Call for Expressions of Interest: New Journal on Civil Society
We are proposing to launch a new scholarly journal entitled "Civil Society: Journal of the Public Sphere" and would be interested in hearing from individuals interested in contributing in the following ways:
as article authors
as members of the editorial advisory board
as contributors of ideas or suggestions
The idea behind the journal is to provide a multi-disciplinary forum in which to discuss the concept and practices of civil society. The topic, while enjoying considerable intellectual attention as of late, tends to be discussed in particular understandings. For example, there are journals devoted to voluntary action, or 'the third sector', and political theory journals carry occasional contributions dealing with the topic. We want to provide a broad canvas, one which will allow these themes to be heard in one place, making the variety of narratives and approaches more intelligible, and allowing for a more holistic treatment of civil society in all its forms.
We are particularly interested in receiving feedback from scholars from the disciplines of political science, international relations, sociology, anthropology, and development studies.
The journal is predicated on the understanding that the concept of civil society is a contested and multifaceted one. Therefore, articles that challenge 'conventional wisdom' or interrogate the underpinnings of the very idea of civil society, from any theoretical—or indeed cultural—perspective or tradition are desirable. While voices from practitioners are welcome, it is hoped that all contributions will contain a strong theoretical element.
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