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Invitation to Submit: Special Issue on Ethnic Studies & Indigenous Studies in Social Studies Education

  • 1.  Invitation to Submit: Special Issue on Ethnic Studies & Indigenous Studies in Social Studies Education

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    Editor: Kenneth Carano, Associate Professor, Western Oregon University,

    Guest Co-Editor: Sarah B. Shear, Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education, Penn State University-Altoona,

    Dear colleagues,

    We live in a time in which critical scholarship and justice-centered activism in social studies education is simultaneously needed and under attack. The continued presence of hatred in the United States, often sanctioned in the Tweets and speeches of President Trump, make it clear social studies education has a lot of work to do if it is going to be on the side of justice. Violence directed toward Indigenous, Black, Muslim, immigrant, queer and trans communities, and the growth of grassroots movements to counter this violence and hate, for example #BlackLivesMatter, #NoDAPL, and #MeToo, bring an urgency for change social studies must not ignore. While many K-12 teachers, scholars, and teacher educators have worked tirelessly for years to bring culturally relevant, culturally sustaining, anti-racist, and decolonization frameworks to social studies education, our advocacy must continue.

    Oregon recently took steps to address this urgency. In 2017, the governor signed into law HB 2845, a law mandating ethnic studies standards be included in social studies education. Also in 2017, SB 13 authorized the creation of statewide curriculum centered on the lives of Oregon's Indigenous peoples and nations. In light of Oregon's and other states' efforts in these areas, this special issue seeks to address what's working… and what's not working… in bringing ethnic studies and social studies education together. We are asking for critical dialogues on the status of social studies, not only its past and present, but also its future. Such conversations ask us to identify and take responsibility for the continued presence of anti-Blackness, settler colonialism, Islamophobia, and heteronormativity in our field and in our schools even while movements toward justice are ongoing. Such conversations also ask us to envision the undoing of these and other issues to build new futures for us all. Given this call, we encourage manuscripts that critically examine how, why, and for what purpose(s) ethnic studies is currently or could be positioned within social studies education (e.g. curriculum, children's literature, teacher education, the lives of teachers and students). We also encourage reviews of recently published books and films (2016-present) that speak to these issues.

    Thank you for sharing your work in this special issue. The proposed deadline for submission is December 31, 2018. If you have any questions, please email the editors.

    About the Journal:

    The Oregon Journal of the Social Studies, a peer-reviewed electronic journal. Submissions from all social studies disciplines as well as from interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome. Each submission will be refereed using a double-blind peer review process. Submit manuscripts as a file attachment to the executive editor. Submit your manuscript with an email message indicating that it has not been published elsewhere, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that copyright will be given to the Oregon Journal of the Social Studies should it be accepted for publication. Visit:

    Submission Guidelines:

    To be sent for peer review, manuscripts must be:

    • Original, accurate, meet submission guidelines, in good form editorially, and not under consideration elsewhere
    • Submitted in Microsoft .doc or .docx format
    • Submitted in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) style
    • Manuscripts that do not comply with APA format will be returned without review
    • Formatted in Times New Roman, size 12 font, double-spaced with graphics embedded in text in .gif or .jpg file formats
    • From 2,000 to 5,000 words in length, excluding references
    • All manuscripts must be written in English
    • Submit with an e-mail message (a) identifying the category under which the manuscript should be reviewed (i.e. Practice, Research, or Lesson Plan). Confirm that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that copyright will be given to the Oregon Journal of the Social Studies should it be published in the journal
    • Please include: A title page with complete contact information for all authors, including address, telephone, fax, and email; a manuscript that is void of author(s) name and institution(s); an abstract of 100 words or less following the title page; a biographical sketch of each author of 30 words or less at the end of the manuscript

    Manuscripts for this special issue should be submitted not later than December 31, 2018, to Guest Editor, Dr. Sarah Shear at

    Kenneth Carano
    Associate Professor
    Western Oregon University
    Salem OR