Two peer-reviewed journals, New Political Science and SPECTRA are coordinating special issues on related conference themes. Please see the complete call information below:
“Marcuse in the Twenty-First Century: Radical Politics, Critical Theory, and Revolutionary Praxis”
Guest Co-Editors: Robert Kirsch and Sarah Surak
It has now been more than fifty years since Herbert Marcuse’s groundbreaking work in critical theory, One Dimensional Man. In this seminal work, Marcuse attempted to articulate a total critique of the lack of meaningful avenues of resistance in advanced industrial society, in such areas as politics, culture, and discourse, among others. This critique came at a time in American development that might seem bizarre from the current context; New Deal liberalism was supposedly “delivering the goods” for people under its auspices. Marcuse’s charge that postwar liberalism was a “democratic unfreedom” cut against that triumphalism, arguing that an increasing inability to conceive of alternative ways of organizing society halts the development of a society toward producing liberated individuals. One of the most important aspects of this critique is that people are unaware of the problems of their condition, but that there were effectively no ways by which to resist, or rebel against this new totality of one-dimensional society. Marcuse argues that the task of critical theory is to identify modes of resistance that illuminate paths toward different ways of living, as well as to identify and cultivate the agents of that change.
Fifty years later, particularly with at least two decades of neoliberal hegemony, the current context seems to intensify the urgency of Marcuse’s concerns. On the international scale, privatization and structural reforms seemingly are the only paths for all of the world; from the “developing” world, as well as through austerity policies in the “developed” world. In the United States and abroad, simple discourses of demographics (e.g. “The 99%”) do not find political footing because those discursive maneuvers are circumvented by the neoliberal ideology of liberty (meaning free markets) and consumer sovereignty. Marcuse identified “the outsiders” as the dispossessed of the developing world. The current neoliberal hegemony requires reassessing whether such outside spaces exist, and if not, where to find these agents of change.
This special issue takes up the question of how critical theory may help cultivate the liberatory agents that resist one-dimensional society and pursue alternatives. These issues might include, but are not limited to: (1) The relationship of Marcuse’s critical theory to modes of critical praxis around the globe; (2) the (in)adequacy of Marcuse’s work regarding issues of race, gender, and sexuality; (3) The devastating results of one dimensional society around the globe (e.g. austerity measures in the Eurozone, or IMF policies to developing states); (4) the challenges of critical theory in a neoliberal university; and (5) how Marcuse’s work informs labor struggles around the world today. This special issue will focus particularly on the global context, including global voices that will enrich the current body of work on critical theory, pedagogy, and liberation and engagement with recent literature that uses Marcuse’s critical framework to assess the current context. The International Herbert Marcuse Society is hosting its sixth biennial conference, on the topic of “Liberation, Pedagogy, and the University.” This NPS Special Issue Call for Papers will be advertised at the conference, and is also an open call to all who have interest in submitting a proposal.
The following timeline will be followed for considering proposed articles:
January 1, 2016: preliminary proposals of 250-500 words due
January 15, 2016: invitations sent to selected contributors to submit full articles by April 15, 2016
April 15, 2016: full articles of 7,000 words due
June 1, 2016: comments from editors and reviewers returned to authors
August 1, 2016: final revised manuscripts due for copy editing
Late August 2016: final copy due to publisher
This issue will follow the standard double-blind peer review process for special issue articles. Two reviewers are selected and asked to evaluate all of the articles individually that are under consideration for the special issue. Preliminary proposals should be sent by January 1, 2016 to Robert Kirsch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sarah Surak (email@example.com). After reviewing these proposals the co-editors will send invitations to selected contributors to submit full articles by April 15, 2016.
SPECTRA - CALL FOR PROPOSALS
SPECTRA invites graduate students engaged in research in a broad range of fields to submit papers for this special issue of SPECTRA. We welcome rigorous scholarly papers that address a broad range of interdisciplinary and theory-driven topics. Conference attendees in particular are invited to submit their work addressing the broad pedagogical concerns of cultivating emancipatory rationality as set forth in the International Herbert Marcuse Society Conference Call for Papers. However, submissions to SPECTRA need not be limited to those issues.
Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016
SPECTRA is a graduate student-run online scholarly journal hosted at Virginia Tech. The journal features work of an interdisciplinary nature and is designed to provide an academic forum for students to explore controversial topics and take intellectual risks. SPECTRA welcomes scholarly refereed articles, book reviews, essays, interviews and other works. In addition to these more traditional formats, SPECTRA also accepts a wide range of original multimedia pieces for publication, such as podcasts, digital videos, internet hosted texts, artwork and presentations, comics and photography.
For more information, please see SPECTRA's author guidelines at http://spectrajournal.org/about/submissions or write to the special issue editors Johannes Grow (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sascha Engel (email@example.com). Please direct general inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in submitting your work to SPECTRA, we ask that you send your submissions to email@example.com.
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