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.

We are interested in groundbreaking articles on themes or topics ranging from anarchism and communalism to utopian communities. We are especially interested in contributions on radical communal groups and utopian efforts from the early modern period onward.  Potential topics could include Diggers, Fruitlands, Oneida, Icarians, Amana, Fountain Grove, a utopian community of the 1960s or 1970s, Rajneeshpuram, temporary autonomous zones, religiously inspired utopian (or ultimately dystopian) communities, or similar topics. Historically focused explorations are welcome, and we are also interested in explorations from other approaches and methodologies. Other topics concerning radical groups or individuals across the political spectrum are also welcome.

Completed articles due by November 15, 2023; contact editors at jsrmsu@gmail.com for queries. 


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 https://msupress.org/journals/journal-for-the-study-of-radicalism/  for more information.