"The Iranian Revolution Turns 30," Radical History Review
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Radical History Review
Issue #105: The Iranian Revolution Turns 30
The Radical History Review is soliciting submissions for the special issue of the journal marking the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79. Although the editors of this issue do not consider “anniversaries” as the most meaningful way of measuring historical time and developments--socially, politically, intellectually, and culturally--, this special issue of the RHR offers an opportunity to explore and consider the domestic and global significance, impact, and ramifications of the Iranian Revolution at a time when Iran is again increasingly capturing the news headlines around the world and discussed as a “problem” by the governments in the United States, Western Europe, and Israel, while there is talk of a “second cultural revolution” in the Islamic Republic of Iran by observers both inside and outside Iran. Like other revolutions, the Iranian revolution of 1979 neither was a historical inevitability in its inception nor in its outcome. However, the continued domestic and global significance and impact of the Iranian revolution remain indisputable.
The editors of this special issue of RHR are interested in examining the contingencies and actors that shaped the revolution as well as the consequences of the revolution (domestically, internationally, and transnationally). We are seeking submissions that specifically, but not exclusively, address the following topics:
1. Retrospective examination of the participation of different social groups in the revolutionary movement, such as workers, peasants, tribes, women, religious and/or ethnic minorities, students, and the clergy.
2. Postrevolutionary social movements, such as the civil rights, human rights, student, women’s, and labor movements.
3. The role of the Marxist Left or Liberals in the revolution and its aftermath.
4. The ideological significance of Islam in the revolutionary mobilization and in the postrevolutionary power struggle.
5. The Iranian revolution in the context of the Cold War national liberation movements.
6. The significance of the Revolution in the Muslim world.
7. The gendered character of the Revolution and the postrevolutionary transformation of gender relations and the broad array of debates on gender rights.
8. State politics in postrevolutionary Iran.
9. Hermeneutical Islam and Islamic sources of political authority.
10. The postrevolutionary institutional and doctrinal transformations of Shi`ism.
11. US-Iranian relations and the emergence of a new “Cold War,” as well as other aspects of Iran’s international relations.
12. Revolutionary arts, media, music, literature, poetry, stamps, posters, etc., and the cultural transformations and postrevolutionary developments in artistic, musical, and literary expressions and productions.
13. Iranian exilic communities and diasporic politics.
14. Revolutionary, anti-revolutionary, and other modes of political-historical commemoration (e.g., including the Iranian-Armenian remembrance of the “Armenian Genocide”).
We particularly encourage submissions that probe new areas of inquiry and employ innovative heuristic and analytical methodologies. In addition to regular feature articles, RHR publishes articles in the Reflections, Interventions, Curated Spaces, Roundtables, Interviews, and Reviews sections of the journal. We highly encourage proposed Reviews essays on relevant art or museum exhibits, films, and performances, in addition to Reviews of seminal publications in the field.
RHR also encourages prospective authors to include images with their submissions. Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permissions (if required) for images that are not considered “public domain.”
Submissions are due by April 15, 2008, and should be received electronically as Microsoft Word attachment files, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Issue 105 submission" in the subject line. For artwork, please send images as high-resolution digital files (each image as a separate file). For preliminary e-mail inquiries, please include "Issue 105" in the subject line. Articles selected for publication after the peer review process will be included in issue 105 of the Radical History Review, scheduled to appear in Fall 2009.
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