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?

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Please forward submissions as soon as possible to j_spot@yorku.ca. In order to create a timely 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; potential contributors should consult the journal's website.