of political and social issues – be they historical or contemporary – and it publishes work from any discipline which meets this criterion, or which bears directly upon current debates within cultural theory, cultural studies, or the wider critical humanities or social sciences, and which meets our quality criteria (set out below).
It has a particularly strong reputation as a forum for the development and application of cultural theory, and its readership crosses literary studies, media studies, philosophy, visual culture, film studies, musicology, postcolonial studies, gender studies, history, cultural geography, politics, sociology and cultural studies.
New Formations routinely hosts articles by world-leading figures in these fields, as well as work by early-career researchers, as it has done since its inception. We are proud to combine an international profile and a reputation for experimentation and interdisciplinarity with a commitment to support the work of less established scholars wherever possible.
Previous contributors include: Parveen Adams, Ien Ang, Rosi Braidotti,Ian Buchanan, Susan Buck-Morss, Homi Bhabha, Victor Burgin, Iain Chambers, Clare Colebrook, Steven Connor, Joan Copjec, Jacques Derrida, Simon Frith, Paul Gilroy, Sue Golding, Peter Hallward, Esther Leslie, Doreen Massey, Susan McClary, Kobena Mercer, Meaghan Morris, Christopher Norris, John Rajchman, Kevin Robins, Gillian Rose, Jacqueline Rose, Lynne Segal, Robert Young, Slavoj Zizek and Alberto Toscano.
Shahidha Bari, David Bennett, Timothy Bewes, Rebecca Bramall, Peter Buse, Georgina Colby, David Glover, Ben Highmore, Cora Kaplan, Nicky Marsh, Scott McCracken, Mandy Merck, Brett St Louis, Marisol Sandoval, Jenny Bourne Taylor, Nicholas Thoburn
David Alderson, Claudia Aradau, Michèle Barrett, Clive Barnett, Andrew Barry, Vikki Bell, Lauren Berlant, Clare Birchall, Anita Biressi, Lisa Blackman, Lucy Bland, Rachel Bowlby, Rosie Braidotti, Joe Brooker, Ian Buchanan, Carolyn Burdett, Eleanor Byrne, Kirsten Campbell, Ben Carrington, Claire Colebrook, Diana Coole, Phil Cohen, Nick Couldry, Tim Cresswell, David Cunningham, Kay Dickinson, Mladen Dolar, Stephanie Donald, Alexander Dunst, Alan Finlayson, John Fletcher, Mariam Fraser, Andrew Gamble, Keya Ganguly, Natalia Gerodetti, Andrew Gibson, Andrew Goffey, Peter Hallward, Carrie Hamilton, David Hesmondhalgh, Barnor Hesse, Andrew Hurley, Jayne Ifekwunigwe, Leila Kamali, Sarah Kember, Tim Lawrence, Vicky Lebeau, Jo Littler, Judy Lochhead, Roger Luckhurst, Graeme Macdonald, Suhail Malik, John Marks, David Marriott, Martin McQuillan, Angela McRobbie, Peter Middleton, Drew Milne, Joe Moran, Simon Morgan Wortham, Joanne Morra, Frank Mort, Stephen Morton, Mica Nava, Keith Negus, William Outhwaite, Benita Parry, Sylvie Prasad, Nick Prior, Jani Scanduri, Bill Schwarz, Lynne Segal, Stephen Shapiro, Sanjay Sharma, Debra Benita Shaw, Lorenzo Simpson, Sujala Singh, Josie Slater, Marquard Smith, Barbara Marie Stafford, Gillian Swanson, Tiziana Terranova, Andrew Thacker, Fran Tonkiss, David Toop, Alberto Toscano, Neil Turnbull, Nira Yuval-Davis, Wendy Wheeler, Cary Wolfe.