CFP: Volume 37

Call for Papers: Volume 37 - Social Dis/Order

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A survey of the contemporary world provides no shortage of ways in which social order—both in terms of the institutions that afford the structural possibilities of our lives, and the homeostatic maintenance of social relations —appears to teeter on the brink of collapse. The global rise of anti-democratic, ethnonationalist movements, and the unilateral, unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine are only the most recent indications of the tenuous state of cooperative political institutions . Cascading global climate crises, the failures of neoliberalism and globalization, the proliferation of post-truth worldviews, and the persistence of gendered and racialized inequities demand redress if we are to realize a more equitable social order. Counter-movements, including Black Lives Matter, #NoDAPL, Occupy, #MeToo, and the Global Climate Strike attempt to answer these crises, but their ability to meaningfully reconfigure existing socio-material conditions remains uncertain.

For STAR Volume 37 we invite social scientists, humanities scholars, artists, and policymakers to contribute work that describes, analyzes, or otherwise addresses the contemporary moment of social dis/order, the failures of the established social order(s) that inform these conditions and dynamics, and/or consequent imaginings of social (re)ordering and contestation .

In addition to original, article-length (~6,000 word) empirical and theoretical research contributions, we also welcome book reviews, research notes, teaching articles, critical literature reviews, and reports on research creation that address the theme of this volume.  

Submissions must be formatted and cited according to ASA guidelines and saved as Microsoft Word files (.docx or .doc).  Email submissions to under the subject line STAR Volume 37, CFP. Additionally, submissions must include the following:

  1. Cover letter and author contact information, including a current email address
  2. Cover page that lists the title of the submission, keywords, and a 150-200 word abstract

The deadline for submissions for STAR Volume 37 is September 15, 2022.

Social Thought and Research is a peer-reviewed journal edited by graduate students in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas. STAR seeks to publish current sociological, interdisciplinary, and social science-related research. Students and faculty from departments outside the discipline of sociology are encouraged to submit their work to STAR.

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STAR Volume 37 CFP: Social Dis/Order

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