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j_spot is an interdisciplinary electronic journal focusing on a wide range of intersections between theory, politics, culture, and social justice.  In light of contemporary political and intellectual conditions in late capitalist society, j_spot aims to expand the space for interdisciplinary critique, innovation, and originality. Already situated in the rapidly evolving nexus of technologically mediated social and political change - a transformative nexus which itself must not escape critique - j_spot aims to give free rein to the crucial, critical energies that aim beyond a deadly acceptance of the status quo.

j_spot is currently soliciting work. In addition to substantial research papers, we invite creative submissions, review work and pieces that challenge traditional academic form.

Writing that breaks with traditional academic form - including hypertext and graphic-intensive writing - is welcome.

Calls for Volume I, Issues Numbered 2, 3 and 4, special issue 'open strike', and issue 5

Issue no. 2: m a t e r i a l / b o d i l y / s t r a t a
The deadline for papers was June 1, 1999 [ see note ]

"The material bodily principle is contained not in the biological individual, not in the bourgeois ego, but in the people, a people who are continually growing and renewed. / The cosmic, social, and bodily elements are given here as an indivisible whole." Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World [1984 (1965) (p19)]
The body is social, material, historical; a stratified whole, grotesque and carnal? Whose critical theory effectively empowers, redresses, incarnates, the material, bodily strata? For this issue of j_spot we ask for essays that attempt to strafe the bodily armour of critique.

Issue no. 3: Ethics and Debt (or, Debt to the Other)
The deadline for papers was September 30, 1999 [ see note ]

Does ethics operate as an economy? We speak of the burden of responsibility; is this burden not a debt? Being responsible, do I simply respond as if to a question, or is there some force of accountability calculating my response. I sense my duty; I know that I owe. But what is it that I owe and by what authority am I indebted? How and how much do I pay? And - since economy doesn't seem to work without exchange - for what purpose, what gain, did I accrue this debt? Who, when, and where are the actors in the exchange?

For this our third issue of j_spot we are asking for an account of the moral economy.

Issue No. 4: "Language: Cage or Frontier?"

The deadline for papers was September 30, 2000 [ see note ]

While the nature, operation, and possibilities of language have been of concern to philosophy since its very beginnings, the latter half of the twentieth century has witnessed an unprecedented interest in questions of discourse, communication, and speech.  Drawing sustenance from a diversity of critical approaches, social theory in particular continues to develop the political, philosophical, and cultural implications arising out of the ‘linguistic turn.'

What are the critical potentials that have been simultaneously unleashed and submerged in this turn to language?  What are the political stakes involved here?  What is left to be done? Has the time indeed come where we can begin to speak of a ‘post-linguistic turn'?  If so, what forms might such a line of inquiry take?

For Issue No. 4 of j_spot, entitled "Language: Cage or Frontier?" we encourage submissions between and across disciplines that address or expand upon the above concerns.


"Open-Strike!" a j_spot special issue
Teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants of the Canadian Union of Public Employees 3903 at York University, have recently returned—victoriously—to their academic work after a three-month strike. In an increasingly right-wing political climate the success of the strike announces hope and the efficacy of political praxis. This profound event has affected many people in a variety of ways, materially, bodily, ideologically, etc., and truly calls for testimony.

j_spot, the Journal of Social and Political Thought, is pleased to announce a special open strike' issue. We aim to provide a forum for strike commentary of all forms: critical analysis, social and political theory, email threads, photographs and other art-making, documents of actions, hypertext, and personal reflection. While the recent CUPE 3903 strike is the impetus behind this call, as are labour issues related to the York University Faculty Association strike of 1997 and the recent action at Carleton University in Ottawa, we are also interested in theoretical reflections on the state and status of the university as a pedagogical site in relation to critical contemporary realities of education and academic work. We encourage submissions that consider a larger context. What are the exigencies of the current situation at your university? In relation to your political system? How do labour disputes, faculty and student movements, government pressures, departmental administrations, or other social and political forces impact upon the delivery and experience of education?

Please forward submissions as soon as possible to j_spot@yorku.ca. In order to create an effective response, the special "Open-Strike!" issue of j_spot will be posted online as soon as it reaches a critical mass. "Open-Strike!" will not be peer-refereed in the manner of other issues of the journal, but the journal's editorial collective reserves the right to vet and edit articles as appropriate. Regular submissions for peer review are still being received.

All submissions for "Open-Strike!" should be sent to j_spot@yorku.ca, preferably as a WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, or html file attachment. 

It is our hope that the open-strike issue will grow organically and we are interested in continuing to receive submissions, press releases, news items, websites etc. that deal with the state and status of the university. We will notify contributors as soon as their submission is added to the 'strike web.' We anticipate that the open strike project will become not only a valuable document related to labour and education in 2001, but a critical resource for the future.

Issue no. 5: movement
The deadline for papers was August 15, 2002. [ see note ]

Change, growth, development, destruction, progression, regression, chasing tail, nervous twitching, involuntary muscle movement, running, dancing movement. What is movement? What does movement mean in a social and political context? How do we move? Individually? Collectively? Aesthetically? Purposefully? Playfully? How can movement articulate existence? History? Freedom? Nature? Embodiment? Running and rushing we barreled ourselves into the twenty-first and now here -at the CFS for issue 5 of the journal of social and political thought --we pause to reflect on the very way of approach and invite art, hypertext, video or photo essays, poetry, prose fiction and academic articles that deal with the general theme of movement.

N.B.: Papers outside of the above themes may be submitted at any time.

Notes to Contributors

j_spot warmly welcomes unsolicited articles and reviews that fit with the general direction/tone/thrust of the journal (see our Manifesto). Manuscripts submitted to j_spot should not be under simultaneous consideration by any other journal, nor should they have been published elsewhere. The main goal of the review process is certainly to select and refine papers for publication, but we also think that the review process nurtures and supports scholarship in the area of social and political theory.

Periodically, so to speak, j_spot will issue calls for submissions on a specific topic or theme. Articles should not normally exceed 30 pages of double-spaced text, including endnotes, although longer pieces will be considered. In order to facilitate electronic presentation, all citations must be formatted as endnotes. Submissions should be emailed to j_spot at SPoT@Yorku.ca as an attachment or plain-text.

Submissions will be blind-refereed by a panel of peers, consisting of at least one faculty member. Referees' comments will be sent to the author within a period of three months. Authors may be asked to revise their submissions in consonance with recommendations by the peer panel. Editors may make minor revisions for style, space, or add hyperlinks, media and images. Final decisions regarding acceptability for publication in j_spot rest with the Editorial Board. All correspondence should be directed to j_spot Editorial Board at j_spot email address: SPoT@YorkU.Ca.

Paper submissions (except for final versions, see below) are discouraged, but hard correspondence may be mailed to

c/o Graduate Programme in Social & Political Thought
York University
S716 Ross Building, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M3J 1P3

Fax: (416) 650-8075

We ask that final versions of papers accepted for publication be submitted both in hard copy and on disk. If an article includes artwork, or figures, authors must submit camera-ready copy or electronic media with the final draft. We welcome short sound or video files which may be incorporated into the articles published on our website.

Finally, for co-authored works, all authors must submit in writing signed statements attesting to their degree of involvement in the research and writing of the finished paper.

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