Want to Contribute to the Blog?

In pursuit of a more open, accessible, and useful academy, our blog is very open to experimentation with genre: traditional ethnographic theorisation and analytic discussions are as welcome as fiction, poetry, photographs, films, film reviews, book reviews, recipes (and recipe reviews?), plays, strange diagrams, jokes, memoirs, cartoons; whatever form best conveys the point you’re trying to make. Surprise us with something that makes the familiar strange and the strange familiar at: submissions@thefamiliarstrange.com, or reach out to someone on the editorial board if you have the kernel of an idea, and we’ll gladly work with you to see it turn into an essay.


  • Think of these posts as something that can make someone’s commute more exciting, so try to make just a single point, even if you’re just exploring an idea.
  • Where possible, try connect what you’re writing about with what’s happening in the world.
  • Feel welcome to not conclude your idea in a traditional way, but rather point toward future questions.
  • Use theory as a bridge to make connections, rather than a gate to shut people out.
  • Write from your experience, and centre your own voice in its dialogue with others.
  • Include images, drawings, and photographs; they will enrich the reading experience!
  • Never forget that humour and snark can be, and often are, extremely useful!

Format and Style

  • Aim for 500–2000 words, though this will depend on genre and content.
  • Avoid academic jargon, where possible, or explain and contextualise it, if it’s necessary.
  • Use hyperlinks so that readers can easily access whoever you’re citing or talking about.
  • Don’t worry about including a reference list–but a ‘further reading’ list is very welcome!

Want to Cite the Blog?

The Monash University website provides useful advice on how to cite blogs and podcasts. These suggestions are modelled from their advice: http://guides.lib.monash.edu/citing-referencing/apa-websites-social-media.

Subtitle: To cite a blog post (using APA Style):

Format Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of post [description of form]. Retrieved from http://www.xxx
Example Trembath, J-L. (2017, October 25). In Academia, All You Need is Love [Web blog post]. Retrieved from https://thefamiliarstrange.com/2017/10/25/in-academia-all-you-need-is-love/

Subtitle: To cite a podcast episode (using APA Style):

Example of an interview episode:

Format Interviewer, A. A. (Year). Title of episode  [description of form]. Name of podcast. Available at: http://www.xxx [Accessed Day Month. Year].
Example Brown, J. (2017). Talking Medical Tribes: An Interview with Dr Tanisha Jowsey. [podcast] The Familiar Strange. Available at: http://www.thefamiliarstrange/podcasts/Talking-Medical-Tribes [Accessed 30 Nov. 2017].

Example of a panel episode:

Format Panel Members (Year). Title of episode  [description of form]. Name of podcast. Available at: http://www.xxx [Accessed Day Month. Year].
Example Pollock, I., Trembath, J., Brown, J. and Theobald, S. (2017). Now you see me: Panel Episode. [podcast] The Familiar Strange. Available at: http://www.thefamiliarstrange/podcasts/Now-You-See-Me [Accessed 22 February. 2018].

Subtitle: Intellectual Property Considerations

The Familiar Strange, including all text, audio and visual content on the website www.thefamiliarstrange.com is the property of the project’s founders: Ian Pollock, Julia Brown, Simon Theobald and Jodie-Lee Trembath.

The content of blog posts and other web content is the original work of the founders, unless clearly stated otherwise.

Photographs and images on this website will always be given attribution. If the photo has been reproduced from another source using a Creative Commons license, you are welcome to reproduce it under the same licensing conditions. If the photograph is an original and you wish to reproduce or adapt it for any other purpose, please get in touch with us at submissions@thefamiliarstrange.com.