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Call for Papers: JUST REASON

In Ableism Ethics and Governance, Call for papers on October 20, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Call for Papers: JUST REASON

We invite submissions for a special issue of the journal Studies in Social Justice that will address the relationships of reason (or conceptions of reason) to struggles for social justice.

Studies in Social Justice ( is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed open access online journal that is also published in hard copy. The journal focuses on debates about social justice as a critical concept that is integral in the analysis of policy formation, rights, participation, social movements, and political structures and transformations.

This issue of Studies in Social Justice will focus on “Just Reason.” Conceptions or ideals of reason and knowledge may inhibit or promote social justice, as we learn from feminist and other liberatory epistemologies. Given that reason, knowledge, and science are intertwined with politics of various types, how do we theorize epistemic ideals and cognitive practices that are conducive to social justice?

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
• How do epistemic ideals (of reason, justification, and knowledge) relate to social or political ideals (of justice, equality, and fairness)?
• What forms of knowledge or reasoning encourage or discourage activism?
• How do social justice goals and socially just practices influence the knowledge produced by science and technology?
• How might educational and scholarly standards of reasoning address power and status differentials among people?
• What are the liberatory potentials of individual as opposed to communal models of reason and knowledge?
• How do specific ideals of reason or reasoning help or hinder understandings across differences (social, cultural, or religious differences, for example)?

The editors for this special issue are Catherine Hundleby, Department of Philosophy, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada (, and Phyllis Rooney, Department of Philosophy, Oakland University, Michigan, USA ( We accept submissions for review only on condition that the material is not under review for publication elsewhere. Submissions will be anonymously reviewed by the editors and additional readers. Papers should be submitted to Lauri Daitchman at no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Submissions should be between 6000 and 8000 words in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format. Prepare manuscripts for anonymous reviewing with no identifying references in the paper, and include an abstract of no more than 100 words at the beginning of the paper. A separate title page must include the author’s name(s), e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, and title of the paper. Submissions must comply with the Studies in Social Justice author guidelines available at: