Radical History Review: Revolutionary Papers

Due Date: 08-15-2022

Radical History Review (RHR) seeks contributions for a special issue entitled Revolutionary Papers. This issue will examine periodicals and other print ephemera—including newspapers, cultural and literary journals, magazines, and pamphlets—as sites of left, anti-imperial, and anti-colonial critical production across the Global South. With left periodicals as their communicative tools, editors developed unique political vocabularies that addressed local concerns while linking them to global revolutionary praxis. The left periodical manifested in vastly different forms—from guerilla newsletters to internationalist literary magazines. Contributors are invited to select and present from any genre they regard as relevant; to consider its creation, form, content, readership, “oral infrastructure,” and circulation; and to interrogate the nature of the periodical’s radicalism. In line with our commitments to anti-colonial and antiauthoritarian praxis today we also invite reflections on the political significance of revisiting revolutionary papers in our current moment of renewed protest against the continuities and legacies of colonialism. We seek submissions that explore how periodicals forged counterinstitutions, articulated counterpolitical vocabularies, and created countercultures.

The coeditors of this issue invite scholars, activists or organizers, and movement collectives to submit in various forms of work. This can include interviews, roundtables, curated arts contributions, including working with periodical cover art and related poster collections, reviews, pedagogies, and reflections. We welcome submissions that use images as well as text (but please note that the journal has no funds for image reproductions and permissions).

Submission Guidelines: By 15 August 2022, submit a title and abstract (800 words max.) for your proposed submission as a Word or PDF file attachment to and with “Issue 150 Abstract Submission” in the subject line. Please focus your abstract on one (or more) organizational, political, or cultural intervention by the periodical(s) in question. We ask that abstracts include a short bio (max. 100 words) and a description of the selected periodical(s), including where relevant:

Circulation period(s) and region(s)
Publication language(s)
Type(s) (e.g., was it a weekly magazine or ad hoc guerilla bulletin)
Name of the editorial collective(s) or movement(s) responsible for publication
Digital copy of periodical cover (if available)

By 1 October 2022, authors will be notified whether they should submit a full version of their article for peer review, which will be due by 1 February 2023.

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