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Wed Nov 06 2019

FYI: Linguistic Social Justice - Edited Collection Call for Contributions

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 05-Nov-2019
From: Michelle Ramos Pellicia <>
Subject: Linguistic Social Justice - Edited Collection Call for Contributions
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Linguistic Social Justice
Call for Contributions
Abstracts Due: 15 January 2020

We invite submissions of original scholarship for an edited collection of works centering on topics related to social justice paying particular attention to Spanish language and/or Spanish-speaking communities. Because the Spanish language is intimately intertwined with issues of culture and identity, the language is often used as a proxy for prejudice and discrimination. However, the Spanish language can also play a pivotal role in approaching and resolving conflicts, providing access to information, and providing a forum for grassroots agency. We are interested in not only calling attention to areas where language-based injustices exist or an imbalance of access to services is found, but also in providing solutions to ameliorating these disparities.

Given that Spanish-speaking communities are increasing in size while they are simultaneously being marginalized and targeted for legal sanctions, educational remediation and social condemnation, our goal is to gather a collection of pioneering, unpublished research from a variety of disciplines that can serve as foundational references for interdisciplinary scholars for years to come. We are particularly interested in scholarship that reflects sustainable efforts highlighting the Spanish language as key to achieving one or more of the following goals 1) developing and engaging the cultural and linguistic wealth of Spanish-speaking communities; 2) empowering community members to participate in civic engagement activities; 3) enhancing educational outcomes at any level; and 4) providing a path for social, economic and educational parity. Please do not submit works that only measure affective outcomes of learners or study participants.

Editors: Michelle Ramos Pellicia (California State University, San Marcos), Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza (New Mexico State University), Mercedes Niño-Murcia (University of Iowa),

Topics: Papers may be from any discipline and may include but are not limited to the use of the Spanish language as a means to:

1. enhance social awareness, critical language awareness, and civic engagement, etc.
2. inform, empower and engage communities in order to resolve inequities in the distribution and access to knowledge, goods and services (e.g. internet, medical services, legal services, banking services, voter information and voting booths, libraries and books, etc.).
3. enhance critical thinking, promote learning and improve learning outcomes in students.
4. foster leadership, resilience, school change, agency on the part of Spanish-speaking communities.
5. promote economic stability/security, political voice, and the stability/security of immigration status, etc.
6. Illustrate/counteract the hegemony of the English language in the U.S. in politics, in education, in the economy, etc.
7. address the trauma of acts of physical, verbal or symbolic violence against Spanish-speaking communities.

Submissions: We are preparing a formal publication proposal of the projected contributions and authors. To initiate our selection process, we request submissions of abstracts which we will then use to invite authors to submit full papers. Please note that acceptance of an abstract does not constitute acceptance of the paper. Each paper will undergo a blind peer-review by at least two experts as well as one or more rounds of internal review among the editors prior to confirming acceptance for publication. Authors interested in being considered for publication should submit the following documentation.

As soon as possible, but no later than January 15, 2020, the following documents as separate PDF or Word attachments to a single email to (Please place “Linguistic Social Justice” in the e-mail subject line for ease of identification.):

1. Title of contribution, Contact information for all authors (name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, physical address, and phone number), as well as name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address of two suggested reviewers.
2. Title of contribution, a 500 word abstract (which includes research questions, methodology, number of participants, context, and general findings/conclusions). Please also include a list of initial bibliographic references (not subject to word count) immediately after your abstract.
3. An abbreviated C.V., for each contributing author limited to 2 pages for each person.

Tentative Timeline:

January 15, 2020: Receipt of abstracts from potential contributors
March 1, 2020: Submission of formal proposal
May 15, 2020: Notice of invitation to submit full papers for consideration sent to authors with publication guidelines (NB: provisional acceptance of abstract does not constitute acceptance of paper)
August 1, 2020: Collect completed draft manuscripts from all contributors
September 1, 2020 –January 15, 2021: Obtain two peer reviews per manuscript (acceptance of manuscripts will be determined after internal and external reviews are complete)
March 1, 2021: Receive completed and revised manuscripts from contributors
May 1, 2021: Finalized manuscripts of all contributions in the collection submitted for publication

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

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