Call for Papers


Atlantis is currently open for submissions related to the Call for Papers titled Mis/classification: Identity-based Inequities in the Canadian and Global Postsecondary Context (details below) as well as non-themed research papers, book reviews, and literary work (i.e. work that fits our mandate but is outside the scope of the Call for Papers). For all submissions, please read our submission guidelines and about page before sending work. For questions, please contact Katherine Barrett (Managing Editor),

Mis/classification: Identity-based Inequities in the Canadian and Global Postsecondary Context

Submission Deadline: April 29, 2022
Editor: KelleyAnne Malinen, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Mount Saint Vincent University

This issue of Atlantis will explore how elements of postsecondary institutions produce, maintain, or resist equitable or inequitable outcomes for equity-seeking groups. We welcome submissions that address postsecondary contexts around the world, or here in Canada. We seek critical scholarship in the broad sense of the term, which invokes an overriding concern with one or more forms of human emancipation. For example, authors may draw upon branches of critical feminism, critical sociology, critical disability studies, or critical race theory.

Examples of identity-based inequities in the postsecondary context
Historical exclusions and foundational violence
One place to begin thinking about inequities within postsecondary education is with historical (though historically recent), formal exclusions from postsecondary institutions of women, of people of African descent, and of Indigenous people. For example, Indigenous people in Canada automatically lost Indian status upon receiving a degree. Atlantis is interested in articles that reflect on these histories, whether or how they have been addressed, and/or whether or how they continue to resonate in postsecondary institutions.

Intersectional interventions
Our postsecondary system in its past and present manifestations can often be viewed through an intersectional lens. Atlantis is interested in submissions that explore the intersectionality of in/equities in the postsecondary context, as well as submissions that offer intersectional approaches for addressing such inequities.

Policies, services, and committees: Institutional responses to matters of equity
Today’s universities and colleges produce a range of policies against sexual violence, harassment, and discrimination, as well as policies for the use of preferred names and pronouns. Such policies aim to address issues confronted disproportionately by marginalized groups such as women, LGBTQ2S+ communities and racialized communities. Postsecondary institutions now fund – and frequently underfund – positions, services, committees, and centers intended to address the needs of marginalized groups within student populations. This call invites articles that take stock of such approaches to equity. Why and how are these measures generated? How do students experience these measures? What is missing? What has proven helpful? Who benefits?

Accessibility and disability accommodations, policy, and experiences
Integration of accessibility and disability accommodations into teaching and learning practices is relatively standard within postsecondary institutions today. Atlantis is interested in articles that explore the nature and/or efficacy of accessibility policies not only for students, but also for staff and faculty who are disabled. We are interested in experiences of such policies, as well as the accommodations that flow (or do not flow) from these policies, or from the staff and/or faculty responsible for implementing accommodations.

Critiquing curricula and critical curricula
Course offerings often fail to recognize the oppression of marginalized groups by our disciplines, or the contributions of marginalized people to our disciplines. The Eurocentricity of curricula continues to be challenged by calls for Indigenization and for Africentric and anti-racist content. Atlantis invites submissions that explore pedagogical approaches or student experiences that link curricula to systems of privilege or delink curricula from systems of privilege.

International education
The numerous cultural groups that make up the international student populations at Canadian universities, for example, pay vastly higher tuition than domestic students to attain their degrees. At the same time, international students must deal with a variety of barriers, some relating to distance from home, the experience of a new culture, or the experience of a new language; but others relating to factors such as racism, Eurocentrism, and lack of cultural safety or awareness. This call invites submissions that critically examine the situations of international students in the context of their postsecondary experiences or of the postsecondary system.

Activist Reflections
In recent decades, marginalized groups of students and allies have raised their voices, drawing attention to manifestations of social inequality that are produced, maintained, and resisted in the postsecondary context. We are interested in the experiences and reflections of student and other activists working on issues related to marginalization within their university communities.

Summary of areas of interest
This CFP welcomes original research, literary works, and book reviews that explore how elements of postsecondary institutions produce, maintain, or resist equitable or inequitable outcomes.
Elements of postsecondary institutions include, but are not limited to:
• Practices, norms, and biases operative within universities and colleges
• Policies governing university and college life
• Construction and/or distribution of physical and/or virtual space
• Dominant and marginalized language within the academy
• Distribution of labour within postsecondary contexts
• Distribution of funds within postsecondary contexts
• Labour market outcomes following postsecondary education
• Student, faculty, and staff demographics
• Content of curricula and course offerings

Identities include, but are not limited to:
• Indigenous and settler identities
• Racial, ethnic, national, and regional identities
• Immigration status, residency, and citizenship
• Queer (such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, or asexual) and heterosexual identities
• Gender-based identities, such as female, male, two-spirit, non-binary, transgender, and cis-gender
• Socio-economic class
• Disabled/mad/chronically ill identities

Equitable or Inequitable Outcomes
• The equitable and/or inequitable outcomes addressed by contributing authors may be academic/scholarly, material, discursive, and/or affective in character.
• Contributing authors may explore how such outcomes are or could be produced, maintained, or resisted from within or from outside postsecondary institutions.

For submissions guidelines, please visit
Submissions of full papers are due by April 29, 2022.

For further information about this Call for Paper, please contact

For information about Atlantis or the submission process, contact

To submit, email papers to Katherine Barrett (Managing Editor),

Armstrong, E.A, & Bernstein, M. 2008. "Culture, power, and institutions: A multi-institutional politics approach to social movements." Sociological Theory, 26(1): 74-99.

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INFORMATION MEETING JUNE 21, 2021, 7-8:30 EST on ZOOM (details below)


Co-Editors: Rachel B. Zellars, Reakash Walters, and Rania El Mugammar

On May 25, 2020, the world shifted. In the aftermath of the execution of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, cities in 60 countries and every major city in North America erupted, for months, into movements of protest and resistance. Two dominant messages have been central to the sustained protest movements for Black life in 2020 and 2021: #DefundThePolice and prison abolition. While the organizing and messaging of last year built upon decades of community organizing, advocacy, and scholarship by abolitionists both within and outside of the academy, these two terms—#DefundThePolice and prison abolition—have reached unprecedented audiences and entered mainstream discourse in ways unthinkable prior to the spring of 2020. Our current moment calls for both a study of and reckoning with these two complex historical terms. In Canada, this moment offers an opportunity to further interrogate our local histories of abolitionism, as well as to explore the current practices and organizing related to abolition that are oft unseen, yet embedded within numerous Black and Indigenous communities throughout the country.

This special issue on “Transformative Justice as Praxis” is devoted to uncovering and archiving these local histories and organizing practices throughout Canada. While a politics of abolition entails a long-term commitment to building a world without our current prison, policing, and surveillance systems, transformative justice is often sidestepped as the foundation of a politics of abolition. Yet, as Ruthie Gilmore and others have noted, transformative justice is the anchor, the root, and the very location from which any serious study of or commitment to a politics of abolition must begin. It is also the part of abolition that has been least explored, exemplified, and detailed in writings—old and new—about abolition. In short, transformative justice is simultaneously the most urgent and least understood subject matter within the context of abolition. It is urgent because without transformative justice, there can be no abolition.

Transformative justice is a set of everyday practices that guides human behavior to respond to harm and violence non-punitively. While this characterization is broad, many individual organizers and community organizations throughout Canada have developed practices and strategies for dealing with harm and violence in families, work, and organizing environments, and within their larger communities. Given Black and Indigenous communities’ unique and proximate relationship to living histories of slavery and settler colonialism, these communities have, over centuries, developed responses for confronting lateral and state violence. As organizer Mia Mingus describes, “transformative justice was created by and for many of these communities,” including “immigrant communities of color, poor and low-income communities, communities of color, people with disabilities, sex workers, queer and trans communities."1

This call invites individuals to submit scholarly papers (up to 6,000 words) and poetry, interviews, fiction, case studies*** and essays (up to 3,000 words) for publication in the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of Atlantis journal to engage the subject of transformative justice in our current moment in Canada. Importantly, this call seeks out contributors who have studied and practiced transformative justice, rather than those who simply aim to theorize it in our current moment. We are particularly interested in the pragmatics of transformative justice—what has worked, what has failed, what has been tried and tried again with varying degrees of success. We are also interested in documenting histories of transformative justice practices within organizing histories and within Black and Indigenous communities nationally, as well as creating a national resource list of practitioners throughout Canada. Through this issue of Atlantis, we hope to archive a shared learning and practice space where individuals throughout Canada can both learn from and utilize tools for embodying and deepening transformative justice practices in the spaces they live, dream, organize, work, study, and love.

We seek submissions that include but are not limited to the following questions:
• What are the ways you, personally, practice transformative justice in your everyday life, and why is a personal embodiment of transformative justice so important to a politics of abolition? Locate some of the practices that you specifically enact in your interpersonal relationships, including practices that may not be described as transformative justice but function as such.

• What is the relationship between radical Black feminism and transformative justice? How does Black feminism account for patterns of gender violence within radical politics, and simultaneously balance accountability against the perniciousness of state violence and histories of surveillance?

• What does it mean to say that “transformative justice is the foundation of abolition?”

• What are the community conditions that must precede transformative justice in order for local practices to be viable?

• Describe some examples of accountability or more formal community accountability processes that have been satisfactory or successful in your community. (Make sure to anonymize any persons and/or communities involved in the processes.***)

• What is the role of mistake-making in transformative justice accountability processes? What is the threshold for mistake-making?

• What is the relationship between transformative justice and mutual aid?

• What is the relationship between transformative justice and mental health, neurodiversity, and/or social determinants of health?

• What is the relationship between harm reduction and transformative justice?

• Can a public call-out ever serve as a mechanism of accountability?2 Why or why not?

• How has lateral violence disrupted transformative justice work within communities, and what are some strategies that can be used to challenge, circumvent, or dismantle it?

• Recently, Joy James has spoken openly about the shortcomings of the location of abolition within the academy, as well as the “airbrushing” or mythmaking that produced a façade of Black political solidarity during and after the Civil Rights Movement.3 What do we make of these critiques in relation to the current, widespread interest in a politics of abolition and calls to #DefundThePolice?

• In what ways have Black radical traditions and their histories obscured and complicated the work of transformative justice in relationship to intraracial gender violence and rape?4 How can these issues be reconciled in light of the reality of state violence and surveillance against Black and Indigenous communities? How do we assess the histories of gender violence within Black radical and other radical traditions?5

• How does the personal power of individuals who have caused harm create barriers for traditionally convened accountability processes?


Submission Details:

First draft submissions should be emailed as a Word document by May 28, 2021 to

***Those interested in submitting case studies should first consult Rachel Zellars at for ethical guidelines regarding these contributions.

Before submitting work, please read the Scope and Focus section for Atlantis Journal and consult our full submission guidelines.

Contributors will be notified by June 16, 2021 regarding publication acceptance. Final revisions are due August 1, 2021.

For substantive questions about this CFP, please contact Rachel Zellars:

For questions about the submission and publication process, please contact Katherine Barrett (Managing Editor):


Works Cited:

1. Mia Mingus. “Transformative Justice: A Brief Description.”

2. Jessica Bennett. 2020. “What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called them In?” New York Times, November 19.

3. Joy James. 2020. “Airbrushing Revolution for the Sake of Abolition.” Black Perspectives, July 20.; See also

4. Rachel B. Zellars. 2019. “‘As if We Were All Struggling Together’: Black Intellectual Traditions and Legacies of Gendered Violence." Women's Studies International Forum 77.

5. Courtney Morris. 2010. “Why Misogynists Make Great Informants.” Truthout, May 30.




Dear Beloved Community,

We have extended our deadline for the special issue of Atlantis Journal on Transformative Justice as Praxis in Canada to July 30, 2021.

We invite you to submit your work on transformative justice, including scholarly papers (up to 6,000 words) and poetry, interviews, fiction, case studies and essays (up to 3,000 words) for this groundbreaking issue that focuses on Canada, and the relationship between state and interpersonal violence. We are interested in hearing your stories, your experiences, and your understandings of navigating violence at home and at work, in our organizations and community spaces, and with our loved ones. We are interested in publishing your thoughts on what accountability looks like: When someone you know has harmed, been violent, and ignored consent boundaries, how should we respond to ensure that healing is a possible outcome? How might our communities do better, collectively, in responding to harm when it occurs? What do we mean by harm anyway? These are some of the basic questions that TJ asks of us, but there are so many more we have yet to ask and explore together.

As such, we are also inviting you to an informational gathering session to learn more about transformative justice and the submission process for this special issue. We want to ensure that you are able to ask questions you may be wrestling with and contribute work in a way that is meaningful to you, your needs, and your abilities. In short, we invite you to come learn with us and ask questions that may be holding you back from contributing. We know that the traditional academic format can be intimidating for many in our communities, and we want to make this process as welcoming as possible. We can offer rich, practical resources such as transcription (if writing does not feel right or is not possible for you). We invite you to send in recordings of your essays and ideas. We can also offer copy editors to handle the heavy work of editing and fine tuning for publication. We welcome interviews. We also hope that a collective writing circle may be birthed from our meet up!

Please join us on June 21, from 7- 8:30 pm EST on Zoom for a mini primer on transformative justice and to discuss your ideas and questions about submitting to Transformative Justice as Praxis in Canada. Please sign up here, and we will be in touch soon with more details and a Zoom link for the meeting. Sign up link:

With gratitude and care,
Rania, Rachel and Reakash