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Submission Guidelines

Aims and Scope

Cultural Politics is an international, refereed journal that explores the global character and effects of contemporary culture and politics. Cultural Politics explores precisely what is cultural about politics and what is political about culture. Publishing across the arts, humanities, and social sciences, the journal welcomes articles from different political positions, cultural approaches, and geographical locations.

Cultural Politics publishes work that analyzes how cultural identities, agencies and actors, political issues and conflicts, and global media are linked, characterized, examined, and resolved. In so doing, the journal supports the innovative study of established, embryonic, marginalized, or unexplored regions of cultural politics.

Cultural Politics, while embodying the interdisciplinary coverage and discursive critical spirit of contemporary cultural studies, emphasizes how cultural theories and practices intersect with and elucidate analyses of political power. The journal invites articles on representation and visual culture; media, film, and communications; popular and elite art forms; ecological and environmental issues; science, tech, and media/humanities/arts; new materialism; critical software studies; post-/non-humanism; the politics of production and consumption; language; ethics and religion; desire and psychoanalysis; art and aesthetics; the culture industry; technologies; academics and the academy; cultural anthropology; cities, architecture, and the spatial; global capitalism; Marxism; value and ideology; the military, weaponry, and war; power, authority, and institutions; global governance and democracy; political parties and social movements; human rights; community and cosmopolitanism; transnational activism and change; the global public sphere; the body; identity and performance; sexuality; queer and LGBTI+ politics; race, Blackness, whiteness, and ethnicity; indigeneity and Indigenous cultures/knowledges; the social inequalities of the global and the local; patriarchy, feminism, and gender studies; post-colonialism and decolonialism; and political activism.

Notes for Contributors

• Articles should be approximately 5,000–10,000 words in length, including notes and references, and must include a 50-word author biography, a 100- to 300-word abstract, and 3–5 keywords.

• Interviews should not generally exceed 10,000 words in length, including notes and references, and also require an author biography, an abstract, and 3–5 keywords.

• Book reviews are normally 1,000 words in length, while review essays range between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length, including notes and references. Please read the guidelines for book reviews and guidelines for review essays before submission.

Cultural Politics produces three issues a year and occasional issues devoted to a special topic. Persons wishing to organize a special issue are invited to submit a proposal that contains a 500-word description of the special issue, together with a list of potential contributors and paper subjects. Proposals are accepted only after review by the journal editors.


Manuscripts should be submitted online via the journal’s ScholarOne site: (You will have to create an account on our site even if you already have a ScholarOne account for a different journal.)

Submission of a manuscript to the journal will be taken to imply that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication and that if accepted for publication, it will not be published elsewhere, in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the editors and publisher. It is a condition of acceptance by the editors of a manuscript for publication that the publishers automatically acquire the copyright of the published article throughout the world. Cultural Politics does not pay authors for their manuscripts, nor does it provide retyping, drawing, or mounting of illustrations.

Book Reviews

Please contact Luci Eldridge ( for consideration for review in Cultural Politics. Please read the guidelines for book reviews before submission. Publishers are asked to contact Luci Eldridge prior to sending books to her.

Artwork and Visual Essays

Contemporary artists are encouraged to submit preliminary proposals of no more than 300 words for projects that fit within the parameters of the journal. No attachments, please. Send text and links only in the body of the message to Tania Roy ( An archive of past artist projects can be viewed at [Note: All images will be posted in color online.]


US spelling and mechanicals are to be used. Authors are advised to consult The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) as a guidebook for style. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.) is our arbiter of spelling. Articles should use endnotes rather than footnotes. For additional guidance about the journal's style, including an explanation of author-date style of documentation and sample citations, please consult the Cultural Politics style guide. We encourage the use of major subheadings and, where appropriate, second-level subheadings. When submitting a manuscript online, you will be asked to provide a title, a 100- to 300-word abstract, and 3–5 keywords relating to the content of the article. You will also be prompted to upload your manuscript and image files, if applicable, answer a few questions, and a build and review a PDF of your submission. Do not place the author's name on any page of the manuscript. You will receive confirmation that your manuscript has been received.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts must be double-spaced (including quotations, notes, and references cited) and formatted for one-inch margins on standard-size paper and must use a typeface no smaller than 12 pts. Accompanying illustrations should be uploaded as individual files (300 dpi or above) on the journal's ScholarOne site. Any necessary artwork must be submitted with the manuscript. It is the author's responsibility to secure written copyright clearance on all photographs and drawings that are not in the public domain. Copyright should be obtained for worldwide rights and online publishing.


All tabular material should be submitted in a separate electronic file. Each table should appear on a separate page and be identified by a short descriptive title. Footnotes for tables appear at the bottom of the table. Notations in the manuscript should indicate approximately where tables are to appear.

Criteria for Evaluation

Cultural Politics is a refereed journal. Manuscripts will be accepted only after review by both the coeditors and anonymous reviewers deemed competent to make professional judgments concerning the quality of the manuscript. Upon request, authors will receive reviewers' evaluations.

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