Critical Inquiry has gone digital.
For more than thirty-five years, CI has been at the forefront of critical thought in the Humanities. Associated with no single school of thought, tied to no single discipline, it has provided a forum for cutting-edge work in the humanities, arts and social sciences—recognized as “One of the best known and most influential journals in the world” (Chicago Tribune), and “Academe’s most prestigious theory journal” (New York Times).
None of that will change. Critical Inquiry will continue to appear as a quarterly print journal. JSTOR subscribers—and people affiliated with institutions that subscribe—will still be able to access the contents of every issue as soon as it appears in print. We will continue to challenge and provoke, enlighten and enrage.
Everything else, however, will be different.
Of course, CI has had a web presence for years. But on our new site you will find web-exclusive content, including advance copies of articles that have not yet appeared in the print edition. You will be able to watch CI-sponsored lectures and events, including the presentations of our distinguished Critical Inquiry professors (in 2011-12, Leo Bersani). You will find readers’ responses to controversial articles—no more waiting for months to watch a conversation play out. You will see multimedia become a feature of our essays (for instance, studies of film illustrated with clips instead of stills), along with a broader range of materials including original art. You will find dossiers selected from our vast archive, classic articles selected for topical relevance and made available free of charge for a limited time. Last but not least, you will find In the Moment—our blog, featuring postings from CI’s broad network of distinguished authors and advisors on matters of pressing interest. With the world in crisis and the humanities under siege, informed and truly critical inquiry has never been more urgent—and CI has never been more timely.
We are still a peer-reviewed print journal. But we are now much more than that. On behalf CI’s editors, advisors and authors, we bid you welcome. We invite you to explore the site, and to join our mailing list for bulletins and updates.
(Critical Inquiry would like to thank Everett Connor of the University of Chicago Press’ Journals Division for warmly supporting this initiative, and Andre Marques and Ben Koditschek of NSIT at the University of Chicago for designing the site.)