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Call for Contributions: JCT - Justice Work In and Out of Schools

Call for Manuscripts
Special Issue of the Journal for Curriculum Theorizing:
Justice Work In and Out of Schools
Special Issue of Journal of Curriculum Theorizing

Guest Editors: Therese Quinn and Erica R. Meiners

The last decade offers thrilling and numerous examples of the power generated when people organize. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement, from students pushing back against the privatization of higher education in Helsinki, Montreal, Chile, and Puerto Rico, and young people fighting for access to free knowledge exchange and protection from a prying state through the platform of the Pirate Party, to undocumented youth in the United States pushing for immigration reform that leaves no one behind, these uprisings not only shift political and economic frameworks, they also produce powerful pedagogical moments for a range of audiences. Workers around the globe Livestreamed the stand-off in Madison, Wisconsin in 2011 as a Republican governor attempted to strip bargaining rights from state workers, and in 2012 youth from across the political spectrum Tweeted to teach each other about the laws that legitimated Trayvon Martin’s murder. Through protests and teach-ins, and particularly through the mobilization of alternative and social media—‘zines, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, Tumblr, Facebook, WikiLeaks, and more—we are linked to and learning from these movements. This special issue invites submissions representing the wide and creative scope of teaching and curriculum, art and design, print, memes and other social media, and more resources germinating within and gleaned from these movements.

We seek contributions from justice workers in a range of pedagogical sites. We are particularly interested in non-traditional format submissions, including:

Interviews and roundtable discussions with two or three key people in an area of work; Critical media and book review essays;
Origin stories—or, “how I became a justice worker”;
Curriculum notes—or, “how I teach within this justice movement”;
Examples and critiques of radical educating in diverse public places—museums, hospitals, parks, and beyond;
Research papers that critically evaluate justice-centered interventions and initiatives;
Wider movement assessment—asking questions like, “What is the state of the movement to end the presence of police in schools?” and “What is the relationship between trans, labor-focused, and immigration No Borders organizing globally?”

This issue is open to all contributors who identify as justice workers and themes and areas are wide open. However, we are particularly interested in including black feminist praxis; critical cartography; critical arts-based projects including comix and graphic novels; digital gaming and civic engagement through social media; disability organizing and arts, immigration justice/No Borders; labor and student debt; queer and indigenous analyses; and resistance to privatized education at all levels and in all locations.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2013
Decisions About Manuscript: April 1, 2013
Revised Manuscripts Due: June 1, 2013
Submit Final Manuscripts to Editor: August 1, 2013
Publication: September, 2013

Authors wishing to submit manuscripts in response to this call for proposals must have their work submitted via email to JCTJustice@gmail.com no later than January 15, 2013. All manuscripts will be subject to a double-blind review process. Potential authors will be notified of their acceptance in this issue by April 1, 2013, with revisions to be completed by June 1, 2013 and an expected publication date of September, 2013.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the author’s guidelines posted on the JCT website . Please note that these requirements include that the manuscript adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Abstract of 150 words.
2. No more than 25 pages in length including references
3. Double-spaced throughout
4. 1-inch margins on all sides
5. Written in 12 point, Times New Roman
6. Footnotes should be gathered at the end of the paper
7. Utilize the 6th edition of the American Psychological Association

Questions regarding this call for proposals should be addressed to JCTJustice@gmail.com.

Dates: 6/14/2012 - 1/15/2013

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