Submission Guidelines

Humanity is continually seeking manuscripts for publication. The goal of the journal is to provide a single forum for the analytically focused examination of human rights, humanitarianism, and development, as well as the political transformations that have reshaped the terms of liberation and idealism along with practices of domination and control. To better understand the journal’s remit please read our editorial statement.

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Click here for information on writing a review essay for Humanity, and here for information on dossiers.

Early Career Scholar Prize

Humanity is pleased to announce a prize for the best essay published in the journal in a calendar year. The prize is open to graduate students or those without tenure track jobs at the time of submission. The winner of the prize will be judged by the editorial collective and announced at the end of the year.

The 2020 prize has been awarded to Megan Donaldson for her essay, “The League of Nations, Ethiopia, and the Making of States,” Humanity 11, no. 1 (Spring 2020): 6–31.

Megan Donaldson’s “The League of Nations, Ethiopia, and the Making of States” makes an important contribution to scholarship on state-making in the inter-war period. Challenging the view that WWII and the establishment of the United Nations represented a clear break from earlier understandings of statehood, Donaldson shows how colonial and civilizational discourse informed the post-1945 ambivalence about what kind of state an institutionalized, multi-racial international order would call for. What emerges is a detailed, compelling, and historically informed challenge to those narratives that locate pathologies of peripheral and “failed” statehood in post-1945 decolonization. Against those accounts of postcolonial “state failure” that claim postcolonial states “fail” because they were not “ready” for the international recognition of their statehood and sovereign equality, Donaldson concludes, “the failure’ might lie in the imagination of the state, and how it could be integrated into a newly constituted international legal and political community.”

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