Speaking of Violence (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

deadline for submissions: 
February 28, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, University of Iowa
contact email: 

The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies is a fully open access peer-reviewed publication edited by graduate students at The University of Iowa that mixes traditional approaches and contemporary interventions in the interdisciplinary humanities and interpretive social sciences. This year’s issue will explore the boundaries that can challenge and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship through an inquiry into speaking of violence. 

For Isaac Asimov, violence is "the last refuge of the incompetent," whereas Frantz Fanon argued that only violent revolution could throw off the dehumanizing effects of colonization: "violence is man-recreating himself." We encourage you to think broadly about acts of violence, witnessing, resistance, forgiveness, and prevention, in order to articulate a diverse range of responses to how we engage with violence in both academic and popular culture.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of language when we are "speaking of violence"
  • The ethics and power of witnessing
  • The demand for forgiveness
  • Healing from violence, both cultural and interpersonal
  • Political and media engagements with violence
  • Histories of violence and how they impact contemporary activism
  • Gendered and intimate forms of violence
  • Postcolonial legacies
  • Representations of violent history 
  • The responsiblity of the humanities towards violence 
  • Violence in literature
  • Public health interventions
  • Treatment of violence in popular culture
  • Violence that is usually overlooked or impacts underrepresented groups


Paper must include a coversheet with the following:

a) author name

b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the journal

c) contact information

d) paper title


Papers should be submitted by December 15, 2019.

Accepted papers will be notified by January 15, 2019. We acknowledge receipt and answer all papers submitted. If you do not receive a reply within a week, please resend your document. 

Please email all submissions to: ijcs@uiowa.edu

For further details about the journal, please visit: https://ir.uiowa.edu/ijcs/