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Call for Papers


The Thought & Action Review Panel invites your submissions for "Resistance," a special focus section in Winter 2018.

We decry the privatization of public higher education, we regret the lack of critical thought and debate in our classrooms, we fear the end of tenure and academic freedom at the hands of anti-intellectual state legislators, and we weep at racial injustices, sexual violence, xenophobia, and inequity among our students and colleagues. We say this is not normal to purveyors of hate, to guns in our classrooms, to the deportations of our students, to the billions of dollars in U.S. student debt.

Its not enough to name these issues. The Thought & Action Review Panel asks: How do we resist?

Consider the following questions: How can campus-based unions lead the resistance? Can our rights to collective bargaining be leveraged as a resistance tool? We see the increased adjunct-ification of academic laborand the trend toward right-to-work legislationas obstacles to resistance: how can they be overcome?

How do we make all of our students feel supported, even as some policy makers and legislators endanger their dreams or undermine their safety? How do we dismantle institutional racism on our campuses, and resist the emboldened forces of White supremacy?

How do we make the case for the public good that has been public higher education, including the liberal arts, even as state budgets are cut, academic and research programs slashed, and state funds tied to metrics that rarely reflect the opening of minds?

Submissions are due January 1, 2018.

As always, other submissions about issues in higher education, including the art of teaching, are very welcome and will be considered apart from the special section. New scholars are encouraged to submit, as are poets and visual artists.

Please understand the panel prefers short to long and seeks a reader-friendly tone. Please also appreciate that specific guidelines around style must be followed. All submissions will be entered automatically into the competition for three $2,500 NEA Excellence in the Academy awards. For more information, contact Editor Mary Ellen Flannery.