Epiphany: Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies

Although the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) is young University, both teaching and research have been emphasized. Could you please comment the history of such developments?

First of all, I would like to thank you for giving me an opportunity for an interview. In 2004, as newly founded University, IUS started to enroll students in English Language School (ELS). Then, one year later, most of study programs were activated and students began taking courses across three faculties. Therefore, at this early stage, being young University, IUS began only to emphasize teaching. However, at the end of the year 2010, the number of students and academic staff had grown significantly and thanks to the founders of the University, educational infrastructure was significantly improved. Actually, in this year, IUS moved to the newly built Campus that could accommodate more students and staff. The founders have financed opening of laboratories and the Research Center. After that, the Management of the University began financing academic publications, and annual staff evaluation was significantly based on the research and publications. Therefore, in the past four years, IUS has made significant efforts to also emphasize the research.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) founded Epiphany: Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies. What is the significance of this journal for our University?

Obviously, FASS should be credited for showing the way and for pioneering the tradition of founding academic journals at our University. Perhaps, the founder of the journal Assist. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Bal had enough courage to start the tradition with small group of young and enthusiastic academicians and I was lucky to be one of them. From 2008, Epiphany began with serious academic promotion of the University. The Journal succeeded in networking the University with distinguished local and international scholars, editors and referees. I am also pleased to say that this Journal gave a chance to many young academicians to take an active role in writing academic papers. Another significance of this Journal is English language as a medium of publication. Certainly, our Journal is among a few journals in the Balkans that publish academic papers in English language. In the age of globalization, English language is the language of science, knowledge and communication. Therefore, Epiphany doesn’t only promote the University, but it promotes the entire region. In addition to this, Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian rightly pointed that “the journal does afford an inside look at scholarship in Bosnia and Herzegovina and researchers are working in regional and cultural studies and they wanted to be aware of this title, especially since it looks like the content is getting stronger and more varied.” It is unfortunate that due to this linguistic barrier, although the Balkans has a lot to offer to the world, we are not reaching out the global audience. Western scholars and researchers are very interested in the Balkans but apart from their own publications the Balkans authors couldn’t produce significant number of publications in English language. Therefore, our journal is partially filling this gap and I would like to use this opportunity to invite especially the scholars from the Balkans to submit their papers at epiphany@ius.edu.ba.


Could you say more about the scope and mission of Epiphany? What makes it different from the other journals?

Epiphany is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the promotion of scholarly publications in humanities and social sciences. The unique feature of this journal is interdisciplinary approach. Since the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) has different study programs including Social and Political Sciences, Psychology, English Language and Literature, Cultural Studies and Visual Arts and Communication Design, the founders aimed at the promotion of transdisciplinary studies that cross many disciplinary boundaries. I must admit that this was emphasized, especially by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Metin Bosnak. The Journal seeks to explore concepts originally developed in one discipline, but now widely used by other disciplines in the area of humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, philosophy, economics, media studies, history, psychology, sociology, visual and performing arts, literature, technology and cultural studies. Due to this approach, many scholars became interested in transcending classical scholarship and they submitted their manuscripts to Epiphany.


Could you please say more about academicians who published their works in the journal and what are the topics that they deal with?

Of course, more details about this question are available on Journal’s website. To illustrate the point, I must state that only in the last two issues, we published about 25 academic papers submitted by the scholars from abroad. For instance, the following papers are worth mentioning: Dr. Aouda Aljohani, “James Joyce’s Ulysses,” Dr. Bhumika Sharma, “The Ice Cracks for Frozen Flow,” Dr. Shahab Yar Khan, “Poetic Experience,” Dr. Barbara Ann Brown, “From Populism to Symbolism,” Lynn M. Tesser, “Ethnic Hierarchies and the Shifting EU Schengen Border in the Post-Cold War Era,” and many others. Since our journal is peer-reviewed journal, each paper was refereed by two scholars. Very rich Editorial Board and Referees indicate that our journal is international and interdisciplinary.


Do you want to add something more related to the Journal that we haven’t addressed in our previous questions?

I would like to use this opportunity to thank our University for providing the financial support for the Epiphany all the way along since its foundation. As Managing Editor of the journal, I am especially thankful to IUS Rector, Prof. Dr. Yücel Ogurlu. I would also like to advertise a new call for papers and invite scholars who are interested in transcending classical scholarship to submit their manuscripts for forthcoming issue of “Education, Culture and Identity,” until April 1th, 2014. Finally, I would like to thank you for giving me an opportunity to promote Epiphany to your audience.