Invitation to Submit: Special Issue on Ethnic Studies in Social Studies Education Oregon Journal of the Social Studies
Editor: Kenneth Carano, Associate Professor, Western Oregon University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest Co-Editor: Sarah B. Shear, Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education, Penn State University-Altoona, email@example.com
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: https://sites.google.com/site/oregoncouncilforsocialstudies/home Submission Guidelines:
To be sent for peer review, manuscripts must be:
Manuscripts for this special issue should be submitted not later than December 31, 2018, to Guest Editor, Dr. Sarah Shear at firstname.lastname@example.org.