CFA: Journal for the Study of Radicalism

Morgan Shipley Discussion
Call for Publications
November 15, 2023
United States
Subject Fields: 
Social Sciences, Humanities, Cultural History / Studies, Anthropology, Religious Studies and Theology

JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—an academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and book reviews.

We are interested in groundbreaking articles on themes or topics ranging from anarchism and communalism to utopian communities. We are especially interested in contributions on radical communal groups and utopian efforts from the early modern period onward.  Potential topics could include Oneida Community, the Icarians, the Amana Colonies, Diggers, Fruitlands, Fountain Grove, a utopian community of the 1960s or 1970s, Rajneeshpuram, temporary autonomous zones, religiously inspired utopian (or ultimately dystopian) communities, or similar topics. Historically focused explorations are welcome, and we are also interested in explorations from other approaches and methodologies. Other topics concerning radical groups or individuals across the political spectrum are also welcome.

Completed articles due by November 15, 2023; contact editors at for queries. 


The Journal for the Study of Radicalism engages in 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 resist authority and to bring about change. The journal is eclectic, without dogma or strict political agenda, and ranges broadly across social and political groups worldwide, whether typically defined as "left" or "right." We expect contributors to come from a wide range of fields and disciplines. We especially welcome articles that reconceptualize definitions and theories of radicalism, feature underrepresented radical groups, and introduce new topics and methods of study.

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.

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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.

Journal Editor
Arthur Versluis, Michigan State University

Journal Associate Editor
Morgan Shipley, Michigan State University

Editorial Board
Constance Bantman, University of Surrey
Michael Barkun, Syracuse University
Colin Beck, Pomona College
Steven Biel, Harvard University
Pero Dagbovie, Michigan State University
Daniel Farber, University of Kansas
Tor Egil Førland, University of Oslo
Scott Henkel, University of Wyoming
Ariel Hessayon, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Richard Bach Jensen, Louisiana Scholars’ College, Northwestern State University
Alex Khasnabish, Mount Saint Vincent University
Ruth Kinna, Loughboro University
Ann Larabee, Michigan State University
Martha Lee†, University of Windsor
Michael Loadenthal, Miami University
Jean-François Mayer, Religioscope Institute
Mick (Michael) Smith, Queens University

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