Call for papers: “Anarchism…is a living force within our life…” Anarchism, education and new possibilities

by E Wayne Ross on January 28, 2011


Educational Studies, Special Issue
“Anarchism…is a living force within our life…” Anarchism, education
and new possibilities

Guest Editor
Abraham P. DeLeon
University of Texas at San Antonio
Manuscripts due April 1st, 2011

The title for this special issue emerged from the work of Emma Goldman
and other anarchists that have developed a reflexive and subversive
body of literature that has inspired countless political movements and
actions. Indeed resistance seems to become a living force inside of
anarchists based on their participation in such events like the
Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, Paris in 1968, Seattle in
1999 and Genoa in 2001. Today, anarchism is found in a diverse range
of fields such as philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, justice
studies and human rights scholarship. It is a rich tradition aligned
with multiple anarchisms rather than with a monolithic body of theory.
Anarchists critique hierarchies, resist authority, oppose coercive
institutions, employ alternative spatial arrangements and create
organic, communal societies based on mutual aid and social justice.
Although many anarchists have pushed for the end of compulsory
schooling, anarchist theory and practice can potentially serve a
subversive role in resisting how schools fashion student bodies into
workers, managers, owners and the other nefarious identities that
capitalism requires for its reproduction. Despite being
interdisciplinary, anarchist theory and practice is omitted from
educational scholarship and has only begun to be recently theorized
despite having a vested interest in educational projects throughout
the globe.

This special issue will address this current gap by inviting a broad
range of scholars to submit their theoretical, qualitative, and
conceptual papers that explore anarchism within the context of
critical educational theory and practice, particularly its
implications for critical pedagogy and the foundations of education.
Papers can attend to a wide variety of interdisciplinary anarchist
perspectives related to education. Historical work is welcomed that
examines anarchist-inspired models of education. Visionary papers that
imagine other future anarchist educational possibilities may be
provocative. Ethnographers that have embedded themselves within
anarchist educational movements will also be of interest. Scholars
that conceptualize anarchist theory and critical pedagogy through
eco-justice, critical race theory, poststructuralism, critical
discourse studies, indigenous education or queer theory are highly
sought. All submissions will be subject to a blind and rigorous peer
review process. The guest editor also seeks book reviews that explore
anarchist theory and any other media review connected to anarchism
and/or its practice. Poetry written or inspired by anarchists is also
highly encouraged. Hopefully, this special issue will serve as a
beginning conversation for how anarchist theory can be embedded within
educational theory, critical pedagogy and the foundations of education
serving as a catalyst for a more inclusive critical educational
theory. Manuscripts are due by April 1st, 2011 and are submitted
through Educational Studies’ online submission system, at Please direct all inquires
about possible submissions by email to the guest editor, Prof. Abraham
P. DeLeon at