Call For Papers Fall 2016

Special Issue on Embracing and Critiquing Diversity: Papers from the 2016 GSE&IS Research and Inquiry Conference

Submission must be received by September 15, 2016

Please feel free to email the editors with abstracts or questions about your project:

This special issue is a direct outgrowth of a partnership between InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies and the Research and Inquiry Conference, an annual conference showcasing student work from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Undergraduate Education Minor at UCLA. This year’s conference theme is “Embracing Diversity in GSE&IS Scholarship.” InterActions situates this forthcoming special issue in conversation with scholars, activists and artists whose work engages critically with diversity, social justice, and knowledge production in education and information studies.


InterActions is a peer-reviewed on-line journal committed to the promotion of interdisciplinary and critical scholarship. Edited by students in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the journal brings together senior and emerging scholars, activists, and professionals whose work covers a broad range of theory and practice.  Current work in disciplines as diverse as legal theory, literary criticism, design, and technology studies exercises a profound impact on educational and information studies research. At the same time, the traditionally separate sub-disciplines within our fields, such as sociology, curriculum, policy, psychological studies, systems design, information literacy, and digital preservation are being connected by researchers in new and innovative ways.  InterActions seeks to promote alternative and liberatory visions, methodologies and practices. We are particularly interested in work that analyzes inequities and links research to larger social and political contexts, and we encourage contributions that utilize critical frameworks in provocative and politically engaged ways. The journal offers a timely and reasoned contribution by providing critical commentary on current issues and promoting perspectives in educational and information systems that can serve the cause of social justice. Submissions for the special issue may draw from traditional areas of inquiry within the fields of education and information studies or from newer interdisciplinary perspectives such as women’s studies, science and technology studies, ethnic and cultural studies, film studies, queer studies, disability studies, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, and critical pedagogy. We encourage authors to think creatively about what constitutes a “critical approach” to diversity and to advance fresh and progressive analyses and research.


As a conference participant you are invited to submit papers contributing to critical discourse on diversity in Education and Information Studies. Authors retain the copyright to material they publish in InterActions, but the journal cannot re-publish material that has previously been published elsewhere and does not accept papers that are simultaneously submitted to other journals.

We welcome:

  • Articles (less than 7500 words)
  • Literature reviews (less than 5000 words)
  • Interviews (less than 5000 words)
  • Book reviews & Exhibition reviews (less than 1100 words)
  • Research in brief (less than 3000 words)

Please submit manuscripts online at: