Each article submitted to Theory & Event will receive a preliminary review by the Co-editors of the journal, Elisabeth Anker and Cristina Beltrán. The Co-editors will then decide whether to send the submission out for review to a) an outside referee and b) a Coordinating Editor or Advising Editor. Reviewers will be drawn from an international network of political theorists, philosophers, cultural theorists, social theorists, and anthropologists, as well as freelance intellectuals, artists, and activists. Final decisions concerning the publication of any article submitted are made jointly by the Co-editors.
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The T&E review period averages ten weeks, except during the summer, when the office is open on a more limited basis.
Cristina Beltrán, Theory & Event Co-editor
New York University
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Elisabeth Anker, Theory & Event Co-editor
George Washington University
Department of American Studies
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Washington, DC 20052
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Theory & Event is a journal of political theory with an international editorial board, authors, and readership. It welcomes theoretical interventions, interpretations, and engagements with political events, institutions, cultures, and issues as they unfold. It provides a forum attractive to intellectuals who work at intersections of political theory, cultural theory, political economy, aesthetics, philosophy, and the arts.
Each article submitted to Theory & Event will receive a preliminary review by the Journal’s co-editors. The co-editors will then decide whether to send the submission out for review to an outside referee, a coordinating editor, or an advising editor. If articles are selected for review, they will be done so through a double-blind process with the goal of returning reviews within twelve weeks. Reviewers are drawn from an international network of political theorists, philosophers, cultural theorists, social theorists, and anthropologists, as well as freelance intellectuals, artists, and activists. Articles for review are either accepted, rejected, or preliminarily accepted pending revisions. Accepted and revised articles are then reviewed by the co-editors, who make all final decisions on publication. Conference panels, symposia, and special issues are also considered and reviewed similarly.
Theory & Event began in 1997 as an exclusive, online, peer-reviewed journal – the first of its kind – at a time when digital intellectual life was in its infancy. Since its first issue, it has established a reputation for cutting-edge theoretical and political inquiry. It is a journal of political theory with an international editorial board, authors, and readership. We welcome original theoretical interventions, interpretations, and engagements with ideas, cultures, institutions, issues, and unfolding events that have a particular relevance to questions of politics.
The journal features innovative political theorizing in the humanities and social sciences. We publish academic essays as well as other forms of writing and representation – including polemics, photography, and moving images and sounds – that engage diverse political ideas, phenomena, and events throughout the world. Related topics may include climate, sovereignty, territory, government, nation, race, family, gender, individual, capital, and the state; old, new, and emerging forms of subjectivity as they may be expressed in elections, popular uprisings, and affective networks, flows, and assemblages; old, new, and combined media formations; and, investigations into the objects and conditions of politics, ethics, and critique. The journal encourages contributions that are rigorous and lively, and that are attentive to scholarship without sacrificing creativity or timeliness.
The Review Section of Theory & Event seeks to foster international and cross-disciplinary dialogue about issues in contemporary politics and political theory. Reviews may involve extended reflections on several books grouped thematically, extended reflection on a single book that promises to alter the terms of discourse in important ways, or shorter examination of a recently published book. While reviews are published in English, the books under review need not be.
Theory & Event also publishes articles grouped together as symposia. The Symposium Section of Theory & Event operates as a site of inquiry and contestation concerning contemporary issues and controversies as they unfold. Valuing rigor and timeliness, our aspiration is to make this section a place where intense differences over significant issues are addressed in reflective ways.
On occasion, Theory & Event publishes “Supplements” – targeted and urgent provocations to current events, often with larger political and theoretical implications. Unlike the Symposia, the Supplements are more direct and lie somewhere between the academic intervention and blogging.Opinions expressed in the Supplements are those of the authors and not of the editorial board of Theory & Event and/or Johns Hopkins University Press.
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Banu Bargu, University of California, Santa Cruz
Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago
Anita Chari, University of Oregon
Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Kathy Ferguson, University of Hawai’i
Kennan Ferguson, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Jason Frank, Cornell University
Steven Johnston, University of Utah
Chad Lavin, University at Buffalo
Geoff Mann, Simon Fraser University
Robyn Marasco, City University of New York
Lori J. Marso, Union College, Schenectady
James Martel, San Francisco State University
Lida Maxwell, Boston University
Keally McBride, University of San Francisco
Aletta J. Norval, University of Essex
Davide Panagia, University of California, Los Angeles
John Protevi, Louisiana State University
Neil Roberts, Williams College
Kam Shapiro, Illinois State University
Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai’i
Lars Tønder, University of Copenhagen
Miguel Vatter, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, University of California, Irvine
Elizabeth Wingrove, University of Michigan
Jane Bennett, Johns Hopkins University
Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley
William Chaloupka, Colorado State University
William Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
Diana Coole, University of London, Birkbeck
Simon Critchley, New School University
Michael Dillon, Lancaster University
Lisa Disch, University of Michigan
Thomas Dumm, Amherst College
David Kyuman Kim, Connecticut College
Anne Norton, University of Pennsylvania
Paul Patton, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Jordan H. Carver, New York University
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