Nyx takes its inspiration from the night, that space of creative and subversive potential outside the boundaries of daylight, propriety and productivity. The journal belongs to the day: to the time of light, of clarity, of organised work. We wanted a place to record what we do outside of normal daylight hours, a noctournal, when the rules of work and the usual strictures of academic writing are relaxed; a place to write and think about what we see only obscurely, or not at all. At night, the relationship between the sensible and the real is different: a dimly-glimpsed contour, the shifting of a shade, the echo of a movement, maybe a sign of something present and important, whose full significance is waiting to emerge. Or it may be the effect of something trivial, a passer-by whose true influence on us we will never really learn; it may be something, or it may be nothing at all – a trick of the dark.

Nyx, a noctournal is a print/online publication of critical theory, politics and art. It is peer-reviewed by a collective of young researchers, activists and theorists. It is not-for-profit, ad-free and funded by the Centre for Cultural Studies and the Graduate School at Goldsmiths, University of London. Though it emerges from an academic setting, and borrows something of the shape and function of an academic journal, it attempts to relax the rules of what may be considered relevant, and challenges the paradigm of ‘the specialist’, believing that everyone with an interest has the right to engage. 

Whilst critical theory, art and politics remain at the forefront of its concerns, approaches to these areas are welcomed from a broad range of methods: from fine linguistic analysis to foamy-lipped polemic, from photography to comic illustration, and from book reviews and interviews to first-person observation. Each issue focuses on a specific theme, such as Myth, Machines, or Skin, and contributions are welcome from all. All content is peer-reviewed by two editors before publication. 

The editorial collective of Nyx, a noctournal is made up of: Anisha Ahmed, Olya Alekseeva, Nathaniel Barron, Ulises Benitez, Miri Davidson, Rebecca Eng, Nicholas Gledhill, Sarah Harman,Kevin W. Molin, Mark Rainey, Guy Sewell, JD Taylor, and Leila Whitley.

For further information about contributing or anything else, email noctournal@gmail.com.