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Project Submission

Hiring for the 2022-2023 Management Board is now open:

  • LUJA is looking to hire Editors, and a creative director. For more information on each position, please see the link here.
  • Please submit your cover letter, resume, and writing sample (only Editor applications require a writing sample) in a single PDF document.
  • Management Board members must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at Wilfrid Laurier University through the tenure of their position.
  • Applications will remain open until spots are filled.

The following criteria must be met for paper submissions:

  • Submissions for the first ever LUJA Conference are now closed. Submit your 200-300 word abstract and a list of at least five sources before 31 October 2018. 
  • Submissions for Volume 8 (2022/2023 print and online edition) are now open. The theme for the 2022 volume is Renewal, Regression, and Revolution.  

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.

Additional Guidelines

  • Any student who submits a work must be a current undergraduate or have graduated less than one year ago
  • Upload your paper to our website in word format. The title of the paper should be the file name.
  • Please remove your name from your paper. Submissions through the file upload on this page will automatically be attached to a name when you fill out the text fields on the right.
  • Minimum of 5 sources required per paper
  • Suggested word count between 2500-8000
  • Each student may submit up to two papers for consideration for each edition.
  • The papers may not be under consideration at any other publication.
  • Please review the LUJA submission policies including the double-blind process.
  • We encourage papers that take unique viewpoints which add to the academic discourse of the field
  • Students from any university are invited to submit
  • OPTIONAL: a professor recommendation may be attached to the paper. Any professor recommendation that is attached separately will be discarded.

If you have any further questions about submitting, we invite you to send us an email to: laurierundergraduatejournal@gmail.com (Please do not send submissions to this email address)