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CALL FOR ARTICLES ON RADICALISM
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JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism
JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—a print and digital academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and reviews for our eighth year of issues. We are interested in articles on radicalism in a wide range of contexts and areas, and encourage articles from humanities and social science perspectives. The Journal for the Study of Radicalism engages in serious, scholarly exploration of the forms, representations, meanings, and historical influences of radical social movements. With sensitivity and openness to historical and cultural contexts of the term, we loosely define “radical,” as distinguished from “reformers,” to mean groups who seek revolutionary alternatives to hegemonic social and political institutions, and who use violent or non-violent means to resist authority and to bring about change. The journal is eclectic, without dogma or strict political agenda, and ranges broadly across social and political groups worldwide, whether typically defined as “left” or “right.” We expect contributors to come from a wide range of fields and disciplines, including ethnography, sociology, political science, literature, history, philosophy, critical media studies, literary studies, religious studies, psychology, women’s studies, and critical race studies. We especially welcome articles that reconceptualize definitions and theories of radicalism, feature underrepresented radical groups, and introduce new topics and methods of study.
Our current themes are religious radicalism and “political religion,” a term that could be applied in a range of contexts and fields. In particular, we are interested in political movements that can be interpreted as having a religious, quasi-religious, anti-religious, or pseudo-religious cast. Examples might include the Weather Underground group, the Red Army Faction, the Symbionese Liberation Army, the Khmer Rouge, radical environmentalist groups or individuals, radical movements of any type that could be understood through the concept “political religion.” To what extent do such groups or individuals represent in their thought and actions a “political religion?” What is the role of religion in such a political movement? Does a group or individual substitute a political for a religious faith, and to what extent is the group or individual hostile or indifferent to traditional religions?
Future issues will include themes like the re-conceptualization of “left” and “right,” radical groups typically ignored in academic scholarship, such as deep ecologists, primitivists, and anarchists, the role of science and technology in radical visions, transnational and regional understandings of radicalism, and the relationships of radical movements to land and environment.
Submissions should be 20-30 pages in length, in .doc format, and conform to Chicago Manual of Style endnotes. Please include a one-paragraph abstract. Images for possible use in an article should be 300 dpi. Authors are responsible for requesting and receiving permission to reprint images for scholarly use.