Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Special Issue of Punishment & Society: Call for Papers!

The international peer-reviewed journal Punishment & Society published its first issue in 1999, at a time when punitive politics and populism was reaching an apex globally, and when longstanding penal logics were being supplanted by novel ones. In his inaugural editorial, founding editor David Garland characterized punishment as “one of the most pressing problems of our age,” that called for a distinct intellectual outlet for scholarship on punishment. “The new centrality of penal politics and the changing configuration of the field, together with the growth over the last two decades of a vigorous and impressive body of new penological scholarship made it seem timely and important to establish a forum for this kind of discussion and debate.” The journal has since established itself as the premiere international publication on issues of punishment and penal control.

Punishment & Society will publish a special 20th anniversary issue of the journal in Fall 2018. We seek submissions for the 20th anniversary issue that are in conversation with the many penal developments that have been highlighted and debated over the last two decades in the journal. Interested scholars should submit a 750- to 1000-word summary (including references) of an original empirical or theoretical article to be considered for inclusion in the 20th anniversary issue. The summary should identify the particular line of inquiry, as previously featured in the journal, that will propel the manuscript, as well as the original empirical and theoretical contributions of the proposed manuscript.

Authors of selected submissions will be invited to a small workshop to refine their manuscripts, facilitated by current and former editors of the journal. The workshop will take place in Spring 2017 at the University of California, Irvine.

Interested authors should submit summaries of proposed manuscripts to current editors Mona Lynch ( and Kelly Hannah-Moffat ( by Friday, November 18, 2016. Authors of selected proposals will be notified no later than early January, 2017. Full manuscript drafts (approximately 8000 words, including notes, tables, and references) will be due in March, 2017, in advance of the workshop.

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