Statement of Purpose

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.

Anyone who has any questions concerning the editorial policies, structure of governance, or any other matter concerning this journal should contact the co-editors at