CALL FOR PAPERS (extended deadline!)

Theory, Research and Action in Urban Education

An online, open access, peer-reviewed education journal dedicated to the publication of graduate students

Special Issue Title: Changing the Subject: Foucault’s Ongoing Legacy in Educational Research, Theory, and Practice

Edited by Karen Zaino (The Graduate Center, CUNY) & Debbie Sonu (Hunter College)

The TRAUE journal and guest editors Karen Zaino and Debbie Sonu are seeking full manuscripts for a special issue scheduled for publication in Spring 2020.

Michel Foucaults theoretical and genealogical oeuvre has led to transformative and controversial ways of thinking about power, truth, and the governing of society. The aim of this issue is to feature the work of graduate students from a variety of disciplines in education as they grapple with the concepts, ideas and methodologies offered by this unique and provocative thinker. In challenge to the intolerable injustices of the contemporary moment and modern society, Foucault argued that deep theoretical thinking should always be in the service of understanding how we live in the present world, including what we take for granted and the circulation of knowledge that make what we know, think, and feel seem self-evident and true.

With this in mind, we seek a range of contributions that employ Foucauldian theories and/or methods to issues in urban education. We broadly conceptualize urban education as the interconnected social, historical, economic, and political processes that shape learning within urban contexts. Urban education encompasses pre-K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, and a range of out-of-school contexts, including community-based organizations, afterschool programs, and other informal and/or intergenerational learning environments. Given that urban education is a multi- and interdisciplinary endeavor, we encourage scholars from a range of fields to submit.

Possible submission topics may also include:

     Neoliberal school reforms as governmentality

     Racialization as discourse and political anatomy

     Impact of Covid-19 in a range of educational contexts

     Teacher subjectivity and care of self

     Historical constructions of the urban student

     The biopolitics of social emotional learning

     Educational links to psychiatry and the sciences

     Contemporary practices in sex education

     Privatization and the Rights discursive politics

     “Disciplined student bodies and bodies of knowledge

We invite articles  that draw from empirical research, as well as conceptual and theoretical papers. The journal also accepts policy briefs, notes from the field and book reviews. Empirical research studies should be approximately 6000 words, including 100 word abstract and references in APA. Notes from the field and policy briefs are between 1500-3000 words and book reviews are no more than 1500. Please refer to the website for more information on types of submissions:

Deadline for all submissions is August 1, 2020.

Submissions to TRAUE are reviewed with the intention of publishing original work by graduate students and of providing instructive feedback for emerging scholars. Manuscripts should be original submission, not published elsewhere, and follow the submission guidelines and instructions found here:

All manuscripts are subject to a preliminary internal review by the guest editors and those deemed appropriate for publication will be sent anonymously to at least two reviewers.

For more information, please contact both Karen Zaino ( and Debbie Sonu (