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Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies

Published/Hosted by University of Technology, Sydney. ISSN: 1449-2490.

PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies is a fully peer-reviewed journal with two issues per year. The journal is dedicated to publishing scholarship by practitioners of—and dissenters from—international, regional, area, migration, and ethnic studies. Portal also provides a space for cultural producers interested in the internationalization of cultures. Portal is conceived as a “multidisciplinary venture,” to use Michel Chaouli’s words. That is, Portal signifies “a place where researchers [and cultural producers] are exposed to different ways of posing questions and proffering answers, without creating out of their differing disciplinary languages a common theoretical or methodological pidgin” (2003, p. 57). Our hope is that scholars working in the humanities, social sciences, and potentially other disciplinary areas, will encounter in Portal scenarios about contemporary societies and cultures and their material and imaginative relation to processes of transnationalization, polyculturation, transmigration, globalization, and anti-globalization. Our use of scenario here is drawn from Néstor García Canclini, for whom the term designates “a place where a story is staged” (1995, p. 273). García Canclini’s interest lies in comprehending the staging of stories at “the intercrossings on the borders between countries, in the fluid networks that interconnect towns, ethnic groups, and classes, … the popular and the cultured, the national and the foreign” (1995, p. 273). Such stories indicate some of the many international scenarios that Portal hopes to stage in the future.

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