JISD Call for Papers: Special Issue on Indigenous Resurgence amidst Climate Disruption


Journal of Indigenous Social Development - Call for Papers

Deadline: April 30, 2024

Special Issue: Indigenous Resurgence amidst Climate Disruption

The Journal of Indigenous Social Development (JISD) is calling for papers for a special issue that examines the resurgence of Indigenous thought and action amidst climate disruption.

Climate change is bringing environmental, social and cultural disruption to peoples and communities globally and Indigenous peoples are experiencing the impacts most intensely – from atoll islanders’ diminished access to traditional reef fishing sites, to loss of lives and livelihoods as a result of drought induced bushfires. While climate disruptions perpetuate long standing marginalisations and oppressions, Indigenous resurgence, resistance and resilience is evident. There is a need to complement the Western scientific literature, with that centring Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, action and lived experiences of climate disruption responses. Indigenous knowledge is key to reversing the trajectory of climate disaster – not merely for Indigenous communities but all of humankind.

The JISD Board is seeking manuscripts examining Indigenous resilience and response reflecting the intent of the journal to support the push back on colonialism and the centering of Indigenous philosophies, values, perspectives, and practices for Indigenous peoples. Manuscripts are invited which examine how Indigenous communities in different parts of the world are leading their own climate responses and ‘just transitions’, grounded in their connections to territory, ancestral knowledges, and responsibilities to current and future generations.

The Journal of Indigenous Social Development (JISD) is an international, online, open access, peer reviewed journal. The vision of JISD is to rally the collective intelligence and passions of scholars, researchers, and practitioners committed to Indigenous social work, social welfare, and social development into a productive, innovative, more dignified approach to supporting Indigenous communities in their self-determining efforts. Submissions are invited from knowledge keepers, community members, researchers, and students.

Paper topics may fall in the realm of:

- Trans-Indigenous and transnational responses to climate disruption

- Eco grief and eco stress experienced by Indigenous peoples

- Anti-colonial and Indigenist conceptual and philosophical perspectives on climate disruption

- Indigenous food sovereignty systems

- Climate mobility and immobility

- Spiritual dimension of climate crisis and response

- Ancestral wisdom and knowledge as the crux to addressing the crisis

- Indigenous-led community development and policy responses to the climate crisis

- Colonialism, capitalism, and the commodification of nature as drivers of climate change

- Indigenous Arts-based and creativity and activism


All interested authors should consult the guidelines for submission.