Our New Call For Articles (2018):


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

We would like to encourage submission of articles for a special issue on psychedelics in the context of radicalism. LSD, mescaline, psilocybin and peyote in particular have played varied and important roles in countercultural movements over the past century. This issue of JSR will be dedicated to the investigation of the political and cultural role(s) played by psychedelics, and the degree to which their use may be deemed radical, and in what contexts. Subjects may include well-known figures like Timothy Leary or Terence McKenna, or less well known figures, groups, movements, or communities. Historical, sociological, anthropological, and literary approaches all are encouraged.

We are interested in articles on radicalism in a wide range of contexts and areas, and encourage articles from humanities and social science perspectives. 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, 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.

Forthcoming thematic issues will include anarchism, including Black Bloc activism, ecological radicalism, animal rights radicalism, and right-wing forms of radicalism. We are particularly interested in articles on transnational subjects as well as on lesser-known examples of radicalism, as well as in articles that include theoretical and methodological considerations.

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.

Send queries or completed articles to the editors at jsr@msu.edu by January 15, 2018. Our Call for Papers is always current at https://www.msu.edu/~jsr/

See http://www.msupress.msu.edu/journals/jsr for more information.


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.

Future Issues

Subsequent issues will be devoted to radical groups typically ignored in academic scholarship, and we remain interested in articles that challenge conventional notions of or received versions of the history of radicalism.

Arthur Versluis, Michigan State University

Book Review Editor
Morgan Shipley, Michigan State University

Editorial Board

Michael Barkun, Syracuse University
Steven Biel, Harvard University
Pero Dagbovie, Michigan State University
Kirsten Fermaglich, Michigan State University
Beverly Gage, Yale University
Salah Hassan, Michigan State University
Scott Henkel, SUNY Binghamton
Ariel Hessayon, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Roger Horowitz, Hagley Museum & Library
Richard Bach Jensen, Louisiana Scholars’ College, Northwestern State University
Ann Larabee, Michigan State University
Martha Lee, University of Windsor
Jean-François Mayer, Religioscope Institute
Timothy McCarthy, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Mick (Michael) Smith, Queens University
Zoe Trodd, University of Nottingham

The Michigan State University Press site is http://www.msupress.msu.edu/journals/jsr

Our email is jsr@msu.edu