Critical Military Studies



Lisa Hajjar sends news this morning of a new journal and new website from Critical Military Studies. The first issue will be out in 2015, but in the meantime the website is up and running and well worth bookmarking. Details below, and for more about CMS see here :

CMS Journal

Critical Military Studies is a new peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal publishing scholarly work conceptualizing, critiquing and challenging accepted orthodoxies on all aspects of military power and institutions.

Critical Military Studies will be published by Taylor and Francis and will launch in 2015. The journal aims to create space for the interrogation and destabilization of often taken-for-granted categories related to the military, militarism and militarization. It welcomes original thinking on the contradictions and tensions that are central to the ways in which military institutions and military power work. It analyses how these tensions are reproduced within different societies and geopolitical arenas, and within and beyond academic discourse. Conceptual, empirical and theoretical contributions on experiences of militarization among groups and individuals, and in hitherto underexplored, perhaps even seemingly ‘non-military’ settings are also especially encouraged.

Within this broad framework, the journal particularly welcomes submissions on:

  • The contributions of critical analysis to military studies
  • Comparative and cross-national accounts of militaries, militarism and militarization
  • Social, political, cultural and economic forms of authoritarianism, militarism and militarization
  • Race, Empire and Postcolonialism in military studies
  • Gendered and queer analyses
  • Disability and embodiment, including critical studies of military mental health and resilience
  • Legacies of military occupation
  • Geographies and landscapes of militarism and military activities
  • Military strategy (including counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism)
  • Military atrocities
  • Militias, paramilitary groups and private militarised security
  • Child soldiers and military youth programs
  • Military-industrial-complex
  • Conscientious objection, war resistance and peace movements
  • Disaster relief, military humanitarianism, peacekeeping and reconstruction
  • Military education and cadets
  • Military families
  • Social relations in military bases and base towns
  • Science, technology and medicine in militaries and militarism
  • Representation and the cultural (re)production of war, violence and militarism
  • The challenges and opportunities of critical engagement and collaboration with military personnel
  • Veterans and ex-combatants
  • New and critical methodologies in critical military studies

Critical Military Studies provides a rigorous and innovative platform for interdisciplinary debate on the operation of military power. It publishes original theoretical and empirical research articles in three issues each year, including editorial commentary from leading thinkers in the field. The journal also provides a forum for the ongoing development of the field of critical military studies through its Encounters section, fostering multidisciplinary forms of critique such as film and photography, and engaging with policy debates and activism.

Critical Military Studies welcomes submissions from scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, including political science and international relations, conflict and peace studies, sociology, human geography, anthropology, history, psychology, economics, philosophy, religious studies, law and criminology, media and cultural studies, modern languages, science and technology studies,  medicine, postcolonial studies, and gender and sexuality studies, among others.

For general inquiries please contact or For inquiries on the encounters section please contact

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