Call for Manuscripts: Productive Tensions and Uncomfortable Conversations, Metropolitan Universities Journal – Aug 1

Posted by Metropolitan Universities journal on July 18, 2023

Metropolitan Universities journal is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue in collaboration with the Place Based Justice Network (PBJN). The issue, “Productive Tensions and Uncomfortable Conversations,” explores challenges in place-based community engagement. We invite contributors to analyze and explicate the tensions, uncomfortable conversations, and even failures in the work that they do. PBJN has identified four dimensions of these challenges, and contributors are invited to work within one or more of these themes, or to identify additional challenges that they face in their place-based work.

  • External tensions: the conflicts or misalignment that must be navigated between the university’s priorities and the community’s interests or needs.
  • Internal tensions: the tensions between the university’s articulated values and its operational style, and how that may affect community engagement work.
  • Tensions between words and action: how impact is measured and defined.
  • Epistemic justice: how institutions recognize and value knowledge, including questions of whose knowledge matters.

Full manuscripts are due by August 1, 2023. View complete call details and editorial guidelines.

Manuscripts do not need to be authored by members of PBJN. Please direct all questions regarding this issue to corresponding co-guest editors: Matthew Durington, Towson University, at; Katherine Feely, John Carroll University, at; or Jen Britton, Drexel University, at

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