Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry

CAOS is an interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal that publishes original articles/art work/poetry that foreground critical forms of social inquiry, research and practice. These include but are not limited to Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP), Intersectionality, Anti-Racism, Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Colonization, Decolonization, Feminism(s), Anti-Capitalism, Ageism, Labour Studies, Queer Studies, Trans Studies, Mad Studies, Fat Studies and Radical/Critical Disability work. We are interested in conceptual pieces, original research as well as critical practice inquiries. We invite submissions from researchers, scholars, and academics, as well as students, activists, front-line workers, policy makers, artists, and advocates who participate in critical social inquiry. The journal is an on-line journal that is published twice a year.

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New Call for Submissions


Call for Submissions for the Second Issue of the

Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry (CAOS)

Decolonizing Scholarship

An initiative of the Centre for Research in Critical Social Inquiry and Action (RCSIA),Based in the School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University

The theme of our second issue will be Decolonizing Scholarship. Our guest editors are: Lynn Lavallée, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University & Jennifer Clarke, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University

  • Questions that we would like to explore include but are not limited to:
    How do we understand decolonization now? What does it include? Where are the blocks and limits so far?

  • How do we understand decolonization connected to multiple geopolitical epistemologies?

  • How has decolonization been taken up in fields such as social work and the social sciences more generally? How can it be taken up in practice (e.g. helping, care, counselling, advocacy, etc.), research, policy, education and with issue specific foci?

  • How is decolonization being linked with other transformative theories such as Anti-Black Racism, Queer theory, Trans theory, Fat studies, and Feminist Post Structuralism, Mad studies, and Radical/critical disability?

  • How is decolonization pursued by communities?

  • What are the relations between Anti-racist and decolonizing scholarship and practice? Where are the tensions? Alliances? Possibilities?

  • What are the everyday realities of decolonizing scholars and advocates within both academic and non-academic settings?

  • What are the possibilities of decolonizing academic scholarship itself in terms of writing ‘standards’ and dissemination practices?

Please submit your manuscripts directly through our web site. Written article submissions must follow APA reference style. They should be a maximum of 5000-6000 words, use a 12 point font; be double spaced with page numbers clearly visible and include a separate page with the title of the piece, an abstract, three to four key words and the author(s) name, affiliations, emails/contact information and any acknowledgements. 

Deadline for submissions is: April 15, 2015.


Posted: 2014-12-19
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Examining Social Work as a Canadian Settler Colonial Project: PDF
Edward Ou Jin Lee, Ilyan Ferrer
The Contours of Anti-Black Racism: Engaging Anti-Oppression from Embodied Spaces PDF
Martha Kuwee Kumsa, Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy, Funke Oba, Sadia Gaasim
Queering the Sociology of Diagnosis: Children and the Constituting of ‘Mentally Ill’ Subjects PDF
Brenda A. LeFrançois, Shaindl Diamond
Biographical Erasure as Oppression PDF
Denise Gastaldo
Domestic Violence in South Asian Communities in the GTA: Critical Perspectives of Community Activists and Service Providers PDF
Purnima George, Mariam Rashidi
Occupying Social Work: Unpacking Connections and Contradictions in the Social Work/Activist Divide PDF
Emma Palumbo, May Friedman