South Atlantic Quarterly


South Atlantic Quarterly

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Journal Current volume: 120 Frequency: Quarterly

Academic Editor: Michael Hardt

The South Atlantic Quarterly, founded amid controversy in 1901, provides bold analyses of the current intellectual scene, both nationally and worldwide. Published exclusively in guest-edited special issues, this award-winning centenarian journal features some of the most prominent contemporary writers and scholars tackling urgent political, cultural, and social questions. Some issues grow out of current academic debates, concerning, for example, the growing power of finance, narratives of black leadership, and the politics of austerity.

Each issue of SAQ also features a second thematic section composed of short essays that engage a topic of contemporary political importance. The title of this section, “Against the Day,” is meant to highlight both the modes of activism and the specific occasion that the essays address.

"It's not easy to be both daring and indispensable, but SAQ has consistently been both. It has stretched its readers politically and geographically, setting a distinctive standard for its seriousness of thought and worldliness of topics."—Bruce Robbins, Columbia University

"Among the countless journals now bidding for our scarce attention, SAQ is a sure bet. Quite simply one of the best sources of new ideas in political thought, social motion, and human mentality."—Andrew Ross, New York University


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Editorial Office:
Duke University
Box 90660
Durham, NC 27708-0660
919-688-5595 (fax)

Michael Hardt, Duke University

Managing Editor:
Stacy Lavin

Editorial Board:
Rey Chow
Roberto M. Dainotto
Fredric Jameson
Ranjana Khanna
Wahneema Lubiano
Walter D. Mignolo
Kathi Weeks
Robyn Wiegman

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The South Atlantic Quarterly uses an all-special-issue, guest-edited format that precludes the submission of unsolicited manuscripts. It does not use a blinded peer-review process, but its two-tiered review process is roughly equivalent. All issues of the journal are organized by guest editors, who solicit contributions from established scholars whose work they know. Once authors submit their essays, it is the responsibility of the guest editor(s) to review the text and return to the author for revisions. Revised essays are subsequently submitted to the general editor, who again suggests revisions if necessary. At both points in the review process, the special-issue editor(s) and the general editor must reject essays whose quality is below the standards of the journal.

The journal is accepting proposals for thematic special issues through February 15, 2021. Themes should be in line with those of journal issues published in recent years, including critical race studies, feminist and queer theory, analyses of contemporary capital and labor, social and liberation movements, critical theory, and environmental humanities. Funds are available to translate original essays not written in English.

Special issue editors are responsible for soliciting essays, working with authors, editing texts, and assuring that deadlines and word counts are met.

Proposals should include a description of the concept or theme that organizes the issue (roughly 200 words) plus names of potential authors with very brief bios. Please indicate whether authors have already been contacted. Please propose, too, a date by which the complete, edited collection can feasibly be submitted.

Issues are composed of 70,000 words total. This is often configured as eight 8,000-word essays plus an introduction, but editors are free to configure the number and length of essays differently.

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July 2021 (120:3) - Closes 04/14/2021
October 2021 (120:4) - Closes 06/23/2021

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ISSN: 0038-2876
e-ISSN: 1527-8026