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Manuscript deadline
30 June 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Alex [email protected], Birmingham City University
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Imagining the post-professional: identity, ethics and response-ability beyond professional standards

Internationally, and across disciplines, the development of professional practice and the formation of professional identity has often been characterised by meeting and reflecting on established professional standards. But the ‘fixed’ nature of professional standards may position practitioners (and the individuals and communities they serve) in inflexible and unproductive ways. Given shifting socio-political contexts globally, and the implications this has for professional practice, this positioning may not always equip professionals to deal with the messy complexities of their everyday lived experiences in practice.

Working with people in contexts patterned by contemporary global challenges that create economic and social inequalities, framed by austerity, forced migration, climate emergency, conflicting values in multicultural societies, and discourses of ‘post truth’ that mistrust ‘expertise’, means that meeting standards is often an inadequate preparation for practitioners to work effectively in front line contexts. This has all of course been further exacerbated by the challenges of practising during the time of a global panddemic.

We invite contributors to that respond to these issues and the sorts of questions and challenges that they raise.

What does it mean to be professional in the 21st century, and how do we define professionalism?
What is the role, purpose and limitations of professional standards? Do we need them, and what could we do without them? Whose interests do they serve? What happens differently in contexts where practitioner education is not standards led?
What might ‘post-standards’ professionalism look like? How do we practise in contexts of uncertainty?
What is professional knowledge-making like in the post-professional age? Who makes it? Where is it made? Who is it for? What does it do? Where are the tensions?
What are the implications of all these questions for professional identity making? And being and doing in practice spaces?
Why must we continue to talk about race, class, gender and sexualities in the context of professional identity making?
What does it mean to practice ethically? To be responsible and response-able in our practice?
What does all this mean for: students, educators, leaders, policy-makers and communities?

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Submission Instructions

Please submit your abstract to [email protected] with 2021 Conference Special Issue: Post Professional in the subject line by 30th January 2021. The abstract should be a self-contained statement that communicates the purpose, scope, findings and/or implications and conclusions of the work. It is particularly important that you clearly outline how your submission constitutes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or practice and how the work itself was conducted in a rigorous way. Please also state what kind of submission you are making. The Editors welcome submission of a wide variety of high quality original manuscripts in a range of styles, genres and modes and from a variety of paradigms including:

  • Reports of recent research in the field;
  • Impact accounts;
  • Photo-essays;
  • Reflections on policy in practice;
  • Informed and analytical accounts of innovative practice;
  • Critiques of recent policy developments;
  • Short reports of research in progress;
  • Conversations/Dialogues and interviews;
  • Book reviews.

The journal will be flexible about article ‘size’ and welcome contributions of different lengths to reflect the variety of contribution types outlined above. For guidance authors might submit:
5,000-7,500 word peer-reviewed articles
1,000-2,500 word peer-reviewed ‘provocations’ or ‘think pieces’
up to 1,500 word impact accounts, ‘implications for practice’ or book reviews
The journal is particularly open to contributions that explore eclectic and experimental approaches to research and representing research outcomes. The journal is also keen to encourage authors taking a first step in to public conversations and will provide proactive support for new writers.


Notification to authors – 28th February 2021
Completion of full paper – 30th June 2021
Feedback from Reviewers – 31st August 2021
Amended final draft – 1st October 2021
Publication date – November 2021

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