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Falk Schlegel <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 22 May 2008 00:13:48 +0200
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Interface is a new journal launched by activists 
and academics around the world in response to the 
development and increased visibility of social 
movements in the last few years - and the immense 
amount of knowledge generated in this process. 
This knowledge is created across the globe, and 
in many contexts and a variety of ways, and it 
constitutes an incredibly valuable resource for 
the further development of social movements. 
Interface responds to this need, as a tool to 
help our movements learn from each other’s struggles.

Interface is a forum bringing together activists 
from different movements and different countries, 
researchers working with movements, and 
progressive academics from various countries to 
contribute to the production of knowledge that 
can help us gain insights across movements and 
issues, across continents and cultures, and 
across theoretical and disciplinary traditions. 
To this end, Interface will seek to develop 
analysis and knowledge that allow lessons to be 
learned from specific movement processes and 
experiences and translated into a form useful for 
other movements.  In doing so, our goal is to 
include material that can be used in a range of 
ways by movements – in terms of its content, its 
language, its purpose and its form.

We are currently seeking contributions to the 
first issue of Interface and welcome 
contributions by movement participants and 
academics who are developing movement-relevant 
theory and research. The theme of this first 
issue, which will be published on January 1st 
2009, is “movement knowledge”: what we know, how 
we create knowledge, what we do with it and how 
it can make a difference either in movement 
struggles or in creating a different and better 
world. We invite both formal research 
(qualitative and quantitative) and 
practically-grounded work on all aspects of 
social movements. We are seeking work in a range 
of different formats, such as conventional 
articles, review essays, facilitated discussions 
and interviews, action notes, teaching notes, key 
documents and analysis, book reviews – and beyond 
(see details in the guidelines for contributors).

In order to achieve this, research contributions 
will be reviewed by both activist and academic 
peers, other material will be sympathetically 
edited, and the editorial process generally will 
be geared towards assisting authors to find ways 
of expressing their understanding, so that we all 
can be heard across geographical, social and 
political distances. The deadline for 
contributions for the first issue is September 
1st 2008. Please contact the appropriate editor 
if you are thinking of submitting an article. You 
can access the journal and get further details at 

The journal will be published twice yearly 
(January 15th and September 15th), each time with 
a themed core section and a collection of other 
articles. Bi-monthly updates (March 1st, May 1st 
and November 1st) will highlight practice-oriented pieces in particular.

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