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Calls for papers and forthcoming issues

Global Discourse publishes themed issues only. This list provides authors with overviews of those themes in order to identify opportunities for contribution. Details of deadlines and instructions for submission of papers for themed issues are provided below. Please address any general queries to the Editor, Matthew Johnson, at m.johnson@lancaster.ac.uk.

Calls for papers

2020: Volume 10: Issue 1

The Politics of Negative Emotions
Edited by Dan Degerman, Lancaster University (d.degerman@lancaster.ac.uk)

Negative emotions seemingly lie at the heart of recent political changes and movements in the West. Anger, fear and sadness have, to varying degrees, been implicated in the outcome of the Brexit referendum and the rise of Trump, on the one hand, and the persistence of Black Lives Matter and the impact of the Me Too movement, on the other. Rightly or wrongly, the negative emotions of disadvantaged groups and their role in political action have long been a subject of suspicion, criticism and regulation. A philosophical tradition that stretches from Plato to Martha Nussbaum has urged us to keep negative emotions like anger and jealousy out of politics, and to instead nurture positive ones, like love and compassion. Yet, that must be confounding to minorities, the poor and other marginalized groups, whose political claims frequently originate in negative emotions and take the form of emotional expressions. Indeed, their marginalization and attendant suffering has been exacerbated by processes, such as medicalization, which prompt individuals to think of their anger, fear and other painful emotions as personal problems to be dealt with in the medical or some other ostensibly apolitical sphere. But not everyone believes negative emotions must be kept out of politics. Some feminists have long defended the political value of anger. And, more recently, such thinkers as Judith Butler and Deborah Gould have highlighted the politically empowering and constructive role that other negative emotions can play as well. But whether these newer perspectives can survive the popular trend of blaming our contemporary political problems on passions like anger and fear remains to be seen.

This issue of Global Discourse seeks to examine the specific challenges posed by political responses to negative emotion through engagement and analysis of real-world cases, such as the rise of the far right in Europe and the US, Brexit, Black Lives Matter and Me Too. Possible questions to be explored include:

  • What is the relationship between negative emotions and political agency?
  • Who is permitted to express negative emotions, and whose emotions get medicalized, irrationalized or depoliticized in some other way?
  • Should negative emotions play a role in political processes, such as elections and referenda, policy-making and protests?
  • Should liberal democratic governments seek to expel negative and instil positive emotions in their citizens?
  • What is the relationship between negative emotions and the politics of well-being?
  • Can there be a politics of negative emotions independent of identity politics?

Submission instructions and deadlines
Abstracts of 400 words: 1st April 2019
Articles (solicited on the basis of review of abstracts): 1st August 2019
Publication: Early 2020

Please prepare your manuscript in accordance with the Journal instructions for authors. Please submit all abstracts and articles to the Guest Editors, Dan Degerman, Lancaster University (d.degerman@lancaster.ac.uk)


2020: Volume 10: Issue 2

Housing and homelessness
Edited by Kelly Greenop (k.greenop1@uq.edu.au) and Cameron Parsell (c.parsell@uq.edu.au), University of Queensland

Housing is amongst the most fundamental of human needs, yet it is in crisis across the globe. Housing is enshrined as one of the universal rights to which all humans are entitled, and is correlated with the standards of residents’ health, education, transportation and safety. Nonetheless, housing has reduced in quality and availability in the West over recent decades, and access to housing is decreasing in many countries. Problems of housing affordability, limited housing types, increasing urbanisation and the corresponding issue of densification of existing urban areas combine to produce new urban settings in which housing fulfills a changed role. In key world cities, housing has become a means of parking excess global capital for the uber wealthy, resulting in its use value as shelter for citizens becoming a secondary, and often unfulfilled objective. Particular groups are vulnerable within these changed settings - young adults, Indigenous and migrant populations, and older single people. This volume will draw together analyses of local housing settings that exemplify global trends in which housing access, housing stress, housing precarity, housing fit (or lack of fit) with culture and homelessness, and local approaches to remedy these issues, are key topics.

Submission instructions and deadlines
Abstracts of 400 words: 1st May 2019
Articles (solicited on the basis of review of abstracts): 1st August 2019
Publication: May 2020

Please prepare your manuscript in accordance with the Journal instructions for authors. Please submit all abstracts and articles to the Guest Editors, Kelly Greenop (k.greenop1@uq.edu.au) and Cameron Parsell (c.parsell@uq.edu.au).


2020: Volume 10: Issue 3

Staying with Speculation: Natures, Futures, Politics
Edited by Luke R. Moffat, Lancaster University (l.moffat@lancaster.ac.uk)

In the past decade, speculation has become an increasingly widespread concept in disciplines across the sciences, arts and humanities. Its applications are as diverse as designing urban futures, studying geological phenomena and imagining future participatory politics. That speculative methods and practices often place importance on unpredictability would seem to make the approach unattractive to planning and design. However, speculation is increasingly deployed in shaping environments, policies, cultures and products in direct ways. As a consequence, there is growing interest in disparate, but often overlapping, conceptual, theoretical and practical elements of speculative research methods. As this cross-disciplinary pool of research about speculation grows, questions emerge about its potential, as well as its concrete ramifications. Speculation and speculative methods are often seen as catalysts for change. Staying with Speculation brings together researchers and practitioners from a range of fields to examine the implications and applications of the approach in terms of dealing with core ethical, methodological and practical issues that we face in an era of volatile unpredictability. This is essential since, although there is discussion of speculation in design, sociological and philosophical literatures, exchange between researchers and practitioners is still quite rare – a phenomenon demonstrated by the lack of a coherent, shared vocabulary of and on the approach. Issues to be examined include:

  • the ethical and political questions regarding the deployment of speculation both within and beyond academic contexts
  • the implication of speculation on disciplinary boundaries
  • the identify of those on whose behalf research practices speculate
  • the potential for speculation to be both an inclusive and exclusionary practice
  • and the potential for speculative practices to address global challenges such as climate change, urban futures and political practices in the wake of Brexit

Submission instructions and deadlines
Abstracts of 400 words: 1st April 2019
Articles (solicited on the basis of review of abstracts): 1st July 2019
Publication: September 2020

Please prepare your manuscript in accordance with the Journal instructions for authors. Please submit all abstracts and articles to the Guest Editor, Luke R. Moffat (l.moffat@lancaster.ac.uk).


2021: Volume 11: Issue 1
Edited by Simon Mabon, Lancaster University (s.mabon@lancaster.ac.uk)

Amidst crises on a global and local scale, questions about the nature of sovereignty in the contemporary world are central to understanding the political. This special issue explores the implications of contested sovereignty in a range of fields and examines a number of themes identified by Richardson Institute partner organisations as central to understanding a wide range of challenges in global politics.

Submission instructions and deadlines
Abstracts of 400 words: 1 November 2019
Articles (solicited on the basis of review of abstracts): 1 February 2020
Publication: January 2021

Please prepare your manuscript in accordance with the Journal instructions for authors. Please submit all abstracts and articles to the Guest Editor, Simon Mabon (s.mabon@lancaster.ac.uk).

Forthcoming issues

The following issues are currently in press and closed for new submissions.

2019: Volume 9: Issue 1

The Limits of EU-rope
Edited by Jan Grzymski (j.grzymski@lazarski.edu.pl), Lazarski University, and Russell Foster (russell.1.foster@kcl.ac.uk), King’s College London

‘EU-rope’ is in crisis. Brexit, the rise of right- and left-wing Euroscepticism, and continuing domestic and Europe-wide debates about the eurozone, immigration and integration, and the perceived democratic deficit, are causing significant shifts in the discourse of Europeanisation and European integration. While Euroscepticism was apparently defeated in the ‘Year of Elections’, the ability of eurosceptics to influence political discourse on a domestic and EU-wide level – in the Franco-German heartlands as well as the Mediterranean, Eastern, and British ‘peripheries’ – in 2017 was made apparent in domestic leaders’ calls for slower European integration or the adoption of new forms of European integration such as ‘two-speed Europe’ or a scaling-back of sovereign power from Brussels to national capitals. Despite apparent successes such as the PESCO treaty, the likelihood of ‘soft Brexit’, and Emmanuel Macron’s energetic calls for reform and restructuring of the Union, the EU continues to face structural and spontaneous problems which threaten the sustainability of the European project in its current form, and which therefore necessitate new academic models of Europeanisation, European integration, and EU-rope itself.

This issue will coincide with the first manifestation of De-Europeanisation in political history – the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU in May 2019. Headlining the special edition are two theoretical pieces which critically engage with the new concept of ‘De-Europeanisation’ in this era of European crisis. The edition will consist of eleven articles (6,000 words) on the limits of EU-rope, organised into three parts: Limits to European Memory and Identity, Limits to European Borders and Bordering, and Limits to Transformative and Normative Europe. These eleven articles offer a transdisciplinary approach to the crisis of European integration and identity by approaching different, but synergistic, aspects of the European project’s systemic crisis. Each article will be complemented by a response from a representative of a related European Commission to enable a critical intersection of academic and policymaking analysis.


2019: Volume 9: Issue 2

Reflections on Post-Marxism: Laclau and Mouffe’s Project of Radical Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
Edited by Stuart Sim (stuartsim2@aol.com), Northumbria University, and Mark Edward (m.d.edward22@gmail.com), National Audit Office

Published in 1985, Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s Hegemony and Socialist Strategy was influential and (in)famous for establishing Post-Marxism as a serious theoretical position that broke from the essentialism, reductionism and economism of traditional Marxism. They advocated a project of radical democracy influenced by the anti-essentialism and deconstruction of poststructuralism, which stimulated a new method of discourse analysis. It is now over 30 years since the publication of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy and it is an opportune moment (particularly given the recent death of Laclau) to reflect and re-evaluate the contribution of Laclau and Mouffe’s Post-Marxism to contemporary cultural debate. Events in the real world, such as the collapse of the Soviet empire, the rise of far-right nationalism throughout Europe, Brexit, and the Trump Presidency, plus various theoretical developments that have occurred since the 1980s, offer both challenges and opportunities for Post-Marxism. In particular, are we now in an era that is incompatible with Post-Marxism, requiring a new generation of social theories, or does Laclau and Mouffe’s political thought remain a powerful tool for understanding and changing the world? This special issue includes a collection of articles that both reflect on the achievements of Post-Marxism, and considers the contemporary relevance of Laclau and Mouffe, as well as an interview with Chantal Mouffe.


2019: Volume 9: Issue 3

Militancy and the Working Class
Edited by Sophie Long, Queen’s University Belfast and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (slong07@qub.ac.uk)

The political conflict in Northern Ireland was enacted and largely experienced by those living in economically-deprived areas. Just over 1100 of the 3700+ deaths during the conflict occurred within one square mile across North and West Belfast. Working class communities both populated and suffered at the hands of both state and non-state militias. The formation of the ‘state’ of Northern Ireland stemmed from a cross-class, armed uprising, designed to protect the interests of industrial Ulster, whilst resisting political annihilation from without. The perennial enemy of Westminster has triggered social, cultural and political forms of militancy from Irish republicanism and Ulster loyalism. Yet such processes have been de-escalated and de-legitimised by neoliberal discourses which equate peace with prosperity, however unevenly distributed that prosperity may be. This issue welcomes critiques of both neoliberal peacebuilding and the uncritical adoption of the ‘citizen as consumer’ culture which characterises post-ceasefire Northern Ireland. A disaggregated, disorganised and demotivated working class cannot effectively hold power to account. Examinations of militancy and its relationship with class can generate new insights into contests over power, representation and recognition, dislocating prior assumptions and generating critical discussions necessary to transformation and progress. This special edition of Global Discourse seeks to develop an inter-disciplinary examination of the relationships between the working classes of the region and processes of militancy. In what ways can pro- and anti-state militancy begin to unsettle previously accepted understandings of the Troubles? How did militancy impact upon the labour and feminist movements across Northern Ireland during this period? Finally, how can militancy offer routes toward reclaiming dignity for working class groups and movement?


2019: Volume 9: Issue 4

Grounding affect: what are the implications of transformative collaboration?
Edited by Valdimar Halldórsson, Director of the Museum of Jón Sigurðsson, Hrafnseyri (hrafnseyri@hrafnseyri.is) and Elizabeth Campbell, Marshall University (campbelle@marshall.edu)

As studies in feelings, sentiments and passions expanded within the social sciences during the 1980s, some researchers tried to shift the focus of these concepts from an almost exclusive concern with the psychology of the individual to the social, cultural, historical and political relations of people. Contemporary interest in affect studies, which can be traced back to the mid-1990s, emerged out of these developments. In 2007, a new theoretical frame, ‘affect’ theory, was launched. Since then, affect theory has become a key area of transdisciplinary research and scholarship across the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies. The field of affect studies now examines the production of feelings such as awareness (embodiment), belonging and attachment/detachment stemming from relationships and surroundings in a range of cultural, institutional and technological contexts. Recognizing, methodologically, the nature and importance of affect has important implications for how research is conducted and how the pressing issues of the day are addressed. This issue challenges the ability of linear, rational, positivist and post-positivist ideologies both to describe and address those challenges and argues that recognizing affect necessarily calls for participation and collaboration. We wish to examine the nature, consequence and implications of affective, collaborative approaches.