To follow the flow of matter is to itinerate, to ambulate. It is intuition in action.
--Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

Founder and Co-Director:
Cynthia Bateman, University of South Carolina

Co-Director and Senior Editor:
Gerald Jackson, University of South Carolina


Book Review Editor:Trisha Red Campbell, University of Pittsburgh

Associate Editors:

Nicholaus Baca, Bowling Green State University

Nathanael Bassett, The New School

Estee Beck, Bowling Green State University

Nicholas Stephen Crawford, University of Georgia

Mariana Grohowski, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Chris Lindgren, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis

Website Design and Layout:
Cynthia Bateman, University of South Carolina

Website Developer and Technical Specialist:
Gerald Jackson, University of South Carolina

Graphic Design:
Eric Eagan, Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Advisory Board:

Byron Hawk
Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Carolina

Karen Barad
History of Consciousness, University of California at Santa Cruz

Victor J. Vitanza
Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design, Clemson University; Rhetoric and Philosophy, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Vicki Kirby
Women's and Gender Studies, University of New South Wales

Timothy Ingold
Anthropology, University of Aberdeen

Michelle Ballif
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English, University of Georgia

Adrian Matejka
Creative Writing, Indiana University-Bloomington

John Muckelbauer
Speech Communication and Rhetoric, University of South Carolina

Jussi Parikka
Media and Communication, University of Southampton

Angela Last
Human Geography, University College London

Paul Boshears
Media and Communication, European Graduate School

Stacy Alaimo
English, University of Texas at Arlington

Alex Reid
Rhetoric and Composition, SUNY Buffalo

Stuart J. Murray
Rhetoric and Ethics, Carleton University

Jimmie Killingsworth
English, Texas A & M University

Brian L. Ott
Communication, University of Colorado Denver

Jeremy Fernando
Reading, Literature, and Media, National University of Singapore

Timothy Morton
English, Rice University

Casey Boyle
English, University of Utah

Bradley Voytek
Neuroscience, University of California At San Francisco

Suzanne Cataldi
Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

John A. Sweeney
Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Cary Wolfe
English, Rice University

Erin Manning
Studio Arts, Concordia University

Martin Foys
English, Drew University


Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture is an international, refereed publication devoted to mapping the intersections of rhetoric, media, and culture. The journal is founded on the notion that the study of persuasion—what it is, that it is, how it operates and is operated upon—is a broad and complex area of scholarship open to multiple lines of investigation through a variety of disciplines, genre, and media. Itineration is a wandering process of discovery and invention. It discovers as it constructs what it discovers through practice. In the context of the journal, itineration calls for wandering through disciplines, genre, and media in pursuit of the rhetorical.

Itineration seeks works generally considered “nontraditional” in that their nontraditionality is established by the eschewing of conceptual boundaries that separate the humanities, and specifically rhetoric, from the rest of the academic world. We encourage submissions that take risks, to such an extent that “risk” is recognized as the shifting myriad possibilities that appear, disappear, and mutate as one follows any spiritual, intellectual, or investigative path. Rather than offering a clear-cut definition of what rhetoric is, Itineration seeks submissions that investigate, expose, interrogate, contemplate, and/or complicate the rhetorical impetus evident in all cultural productions, including examination of the very concept of "culture."

The concept of itineration demands a mapping of strange, unique topographies, knowing that the terrain underfoot changes through our very act of mapping. The publication, Itineration, seeks to open such a space, to take into its fold works that embrace this itinerate spirit, by encouraging such genres for submissions as short film, documentary, sculpture, software and digital design, painting, experimental media, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, animation, claymation, stop-motion photography, digital photography, websites or webpages, games, song, dance, word cloud, poster, notebook, interview, thought experiments, editorial, biography, confession, monologue, dialogue, lecture, skit, comedy, tragedy, architecture, essay and any other medium, mode of expression, or labored creation that fits between, joins, and/or surpasses these terms. Interested parties are invited to submit multimedia projects of varying style, form, and content. We are especially interested in projects that push the boundaries in their composition and presentation. This road is open to all and we are all free to meet and collide with one another, forming strange friendships and meeting familiar strangers, all forged in itinerate travel.

The premise that scholarship is a function of the academy, to such an extent that it is transcribed for and disseminated to those within the accepted boundaries of academic disciplines, has become the defining construct of scholarly publication. Beyond the calls for work of an interdisciplinary nature, we find of pressing concern the segregation of scholarly work from the world that it claims to theorize and illuminate. While talk of Open Access publishing, online journals, and crowd-sourced editing processes are making their way into the day-to-day discourse of academic publishing, we do very little to ask how the content of our discourse becomes “open” and who we include and exclude from accessing it.

To whit: Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture ultimately seeks out work that embraces itinerate practices to explore the rhetorical impetus inherent in all media and culture, and to do so in a way as to invite the widest possible audience of intellectuals, scholars, and curiosity-seekers. Submissions that investigate the intersections of theory, medium, discourse, pedagogy, and popular culture through various modes of scholarly, scientific, and artistic expression and production are encouraged. We offer the space to create and explore possibilities, to take risks, to eschew the confinement of categorical and disciplinary necessity, and publish work that manifests across boundaries and through the panoply of genres and media in order to engage the widest and most varied of audiences.

Published in partnership with punctum books, Itineration is only available online and operates through rolling publication—after the review process submissions are published online immediately. Submission and subscription are free of charge and open to the public.