JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism

JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—an academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and book reviews.

For a forthcoming special issue, we are interested in articles on radical political religion or the intersection of religion and politics, especially as evinced in right-wing communities, figures, or movements. Our approach to political religion is broad: it might be seen in communities of ritual practice, theological writings, movement aesthetics and ideologies, or in yet other forms. Radical political religion may involve anti-monotheism or neo-paganism as much as Christianity or another monotheism and may intersect with any number of political issues including—but not limited to—conspiracism, ecology, esotericism, fascism and neofascism, gender, gnosticism, identity, militias, nationalism, populism, race, traditionalism, and violence.

Contact editors at jsrmsu@gmail.com about possible articles, and completed articles are due by May 1, 2023.


The Journal for the Study of Radicalism engages in serious, scholarly exploration of the forms, representations, meanings, and historical influences of radical social movements. With sensitivity and openness to historical and cultural contexts of the term, we loosely define “radical,” as distinguished from “reformers,” to mean groups who seek revolutionary alternatives to hegemonic social and political institutions, and who use violent or non-violent means to resist authority and to bring about change. The journal is eclectic, without dogma or strict political agenda, and ranges broadly across social and political groups worldwide, whether typically defined as “left” or “right.” We expect contributors to come from a wide range of fields and disciplines. We especially welcome articles that reconceptualize definitions and theories of radicalism, feature underrepresented radical groups, and introduce new topics and methods of study.

Submissions should be 20-30 pages in length, in .doc format, and conform to Chicago Manual of Style endnotes. Please include a one-paragraph abstract. Images for possible use in an article should be 300 dpi. Authors are responsible for requesting and receiving permission to reprint images for scholarly use.

See http://msupress.org/journals/jsr/ for more information.