Calls for Submissions: New Brill Journal Protest

A “protest turn” is upon us. The Arab Spring uprisings, Occupy Wall Street, anti-immigrant mobilization, and Black Lives Matter – all speak to this historical juncture. Against this backdrop, Protest inaugurates a forum for capturing this expanding global phenomenon of contentious politics. To this end, it invites contributors to interpret the evolving nature of power and power dynamics and relations across various terrains of protest. Protest is neither single nor fixed, and the journal champions the diversity of ontology, epistemology, and methodology of knowing protest, undertaking to reflect it in the “writing” of protest. This dimension is intended to elicit new openings for inquiring more widely and globally into the protest turn.

The journal aims to:

  • Parse the complexities of protest as they play out across time and space.
  • Chart anti-systemic struggles by the indignants of the world – the faces of marginalization – in their bid to strike back at structures, forces, discourses, and relations of power.
  • Understand emerging constructions and re-constructions of identity and peoplehood as well as negotiation of distribution and representation of power.
  • Offer a platform that brings academic practitioners and activists in the field into conversation with one another.
  • Narrativize the normative dimensions of protest as emancipatory activisms in pursuit of social justice and race, gender, environmental, and socio-economic rights, equality, and protections, etc.
  • Create an international episteme around the topic of protest that probes cross-country, regional, and global patterns as well as local specificities.
  • Interpret protest within dialectics of formal and informal (polity, economy, society, culture, language, etc.), local and global, academic and activist, politician and protestor, structure and agency, past and present, theoretical and empirical, text and context.
  • Emphasize the different modes of knowledge-practices in which protest and its writing are embedded.

Protest invites submissions that engage with the most recent theoretical, methodological, and empirical advances in the study of protest. As a single but multi-faceted scholarly forum, the journal serves as a platform that contributes to debates on “ruly” (top-down) and “unruly” (bottom-up) dynamics of change. The journal welcomes contributions about communities, people, ideas, institutions, and processes, all within the context of protest.

The journal welcomes the following types of submissions:

  • Research articles: introducing empirical and/or theoretical explorations (7500-8500 words)
  • Special Essays: (5000-7500 words)
  • Pedagogical Corner: articles on how to teach protest and offering resources for the classroom (2000-3000 words)
  • Protest Voices: geared especially towards reporting from voices in the Global South, with short articles written by protesters/activists in the field cataloguing and reflecting on their personal protest experiences (2000-3000 words)
  • Reviews: short articles reviewing books, films, and cultural exhibitions and events (1500-2000 words)
  • Interviews: one per issue with protest figures/organizers, be they public intellectuals, academicians, media personalities, or public figures, especially in relation to ongoing or live protests (2000-3000 words)

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