Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies Call for Book Reviews

deadline for submissions: 
April 29, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies
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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 margins, marginalia, and the marginalized. 

Benedict Anderson noted that “Communities are to be distinguished, not by their falsity or genuineness, but in the style in which they are imagined.” We welcome reviews on books that make you think broadly about the spaces that margins create, inhabit, and question, examining how we can cross canonical borders to expand and reimagine our understanding of racial, gendered, socio-political, and environmental communities. We are seeking reviews that interrogate what has been mapped by the margins (as open spaces on the page), the communities that have been marginalized by the borders of the page, and the marginalia that gives readers an opportunity to comment on established structures in writing, analysis, and adaptation, in order to articulate a diverse range of responses to how we might reimagine from the margins.

Reviews may focus on, but are not limited to, the following books:

  1. Allen, Chadwick. Earthworks Rising: Mound Building in Native Literature and Arts. University of Minnesota Press, 2022.
  2. Amezcua, Mike. Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement to the Age of Gentrification. The University of Chicago Press, 2022.
  3. Anoll, Allison P. The Obligation Mosaic: Race and Social Norms in US Political Participation. The University of Chicago Press, 2022.
  4. Binnall, James M. Twenty Million Angry Men: The Case for Including Convicted Felons in Our Jury System. The University of California Press, 2021.
  5. Becker, Elisabeth. Mosques in the Metropolis: Incivility, Caste, and Contention in Europe. The University of Chicago Press, 2021.
  6. Chalmers, Carolyn. They Don’t Want Her There: Fighting Sexual and Racial Harassment in the American University. The University of Iowa Press, 2022.
  7. Day, Ally. The Political Economy of Stigma: HIV, Memoir, Medicine, and Crip Positionalities. The Ohio State University Press, 2021.
  8. Hurley, Mary Kate. Translation Effects: Language, Time, and Community in Medieval England. The Ohio State University Press, 2021.
  9. Kirtley, Susan E. Typical Girls: The Rhetoric of Womanhood in Comic Strips. The Ohio State University Press, 2021.
  10. Leckslider, Aaron S. Love’s Next Meeting: The Forgotten History of Homosexuality and the Left in American Culture. The University of California Press, 2021.
  11. Mehrotra, Ishita. Political Economy of Class, Caste and Gender Gendered Transitions: A Study of Rural Dalit Labourers in India. Routledge Press, 2022.
  12. Reagin, Nancy. Re-living the American Frontier: Western Fandoms, Reenactment, and Historical Hobbyists in Germany and America Since 1900. The University of Iowa Press, 2021.
  13. Sackeyfio, Rose A. West African Women in the Diaspora: Narratives of Other Spaces, Other Selves. Routledge, 2021.
  14. Tatonetti, Lisa. Written by the Body: Gender Expansiveness and Indigenous Non-Cis Masculinities. The University of Minnesota Press, 2021.
  15. Valiant, Alexandra. Narrative Bonds: Multiple Narrators in the Victorian Novel. The Ohio State University Press, 2021.  


We will also consider reviews for books that are not on this list but also fit the theme of margins, marginalia, and the marginalized. For more information on submitting a review, you can visit our website at or contact IJCS directly at