At the Canadian Journal for the Academic Mind (CJAM), we are dedicated to fostering an inclusive and transformative academic environment. Our publication firmly believes in the power of adopting a feminist and anti-colonial framework in all aspects of our work. We recognize colonization's historical and ongoing impact on Indigenous peoples and are committed to amplifying their voices and centring their experiences within the academic discourse. Simultaneously, we aim to challenge patriarchal norms and dismantle barriers that hinder the full participation and representation of scholars from all backgrounds. By actively engaging with feminist and anti-colonial theories, we strive to generate critical insights that contribute to dismantling systems of oppression and fostering social justice.
Honouring Indigenous Knowledge and Fostering Decolonization
In our pursuit of anti-colonialism, CJAM acknowledges and actively engages with the profound impact of colonization on Indigenous communities. We humbly recognize that Carleton University, where CJAM is based, is situated on the traditional, unceded land of the Omàmìwininìwag, Anishinabewaki, Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, and Haudenosaunee nations. We honour the rich knowledge systems and cultural contributions of Indigenous peoples and aim to create a space that values Indigenous ways of knowing and being. We acknowledge the detrimental impact of colonization on individuals, communities, and knowledge systems. By seeking to decenter dominant Western paradigms, we aim to embrace diverse epistemologies, methodologies, and research approaches. Our goal is to challenge traditional boundaries, promote cross-cultural dialogue, and dismantle systems of oppression embedded in academic structures.
Advancing Feminist Frameworks and Inclusive Scholarship
CJAM firmly embraces feminism as a guiding principle in our publication. We recognize that traditional academic structures often perpetuate inequalities, marginalizing voices based on gender, race, ethnicity, and other intersecting identities. By adopting a feminist framework, we seek to challenge and disrupt patriarchal norms that hinder scholars' full participation and representation. Our commitment to amplifying the voices of marginalized groups and centring their experiences within the academic discourse is rooted in the belief that dismantling oppression of all kinds is essential for creating an equitable and just society for everyone.
Together, we can forge a scholarly community that reflects our shared commitment to equity, inclusivity, and positive change. Join us in our collective endeavor to reshape the academic landscape, advance knowledge rooted in justice, and create a more equitable future. We actively encourage the submission of manuscripts that explore these crucial themes as we strive towards this transformative vision.
"true resistance begins with people confronting pain... and wanting to do something to change it."
- bell hooks (2014). “Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics”.