Journals of the JNU

The Jawaharlal Nehru University occupies a special place in the space of Indian academics. Since it was founded in the late 1960's- a time when there was much ferment in universities across the world- the very special character of JNU shows in the way it which it has integrated a social awareness and responsibility with academics... The faculty at JNU bring out a number of academic journals in a range of disciplines, and this post is about some of them.

  • JSL, The Journal of the School of Language, Literature Culture Studies, is edited by Professor G J V Prasad. JSL is "proud to provide a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary forum for discussion of all issues related to language, literature, and other aspects of culture." It is published twice a year, each issue typically being on a specific theme. For example, Autumn 2007 is on Pedagogy, with contributions from Anjali Gera Roy, Vaishna Narang, Kirti Kapur, Seema Murugan, Madhu Sahni, B. Mangalam, Chitra Harshawardhan, Rasheed Abiodun Musa, Radhika Coomaraswamy and Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham, Fatima Rizvi, Chaity Das.
  • The Quarterly Journal of International Studies is published by the School of International Studies. Founded in July 1959, this journal has acquired an international standing as the leading Indian academic journal in the field. It publishes original research articles on issues and problems, including problems of theory of contemporary relevance in the broad field of international relations and area studies. A referred journal, it attracts contributions not only from the members of the School faculty and other Indian universities/ research institutions but also from scholars all over the world.
  • There was MATRIX, a short lived E-Journal of International Relations, published by scholars of the School of International Studies.
  • And there is KRITIK, an occasional publication of the Center for Russian Studies of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies.
JNU faculty edit a number of other journals as well- or serve as members of the editorial boards. These are too numerous to mention in totality, but two we would like to draw your attention to are JHD, the Journal of Health and Development, and Social Scientist.

  • JHD is a Journal of the Society for Applied Socioeconomic Research and Development and is edited by Prof. K R Nayar of the Center for Community Health and Social Medicine of the School of Social Sciences. Describing the journal, they say "The development discourse of this millennium has moved forward, with the neo-liberal agenda tightening its hold with a deliberate tinge of those issues like health which are apparently human faced! It is in this light that some concerned scholars got together to launch this journal, which will primarily address the emerging scenario in public health, development and the sufferings of the marginalised sections in the world. The journal aims to highlight and encourage socially relevant theoretical and empirical work in the fields of health and related disciplines of development. It holds the viewpoint that the linkages between health and development need to be understood within the context of social, political and economic factors. The journal seeks to highlight these linkages by providing a forum for discussions and debates as well as a medium for dissemination of research in these areas." The Journal is a quarterly.
  • Professor Prabhat Patnaik of the Center for Economic Studies and Planning edits Social Scientist. "Charting change from the cutting edge of knowledge, pushing the frontiers of reserach to an ever-widening horizon, the Social Scientist has built a reputation of being an outstanding journal in the social sciences and humanities. For three decades now it has analysed trends, recorded changes, even roadmapped the future. Its writers, veteran and newcomer, tackle the subjects with a breadth and depth that makes the Social Scientist indispensable to teachers and students, laymen and specialists. Recognized experts and brilliant young minds write on economic policy, social change, institutions and organizations, issues in history, methodology and theory. Their work goes into making the journal a collector's item: its back issues, available online at the Digital South Asia Library, are a must for any reference library. Social Scientist had made its mark not only in terms of content, but also in the quality of production: its design is elegant and user-friendly. Here is an important forum for the exchange of latest ideas that informs and enriches in equal measure."

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