Please note that our journal is entirely thematic. We only accept submissions that pertain to particular themes that correspond with the Calls for Proposals below.
Militarism and Capitalism: The Work and Wages of Violence
Issue number 133 (January 2019)
Abstract Deadline: June 1, 2017
Issue editors: Simeon Man, Naomi Paik, Melina Pappademos
The Radical History Review calls for submissions that examine the intersections of militarism and capitalism. We seek work from a range of disciplines that think historically about the co-constitution of the use of military infrastructure, labor, and violence and of capital’s emergence and ever-expanding need for growth. We approach militarism not only as the deployment of state-based military forces to wage formally declared wars, but more broadly as the systematic production of state and extra-state militarized violence that is tied to the establishment and expansion of markets. We seek to understand this convergence over time, as situated in the histories of capitalism. How has military violence enabled the workings and expansion of capital? How is militarism posited as a solution to capitalist crises? How has capitalism made military violence a robust, profitable industry that has been crucial to state formation and offered investors a strong growth market?
This special issue broadens the frame of analysis beyond seemingly exceptional states of warfare to consider militarism as a force that produces social relations and permeates everyday life, often in obscured or unremarkable ways, in part through its convergence with capitalism. Who are the workers and soldiers who get mobilized for war, and how are their lives and labor valued? How has the convergence of militarism and capitalism reshaped social relations in daily life and modes of resistance among workers, occupied citizens, insurgents, cartels, and other state and non-state actors? How has this convergence worked to differentiate these actors according to race, gender, nation, class, and empire? In turn, how does this convergence exploit such differences? What is the role of the state and of international organizations in mediating, facilitating, or obstructing the relationship between militarism and capitalism? How have particular infrastructure and spaces (camptowns, PX, bases) enabled and elided the violence of this relationship?
Topics may include:
- Pre- or proto-capitalist deployments of militarized violence to secure territory, labor, or markets. Opening and protecting markets and/or resources via military violence across periods of capitalism.
- Gunboat diplomacy
- Postcolonial development, colonial modernity, and settler colonialism
- Militarism and labor (explicitly militarized labor, formal and informal economies tied to militarism, reproductive labor, sex work, affective labor, migrant labor, equipment manufacturing, training facilities, tech support)
- Spatial relations of militarism and capitalism (transportation, built environments, environmental issues, legally ambiguous spaces)
- Law, legal regulations, and transnational organizations
- The rise of the corporate form and its entry into militarism as a market. The marketing of militarism as a cultural form.
- Militarism and borders
- Intra-national and urban low-intensity warfare (as market for surplus military equipment, munitions, labor; as securing or obstructing capitalist growth)
- Black markets of war. Black markets combatted by militarism.
- Military humanitarianism and disaster capitalism
Procedures for submission of articles: by June 1, 2017, please submit a 1-2 page abstract summarizing the article you wish to write as an attachment to email@example.com with “Issue 133 Abstract Submission” in the subject line. Authors will then be notified whether they should submit a full version of their article for peer review. The due date for full-length article submissions will be November 1, 2017. Full articles should be submitted electronically with “Issue 133 Submission” in the subject line. Please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a Word document along with the text. If chosen for publication, you will need to send high-resolution image files (jpg or TIFF files at a minimum of 300 dpi) and secure permission to reprint all images. Those articles selected for publication after the peer review process will be included in issue 133 of the Radical History Review, scheduled to appear in January 2019.
Abstract Deadline: June 1, 2017
The Politics of Boycotts
Issue number 134 (May 2019)
Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2017
Issue editors: E. Natalie Rothman and Andrew Zimmerman
This issue of the Radical History Review seeks to contribute historical depth and comparative breadth to recent discussions around the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in support of Palestine. Our aim is to create a broad basis for historical and strategic discussion by exploring a variety of spatio-temporal scales of political action opened up by boycott campaigns, from visions of global solidarity to hyper localized social movements, and from the strategic deployment of historical comparisons to claims of singularity. We recognize that not all boycotts are progressive, and that as a tactic they have been used by different groups for a variety of political ends. We therefore welcome studies that challenge conventional ideas of what a boycott is as well as historical case studies of boycott campaigns from around the globe such as the eponymous campaign during the Irish Land War, the abolitionist boycott of sugar, the non-cooperation movement in colonial India, the anti-Nazi boycott, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the international cultural and academic boycott of Apartheid South Africa. We seek studies that would be useful to activists as well as theoretical or comparative reflections on the present and future of boycotts as a form of nonviolent political action.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- The history of specific boycott campaigns and their varied local articulations, including boycott organizing before the twentieth century
- The forms of solidarity and geopolitical visions generated by boycott campaigns
- The entangled relationship between boycotts and other political strategies
- Transnational dimensions of boycott organizing and solidarity work
- Social dynamics between organizers/activists, unions, political parties, and the perceived beneficiaries of specific boycott campaigns
- The “afterlives” of boycotted commodities, companies, and institutions in the wake of successful campaigns
- The role of media (including social media) in boycott campaigns
- Failed boycott campaigns
- Opposition to boycott campaigns
The RHR publishes material in a variety of forms. Potential contributors are encouraged to look at recent issues for examples of both conventional and non-conventional forms of scholarship. We are especially interested in submissions that use images as well as texts and encourage materials with strong visual content. In addition to monographic articles based on archival research, we encourage submissions to our various departments, including:
- Historians at Work (reflective essays by practitioners in academic and non-academic settings that engage with questions of professional practice)
- Teaching Radical History (syllabi and commentary on teaching)
- Public History (essays on historical commemoration and the politics of the past)
- Interviews (proposals for interviews with scholars, activists, and others)
- (Re)Views (review essays on history in all media–print, film, and digital)
- Reflections (Short critical commentaries)
- Forums (debates)
Procedures for submission of articles:
By September 1, 2017, please submit a 1-2 page abstract summarizing the article you wish as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Issue 134 Abstract Submission” in the subject line. Please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a Word document along with the text. If chosen for publication, you will need to send high-resolution image files (jpg or TIFF files at a minimum of 300 dpi) and secure permission to reprint all images.
By October 15, 2017, authors will be notified whether they should submit a full version of their article for peer review. The due date for completed articles will be February 1, 2018. Those articles selected for publication after the peer review process will be included in issue 134 of the Radical History Review, scheduled to appear in May 2019.
Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2017