Aims and scope

The online peer-reviewed academic journal Imaginaires (ISSN : 2780-1896) aims to offer scholars in the field of Cultural studies the opportunity to publish their research and promote the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of their scientific approaches. The journal also aims to examine and update the methods and practices of a discipline protean contours of which are still difficult to delineate, nearly sixty years after it emerged in Birmingham. Since its inception in the 1960s, the field of Cultural Studies has been marked by the popular dimension of the very objects it then chose to examine (television for instance) and has challenged traditional cultural hierarchies. The scholarly interest in new cultural objects resonates with emerging social entities that are now the subjects of dedicated (and perhaps fragmented) fields of research: race studies, gender studies, queer studies, childhood studies, intersectional studies, to name but a few. The journal’s ambition is not only to discuss the discourses conveyed on and by these cultural contents but also to question the very materiality of this culture characterised by industrialisation and mass (re)production (Williams).

Imaginaires is primarily interested in the decentering of so-called highbrow culture and invites scholars to investigate new, popular, cultural objects and explore their material, social, economic, and societal modes and conditions of production and reception. Imaginaires is particularly interested in counter- and sub-cultures, in how they are captured by dominant culture – a phenomenon that may lead to the demise of class culture. Does popular culture assimilate dominant culture discourses, or does it emancipate itself by producing a resistant and/or counter-hegemonic discourse (Gramsci)?

Far from considering the expansion of popular culture as an alienation of the masses or a debasement of highbrow culture (Leavis), Imaginaires embraces popular texts and narratives (genre literature and films, comic books, television, video games, body art) in order to examine their rhetoric and aesthetics.

Convinced that popular culture is an object of study worthy of academic engagement, Imaginaires is ultimately defined as the place of all (cultural) transfers, of all forms of (disciplinary) inter-pollination and (scientific) crossbreeding.


Open Access policy and License

  • Publication in open access (without embargo)
  • Publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).


Publishing policies

Imaginaires is an open-access electronic journal. All articles, texts and documents are freely accessible online in order to allow unfettered access to the scientific community and civil society. Authors accept to contribute to this mission of public service: they authorise the free-of-charge publishing of their work on the journal’s website for the entire length of their copyright and undertake to hold the journal’s editors harmless from any costs, damages or other claims, as a result of any related lawsuit. 

Imaginaires does not charge any author fees.


Open Access pathways permitted:

Submitted Version

Not permitted

Accepted Version

One-year embargo after the article has been published, CC BY-NC-SA, © Copyright Owner Author, conditions: Published source must be acknowledged

Published Version

Permitted, No Embargo, CC BY-NC-SA, © Copyright Owner Author, conditions: Published source must be acknowledged


Publication Costs

  • Publication fees: no
  • Submission fees: no


Submission and selection procedure

  • Review process: double blind peer review


Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Our journals follow policies and practices that reflect the current best principles of transparency and integrity (COPE).

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