CFP: Critical Phenomenology, Racial Justice, and Radical Imagination

Critical Phenomenology, Racial Justice, and Radical Imagination

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2021

The editors of Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology are soliciting submissions for the first in a series of themed issues on racial justice: “Critical Phenomenology, Racial Justice, and Radical Imagination.” A PDF version of the CFP may be found here.

The year 2020 has laid bare the pre-existing need to direct collective attention to systems of structural racist oppression. The coronavirus pandemic, the Western wildfires, anti-Black violence, and police brutality have all highlighted the differential distribution of precarity along racial, gender, and class lines, as well as the role that historical, financial, and governmental structures play in its perpetuation. A critical phenomenology attentive to how social structures affect lived experience calls for intersectional analyses of oppression, resistance, and projects of radical imagination. With this series, Puncta seeks to provide an ongoing forum for such conversations. We are especially interested in forefronting the perspectives of those traditionally underrepresented in the field, including the work of BIPOC philosophers. We welcome articles on questions that may include but are not limited to:

● How might critical phenomenology contribute to critical race theory?
● What does a focus on the effects of oppressive structures on lived experience reveal about the intersectionality of systems of oppression, like capitalism, sexism, and racism?
● What can critical phenomenology and/or specific critical phenomenological methodologies contribute to understanding the structure(s) of racist oppression?
● How might specific events of racial violence, oppression, injustice, or justice, be analyzed or understood through critical phenomenology?
● How and to what extent can phenomenological work contribute to the analysis of contemporary movements like Black Lives Matter, #Sayhername, and calls to defund the police?
● How might phenomenological discussions of self/other relations enhance an understanding of structural racism?
● What may a critical phenomenology contribute to projects of social justice, including (feminist) abolition initiatives, decolonizing efforts, and other types of radical imagination practices?

We accept extended abstracts, but prioritize full papers. Please note that acceptance of an abstract does not indicate an acceptance for publication. Full papers of accepted abstracts will be due on June 1, 2021 and will be subject to peer review. Extended abstracts should be between 800 and 1000 words. Full paper submissions should be no longer than 8000 words, inclusive of notes and works cited, and prepared for anonymous review. Full paper submissions should be accompanied by an abstract between 150 and 200 words.

Submissions should be submitted through email at with the subject heading “Racial Justice.” Full paper submissions must be in accordance with the author guidelines set forward by Puncta, which may be found on the journal’s website. All contributions will be peer-reviewed by anonymous referees. All questions and inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to General questions about the journal should be directed to Please note that any submission received before the submission deadline will not be reviewed until after the deadline.