Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice

Special Editors: Scott Berman and Chad Flanders

Submission Deadline Extended: June 1 September 1, 2019

Prize: $3,000

Call for Papers

Res Philosophica, and special editors, Scott Berman and Chad Flanders, invite papers on the topic of mass incarceration and racial justice for the 2019 Res Philosophica Essay Prize and a special issue of the journal. Submissions addressing any of the many philosophical questions related to mass incarceration and racial justice are welcome.

The author of the winning paper will receive a prize of $3,000, and the paper will be published in the associated special issue of the journal on the same topic. Submissions for the prize will be automatically considered for publication in the journal's special issue.

The journal sponsored a conference on mass incarceration and racial justice in March of 2019. Papers accepted for publication in the special issue will appear in the volume with papers that were invited for the conference. The invited papers will not be eligible for the prize. The above CFP is for the special issue of the journal, and not the conference.

In addition to the conference at SLU, there was a panel discussion with our speakers and some incarcerated students that are participating in Saint Louis University’s Prison Education Program. Reflections on those incarcerated voices may be included in the volume.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be triple anonymously reviewed: authors do not know the identity of the referees; referees do not know the identity of the authors; and editors do not know the identity of the authors. Please format your submission so that it is suitable for anonymous review. (Instructions are available here.)

We do not normally publish papers longer than 12,000 words long (including footnotes). We prefer initial submissions in PDF format, but will also accept LaTeX and Microsoft Word documents. For accepted papers, we prefer Word, but will accept LaTeX documents as well.

Please use the online submission form for submitting your essay, available