The Project

The Project

LAURIER UNDERGRADUATE JOURNAL OF THE ARTS

Students from the Faculty of Arts, with the support of AUS: The Arts Undergraduate Society, are publishing an undergraduate academic journal. Carried in both print and online format, the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts demonstrates the very best talent our student body has to offer in our measured opinions and our informative expertise.   All undergraduate students enrolled in an Arts program are invited to submit their works for review and potential publication. Taking part will improve your writing skills through our review process, impress graduate committees when applying, and support the student community by demonstrating the highest standards of academic skill.

Papers can be submitted from ANY YEAR OF STUDY and you may submit up to TWO PAPERS to the journal. If you have any questions or need any help with submitting, see our Contact Us page and contact the appropriate representative.

All of our published articles are available for individual download here.

The following criteria must be met for paper submissions:

    • any student who submits a work must be a current undergraduate or have graduated less than one year ago.
    • Students from any university are invited to submit.
    • Submissions for Volume 8.1, the renewal issue, are now open and will be accepted through April 30, 2022. 
    • Submissions for Volume 8.2, unthemed, are now open and will be accepted through August 31, 2022.

LUJA Call for Papers

The Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts (LUJA) is a journal for undergraduate students in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Each year the journal publishes one issue representing high-quality original research in the arts. Submitted manuscripts should be original scholarly contributions that aim to answer a novel question or address an issue in a novel way. This year the journal is relaunching with a new editorial process and a theme for its Renewal issue.

The theme of the 2022 issue is Renewal, Regression, and Revolution. Renewal is defined as “an instance of resuming an activity or state after an interruption.” This year’s issue is looking for submissions focused on instances of renewal, regression, or revolution (be it an actual revolution or revolutionary (new) ideas) in politics, history, society, literature, or film. After two years of inactivity, LUJA is back with a fresh start. We want the 2022 issue to reflect this fresh start and serve as a home for student ingenuity and creativity in renewing society, knowledge, and ideas. LUJA’s renewal also coincides with recovery and renewal from the COVID-19 pandemic. After two years of the pandemic, society is adapting to new ways of working, living, and socializing. Remote work has become the norm and people are discovering innovative ways to thrive in this new environment. Therefore, we hope that the 2022 issue represents the hope of renewal and the new course of society. However, change can also mean regression. For example, in the United States and Europe, we are seeing a revival of authoritarianism, book banning, and white supremacy. We hope that the 2022 renewal issue will explore these themes and address both the positives and negatives of various forms of renewal as they appear in politics, society, history, literature, and film

The editorial board is considering renewal to be a broad topic focused on instances of new or old, ideas, practices, and events, good or bad in the journals five main categories. Papers can focus on the recovery of old ideas, the regression of certain aspects of society, or the creation and implementation of new ideas. Authors can present ways in which society has renewed, regressed, or erupted into a revolution after conflict or disaster in real life or fiction. The editorial board looks favourably upon submissions that focus on analyzing new or old ideas as well as individuals’ reactions to instances of renewal. These reactions could be individuals embracing change, backlash, protest or revolution. 

The submission deadline is April 30, 2022. Students registered in an undergraduate Arts program or those who graduated in 2021 are welcome to submit. Interested authors should submit their manuscripts via the journal’s homepage: https://scholars.wlu.ca/luja/. All submissions must conform to the journal’s submission guidelines below. Submissions will undergo a double-blind peer-review process and those selected by the LUJA editorial team will be revised, finalized, and published in the 2022 issue of the journal. Any questions should be directed to the LUJA editorial team at Laurierundergraduatejournal@gmail.com

We look forward to reading your submissions. 

From the LUJA Team

Submission Guidelines 

  • Contributions must be original works and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.  
  • The topic of the article must fit the Call for Papers.
  • Articles should include a literature review citing relevant past scholarly work (where applicable in your discipline)
  • Authors are required to submit a 150-word abstract outlining the research question, theoretical framework, main arguments, and conclusion of the article.
  • Manuscripts must state their research question and thesis in the introduction.
  • Papers must use Times New Roman size 12 font.
  • Contributions should be between 2500-8000 words, excluding the bibliography, figures, and tables.
  • Contributions can be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or OpenOffice (.odt).
  • Contributions must be in English.

For general inquiries, please send us an email at: laurierundergraduatejournal@gmail.com.

We eagerly await your ideas!

The Management and Editorial Board for the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts