JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—a print academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and reviews for our sixth year of issues. Our themes for this coming year will include new religions, new religious movements, communities, and cultism in historical and contemporary forms of radicalism. We would like to see articles on how particular new religions or new religious movements intersect with or convey radical political and social agendas. We also are interested in articles on “cults” or “cultism” in relation to radical groups or individuals. And, finally, we are interested in articles on the theme of utopianism or utopian experiments, from communes to other alternative political, social, or religious community arrangements, both historical and contemporary. We are particularly interested in articles on under-researched or new subjects within these categories. And we are always interested in articles on other topics that pertain to the academic study of radicalism. JSR accepts articles on global topics, and we are interested in publishing articles and reviews on a wide range of related subjects and themes. While each issue of the journal will have a thematic focus, in each issue we also may publish some articles as well as book reviews not specifically dedicated to that particular theme.
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.
Send queries or completed articles to the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2010. See http://www.msupress.msu.edu/journals/jsr or www.radicalismjournal.net for more information.
JSR is devoted to 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 bring about socio-political change.
JSR’s primary purpose is to serve as a venue for fine scholarship in this developing academic field. We expect scholarly contributors to come from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines, and we especially welcome articles that reconceptualize definitions and theories of radicalism, feature underrepresented radical groups, and introduce new topics and methods of study. We seek articles that make a clear larger point, and that offer a real contribution to the field.
Subsequent issues will be devoted to radical groups typically ignored in academic scholarship, such as the political categories of “left” and “right,” 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.
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