CFP: Interdisciplinary Journal of Leadership Studies

Submission deadline: January 1, 2022

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The Interdisciplinary Journal of Leadership Studies is seeking submissions for its inaugural volume, themed around “Leadership, Pandemic, and Disease.” We welcome submissions from any discipline in the social sciences, humanities, sciences, arts, or cross-disciplinary studies that address questions of leadership, justice, policy, and/or society relating to the concepts of illness, disease, and pandemic (taken literally or metaphorically). 

Epidemiological considerations and sickness have had and continue to have myriad implications for leadership. Disease, illness and pandemics have shaped the course of human industry, exchange, and innovation on every continent of the world occupied by civilization. Complex societies necessitate migration and exchange, and the cross-cultural contact that results has consequences. As people forged and continue to forge increasingly complex and dense societies, nations, and cities, the spread of communicable diseases became an inevitability. The rise of transportation, trade routes, and human mobility has, at times, devastated human populations. We are interested in both historical and contemporary examinations of the ways in which disease and pandemic have left their indelible mark on leadership, society, culture, justice, and, in the modern sense, policy.

We are seeking both full-length articles (apx. 5,000-8,000 words) and book reviews (on volumes related to the theme, apx. 500-1,000 words) for our themed inaugural issue before 1 January 2022. Our submission guidelines may be found here. We anticipate a publication date of spring or summer 2022. Please click here to submit.

We also welcome un-themed article and book-review submissions pertaining to leadership studies for future issues. Our open call for papers may be found here.

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Leadership Studies, with the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies, is concerned with advances in the study of leadership. We seek to inform scholars interested in the historical, present-day, and ethical implications of leadership (i.e., leadership as it was, is, and ought to be). To this end, IJLS promotes both quantitative and qualitative, theoretical research-based inquiries into the study of leadership in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. The journal and its authors emphasize explorations into continuities and changes not just in leadership, but also the field of leadership studies. IJLS focuses intently on interdisciplinary research into matters of leadership and comparative approaches to leadership studies. 

IJLS is blind peer-reviewed by disciplinary scholars in the relevant fields for the subject material. Our policies may be found here. Any further questions may be sent to the editors at [email protected]

For those who may be interested, examples of topics that would be appropriate include but are not limited to the following:

  • analyses of leadership successes or failures in managing disease outbreaks or pandemics 
  • analyses of behavioral and psychological responses to disease or pandemic
  • analyses of organizational responses and leadership decision-making in response to disease and/or pandemic 
  • discussions of mental and physical well-being in response to disease and/or pandemic
  • historical analyses of social, political, or cultural responses to disease or pandemic in any time period
  • literary or artistic analyses of works related to disease or pandemic
  • political or justice concerns arising in response to disease or pandemic with regard to unequal treatment or social stigma (stereotypes, blaming, fear-mongering)
  • - the impact of disease and/or pandemic on marginalized, oppressed, or at-risk communities (during or after, as with the greater impact of job loss on women or higher rates of infection among indigenous peoples and low-income communities during COVID-19)
  • analyses of specific leaders relative to disease outbreaks or pandemics, historical or contemporary
  • analyses of poor or tyrannical leadership as disease, either historical or contemporary
  • examinations of the use and implications of disease-based terms for non-disease conditions (“an epidemic of cell phone use,” etc.)
  • studies that mix multiple disciplines in approaching topics related to disease, such as a combined biological and historical analysis of yersina pestis (black death)

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, either in terms of subject or disciplinary approaches.

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