Traditional sources offer many definitions for the word palaver. These show a turbulent history in the word’s vernacular—from tribal “palaver huts” where Portuguese traders negotiated with African tribesmen in a dialogue between native and invader, to the colloquial hijack: a “fuss or commotion”—palaver comes to us with some proverbial baggage.

Palaver is UNCW’s online interdisciplinary journal housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies program. At Palaver, we challenge and embrace the vintage definition of “an often prolonged parley usually between persons of different levels of culture and sophistication.” A palaver encourages a dialogue of multiple perspectives. We showcase submissions that explore what it means to be human and grapple with the complexity of identity, power, connection, relationship, culture, and justice and give rise to new dialogues.

Palaver seeks submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline and explore multiple disciplinary and creative influences. We publish creative and research-based work that values the nonrestrictive and converges versatility, skill, and ingenuity in the service of its subject. Palaver is a venue for this innovative work, promoting the visionary talents of contributors across an array of interests. We encourage palaver within your work.

Palaver made it onto Flavorwire‘s “10 Unique and Funky Literary Magazines To Check Out in 2015.” 

Palaver is sponsored by the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program.

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  • The UNCW Graduate Liberal Studies program has been recognized for its online program, ranking 2nd in the nation by Master’s Programs Guide for 2018! Fifty accredited programs that offer online master’s degrees in liberal studies, interdisciplinary studies, or related fields were ranked based on affordability as well as rankings in institution reputation and the variety of options in the Liberal Studies focus, resulting in GLS making the #2 ranking. Click here to read the full article.

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