Call for Submissions: “Native Liberation and Abolition,” a Blog Series

Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics invites submissions for a new blog series on “Native Liberation and Abolition.” We invite contributions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, writers, activists, organizers, and artists who can offer insight on the historical and contemporary forms of Native liberation movements and the liberatory practices incorporated in Indigenous societies and movement organizations. Of particular importance is the relationship of Native liberation to the concept, practice, and politics of abolitionism (which can be interpreted in a broad sense, such as seen in Abolition’s manifesto). Some questions that may be considered include:

  • Is decolonization an inherent element of abolitionism from a Native liberation perspective?
  • In what ways might abolitionism, Native liberation, and decolonization run into tension or converge, in their presumptions, aims, and practices?
  • How might Native liberation movements compel us to rethink the principles and practices of abolitionism?

Contributors are encouraged to pursue whichever questions and concerns are pertinent to their experiences, research, organizing, interests, and passions, providing that their submission speaks in some way to the relationship between Native liberation and abolition politics.

We welcome submissions that address Native liberation in any historical and/or geopolitical context, and in whatever language the authors prefer. The journal encourages submissions in a range of forms, such as critical and theoretical analyses, histories, manifestos, research reports, memoirs, poetry, and visual art. We recommend a 3000 word maximum for written work. We will begin to review submissions on December 1, 2018, but encourage submissions beyond that date as well. Please send all submissions and any questions you might have to [email protected]

[Image: Police macing protesters during a demonstration against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Reuters/Scanpix – via ]

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