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CTSJ is dedicated to providing a forum for undergraduate students to develop and share critical research and writing on the intersections of 'race,' ‘gender,’ ‘ability,’ 'sexuality,' and 'nationality,' as they relate to problems of social justice. The Journal seeks to foster an exchange of ideas across disciplines and to deepen understandings of systems of injustice; in this way, the Journal advances the mission of Occidental College: to develop critical, thoughtful, and active participation in an increasingly pluralistic and conflict-ridden global culture.

On Saturday, April 14th, 2018,CTSJ will be hosting its premier Conference of Undergraduate Research at Occidental College in Los Angeles. CTSJ 2018 is centered around the theme The Analysis of Power and seeks to confront systems of power within present discourses. This theme is informed by Michel Foucault’s work on truth and power, in which the economy of power is inseparable from truth. In Foucault's words:

  • "It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticize the working of institutions which appear to be both neutral and independent; to criticize them in such a manner that the political violence which has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one can fight them."

In this way, CTSJ 2018 is not simply a forum for the disruption of hegemonic assemblages, but an opportunity to begin the meaningful un-doing of the tangled lines of flight in our modern moment.

CTSJ seeks undergraduate research from students interested in presenting at CTSJ 2018 that exposes and disrupts established institutions and discourses of power. The Journal will accept submissions to present at the conference from Monday, October 16th, to Monday, January 15th. For more detailed instructions regarding submission requirements and presentation format, please see the below submission guidelines. Conference travel and hotel information will be made available on December 31, 2017.

submission guidelines.

All submissions must be submitted via email to and should be sent as an attachment in document form (.doc or .docx).  Submissions must include an abstract of no more than 300 words, a statement of purpose of no more than 250 words, and a completed information form. If a submission does not contain the aforementioned items, it will be returned and will not be reviewed until it is resubmitted with all the necessary requirements.



  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length.

  • References are not required, but will be accepted following proper guidelines of Chicago style citations.

  • Abstracts should be clear, well-written, and free of grammatical errors.

  • Abstracts should include the following information:

    • Research topic: In what subject area did you perform your research?

    • Research question: What problem or question did your research try to solve or answer?

    • Methodological Approach: How did you collect evidence to inform your analysis?

    • Evidence: What body of work did you consult to draw your conclusions?

    • Conclusions: What solution or answer did you find regarding your initial research question?

Please consult with a faculty member regarding proper formatting for abstracts in your discipline.


Statement of Purpose:

  • Statements of Purpose should be no more than 250 words.

  • References are not required, but will be accepted following proper guidelines of Chicago style citations.

  • Statements of Purpose should be clear, well-written, and free of grammatical errors.

  • Statements of Purpose should answer the following questions:

    • What is the greater relevancy of your research to your area of study?

    • How does your research connect to large issues of social justice?

    • Why is your research important today?

    • How does your research relate to CTSJ 2018: The Analysis of Power?

Information Form

You can download the information form here. Please fill it out and submit it with your Abstract and Statement of Purpose.

Evaluation Process

Submissions will be subject to rigorous evaluation by a panel of peer student reviewers. Reviewers will evaluate submissions based on the guidelines stated above, as well as overall merit within the context of CTSJ 2018: The Analysis of Power. Notification of acceptance or rejection will begin in early February.


The format for presentations at CTSJ 2018 is oral. Oral presentations should be approximately 15 minutes in length to allow 3-5 minutes for questions and discussion. Conference rooms will be equipped with projectors and computers for presenters who wish to utilize projected presentations. Further instructions regarding presentation development and format will be sent to accepted presenters.

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