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Call for Special Issues Proposals

British Journal of Sociology of Education

The British Journal of Sociology of Education is delighted to invite proposals from individuals or teams to guest-edit a Special Issue.  The journal regularly receives enquiries and proposals of this kind and we have been in the enviable position of being able to select and support the strongest proposals to go forward for development each year. While continuing to invite such approaches we are particularly keen to receive proposals that focus on topics which are at the leading edge of current debates and are clearly relevant to the journal’s international readership.   

Proposals can address any topic within the remit of sociology of education, but we particularly welcome submissions on important contemporary topics and challenges such as:

  • Racial justice - Issues of race, racism, privilege, (in)justice and oppression (including critical approaches to Whiteness and White privilege) and the intersection of race/racism with other axes of injustice (e.g. gender, sexuality, disability, class) in relation to education
  • Indigenous knowledges, education and learning
  • Education, the climate emergency and other environmental challenges 
  • Health, well-being and the sociology of education
  • Education and the rise of populism

Proposals should be clearly sociological in nature and address any area of education (including formal and informal sectors). Submissions can adopt theoretical, methodological, review-based and/or empirical angles and must clearly articulate how the overarching theme proposed will make a significant and lasting contribution to the field.   

We particularly welcome proposals from guest editors/editorial teams who identify as from minoritized/ marginalized communities.

Notes on timescales and process

  1. The deadline for initial proposals pertaining to this opportunity is Friday 14th May 2021.
  2. Initial proposals should be between 500 and 1000 words and should be sent to [email protected]
  3. Initial proposals will be considered by the Executive Editors at their meeting in late May or early June 2021.
  4. Special Issues usually appear once per year, and the next available ‘slot’ is the first Issue of 2023.
  5. The first issue of 2023 will have an article submission deadline at around 12 months before that, in January 2022. Advertisement of the call will need to be made at least four months before the submission deadline, probably in September 2021.
  6. Whilst initial proposals may indicate probable authors or contributions, all BJSE special issues are also ‘open call’ and are advertised on the journal’s webpages.
  7. BJSE works closely with Special Issue guest editors but please note that submissions are subject to the same processes of peer review as any other submissions to the Journal.