CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion - Call for Papers

CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion (J-CASTE) advances peer-reviewed scholarship across disciplines into Caste and Caste-like systems globally and considers the marginalization and inter-generational oppression of religious, racial, and cultural minorities throughout the world. The journal is published in collaboration with the Brandeis University Library and assesses social policies meant to counter exclusion in multiple spheres and intolerance in multi-faith democracies. Our authors come from varying disciplines including Anthropology, Art, Cultural Studies, Co-Existence, Demography, Economics, Ethics, Geography, Health, Journalism, Law, Literature, Policy Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Theology, and among others. The journal is published twice a year (April and October) and offers various issues including Regular Open Issues, Special Issues, Half Issues (that focus on selected themes), Policy Arenas, Symposiums, and Book Reviews. The journal publishes Research Articles, Policy Studies, Critical Reviews, and Autobiographical Reflections in our Forum Section. All submissions go through a timely double-blind peer-review process. J-CASTE is a free Open Access journal with no publication fees. J-Caste is published with the support of the Bluestone Endowment.

J-Caste has an Editorial Advisory Board of 30 leading scholars from 10 countries. The Editorial Team of the journal invites submissions for its forthcoming issues in 2021 through 2024 and welcomes high-quality papers that are based on rigorous empirical analysis of case studies, policy frameworks, situational analysis, and contextual literature mapping.  The Editorial Team welcomes submissions from both established and emerging scholars, policy officials, and practitioners. We are particularly interested in submissions that address some of the following thematic issues and beyond, concerning the experiences of discriminated and oppressed minority groups:

  • Coexistence, negotiation, dialogue, and anti-oppression frameworks on birth-based marginalization and exclusion
  • Analysis of identity-based discrimination and marginalization in the global south
  • Public and environmental health discrimination of marginalized groups
  • Marginalization, exploitation, and discrimination based on social and cultural identity
  • Housing, work, livelihoods, education, access to services, and harassment experienced by oppressed groups in the Global South and North
  • Historical and modern forms of slavery/slave-based social system in developing societies
  • Social and economic discrimination of minorities across the UK/Europe
  • Ethnic/birth-based identity as a tool for discrimination/ mobilization in the Global South
  • Migration, diasporas, and the experiences/journeys of oppressed groups
  • Debates on delivering COVID-19 vaccine to large and diverse minority populations
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poor, marginalized, and oppressed groups
  • UN framework on discrimination and their implications/impacts on oppressed groups
  • Psychological and mental health implications of discrimination and marginalization
  • The impact of discrimination on income, poverty, health, employment, civil rights
  • Policies to overcome consequences of discrimination, Affirmative Actions, Reparation, and other policies, using, local, regional, and cross country comparison.

Authors interested in submitting manuscripts for review and publication are encouraged to consult the Guidelines for Authors on the journal's website. Individuals who may want to consult with members of the journal’s Editorial Team regarding their manuscripts or respective submission plans are invited to contact us at:

The next issue of the journal is due to be published in October 2021. Authors interested in having their manuscripts considered for the October issue should submit via the submission portal on the journal’s website by 15th August, 2021. Individuals interested in proposing plans for future Special Issues/Symposiums and or regular submissions are also encouraged to consult with the Editorial Team.


Special Symposium: Exclusion Founded on Social/Cultural/Religious/Ancestral Birth-based Structures

The October Issue 2021 of the journal will also feature a special Symposium Section on Social Exclusion Founded on Social/Cultural/Religious/Ancestral Birth-based Structures and Systems in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and the Pacific. Globally, many individuals and societies experience, propagate as well as practice various forms of exclusion as a result of existing social structures including ethnic identity, culture, religious affiliations and practices, ancestry, lineage and descent, and other forms of birth-based discriminatory systems and practices. While such systems are often used as tools for social, economic, and environmental exclusion, others are employed as vehicles for mobilization. J-CSATE is interested in studies that explore the diverse forms, dynamics, praxis, and gaps in this area of research. We invite interested authors working in these themes within academia, policy, practice, advocacy, and/or activism to consider submitting their manuscripts for this Symposium Issue by 15th August 2021, via the J-CASTE submission portal. You may submit your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers will go through a double-blind peer-review process and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors interested in discussing their manuscripts or respective submissions for this Symposium are invited to contact the Journal’s Editors with a brief abstract of about 150-200 words. The Editorial Team can be reached via email at