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Deadline for Manuscript Submission:
January 31, 2021

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Call for Papers

Special Issue: Environmental Justice and the Challenge of Black Lives Matter


Guest Editor

David N. Pellow, PhD
Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California
Santa Barbara, CA

Submission Deadline: All manuscripts should be submitted for consideration by January 31, 2021.

This special issue of Environmental Justice will feature papers that expand and challenge the received wisdom on anti-Black racism and the Black Lives Matter movement (and the Movement for Black Lives) by reframing associated topics through the lens of environmental justice theory, methods, and politics. The reality of state-sanctioned violence against peoples of African descent is on full display for the world to see, recoil at, and respond to. Scholars have explored the economic, cultural, political, and psychological dimensions of anti-Black racism and our responses to this deadly phenomenon. However, we urgently need a deeper grasp of the environmental and ecological dimensions of this challenge in order to more fully comprehend the driving forces behind it and to develop more effective scholarly and policy frameworks for confronting and transcending it. Authors are encouraged to be creative and bold in their approach to this call.

All manuscripts should be submitted online by January 31, 2021. All submissions will be subject to a rigorous peer review. We encourage submissions of original research articles, reviews, commentaries, historic essays, policy briefs, and impact papers.

Suggested topic areas include, among others:

  • Black Lives Matter/Movement for Black Lives and environmental justice
  • Black joy, Black arts, Black culture, and environmental justice
  • Climate justice and the struggle for Black liberation
  • Food justice and the struggle for Black liberation
  • Economic justice and the struggle for Black liberation
  • Health justice and the struggle for Black liberation
  • Housing justice and the struggle for Black liberation
  • Transportation Justice and the struggle for Black liberation
  • No More “I Can’t Breathe”: The interconnectedness between the fight for black lives and air pollution in black communities
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to examining anti-Blackness and Black liberation struggles
  • The prison industrial complex, abolition, and environmental justice
  • No More Sacrifice Zones: Fighting against environmental slavery in black communities
  • New modes of linking and expanding intersectionality into the realm of Black liberation
  • Comparative/relational frameworks for linking Black Lives Matter to the struggles of other subjugated populations around the United States and the world

Visit Environmental Justice to learn more, read past issues, and view author submission guidelines.

Queries to the editor to propose a topic prior to submission are encouraged. Please contact Jennifer Kuhn to initiate your query or for any further details.

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Deadline for Manuscript Submission:
January 31, 2021

SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT