Call for papers: Special Issue "What is academic citizenship"


Special issue proposal: "What is academic citizenship?"

Academics and wider publics alike highlight the conflicting and often frustrating demands that are levelled against the university academic: be engaged in society, be truth-seeking and objective, be problem-solving, be innovative and entrepreneurial, be independent, and contribute!

With this special issue, we aim to create a collection of thought-provoking essays about where these complexities leave the figure of ‘the academic citizen’ and about which futures can be imagined for academic citizenship. This implies many additional questions, such as who qualifies as an academic citizen, what society one is a citizen of, and how the notions of ‘academic’, ‘society’ and ‘citizens’ relate.

We welcome contributions that inquire into the future(s) of academic citizenship in a university which will not go back to what it was in an often-idealised past. Which concepts of, ideas for, purposes for academic citizenship-in-the-making are in play in current diagnostics of what more sustainable university and higher education futures could look like? What does academic citizenship mean in times where the autonomy of the universities is questioned, what is the purpose of academic citizenship, why do we talk about such a thing? What is the relation between citizenship and autonomy, between citizenship and publics? Was there ever an ideal form of academic citizenship in the past? What may be the future paths of academic citizenship? Which varieties of academic citizenship are out there and what are their implied societies? How is academic citizenship shaped, and by whom? Which responsibilities are implied by being an academic citizen? 


Short academic essays of max. 3000 words. Thought-provoking pieces which pointedly discuss important problems of academic citizenship, or new ideas for academic citizenship. The essays are stylistically freer than an academic article and references should be kept to a minimum of 10-15. 


Call for papers out: August 2022

Initial submissions coming in: December 2022

Reviews will be sent out: March 2023

Revised papers due: August 2023

Anticipated Publication: November 2023

Editorial process

The guest editorial team will be responsible for the entire process. This includes:  

  • Managing the peer review process of submitted manuscripts, including the allocation of reviewers and/or acting as reviewers themselves
  • Making final decisions on submitted manuscripts
  • Writing an editorial based on the contributions 


Kind regards, 

Jakob Egholm Feldt, professor, Roskilde University,
Søren Smedegaard Bengtsen, associate professor, Aarhus University,
Serge Pascal Johannes M. Horbach, postdoc, Aarhus University,
Laura Louise Sarauw, associate professor, Roskilde University,