The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis is a peer-reviewed online journal that provides a space for emerging scholars, educators, and activists to engage in critical and progressive inter/transdisciplinary scholarship and dialogue that supports awareness of social justice issues and challenges individuals to move towards advocacy and concrete engagement with social justice movements. JCTP is also committed to providing all authors with developmental feedback that helps clarify, sharpen, and communicate ideas and arguments in a manner accessible to a broad social justice community. See the About for a complete coverage of the journal. Please contact us at jctp@iastate.edu with any questions.

The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis does not accept manuscripts on a rolling-basis. Please look for our call for papers and submission deadlines in May and November which are posted on our website and across social media platforms.

New Special Issue: Call for Papers

Resisting Structures of Violence

Violence is demonstrated at individual, local, national, and global levels through physical, structural, and psychological actions. The ubiquitous nature of violence, sadly, normalizes it to the point that it is possible for a person to either dismiss these injustices or directly experience violence without conceiving it as “violence.” On the other hand, a person may recognize an injustice as violence, yet feel helpless in its forces. The current socio-political climate in the U.S. draws attention to different acts of violence that have become commonplace in society, not to mention an always-available news system that continually reminds consumers of these concerns. Some forms of violence are obvious and illicit an almost-immediate response, as was demonstrated by student victims of the Parkland shooting. Conversely some forms of violence may go unnoticed. Despite the personal tolls resistance can have on individuals or groups, we contend that resisting offers hope for a better future.

Understanding that violence is all around us, we call on interdisciplinary and critical scholars and activists across the globe to share how they make meaning of the many, complex forms of violence that plague our world, and by extension, the ways people react or “talk back” to these forms of oppression.

The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis invites submissions for a special issue on resisting structures of violence. We invite scholars and activists from a range of disciplinary and professional positions to submit work (research articles, conceptual essays, book reviews, and poems) that illuminates the challenges of understanding and working against violent or oppressive forces. JCTP welcomes work from a variety of epistemological, theoretical, and methodological traditions. As an interdisciplinary journal, we are interested in submissions from scholars, professionals, and activists working across disciplines, from the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

We welcome papers that cover a broad range of topics, including but not limited to:

• epistemic violence that glorifies androcentric, whitewashed, heteronormative curricula;

• administrative, structural, or policy violence, such as “bathroom bills” that target the transgender and gender-nonbinary community, workplace or education policies that push out women and people of color; and

• physical violence, such as gun violence and sexual assault.

Submissions might explore these questions:

• Does positionality influence the ways violence is understood and normalized?

• How does resistance allow us to envision a new life without these forms of subjugation?

• Is resistance working? How do we know?

• Can resistance be violent? What is “non-violent resistance,” and who benefits by it?

• How do young people play a role in either the perpetuation of violence or its resistance, and who is responsible for addressing this?

Author and Submission Guidelines


Submission Timeline

Deadline: Friday, September 7, 2018

Anticipated Publication: ~February 2019

Current Issue: Volume 7, Issue 2 (2018) Engaging In the Struggle: Health Justice


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Volume 7, Issue 2 Editors

Senior Editor
Tyanez Jones
Paul Hengesteg
Associate Editor for Copy Editing
Jessica Adams
Associate Editor for Outreach
Alexia Angton
Associate Editor for Outreach
Sumac Elisa Cardenas
Associate Editor: Member-at-large
Hildah Makori
Associate Editor: Member-at-large
Sonja Lindberg
Associate Editor: Member-at-large
Hannah Dong
Faculty Advisors
Dr. Isaac Gottesman (Outgoing)
Dr. Noreen Rodriguez (Incoming)
Dr. Jeanne Dyches (Incoming)