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Call for Papers

*DEADLINE EXTENDED to January 15, 2021*

Critical Planning
UCLA Urban Planning Journal

Planning in Crisis

Volume 25

In 2020, social life is consumed by crises. Climate change and environmental degradation; COVID-19 and the shortcomings of government responses; white supremacy and police violence; pending mass eviction; fragile democracies; struggles for sovereignty and autonomy; the rise in authoritarianism. In spite of their intersection and entanglement, these crises are often treated as separate and terminable moments. What results is an everyday that is dominated by learning to plan during, rather than for, crisis. For its 25th volume, Critical Planning revisits planning and crisis.1 We invite submissions that explore planning’s ability to exacerbate or mitigate ongoing and future crises.

We seek to understand planning and crisis, and their relationship, in new terms. We welcome perspectives that reject the temporal notions often associated with crisis, such as event, singularity, and newness. Planners have failed to take seriously decades of calls for course correction, which would center BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) experiences and the more-than-human, and reimagine economy and state.2 But, planning is also found in the counter-movements, advocacy, organizations, scholar-activism, and daily practices of people who oppose these unequal outcomes and often the State apparatus itself. Therefore, we encourage submissions that take into account planning as a field of inquiry and practice that produces, intensifies, or subverts race-, class-, and gender-based inequalities and environmental degradation.

When planning produces tools for reifying or rectifying the structures of inequity and crisis, what direction can planners take? How does prioritization happen across multiple crises? How do the inadequacies of past planning cultures call for new ways of doing planning? Of managing crises? Who are planners planning for/with, who is being left out, and how does this exclusion/inclusion lead to crises? To what extent are the needs of future generations being accounted for amidst the intensity of the needs of today? These are some of the questions motivating Volume 25’s Editorial Collective.

Accepted submissions will be conscious of the themes above, while attending specifically to the following lines of exploration:

● Legacies of planning that have conditioned the re-emergence of perennial crises in 2020;

● The moments and ways in which crises are defined;

● How definitions of crisis produce corresponding planning implications;

● The role of the State (e.g., planners and policymakers) and non-State entities in both challenging and producing crises;

● Entanglements between top-down and bottom-up approaches within urban planning while responding to urban crisis;

● Case studies of planning or counter planning advancing justice (e.g.,: spatial, racial, economic, and/or environmental);

● New concepts/theories for understanding planning in the face of crises;

● Planning as reactive or future-oriented;

● Planning for future and imminent crises.

Types of SubmissionsCritical Planning accepts various submission formats including, but not limited to, academic articles, fiction, poetry, manifestos, and personal essays. We also welcome submissions of photographs, maps, art, or design projects related to the call for proposals for publication in the journal. We encourage submissions that incorporate cross-disciplinary, multi-scalar, multi-sited, transnational, or mixed-method approaches. If you wish for a photograph submission to be considered for the issue’s cover, please indicate so in your submission.

Length: Feature articles are generally between 5,000 and 7,000 words, while shorter articles are between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Submissions are not to exceed 7000 words including all notes, bibliographic references, and in-text citations.

Style: All academic submissions should be written according to the standards of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Submissions should include a cover sheet and an anonymized manuscript. Your cover sheet should include the title of your piece, your full name, institutional affiliation (if any), phone number, email address and a two-sentence biographical statement. Please double-space all parts of the manuscript and leave one-inch margins on all sides. Images should be provided in .TIF format, not to exceed a width of 5 inches and a resolution of 600 dpi (a width of 3000 pixels).

Language: The Editorial Collective behind CPJ Issue 25 is managing a multilingual review process. We will accept submissions in any language, pending the availability of fluent reviewers. If you are hoping to make a submission in any non-English language, we ask that you contact the editors in advance regarding our capacity to review in that language.

Process and Timeline: To submit, please visit and follow the link and instructions to the left of the screen (you will be asked to create an account). Should you have any difficulties submitting, please contact us at Critical Planning is a double-blind peer-reviewed publication. We expect to publish CPJ Volume 25 in Fall of 2021.

Deadline: Submissions should be received by the extended deadline of January 15, 2021. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, and we highly encourage early submissions.

We look forward to reviewing your submissions.


The Editors

1 Critical Planning Journal’sVolume 22, Regions and Cities in Crisisexplored the generative and destructive manifestations of crisis for cities

2 As an example, see the June 18,2020 Black Faculty Response to the “ACSP Statement Following the Killing of George Floyd” for a thorough documentation of this at work