Greetings from the Revolutionary Students Union Journal Committee,
The Revolutionary Students Union is preparing an inaugural issue of our theoretical journal Barricades. In it, we hope to explore and debate the most pressing issues of our time. We hope to circulate this journal in print and online throughout the revolutionary Left to generate discussion upon these ideas. Certainly, other excellent journals such as "Rethinking Marxism" and "Radical Philosophy" exist, but we seek to create a space for discussion that embraces other positions of radicalism without the necessary presupposition of Marxism and we hope to generate an interdisciplinary discussion beyond simply philosophy. We are issuing a call for papers not only from traditional academic departments and journals, but also from a host of radical and revolutionary parties and organizations around the globe. We are thus calling for papers on the topic, "What is Capitalism today?"
Does Marx provide the most useful framework for understanding capitalism? How has capitalism changed since its critiques of the 19th and 20th Centuries? Does it exist in the form of national imperialism tied to competing nation states? Has capitalism begun to transcend the nation state in the form of multi-national corporations or a trans-national class? Does it exist as primarily a domination between classes or has capitalism evolved as primarily domination of oppressed minorities by racist and heterosexist power structures? Is capitalism primarily a political economy or does it exist as a form of social colonization? Is capitalism a closed global system or is there an "outside" of capitalism? These are the questions we want to confront.
Articles should be double-spaced Word documents, with a cover page (including institutional affiliation) and a 300-500 word abstract. Essays should be 1500-4500 words with an absolute maximum of 8000 words. For stylistic concerns, consult the University of Chicago Press Manual of Style. Imagery is encouraged; however, it is the obligation of the author to obtain permission for any imagery within the article if it is not within public domain. Authors will not be charged extra for images. All papers must be received by August 12th.
We hope to analyze these contemporary problems and help change them into a revolutionary opportunity. In later volumes, we hope to examine such issues as "What is the state?", "What is resistance?" and topics generated from discussion out of the journal itself. We hope you'll join us in that project.
Editor of the Revolutionary Students Union Journal Committee