Polyseme: The Language, Literacy, and Culture Review invites graduate students and scholars who have recently obtained their doctorates to submit original, unpublished essays and reviews related, however loosely, to the theme of its inaugural issue: intellectual activism.
Where do or should scholars stand with regard to activism and transformative politics? Does traditional scholarship confront and challenge the dominant culture or serve to safeguard the status quo in the privileged comfort of the “ivory tower” of academia? How can we re-envision the university as a place of intellectual activism or reinvent the role and responsibility of the scholar? These are a just few questions to be addressed in this issue.
We are looking for articles from all disciplines in the social sciences and the Humanities that explore the relationship between the university and activism, between scholars, activists, and artists. Topics might include the following:
Historical or theoretical analyses of activist movements/strategies within the university
Theorizing and practicing action-research methodologies
Policing of radical ideologies in institutionalized educational settings
Critical pedagogies and their discontents
Institutionalization of feminist politics in the university
Academic publications as oppositional discursive spaces
Conservative policies/activisms and the academy
The relationship between social media and social justice
Building and preserving public history and cultural heritage
Immigration policies and reforms
Urban renewal projects and “community development”
The relationship between the text and the critic
Protest as performance and performance as protest
Polyseme is an Open Access electronic journal dedicated to examining the concepts and processes of language, literacy, and culture in relationship to social, historical, technological, and ideological formations. We are interested in innovative, experimental approaches to scholarship and encourage interdisciplinary methods that enhance traditional disciplinary divisions and promote critical debate and creative expression. Essays are subject to a double blind, peer-review process. The journal is sponsored by the Language, Literacy, and Culture PhD Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
We are accepting academic essays (4000-6000 words), shorter essays related to pedagogical or methodological issues (2,000-3000 words), digital art, and experimental Image+Text combinations. Essays should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style and can be submitted via email as a .doc or .docx file to the editors at email@example.com. The deadline for submission is August 15.
Attn: K. Wisniewski, Polyseme
Language, Literacy, and Culture PhD Program Sherman Hall 421
University of Maryland Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
USA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://polyseme.umbc.edu/
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