CFA: Special Issue on Radical Environmentalism for Journal for the Study of Radicalism

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Call for Publications
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, Humanities, Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Area Studies

For a forthcoming special issue, The Journal for the Study of Radicalism are soliciting articles on environmental radicalism (broadly and widely construed), with a specific focus on figures, groups, communities, and ideologies that seek transformative solutions to environmental crises. We are particularly interested in projects that challenge the way we consider and apply the term “radical,” as well as the relationship (and/or divide) between theory and praxis.

Potential Topics and Subjects Include (but are not limited to):

  • Environmental Radicalism
  • Violence and Environmental Stewardship
  • Indigeneity and Environmental Activism
  • Eco-Art
  • Environmental Communalism
  • Environmental Direct Action
  • Earth First!
  • Animal Liberation Front
  • Earth Liberation Front (ELF)
  • Earth Liberation Army (ELA)
  • Environmental Life Force (ELF)
  • Ecotage
  • Monkeywrenching
  • Treesitting
  • Treespiking
  • Deep Ecology
  • Ecofeminism
  • Social Ecology
  • Anarchism and Animal Rights
  • Green Anarchism
  • Anarcho-primitivism
  • Deep Green Resistance
  • Ecoterrorism
  • Ecofascism
  • Extinction Rebellion
  • Green syndicalism
  • Social Ecology
  • Veganarchism
  • Environmental Civil Disobedience
  • Animal Rights Militia (ARM)
  • Animal Liberation Brigade (ALB)
  • Justice Department (JD)
  • Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC)

If interested in contributing, please email by December 1, 2021 a short biography and 300-500 word abstract, clearly outlining specific subject, critical argument, and significance of contribution.

Publication Schedule:

  • Abstracts Due: December 1, 2021
  • Invitations to Contribute: No later than January 5, 2022
  • Final Articles Due: August 15, 2022
  • Publication Date: Winter 2023

Note on JSR: 

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 sudden dramatic transformations of society. 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, including ethnography, sociology, political science, literature, history, philosophy, critical media studies, literary studies, religious studies, psychology, women’s studies, and critical race studies. We especially welcome articles that reconceptualize definitions and theories of radicalism, feature underrepresented radical groups, and introduce new topics and methods of study.

Note on Radicalism: 

The journal has historically juxtaposed radical from reform and activism. This does not mean we do not include pieces that tend toward the latter, but we ultimately hope to locate articles that pursue radicalism as sudden, transformative change of various hegemonic systems. Here is the specific language often included at the end of CFPs: “broadly defined as movements or individuals seeking immediate, drastic transformations of society through violent or non-violent means.”


Contact Info: 


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.

Special Issue Editors
Morgan Shipley and Joshua Gentzke, Michigan State University

Journal 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