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CFP Critical Whiteness Studies Methodologies

Call for papers – Special Issue on Critical Whiteness Studies Methodologies

This call for papers grew out of the efforts of the White Spaces Postgraduate Network that is connecting students engaged in critical whiteness studies. In the inaugural PGR conference New Territories in Critical Whiteness Studies (August 2010, University of Leeds) one of the issues raised was the need to address methodological challenges in critical whiteness studies. One of the initiatives we have already undertaken is the organisation of a virtual seminar entitled Discourse Analytical Approaches towards Uncovering  Power Relations, with a specific focus on Race/Whiteness (January, 2011). Our endeavors are further reflected in this call; therefore we wish to invite MSc/MA/MS, MPhil, PhD students and junior academics from all geographic regions to contribute to the further investigation and development of the complexities of this field. This special issue of Graduate Journal of Social Science (GJSS) is open to any contributions intended to give fresh and creative insights on methodological approaches in critical whiteness studies. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • The development and applications of theory, within and across disciplines that open new territories in critical whiteness studies;
  • the innovative use of methods, presentation of emerging ones and application of mixed methods used in researching unequal power relations with a specific focus on race/whiteness and accompanying intersections;
  • new directions in data collection and analysis;
  • approaches to writing about whiteness critically and the dissemination of knowledge within and outside academia;
  • creative approaches in researching visual materials and questioning privileges of normativity and whiteness;
  • strategies for collective and participatory research that can be insightful and thought-provoking for critical whiteness studies;
  • ontological and epistemological questions and challenges in researching whiteness critically that include issues around reflexivity, knowledge production and discursive frameworks in critical whiteness studies;
  • scholars’ personal challenges and critical self-reflections in doing critical whiteness studies.

Submissions: articles (5000-8000 words), book reviews (1000-1500 words), visual materials, short essays (2000-3000 words) and announcements for up-and-coming seminars, lectures, conferences, special issues, blogs or other events and spaces that are opening new platforms for the development of critical whiteness studies. All submissions must be anonymized and accompanied by the GJSS article submission form, which can be downloaded from the GJSS website. Please include an abstract, a short author bio and 3 to 5 keywords. Detailed submission guidelines and formatting instructions can be found on

All written contributions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines, which you can find at

Deadline for all contributions is 15th June 2011. Please email all contributions to .

Enquires about content can be directed to: Barbara Samaluk, and Linda Lund Pedersen, .

Suggestions and enquires about book reviews can be directed to: Manuela Honegger,

Papers submitted to GJSS undergo an initial selection by the guest editors with the purpose to assess and eventually improve their relevance to the GJSS research focus. Accepted papers will then undergo double-blind peer review process.

All contributors will receive a final answer at the beginning of July 2011.

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