Dear colleagues  - the second of two such calls issued by the journal this month. Please share widely.

This call can be found online at:

The Ends of Violence

Call for contributions to a special issue of New Formations: A journal of culture / power / politics 

Now in its fifth decade of publication, New Formations maintains an international reputation for publishing rigorous peer-reviewed scholarship in the critical humanities and social sciences. The journal accepts contributions within a wide range of disciplines, while specialising as a forum for debates and discussions around the political and analytical uses of cultural theory.

The journal editors have decided to commission an issue on ideas of violence and non-violence and their contemporary usages. 

How has the role of violence in contemporary configurations of culture and power changed, if at all? How do state violence, militarism, war, and the military industrial complex shape our politics and our societies? What role are violent and non-violent revolutions likely to play in future national and international crises? What role should movements for peace and against war play in progressive alliances? What can we learn about the uses of violence and non-violence from the tactics and strategies of civil rights movements, the women’s movement, the environmental movement, and movements for national liberation? How do theoretical insights of feminism, anti-racist theory, queer theory help us understand the role of violence in our intimate and everyday lives? We invite articles that investigate the role of violence, non-violence, and pacifism in culture, politics, and theory. Topics might include: revolutionary, anti-colonial, and indigenous theories; critical approaches to representations of violence in art and culture, including literature, visual culture, film, and media; and/or discussions of philosophers and political, cultural, and social theorists and activists such as Thomas Hobbes, V.I. Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, Hannah Arendt, Amílcar Cabral, Frantz Fanon, Judith Butler, and Rigoberta Menchú. This issue will ask how classic and more recent texts in cultural, social, and political theory might help us to think about these issues. 

Please send abstracts (250-300 words) and a biographical note to [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask] The deadline for receipt of abstracts is November 30th 2022.

Decisions will be made about inclusion in the special issue by December 21st, 2002

Deadline for receipt of  contributions will be June 30th 2023. All contributions will be subject to standard blind peer review, and publication of the volume is planned for December 2023. 

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