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Edited by Hilary Francis, Nick Grant and William Booth with Mark Seddon | December 2016

Format: Open Access journal
ISSN: 2399-4606

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About the journal

Radical Americas Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed academic journal that explores the historical, political and social contexts that have underpinned radicalism in the Americas, engaging fully with the cross-currents of activism which connect North, Central and South America along with the Caribbean.

The journal’s definition of radicalism is broad: taking inspiration from the words of José Martí, radicalism is here presented as any action or interpretation which ‘goes to the roots’. All scholarship which takes a radical approach is welcomed, even if it is not concerned with the study of radical activism per se, and any work which provides a truly systemic critique of existing structures of power, or challenges conventional interpretations of the past, will find a home at the Radical Americas Journal.

Despite disciplinary divides, scholarship on all regions of the Americas has recently been characterised by a preoccupation with culture and cultural analysis. This domination has come at the expense of interpretations which favour economic or social factors, though there are some
signs that the impact of the global financial crisis has begun to reverse that trend. The position of this journal is that a holistic critique can never truly be achieved by isolating a single variable. For that reason the journal is particularly interested in work that fully integrates different facets of human experience, including economic, social, political and cultural factors.

The Radical Americas Journal welcomes new submissions from early career and established scholars worldwide. The journal will consider work in a number of different formats: in addition to peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of Western Hemisphere radicalism, the journal runs a variety of regular features, including opinion pieces, photo essays, reviews and archival notes.

UCL Press journals do not at this time currently charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC). Authors of accepted papers will not be requested or required to make an APC payment before publication of their article.

About the editors

Hilary Francis (Editor) is a Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is a historian of Nicaragua and US-Nicaraguan relations. Her current research project, funded by the British Academy and the Eccles Centre at the British Library, explores US officials’ promotion of pesticide use in Nicaragua between 1945 and 1980.

Nick Grant (Editor) is a Lecturer in American History at the University of East Anglia. His research engages with the fields of African American, diaspora and black international history. His first monograph, ‘We Shall Win Our Freedoms Together’: African Americans and Apartheid, 1945-1960, is forthcoming with the University of North Carolina Press.

William Booth (Editor) is an historian of Latin America, focusing on Mexico and the left. His is currently working on studies of Langston Hughes' time in Mexico and of the Mexican Marxist left's view of fascism during the early Cold War. His next project is a brief history of the Latin American left between 1945 and 1959.

Mark Seddon (Reviews Editor) completed his PhD in history at the University of Sheffield in 2014 and the resulting thesis was awarded the 2015 Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. His work offers a synthesis of economic and diplomatic history by emphasising the effects of global capitalism and agency of private enterprise within international relations.


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Call for Proposals

The Radical Americas Journal is now accepting submissions for future issues; the journal welcomes new submissions from early career and established scholars worldwide. The journal will consider work in a number of different formats: in addition to peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of Western Hemisphere radicalism, the journal will run a variety of regular features, including opinion pieces, photo essays, reviews and archival notes. 

In the first instance please submit abstracts of 250-300 words to editors(at)radicalamericasjournal.org - when submitting, please indicate whether the work is to be peer-reviewed as an article or whether you would like to offer something in a different format. Articles for peer review should be between 4,000 and 12,000 words; other pieces should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Please consult UCL Press house style in advance of submission.