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Larbi Sadiki, Middle East Council on Global Affairs (Qatar)

Associate Editor
Layla Saleh, Qatar University (Qatar)

Section Editors
Special Essays Editor: Garth le Pere, University of Pretoria and Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (South Africa)
Reviews Editor: Michele Ruiters, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Protest Voices Editor: Haruka Ichimaru, Northwestern University (USA)
Social Media Editor: Dayana Leon, University of the Americas (Ecuador)
Pedagogy Primer Editor: Lee Artz, Purdue University Northwest (USA)

Assistant Editors
Anna Ferguson, Georgetown University (USA)
Madeleine Hall, Georgetown University (USA)

International Advisory Board
Ali Al-Ansari, University of St Andrews (UK)
Meliha Altunisik, Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
Amor Boubakri, University of Sousse (Tunisia)
Laurie Brand, University of Southern California (USA)
Youssef Choueiri, The University of Manchester (UK)
Miriam Cooke, Duke University (USA)
Mariela Cuadro, National University of San Martín (Argentina)
James Dorsey, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (Qatar)
Basem Ezbidi, Birzeit University (Palestine)
Daniela Huber, Istituto Affari Internazionali (Italy)
Noureddine Jebnoun, Georgetown University (USA)
John Keane, The University of Sydney (Australia)
Andrea Khalil, City University of New York (USA)
Eberhard Kienle, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France)
Elena Korosteleva, University of Kent (UK)
Mark LeVine, University of California, Irvine (USA)
Beverley Milton-Edwards, Queen’s University Belfast (UK)
Aiko Nikishida, Keio University (Japan)
Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter (UK)
Allen Peng, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (Taiwan)
Renata Pepicelli, University of Pisa (Italy)
Abdallah Saeed, University of Melbourne (Australia)
Marcelo Saguier, National University of San Martín and CONICET (Argentina)
Keiko Sakai, Chiba University (Japan)
Lucia Sorbera, The University of Sydney (Australia)
Lutfi Sunar, Istanbul Medeniyet University (Turkey)
Mark Tessler, University of Michigan (USA)
Laurence Whitehead, University of Oxford (UK)


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A “protest turn” is upon us. The Arab Spring uprisings, Occupy Wall Street, anti-immigrant mobilization, and Black Lives Matter – all speak to this historical juncture. Against this backdrop, Protest inaugurates a forum for capturing this expanding global phenomenon of contentious politics. To this end, it invites contributors to interpret the evolving nature of power and power dynamics and relations across various terrains of protest. Protest is neither single nor fixed, and the journal champions the diversity of ontology, epistemology, and methodology of knowing protest, undertaking to reflect it in the “writing” of protest. This dimension is intended to elicit new openings for inquiring more widely and globally into the protest turn.

The journal aims to:
• Parse the complexities of protest as they play out across time and space.
• Chart anti-systemic struggles by the indignants of the world – the faces of marginalization – in their bid to strike back at structures, forces, discourses, and relations of power.
• Understand emerging constructions and re-constructions of identity and peoplehood as well as negotiation of distribution and representation of power.
• Offer a platform that brings academic practitioners and activists in the field into conversation with one another.
• Narrativize the normative dimensions of protest as emancipatory activisms in pursuit of social justice and race, gender, environmental, and socio-economic rights, equality, and protections, etc.
• Create an international episteme around the topic of protest that probes cross-country, regional, and global patterns as well as local specificities.
• Interpret protest within dialectics of formal and informal (polity, economy, society, culture, language, etc.), local and global, academic and activist, politician and protestor, structure and agency, past and present, theoretical and empirical, text and context.
• Emphasize the different modes of knowledge-practices in which protest and its writing are embedded.

The travel of protest brings to the fore a plethora of questions about how activisms are imbricated in the lives of people, publics, communities, and ideas. How do the processes, actors, and milieus of change affect cities, peoples, and ideas, and vice-versa? How may protest interweave with revolution and transition? Interventions are geared towards investigating this angle.

Protest invites submissions that engage with the most recent theoretical, methodological, and empirical advances in the study of protest. As a single but multi-faceted scholarly forum, the journal serves as a platform that contributes to debates on “ruly” (top-down) and “unruly” (bottom-up) dynamics of change. The journal welcomes contributions about communities, people, ideas, institutions, and processes, all within the context of protest.

The journal welcomes the following types of submissions:
• Research articles: introducing empirical and/or theoretical explorations (7500-8500 words)
• Special Essays: commissioned from a seasoned figure (scholar, politician, activist, syndicalist, witness to a revolution, etc.) (5000-7500 words)
• Pedagogical Corner: section with articles on how to teach protest and offering resources for the classroom (2000-3000 words)
• Protest Voices: section geared especially towards reporting from voices in the Global South, with short articles written by protesters/activists in the field cataloguing and reflecting on their personal protest experiences (2000-3000 words)
• Reviews: short articles reviewing books, films, and cultural exhibitions and events (1500-2000 words)
• Interviews: one per issue with protest figures/organizers, be they public intellectuals, academicians, media personalities, or public figures, especially in relation to ongoing or live protests (2000-3000 words)
• Global Protest Spotter: section with submissions tracking/charting contemporaneous protest activity and protest “hot zones” around the world (may vary in length and will be assessed on an ad-hoc basis)

For editorial queries and proposals, please contact the Protest Editorial Office.

If interested in submitting a proposal for a special issue in Protest, please read the Instructions for Special Issues.
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