The 100th Anniversary of the Opening of the Panama Canal

Today we have a guest post by Michael E. Donoghue, Associate Professor of History at Marquette University and author of Borderland on the Isthmus: Race, Culture, and the Struggle for the Canal Zone. He discusses the history of the building of the Panama Canal, and its continued impact on US foreign relations and the world.


Donoghue cover, image, 5678-3The opening of the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914 marked a monumental event in U.S., Panamanian, Latin American, and global history.  The opening confirmed the ascension of the United States to the first rank of world powers, a process that had begun years earlier with Washington’s victory in the 1898 Spanish-American-Cuban-Filipino War. While other European and Latin American nations had dreamt of its excavation and France had failed in its recent attempt, only the United States had succeeded, affirming its technological and moral superiority in the minds of many of its citizens.  (Though, Americans were irked that the outbreak of World War I relegated the story to page two).  In global terms, the completion of this strategic waterway made the world a much smaller place, saving cargo and passenger carriers thousands of miles of travel and millions in costs with its shorter route between the Atlantic and Pacific, ending the necessity of rounding the horn of South America to traverse from one ocean to the other.  As such, the Canal’s opening facilitated the process of interconnecting the entire world in networks of trade and culture, what we now call globalization. And the workers from all over the world who helped build the channel in a brutal ten-year struggle (1904-1914) of man versus tropical nature, accentuated the Canal’s globalized character.  The conquest of yellow fever, mudslides, cave-ins, and dynamite explosions during construction took a terrible human toll especially on the non-U.S. workforce.

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While the Canal’s opening aided Latin American trade, it had more unfortunate consequences for
America’s southern neighbors by enhancing U.S. dominance of the hemisphere, particularly in the circum Caribbean region and on the isthmus of Central America where the Canal and its surrounding Zone bases established the United States as a hegemonic power.  Numerous U.S. interventions in the region would now be justified “to protect the Panama Canal.”  These interventions often occurred in the republic of Panama itself, where U.S. troops marched in to “establish order” and “protect U.S. interests” nine times between 1904 and 1925.  Indeed no nation was more intimately affected by the waterway than Panama, a small new country that seceded from Colombia in 1903 with U.S. prodding and military aid to avoid Colombian intransigence on negotiations and ensure a favorable treaty that granted nearly sovereign U.S. rights to build, maintain, and guard the Canal. The fifty-mile-long, ten-mile-wide zone around the Canal created by the 1903 treaty quickly coalesced into a state-within-a-state with a U.S. government, military bases, police force, law code, prison, and numerous clubhouses and commissaries for U.S. and foreign workers.  Within this Zone, foreign laborers, the overwhelming number of them imported West Indians, endured lower wages and segregated facilities on the “silver roll” versus American foremen and workers on the higher-paid “gold roll.”  West Indians carried out most of the dangerous and arduous work on the Canal with over 4,000 official deaths and perhaps three times more undocumented ones.  Their ancestors still lament their lack of recognition for these sacrifices and the racial discrimination they endured.

After construction, the overwhelming U.S. presence in Panama eventually sparked local resistance and complaints about unequal treatment and an unfair sharing of the financial benefits of the Canal.  Racial discrimination in the Zone and the relatively privileged lifestyles of the U.S. workers and their families in comparison to impoverished Panamanians provoked frustration.  Access to the Zone was barred for most Panamanians and when crossing from one side of their country to the other, they faced questioning from a foreign police force speaking a foreign language threatening at times to send them to a foreign prison, Gamboa Penitentiary in the Zone.  In 1964 pent-up Panamanian anger exploded in an uprising that took the lives of twenty-one Panamanians and four U.S. soldiers.   In 1977 the Jimmy Carter administration negotiated new treaties that called for the end of the Canal Zone and the gradual transfer of the waterway to Panama which culminated on December 31, 1999 with complete local control. In recent years Panama has begun construction on a new set of wider locks to enlarge the Canal’s capacity and make it viable for the larger supertankers and cargo carriers.  These new locks are planned to open in 2015.  Today Panamanians celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the Canal’s opening and much of the bitterness over their colonial relationship with the United States has faded.   Both the old and the new Canals have and will greatly amplify global trade and the interconnected nature of our world.   The August 15, 1914 opening of this monumental triumph in engineering and human sacrifice (once hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”) forever altered the destiny of the United States, Panama, and the world.

Submissions to CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Now Being Accepted

Submissions for the seventh biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography will be accepted from June 15 to September 15, 2014. Why Apply and How to Enter.

Sandra S. Phillips, the senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will judge the 2014 First Book Prize competition.

Joshua Chuang, Chief Curator of the Center for Creative Photography, will serve as panel judge for the selection committee that chooses the semifinalists and finalists for the prize. 
Duke University Press will publish a book featuring the work of the winner of the prize in the fall of 2015.
Gerard H. Gaskin won the 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition for Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Sceneselected by Deborah Willis.

Metaphors Be with You: What Copyediting Is Like for Me

Chris MazzaraA guest post by Chris Mazzara, Assistant Managing Editor in Journals.

This summer marks twenty-seven years since I started at the Press. Why have I stayed? It isn’t because of the allure of publishing, the mission of the Press, the pizzazz of its list, the prestige of its parent institution, or the proximity of its offices to downtown Durham eateries. It’s because I get to spend my days among people whom I admire and whose company and minds I like, and because I get to work with language. My job is a hodgepodge: proofread marketing copy and parts of the Press’s website, draft style guides, design copyediting and proofreading exercises, trade pointers with coworkers, attend blessedly few meetings, oversee the copyediting and proofreading of a set of Duke journals, write postmortems for freelancers. But I feel most fully in my element when I do some copyediting myself. Word usage, grammar, and the practice of bending them toward clarity fascinate me. Someone told me once that I might have missed my calling as a teacher, and it’s true that there is a pedagogical side to a copyeditor’s work. Editing copy means, as probably everyone knows, ironing out typographical and grammatical wrinkles—“Culler, Jonathan. 1975. Sturcturlaist Poetics”; “Satan’s (and God’s, despite himself) speeches expose”; Columbus’s “1942 arrival in the Caribbean”—but it also means applying stylistic standards, checking facts, picking out inconsistencies, filling holes, calming tics, untying knots, and trimming hedges (“Perhaps in Germany—and this is only a theory—opulence is possibly also something that functions somewhat as a deterrent”), all with the assistance or at least, you hope, the assent of the author. Sometimes it calls for restraint, sometimes for the most active engagement. One day you find that the vessel the author has crafted sails itself; another day you must point out—gently yet directly yet tactfully—that the argument whose keel the author extravagantly thanks others for laying is not seaworthy and that its leaks cannot be caulked out of dry dock. More prosaically, copyediting means sparing the reader as much head-shaking and head-scratching as you can by doing the shaking and scratching yourself. Now and then authors experience copyediting and the review of it as punitive, and now and then their pique is justified. What copyeditor has not sometimes done the job badly or overdone it? But more frequent are the authors who, on surveying the ground, find that thorns no more infest it, or at least that they have been loosened enough to be pulled out easily. For me, the work is satisfying, and so, when offered, are the plaudits.

Call for Proposals for Radical History Review

Ddrhr_118Historicizing the Politics and Pleasure of Sport
Issue number 125 (Spring 2016)
Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2014

The global reach of football (soccer), basketball, cricket, and Olympic sports in the contemporary world can be traced back to European and U.S. imperial and commercial expansion. The agents of that imperialism—teachers, soldiers, traders, and colonial officials— believed sport to be an important part of their “civilizing mission.” Military interventions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, often accompanied by “soft power” cultural programs and private business ventures, fueled the popularity of Western sports. Reform movements tied eugenics and racism to their dissemination. But local elites and subalterns were not simply duped; they enjoyed the games on their own terms. As more communities participated, sport came to represent and constitute broader processes of social change. In the stands, sports pages, and clubhouses, fans rendered sport a place to debate racial and gender hierarchies. In the late twentieth century, international sport became part of a new global capitalist network of sport institutions (e.g. FIFA, International Olympic Committee, International Cricket Council), private corporations, mass media, and migrant athletes and coaches. In this process, sport came to symbolize and intensify unequal social and economic relations.

Histories of sport reveal a paradox: sport generates empowerment and disempowerment; inclusion and exclusion; unity and division. Sports have provided spaces for pleasure, freedom, solidarity, and resistance, but they have also reproduced class privilege, patriarchy, and racism. The performance of masculinities, creation of ideal body types, and the ongoing marginalization of women in sport illustrate these tensions. Recent events in Brazil, where controversy over contemporary mega sporting events merged with massive demonstrations for a range of social justice issues, highlight the unusual capacity of sport both to crystallize inequalities and to trigger civic activism. Reports of labor abuses in Qatar and censorship and environmental damage in Russia cast a dark shadow on the human and material costs of hosting “mega” sports events.

The editors invite submissions from scholars working on any period and world region. We are especially interested in studies that build upon the rich historiography about the nature of agency, identity, and embodiment as a way to explore sport’s contradictory past and present. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– Sport, nationalism, and internationalism
– Sport, the public sphere, and citizenship
– Sport and radical protest
– Race, ethnicity, and “color lines” in sport
– Sport, reactionary politics, and racism
– Fan cultures, youth, consumption, and solidarity (including fan violence)
– Historicizing playing styles, aesthetics, and physical movement
– Histories of bodies, gender, and sexuality (including women’s athletics, masculinities, heteronormativity, queering of sports)
– Sport and the Global South (including sport migration, neocolonialism)
– Histories of Disability/Ability in sports
– Histories of illicit sport, gambling, and doping
– Revisiting landmark works, such as C. L. R. James’s Beyond a Boundary (1963)
– Sport and the Cold War
– The Sporting Press
– Sport-Media-Tourism Complex and mega events
– Stadiums as sites of political struggle, urban geopolitics, and the spaces of sport
– Processes of professionalization and relationships to amateurism
– Historiographies, methodologies, and sourcing of sport studies

The RHR seeks scholarly, monographic research articles, but it also encourages such non-traditional contributions as photo essays, film and book review essays, interviews, brief interventions, “conversations” between scholars and/or activists, and teaching notes and annotated course syllabi for the Teaching Radical History section. Preliminary inquiries can be sent to Peter Alegi (alegi@msu.edu), Brenda Elsey (Brenda.elsey@hofstra.edu), and Amy Chazkel (amy.chazkel@qc.cuny.edu)

Procedures for submission of articles: At this time the journal is requesting abstracts that are no longer than 400 words; these are due by September 1, 2014 and should be submitted electronically as an attachment to contactrhr@gmail.com with “Issue 125 submission” in the subject line. By October 15, 2014, authors will be notified whether they should submit a full version of their article to undergo the peer review process. The due date for completed drafts of articles is February 1, 2015. An invitation to submit a full article does not guarantee publication; publication depends on the peer review process and the overall shape the journal issue will take.

Please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a Word document along with the text. If chosen for publication, you will need to send high-resolution image files (jpg or tif files at a minimum of 300 dpi), and secure written permission to reprint all images. Authors must also secure permissions for sound clips that they may wish to include with their articles in the online version of the journal. Those articles selected for publication after the peer review process will be included in issue 125 of Radical History Review, scheduled to appear in Spring 2016.

Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2014

Bionic Ballplayers and the Business of Baseball

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Gear up for the start of baseball season next week with a scintillating read from the newest issue of Labor: Sarah F. Rose's and Joshua A. T. Salzmann's "Bionic Ballplayers: Risk, Profit, and the Body as Commodity, 1964-2007." 

Read an excerpt:

I was nervous…. [My roommate] and I went into my bedroom. I pulled down my shorts and rubbed a cotton swab over a spot on my right [butt] cheek. It’s an inch-and-a-half needle, and you want to make sure it’s in the muscle tissue. You gotta make your muscle totally relaxed, so I made my right leg as limp as I could. Then he poked me.
— Anonymous professional baseball player

By the turn of the twenty-first century, scenes like this had become commonplace, as many ballplayers took anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, and other substances to enhance their performance and reduce wear and tear on their bodies. These bodily interventions have brought widespread moral condemnation. In 2002, Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers, for instance, voiced common ethical objections to steroid use, explaining, 'My belief is that God gave you a certain amount of ability, and I don't want to enhance it by doing something that is not natural and creates and unfair advantage.' Similar condemnations came from outside players' ranks, notably in the Mitchell Commission's 2007 report on steroid use in Major League Baseball, which condemned steroid users for violating federal law and 'distort[ing] the fairness of competition.' This repeated focus on ballplayers' personal immorality, however, has led Mitchell and other commentators to take their eye off the ball, namely, the changing dynamics of the business of baseball.

To continue "Bionic Ballplayers," click here. To read the introduction to the issue and browse the table of contents, click here

Librarians, Did You Know?

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Radical History Review Call for Papers: “Sexing Empire”

Ddrhr_118About the issue:

"Sexing Empire"
Issue number 123 (Fall/Winter 2015)
Abstract Deadline: February 1, 2014

Special issue editors:
Ben Cowan, George Mason University
Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández, The University of Texas at Austin Jason Ruiz, University of Notre Dame

This special issue will contemplate empire as a global process involving sexualized subjects and objects. Contributions from across several disciplines will reconsider the history of sex and (or in) empire, critically engaging scholars’ recounting of those pasts in recent decades. From steam ships to steam rooms and sweat lodges to sweat shops, processes of pleasures and desire shaped the regulation and classification of bodies. On beaches, in boardrooms, from temples to taverns, sexual practices have always shaped imperial power relations. And in the many places and relationships where colonialism still shapes economics (slavery, debt peonage, underemployment, and their legacies), sex and sexuality remain a driving—if sometimes compounding or hidden—force in power relations.
A feminist point of departure for investigation of these processes as both economic and cultural, Anne McClintock’s 1995 Imperial Leather argued that there are three key areas to which scholars of empire should attend: “intimate relations between imperial power and resistance; money and sexuality; race and gender” (5). Nearly two decades later, Nayan Shah’s work in Stranger Intimacy on mass migration, male intimacy, and state desires for gendered order tracks “struggles over companionship, domesticity, and public life” as these pertained to contested notions of legitimacy in tenancy, property-holding, work, citizenship, and the tenure of capital (3). Shah demonstrates how economic empires in North America were built and brokered through “strange” ethnic and gendered intimacies; how these very intimacies were treated as threats to race and sex hierarchies deemed essential to national viability; how money and sexuality determined individual and collective fates; and how intimate practices blurred the distinctions between imperial subjects and imperial subjection.

Given the direction historical scholarship has taken at the crossroads of sexuality and empire—and given the broad historiographical space between Anne McClintock and Nayan Shah—what kind of questions is it now possible to ask? How do we speak across disciplinary, regional, temporal, national, methodological boundaries? Can we determine a “state of the field” in histories of empire and sexuality—and how might such a determination help us reassess local, regional, national, and transnational phenomena?
We use the gerund form—“Sexing Empire”—to indicate fluidity and continuity in the relationships between sex and imperialism, across traditional periodizations and geographies. Moreover, we wish to invite essays that speak to the sexual violence of empire–a violence implicated in a second, unspoken gerundic phrase: “fucking empire.” This phrase serves as a double-edged point of departure, suggesting the ways in which imperial fuckings could simultaneously facilitate, incarnate, and/or destabilize uneven power relations, as—for example—imperialist states sought to fuck and be fucked by their colonized subjects. One need only look at how ancient armies like those of Alexander the Great, who through conscription or voluntary service displaced masses of men, sometimes resulting in rape and intermarriage as a tactic of conquest and/or empire. Such intermarriage and sexual violence were official policy, making notions of diaspora complex and necessary to the expansion of empires, ancient and contemporary. Given the experimental format that RHR offers, we wish to include traditional academic essays, visual images, and activist perspectives on, about, and against “Fucking Empire.”

This special issue will combine transhistorical, transregional, and local-level case studies to provide macro-level perspective on the work of sexuality in imperial processes. In the various iterations of empires and colonial formations, how can we account for the technologies of desire? How does settler colonialism, as a transhistorical phenomenon, create categories of rapability, expendability, and social death as forms of sexualized violence? How have historical actors mobilized on behalf of the state or against the state based on politics of sexuality and/or conquest? Can we revisit the historicization of the contact zone as a site from which to study sexuality and sex? How might we track the physical, embodied, or affective symptoms of empire across time and space? We seek innovative case studies that answer these questions from a variety of disciplinary, periodic, regional, national, and transnational perspectives. Themes we wish to consider include (but are not limited to) the following:

• Colonial imaginaries, representations, voyeurism/surveillance, and fantasies of sex and race
• Diasporic convergences and continuities in sexuality, sexual identity, religion, and gender (Southeast Asian, African, Armenian, Indigenous/First Nations, Middle Eastern, Jewish, Latino/a, etc.)
• Queer formations, communities, migration, and diasporas
• Sex and economic exchange or sexuality grounded in material realities
• The violence and pleasure of racialized erotics
• Pleasure, play, and the erotics of domestic space and communal space
• Enslaved sexualities and kinships
• Carceral spaces and the erotics of punishment and violence
• Empire producing ecstasies, erotics and the religious
• The erotics of tourism and travel
• Sexual publics and counter-publics in the Americas
• Pornographies of Empire
• Cultural Productions and Media representations of sexualized empire
• Colonial regimes of sexual hygiene and health policy

Procedures for submission of articles: At this time we are requesting abstracts that are no longer than 300 words; these are due by February 1, 2014 and should be submitted electronically as an attachment to contactrhr@gmail.com with “Issue 123 submission” in the subject line. By March 15, 2014, authors will be notified whether they should submit a full version of their article to undergo the peer review process. The due date for completed drafts of articles is July 1, 2014. An invitation to submit a full article does not guarantee publication; publication depends on the peer review process and the overall shape the journal issue will take.
Please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a Word document along with the text. If chosen for publication, you will need to send high-resolution image files (jpg or tif files at a minimum of 300 dpi), and secure written permission to reprint all images, meeting all minimum requirements set by Duke University Press for images.

Those articles selected for publication after the peer review process will be included in issue 123 of Radical History Review, scheduled to appear in Fall/Winter, 2015.

For preliminary e-mail inquiries, please include “Issue 123” in the subject line.
Abstract Deadline: February 1, 2014

About Radical History Review:

For more than a quarter of a century, Radical History Review has stood at the point where rigorous historical scholarship and active political engagement converge. The journal is edited by a collective of historians—men and women with diverse backgrounds, research interests, and professional perspectives.

Articles in RHR address issues of gender, race, sexuality, imperialism, and class, stretching the boundaries of historical analysis to explore Western and non-Western histories. RHR includes sections devoted to public history and the art of teaching as well as reviews of a wide range of media—from books to television and from websites to museum exhibitions—thus celebrating the vast potential for historical learning in the twenty-first century.


Project Euclid Launches Site Redesign

ProjectEuclidScreenshotJan2014Project Euclid is pleased to announce the launch of a fully redesigned platform at projecteuclid.org. A joint partnership of Cornell University Library and Duke University Press, Project Euclid is an online platform that hosts high-quality mathematics and statistics content.

Its new website is uniquely designed to meet the research needs of mathematicians and statisticians, and it combines rich functionality with a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. New features include improved searching, citation exports, publisher landing pages, mobile optimization, print-on-demand purchasing, customized e-mail alerts, and access indicators for all content.

“We wanted to create a more engaging and robust user experience without losing the clean aesthetic and straightforward usability Project Euclid is known for,” says Steve Cohn, director of Duke University Press. “We are absolutely delighted by the results and pleased at how well Cornell University Library and Duke University Press worked together to redesign and further improve Project Euclid.”

The new site implements a powerful new faceted search tool that allows users to navigate over 1.7 million pages of scholarship more efficiently. By applying filters to search results, users can progressively refine their searches, focusing on the content most related to their subject areas. Additionally, users can sign up to receive e-mail alerts when new scholarship is published in their areas of interest.

“It has been especially rewarding to see how recent library research into the search and discovery experience has contributed to the new Project Euclid website,” says Anne R. Kenney, Cornell’s Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. “The new platform is a wonderful example of libraries and publishers leveraging their respective strengths to build effective tools for scholars.”

The Project Euclid redesign meets the changing needs of researchers, who now confront an overload of content on multiple devices. The new site makes it easier to find and access high-quality, curated scholarship, and its responsive design optimizes the site for working and reading on mobile devices. Symbols and formulas are rendered beautifully with the MathJax display engine, and users can quickly and easily export or download citations to e-mail or reference management systems.


About Project Euclid
Project Euclid is an exemplary collaboration between a university library and a university press. A mission-driven organization led by a community of librarians, publishers, and researchers, Project Euclid provides sustainable publishing services for independent, society, and open-access publications.

Two Calls for Papers for Transgender Studies Quarterly

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly is now accepting submissions for two future special issues entitled, "Tranimalities," volume 2 and issue 2 (2015), edited by Eva Hayward and Jami Weinstein, and "Trans*Formational Pedagogies," volume 2 and issue 3 (2015), edited by Francisco Galarte, Susan Marine, and Z Nicolazzo.

TSQ_Logo_no_TagAbout "Tranimalities:"

It has long been argued that Humanism has reached its breaking point and no longer possesses critical purchase (if ever it did); it would seem that it has not advanced our understanding of what it means to be “human,” especially if the humans we are theorizing do not fit neatly into well-known binary categories sanctioned by Humanism.  Further, Humanism delineates a normative standard of legibility by which all others are read, measured, controlled, disciplined, and assigned to fixed and hierarchical social statuses. This administration of norms is the justificatory linchpin of (often violent) practices of exclusion, discrimination, and oppression.

Since so many among us have been excluded from the elite status of being considered fully human in the restricted and universal sense that Humanism has articulated, researchers across a multitude of disciplines continue to unpack the underlying frameworks that provide for the standardizing force privileging the anthro-ontological Humanist human over all others. And this is one area in which transgender/trans theory, too, can make a significant intervention.

However, Tranimalities does not strive to provide yet another critique of Humanism simply by adding trans insights into the mix, or as yet another vector in intersectional critique. The abundance of theoretical interventions against Humanism’s investment in regulating and controlling sex/gender/sexuality has already made considerable headway on this front. Instead, Tranimalities wishes to focus on trans-infused apprehensions and engagements with the expansive world of possibility opened up by nonanthropocentric and posthumanist perspectives. In this way, Tranimalities aims to entangle and enmesh trans and the nonhuman in a generative tension leading to alternate ways of envisioning futures of embodiment, aesthetics, bio-politics, climates, and ethics.

As such, at the enfoldment of transgender/trans theory, critical animal studies, and posthuman theory lies a rich field of research that has to date been largely unconsidered. Tranimalities thus seeks to attend to the trans-dimensions of recent critical moves beyond the human. With works like Queering the Non/Human (Nora Giffney and Myra Hird, eds., 2008), Animal Others (special issue of Hypatia, 2012; Lori Gruen and Kari Weil, eds.), the Queer Inhumanisms (special issue of GLQ, forthcoming, Mel Y. Chen and Dana Luciano, eds.), and Tranimacies: Intimate Links Between Affect, Animals, and Trans* Studies; forthcoming, Eliza Steinbock, Marianna Szczygielska, and Anthony Wagner, eds.) providing some of the groundwork, TSQ’s special issue Tranimalities aims to contribute a specifically trans intervention into the discussion of the anti-, non-, in-, and posthuman.

For more information, including potential topics and submission information, please visit https://lgbt.arizona.edu/TSQ2.2.


About "Trans*Formational Pedagogies:"

This issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly takes up matters of “schooling,” “learning” and “pedagogy.” Paulo Freire declared that education should be a “practice of freedom," one that enables individuals to "deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” All too often, however, formal educational practices foster conformity, deter necessary transgressions, and systemically seek to regulate rather than radicalize. This is particularly true with regard to “genderism,” a concept coined by Rikki Wilchins and popularized in LGBT educational studies by Brent Bilodeau, (Wilchins 2002; Bilodeau 2005, 2009), which refers to the systematic oppression of gender diversity by a rigid gender binary. We contend that formal education typically enacts genderism; with this special issue, "Trans*Formational Pedagogies," we seek to reinvigorate ongoing conversations about education as a practice of freedom by exploring ways in which educational processes can specifically challenge the oppressive aspects of the binary gender system. We seek to publish work that critically interrogates, (re)invents and/or disrupts practices and policies in various educational environments that amplify or silence various forms of trans* expression and embodiment.

For more information, including potential topics and submission information, please visit https://lgbt.arizona.edu/TSQ2.3.

Report on Health Reform Implementation in JHPPL

Ddjhppl_38_6_coverThe Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Blue Shield of California Foundation to publish a new section in every issue with an article on the Affordable Care Act and its implementation. These articles are open access and are freely available to read under the “Report on Health Reform Implementation” section of the journal.



Current and future open access articles include:

  • “JHPPL Workshop on Medicaid Fiscal and Governance Issues: Objectives and Themes,” by Peter V. Long and Andrea Louise Campbell (38:4)
  • “Why States Expand Medicaid: Party, Resources, and History,” by Lawrence R. Jacobs and Timothy Callaghan (38:5)
  • “State Efforts to Promote Continuity of Coverage and Care under the Affordable Care Act,” by Heather Howard and Chad Shearer (38:6)
  • “Pascal’s Wager: Health Insurance Exchanges, Obamacare, and the Republican Dilemma,” by David K. Jones, Katharine W. V. Bradley, and Jonathan Oberlander (39:1)
  • “Essential Health Benefits and the Affordable Care Act: Law and Process,” by  Nicholas Bagley and Helen Levy (39:2)

To start reading now, click here.


About the Journal of Health Politics. Policy and Law

A leading journal in its field, and the primary source of communication across the many disciplines it serves, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law focuses on the initiation, formulation, and implementation of health policy and analyzes the relations between government and health—past, present, and future.