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Philosophies of Peace and War Writer's Deadline: April 15, 2014



Off-Theme Essays, Peace Profiles, Book Reviews, Recommended Films, Film Reviews, Interviews. 
Relevant topics include war, violence, human rights, political economy, development, culture and consciousness, the environment, gender, race, sexuality and related topics. 

Deadline: Rolling

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: Managing Editor, Erika Myszynski (


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Call for Essays: 

State of Peace Journals: 25th Anniversary of Peace Review

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Peace Review, our next issue will pursue the theme of the "State of the Peace & Justice Journals." That is, besides reviewing the history of our own journal, the issue will highlight the work of all the journals of peace, human rights and justice around the world. We want to assess where we've been, and what we've accomplished, as journals dedicated to exploring and promoting peace. What have we done well, what could we do better, and what impact has our writing, research and editing had for promoting a more peaceful world? 

We'll pursue this by considering and publishing short essays (1000-2000 words) from editors of peace and justice journals. And for journals not submitting essays, we'll do an inventory that will produce a comprehensive snapshot of the entire field. For that, we will accept and publish short descriptions (a few paragraphs) of each journal not represented by an essay.

Thus, for this "Call for Essays," please submit either a 1000-2000 essay about the history, mission, content and accomplishments of your journal. Or, please submit a shorter (few paragraphs) description of your journal's mission and work for the inventory of peace journals that we'll publish in the same issue. Finally, we will also consider short essays on this theme from writers other than journal editors, if you believe you have insights to contribute.

Call for Essays: 

Philosophies of Peace and War

Under the guest editorships of Professor W. John Morgan  (UNESCO Professor of the Political Economy of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK) and Dr. Alex Guilherme (Director, Paulo Freire Center for the Study of Critical Pedagogy, Liverpool Hope University), Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice is dedicating part of issue 25.4 to examine the philosophies of peace and of war. 

In 1795 France and Prussia signed the Peace of Basel, which established French sovereignty over the West bank of the Rhine whilst allowing Prussia to divide Poland up with Russia and Austria.  In that same year Immanuel Kant, one of the most influential Western philosophers, wrote an essay titled, "Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch." In this well-known, philosophical text Kant prescribes a series of six principles and three fundamental articles for a program leading to long-lasting peace among sovereign states.  The crux of these self-explanatory principles is that no sovereign state, no matter how large or small, should neither come under the dominion of another state by any means, nor should it be interfered with, and national armies should be abolished completely.  The fundamental articles are concerned with the relations between individuals, founded on republicanism; among nations, founded on a federation of free states; and within humanity, founded on the virtue of universal hospitality.  

Kant's motivation for writing this essay was his indignation at the absurdity of foreign politics and its pursuit of peace through inadequate and often deceptive means.  He was not the only philosopher, however, to reflect on the subject of peace. Jeremy Bentham, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Richard Price, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Rosa Luxembourg, Nicholas Berdayev, Jane Addams, Maria Montessori, Simone Weil, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Buber, Hannah Arendt and, more recently, Leonardo Boff and Noam Chomsky, to name just a few, have also written on this subject.  Others have written philosophies of war and confrontation, such as Sun Tzu, Thomas Hobbes, Carl Schmitt, Carl von Clausewitz, and Frantz Fanon.

We invite essays on philosophical approaches to peace and to war, broadly conceived, or on a particular philosopher's understanding of peace or of war.  Interested writers should submit essays (2500-3500 words) and 1-2 line bios to Peace Review no later than April 15th, 2014. Essays should be jargon- and footnote-free, although we will run Recommended Readings. Please refer to the Submission Guidelines.


We publish essays on ideas and research in peace studies, broadly defined. Essays are relatively short (2500-3500 words), contain no footnotes or exhaustive bibliography, and are intended for a wide readership. The journal is most interested in the cultural and political issues surrounding conflicts occurring between nations and peoples. 



Please direct content-based questions or concerns to Special Editors:

Professor John Morgan ( and Dr. Alex Guilherme (



Robert Elias (Editor in Chief)

Erika Myszynski (Managing Editor)


Subject Line: Philosophies of Peace & War


Recent Peace Review Issues:

Summer 2014 (Vol 26, No 2) Migrants & Cultures of Hospitality
Spring 2014 (Vol 26, No 1) Nonviolent Movements
Winter 2014 (Vol 25, No 4) Climate Change and Peace
Fall 2013 (Vol 25, No 3) Occupy Movements and the Indignant Figure    
Summer 2013 (Vol. 25, No 2) The Psychology of Warmaking     
Spring 2013 (Vol 25, No 1) Projecting Peace
Winter 2013 (Vol 24, No 4) Can Cyprus be Solved?
Fall 2012 (Vol 24, No 3) Children in Armed Conflicts
Summer 2012 (Vol 24, No 2) General Issue
Spring 2012 (Vol 24, No 1) Human Rights Education Praxis
Winter 2012 (Vol 23, No 4) Cambodia's Genocide and Tribunals
Fall 2011 (Vol 23, No 3) Prisons, Social Justice, and Peace 
Summer 2011 (Vol 23, No 2) The Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Vanquished War, A Consolidating Peace?
Spring 2011 (Vol 23, No 1) Toward a More Socially Responsible Psychology
Winter 2011 (Vol 22, No 4) Inequalities in the World System
Fall 2010 (Vol 22, No 3) Memorializing Space
Summer 2010 (Vol 22, No 2), U.S. Military Bases Abroad
Spring 2010 (Vol 22, No 1), The New Arms Race in Space
Winter 2010 (Vol 21, No 4) Special Topics
Fall 2009 (Vol 21, No 3) Post-Genocide Rwanda
Summer 2009 (Vol 21, No 2) Imaging War
Spring 2009 (Vol 21, No 1) Hybrid Political Orders and Peacebuilding
Winter 2009 (Vol 20, No 4) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Fall 2008 (Vol 20, No 3) Citizenship & Social Justice
Summer 2008 (Vol 20, No 2) Darfur
Spring 2008 (Vol 20, No 1) Literature, Film & Human Rights
Winter 2007 (Vol 19, No 4) Academic Repression & Human Rights
Fall 2007 (Vol 19, No 3) Environmentalism
Summer 2007 (Vol 19, No 2) The Concept of War
Spring 2007 (Vol 19, No 1) Land Rights & Conflict
Winter 2006 (Vol 18.4) Democracy, Torture and Double Standards/ Global Women's Rights Forum/ Art as Witness
Fall 2006 (Vol 18, No 3) Nonproliferation and Disarmament
Summer 2006 (Vol 18, No 2) Military Dissent
Spring 2006 (Vol 18, No 1) Human Rights in the Americas
Winter 2005 (Vol 17, No 4) War and Peace in the Media
Summer & Fall 2005 (Vol 17, No 2 & No 3) Globalization & LGBT (Double-issue)
Winter 2005 (Vol 17, No 1) Psychological Interpretation of War
Winter 2004 (Vol 16, No 4) Underground Youth Movements
Fall 2004 (Vol 16, No 3) Law and War
Summer 2004 (Vol 16, No 2) Asian American Issues
Spring 2004 (Vol 16, No 1) Women and Security
Winter 2003 (Vol 15, No 4) Patriotism
Fall 2003 (Vol 15, No 3) Ubantu - Humane Solutions from Africa
Summer 2003 (Vol 15, No 2) Artists of Resistance
Spring 2003 (Vol 15, No1) Israel and Palestine
Winter 2002 (Vol 14, No 3) Immigration
Fall 2002 (Vol 14, No 3) Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Summer 2002 (Vol 14, No 2) - Utopias
Spring 2002 (Vol 14, No 1)- The Future of Peace Studies
Winter 2001 (Vol 13, No 4) - The Death Penalty
Fall 2001 (Vol 13, No 3) - Social Justice Movements and the Internet
Summer 2001 (Vol 13, No 2) - Literature and Peace
Spring 2001 (Vol 13, No 1) - Contested Society in Northern Ireland


For a list of authors and essays from these and other issues, please look at the list of all essays.


Some Reviews of the Journal:

2007 Utne Independent Press Award Nomination for International Coverage
Peace Review is included in the nominees for the magazine’s 2007 Independent Press Awards, which honors the very best in independent media from the pool of more than 1,300 sources Utne uses to cull its content.

Project Censored Award Winner, 2000
For the year 2000, Peace Review was awarded Project Censored's Top 25 Most Censored Stories for not merely one but two of its essays. Both articles were rated in the Top 14 Stories, and both of which appeared in the June 1999 issue.

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