Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings is edited by Emeritus Professor Shirley Chew, and co-published since 2011 from the School of English, University of Leeds, UK, and the English programme, School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
The Journal (www.movingworlds.net) was founded in 2001 at Leeds as a forum for new creative and critical work, literary and visual texts, writing in scholarly and more personal modes, in English and translations into English. Sustained by a deep sense of history and impelled by the global movement of peoples, cultures, and ideas across national boundaries, it is today an important vehicle for the changing and often invigorating relationship between the global and the local; the search for alternative forms of citizenship and belonging; and the development of new "border-crossing" aesthetic structures and forms. It includes among its contributors writers, artists, and critics of outstanding quality from all over the world -- among them Wole Soyinka, Randolph Stow, Mahasweta Devi, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Romuald Hazumi, Declan Kiberd, Paul Gilroy, Aritha van Herk, Olive Senior, Caryl Phillips, Frantz Zepherin, Jeffrey Wainwright, Romesh Gunesekera, Boey Kim Cheng.
The partnership with NTU is characteristic of Moving World’s keen enterprise and outreach. Since then, there has been a significant amount of representation from postgraduate students and staff of SoH's English Division in the form of edited issues, articles, creative work, and reviews. The proximity to countries in Asia, and the Pacific region also brings collaboration and attracts new voices and perspectives on transational issues it is confronted with. All these factors can only mean greater scope as well as fresh challenges for the Journal with its longstanding commitment to a celebration of cultural diversity and a critical enquiry into the complex forces that drive our contemporary world.
"Thank you for the last issue of Moving Worlds, which kept me stimulating company as my micro-world moved across the Atlantic yet again! Keeping company with such a variety of talents and cultures was akin to landing in different cities without once undergoing immigration hassles.’"
(Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate)
"Moving Worlds has been wonderfully successful in shifting the boundaries of what is written and what is discussed in literature and art around the globe. It has significantly expanded the space in which transcultural writing can thrive. I look forward to what it does next."