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Learn about ways to get involved with the PPJ and stay up to date on emerging activities.
Ways to Get Involved
Submit original work for Formative Peer Review. While Formative Peer Review is required for submissions seeking publication in the Journal, composers can use the platform to create or develop work intended for different purposes. It is open to students wanting to connect with peer mentors and exchange formative feedback on early drafts, for example, and we encourage its use for augmenting activist work (missions, essays, action letters, grants, toolkits, etc.).
Review or coordinate reviews for submissions. Formative Peer Review is by nature a mutually beneficial process. By joining a review team, one helps others bring their work to its fullest potential while opening opportunities for connecting and collaborating with new colleagues working in diverse fields. Participating as a formative peer reviewer or a review coordinator can be a rewarding experience that enhances one's own scholarly development.
Curate content for the Current. The Current is an interactive space for sharing and discovering engaged philosophical content found across the web, such as articles, blog posts, podcast episodes and videos. It can also be used for uploading original work not intended for Formative Peer Review but on which composers can request more informal feedback by using the comment forum.
Become a Guest Curator. Take the spotlight on the Current for a week. Guest Curators choose specific, publicly relevant topics of interest and share pertinent works (which may include their own) for engagement with the PPJ community.
Participate in community discussion. Browse the Current's evolving record of content and explore platform features for recommending and discussing pieces with others. Head to the Journal to view, comment on, and share published essays, multimedia work, and reviewer holistic responses.
Become a PPJ Field Editor. We are currently seeking Field Editors to help create and nurture partnerships with community groups and public organizations concerned with social and political issues in and at the intersections of the following areas:
Field Editors will work with the Editorial Team and Board to advance the PPJ’s service to publicly engaged groups and organizations by helping to increase the scope of their advocates, publicize their work, refine ideas central to their missions, and develop strategies for achieving their short- and long-term goals. To this end, Field Editor activities can include
Individuals working within or beyond academe, with or without formal degrees, and all across the globe are equally invited and encouraged to participate. If you're an activist or researcher who'd like to enrich and broaden the impact of your work in collaboration with new colleagues, develop your peer networks, and support the work of community action initiatives, we'd love to hear from you. We also welcome proposals for serving as Field Editors in areas other than those listed above. To inquire about or commit to volunteering, please contact the editors at editors@publicphilosophyjournal.
As part of our developing Learning Network Video Series, three short introductory videos are now available. Learn about the PPJ's mission, core values, and Formative Peer Review process:
Formative Peer Review
Stay tuned for more videos on our YouTube channel.
Volume 2, Issue 1 of the PPJ is now available! The essays in this issue address a wide range of pressing concerns: gun control, migration, Islamophobia, climate change, community-university collaboration, and building publics of philosophical conversation.
As always, content in the Journal is free to read and download. Click here to view all publications.
With Guest Editor Dr. Melissa Burchard, we are pleased to call for proposals for a Special Issue that will explore issues of trauma through the lens of public philosophy in the interest of enriching public life. In March 2019, the philosophy department at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, hosted “Philosophical Engagements with Trauma." In this Special Issue, we continue the work begun at that conference by creating additional opportunities to develop and engage with philosophical issues of trauma as they connect with concerns, experiences, insights, and discussions in the broader public sphere.
The deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, May 17th. View the CFP here.
A new Special Issue is in the works! We're thrilled to be partnering with phish.net and Philosophy School of Phish on an unprecedented collaboration between an academic journal and live music community, toward developing a Special Issue centered on the theme "Phish and Philosophy." View the CFP here. Read coverage from NYS Music here.
We’re excited to begin collaborating with two new PPJ Field Editors. Nikolaos Maggos, a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at the University of Iowa, will be working in areas of racial oppression and mass incarceration, while Ciaran Cummings, of The Public Life of the Mind, will focus on engaging public communities and initiatives in the means of scholarly production. Welcome aboard, Nik and Ciaran!
This year's PPJ Collaborative Writing Workshop was held May 16-18 in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Nine teams came together to develop accessible projects on critical issues of public concern, such as decentralizing water planning and management, counteracting Islamophobia propaganda, and nurturing approachable public communication about climate change in the age of Trump. Many of the projects experiment with creative approaches to producing scholarship with local communities and to animating philosophical dialogue in the wider public sphere. It was a pleasure to witness the advancement of these projects, and we look forward to engaging with them again as they undergo PPJ Formative Peer Review.
View photo highlights from the workshop: https://www.flickr.com/photos/154415694@N03/sets/72157695268760881/
We are thrilled to announce that Alexandra Hidalgo’s documentary film, Reflections on the Women’s March: A Place at the Table, which was published in the PPJ in January 2018, has received the First Place Documentary Award at the North by Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The film, featuring the voices of 16 attendees at the 2017 Women’s March, can be viewed here.
Congratulations to Dr. Hidalgo for this well-deserved accomplishment!
We've also a special treat on the PPJ Current during the week of March 12-19. PPJ Field Editor Dr. Stefan Honisch will be guest curating content for the topic "Disability and the University: Beyond the Classroom, Beyond Reasonable Accommodation." "During my week as Guest Curator, I will share a variety of resources that draw attention to the philosophical, curricular, pedagogical, and procedural questions raised by the presence of disabled bodies in higher education, taking into account the experiences of disabled students, staff, and faculty." Learn about Dr. Honisch's work here:
We're honored to officially welcome Amanda Fulford, Stefan Honisch, and John Altmann as the PPJ's very first Field Editors. They'll be engaging as ambassadors to help serve communities working in several areas of education reform and social justice. Watch for exciting things to come!
In other news, the PPJ's 2018 New Engaged Scholars Program (#PPJNES2018) is now well underway. As the Program's cohort aims to make their developing works public, we'd be thrilled for folks to show their support by providing formative feedback via the Current.
“Operatively True: Identity and Authenticity,” by Jacqueline Alvarez (San Fransisco State University): http://publicphilosophyjournal.org/full-record/?amplificationid=1024
“Cosmopolitanism FYE: Making Space for Dialogue,” by Katina Fontes (Lesley University): http://publicphilosophyjournal.org/full-record/? amplificationid=1005
“Scaling the Ivory Tower: Creating Dialogic Encounters between the Public and Universities,” by Claire Skea (Leeds Trinity University): http://publicphilosophyjournal.org/full-record/?amplificationid=1012
“No Tolerance for Intolerant Speech,” by Heather Stewart (University of Western Ontario): http://publicphilosophyjournal.org/full-record/?amplificationid=1016
We are also in the process of developing two new PPJ features: a Learning Network and a Community Building Coalition. The purpose of the Learning Network is to provide open, convenient resources and spaces for learning about the PPJ's mission, core values, Formative Peer Review process and platform, and other areas of the PPJ project. The Community Building Coalition will offer structured opportunities for connecting with colleagues to engage in community organizing and activist work. Our call for Field Editors is an initial step in its cultivation. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon.
January 16th marked a very productive kick-off meeting with the new PPJ Editorial Advisory Board. We are thrilled for such a thoughtful and innovative group of publicly engaged scholars and activists to help guide the PPJ through this next phase of community building and service, inspired by their enthusiasm for exploring new ways of involving the PPJ in diverse research, education, and activist settings.
The PPJ's 2018 New Engaged Scholars Digital Pilot Program is ready to commence on February 7th. We are looking forward to working with the graduate students selected to expand their peer mentoring networks and to develop their early drafts - topics of which range from gender performance to philosophy of education - into strong, publishable scholarship. Click here to view the Program agenda.
We are currently accepting proposals for participation in the Public Philosophy Journal's 2018 New Engaged Scholars Digital Pilot Program. Click here to view the Call for Applications.