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About the Journal

About New Sociology: Journal of Critical Praxis

New Sociology is a peer-reviewed academic journal conceived and organized by femme, queer, and trans Black and People of Colour graduate students in the department of sociology at York University in Tkaronto, Ontario. As an open access platform, New Sociology welcomes publications that make critical and embodied theoretical, creative, and empirical contributions to the field of sociology and related disciplines. In alignment with the ethos of social justice, radical love, and creative vision held by local feminist, queer, and trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) community organizers, activist-scholars, and artists, New Sociology aims to provide an avenue for emergent scholars and creatives, particularly those marginalized by the oppressive apparatus of academia, to disseminate their knowledge and creativity to a wide and diverse audience. For this reason, we prioritize submissions from BIPOC (or, for those living outside the global north, non-white) authors and curators, as well as authors who identify as trans, queer, femme, and disabled, and practice compassion and care throughout the review process, providing as much mentorship and guidance to our contributors as is possible.

In addition to academic articles, our Liminal Grounds section publishes “alternative” works, such as textual and visual media, short reflection papers and political commentaries, as well as poems, reflective essays, comics, interviews, short stories, photographic or visial essays, social media posts, or other such "alternative" mediums not listed here. We also publish short book reviews on any book of your choosing.

For academic article submissions, all research methodologies are welcomed, but we prefer qualitative methods. We also strongly discourage submissions written from the traditional or "conservative" frameworks of the whitestream. To both alleviate the workload of our editors and reduce engagement time for our readers, New Sociology only publishes a few academic articles per issue, if at all, and preserves these spots for non-white graduate students, with top priority going to Black and Indigenous contributors. We encourage the majority of authors/contributors to submit to our Liminal Grounds section and discourage the submission of reflection pieces to said section that resemble "short" academic articles. For more information, please email our senior editors at: newsoc@yorku.ca. and check out our past publications. We also ask that authors not submit their RRPs or excerpts from either their Undergraduate or Master’s thesis for publication.

Submissions to the journal should demonstrate some degree of commitment to interdisciplinarity, including, but not limited to, the following areas:  

  • Black Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Queer, Trans and Critical Sexuality
  • Critical Health and Disability
  • Critical Muslim Studies
  • Gender and Feminist Studies
  • Indigenous Studies and Decolonization
  • Migration and Transnationalism
  • Coloniality and Postcoloniality
  • Work and Labour

Our mandate is to advance sociological knowledge production by emergent scholars, scholar-activists, creatives, and community organizers in tandem with the goals and aspirations of social justice and radical love. New Sociology welcomes contributions from graduate students, independent scholars, activists, community organizers, creatives, and artists, as well as post-docs and academic professionals. We also accept submissions from undergraduate students, but advise them to submit to our Liminal Ground section only. We prioritize BIPOC contributors, in addition to trans, queer, femme, and disabled contributors. We will only accept submissions from those with a PhD, if 1) their earned degree is in STEM or another traditionally “non” sociological field, and they belong to at least one of the previously specified groups; 2) they have a graduate student(s) or non-PhD as their coauthor; and/or 3) they are a community organizer or artist. The journal’s goal is to foster the interdisciplinary intellectual exchange of conceptual frameworks and methodologies as lived praxis, often blurring the lines between “traditional” knowledge by infusing it with art and life, while also providing a platform for under/graduate students, particularly femme, trans, disabled, and queer BIPOC, to be involved in the publishing and review processes.

Graduate students, creatives, activists, and researchers in both so-called "Canada" and abroad are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. All submissions are peer-reviewed to ensure academic integrity and the development of sociological knowledge through ethical research practices. 

Creative pieces that are less than 500 words are reviewed by our Liminal Grounds committee through an open round review process, while pieces that are 500 words plus are reviewed through the same double-blind peer review process applied to academic pieces. This is done to alleviate the editorial labour of our senior editors and usually only involves one to two rounds of review. All book reviews are openly reviewed by our Editor-in-Chief.