Call for Papers

For its next volume, scheduled for publication in fall 2018, the AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom seeks original, scholarly articles exploring current mobilizations of the term free speech and their connections to existing practices and concepts of constitutionally protected speech and academic freedom. We will consider any essay on the topic of academic freedom, but are especially interested in the following:

  • Precarity, identity, and labor: Is there such a thing as equal and undifferentiated access to the right of “free speech”? How does the increasingly precarious nature of academic labor relate to calls for “free speech” on and off campus? How do notions of “free speech” operate along lines of race, class, gender, national origins, and sexuality?  What is the relationship between freedom of speech and economic or workplace precarity? In what ways are students, administrators, faculty, and staff affected by and responsive to questions of “free speech”? What relations might obtain between “free speech” and “sanctuary campus”?
  • Campus discourse: What is the relationship between contemporary discourses of “free speech” and concepts, practices, and policies regarding academic freedom? How and why are colleges and universities particular sites of conflict around questions of free speech? What are the relationships between free speech, workplace democracy, and faculty governance? How do these issues extend to K–12 education?
  • Globalization: We continue to welcome nuanced articulations of the challenges for academic freedom in an era of globalization. How does the internationalization of higher education both rely on and transform ideas of “free speech”? What kinds of rights discourses function or fail in transnational contexts? What are the connections between “free speech” discourses and international solidarity movements?
  • Social media and communications: In what ways are social media arenas for “free speech”?  How is “free speech” practiced in libraries and archives? How do university policies around the use of technology impact the rights and practices of free speech? How do social media and mass culture impact practices of speech on campus? We continue to seek new analyses of the vexed relationship between freedom of speech, “civility,” and academic freedom. How “free” are social media, and what is the relationship between communication there and in more traditional locations?

Electronic submissions of no more than 8,000 words should be sent to jaf@aaup.org by January 31, 2018 and must include an abstract of about 150 words. While this is an academic journal with submissions subject to peer review, we welcome innovative and journalistic prose styles. The journal uses the seventeenth edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and authors should anticipate that, if an article is accepted for publication, it will need to be put into Chicago style. Read more about the Journal.