May 20, 2008
For immediate release
The first issue of Spaces for Difference: An Interdisciplinary Journal has been published and can be accessed online at as part of the California Digital Library. The editors of the new journal are all doctoral candidates at UC Santa Barbara: Vichet Chhuon and Jesse Gillespie of The Gevirtz School and Danielle Hidalgo of the Department of Sociology.
This open access journal seeks to publish research that expands our understanding of issues relating to race and racism, racial and gender ideologies, and social activism. Spaces for Difference represents a conduit for scholars to bridge the traditional disciplines including, but not limited to: Anthropology, Art, Education, English, Ethnic Studies, Film Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology. The journal welcomes alternative forms of presenting research including, but not limited to, photography and digital media. Spaces for Difference seeks to: (1) highlight work that challenges the traditional canons and established perspectives and (2) bridge disciplinary work around issues of race and racism, gender and sexuality, social activism, and intersectionalities.
“This first issue is sure to provoke conversation,” writes Professor Paul Spickard of UC Santa Barbara’s Department of History in the issue’s Foreword. “Each of these articles, in its own way, calls on the reader not only to understand a difficult problem but also to act to do something about that problem. Spaces for Difference offers a venue for scholars, seasoned and new, to expose their research and ideas to critical reading by an informed, engaged audience. It connects the disciplines one with another around a common set of core issues, and also asks both scholars and audience to consider meaningful social action. What is more, it stands a good chance of helping shape the coming generation’s understanding of several matters that are of utmost importance.”
[Vichet Chhuon is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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