NEW Call for Papers Seeking to Amplify Indigenous Voices

{This post was created by Dr. Sean McCandless, Associate ATP Editor for Social Equity.}

Administrative Theory & Praxis has as its core mission giving voice, space, and critique to scholars focusing on social equity and social justice. For the last several years, we have had a standing call for papers regarding social justice and equity in public administration, exploring justice and equity from a variety of viewpoints, perspectives, and ontological positions. This mission and this call exist in several broader contexts. One is that public administration is culpable in creating, maintaining, and expanding numerous systems of injustice, including marginalizing populations based upon prejudice and discrimination against race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and many more. Another context is that public administration needs to use critical lenses to explore this culpability. Yet another is that vehicles of policy and administration can and should be queried and changed to be more diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just, not only in terms of who is at the table but also in terms of designing such systems to be just toward all. So, we must all at once be reflective on legacies while also moving forward toward truth and reconciliation. 

This new call for papers on Indigenous Public Administration continues this legacy. This is a truly global discussion, which the call reflects. This special issue, led by Amy Gould (Evergreen State College) and Lexie Tom (Lummi Nation School), seeks to move forward the scholarship, practice, and understanding of Indigenous Public Administration not by focusing solely on the past but instead setting an eye toward the future via the theme of truth and reconciliation. As the scholars note, only looking back might reinforce past harms, while looking to the future acknowledges those harms while also focusing on paths forward via relational, critical, and dialogical paths. 

The hope with this call is to showcase research that appreciates multiple forms of knowledge, amplifies Indigenous scholars, and heightens attention to humanity in government.

See the Call for Papers here, and submit your 250-500 word abstract by June 14, 2021 to Dr. Amy Gould ([email protected]).​​

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1 Comment

  1. Nuri Heckler on May 4, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    I am excited to see what comes of this. The time is always right to talk about these issues.