Walking Out: Teaching, Working, and Striking on the Neoliberal Campus
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Call for Contributions

February and March 2018 brought a mass walkout on UK university campuses over pension reform, but also state-wide teachers’ strikes in West Virginia, university campus strikes in Canada, ongoing struggles to unionize US university campuses, student walk-outs in US high schools over gun violence, and upcoming strikes in Kentucky and Oklahoma. These follow mass student walk-outs and occupations protesting austerity, the introduction of student fees, and unemployment around the world. Each of these actions has its own history, but together they point to some key themes:

  • schools and universities remain important sites of dissent—and depoliticization;
  • a growing consensus that budget cuts and austerity policies threaten the people and promise of public education.

We want to explore what this upsurge in walkouts, strikes, and campus-based protest means for public education in this moment. We invite students, graduate students, teachers of all levels, lecturers, professional staff, and union organizers to submit ideas to us. We expect the format to evolve, but for now we are looking for:

  • Reflections on organizing and participating in strikes, walk-outs, and protests;
  • Essays offering broader context to recent walk-outs: labor history, privatization of education, previous disputes.
  • Essays reflecting on bigger questions raised by strikes, protests, occupations, and “what next"
  • Teach-in programmes, lectures, videos and photos.
  • Photo essays.
  • Reading lists or syllabi.
  • Proposals for thematic forums, interviews, or guest edited sections.

Desired length: 500-2000 words (but online publishing is flexible).

Submission deadline: open submission and publication. We hope to publish weekly additions to the series April, May and Jun 2018.

Editorial process: Each piece will be read by two editors; after acceptance publication online can be expected in 1-4 weeks, depending on the number of submissions.

Please send your inquiries, submissions and questions to Lauren Martin: lauren.martin@durham.ac.uk. 

About us: societyandspace.org is the companion website to the peer-reviewed journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space published by Sage Publishers. The website is free and open to public and publishes essays, photography, book reviews, and interviews from a range of disciplines, perspectives, and places. Bobby Benedicto and Lauren Martin edit the website with the EPD editorial collective: Natalie Oswin (Managing Editor); Kate Derickson (Editor); Darshan Vigneswaran (Editor); and Alex Vasudevan (Editor). Environment and Planning D: Society and Space is an international and interdisciplinary journal that publishes theoretically innovative scholarship that examines the contingent and possible relations between the social and the spatial. It seeks to push the boundaries of theoretical debate and maintains a commitment to considering the political and social justice imperatives of research and theory.