Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory

Edited by Kari Palonen and Tuija Pulkkinen


Journal Information

  • ISSN: 2308-0906 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2308-0914 (Online)
  • Frequency: Biannual (Spring and Autumn)


Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory is now an open access journal published by Helsinki University Press. The journal and its archive is available at:

Redescriptions  is an international refereed journal which publishes contributions on the transdisciplinary study of concepts. In classical rhetoric redescription refers to a rhetorical move that alters the use of a concept in one respect or another. It draws attention to conceptual moves within political theory, conceptual history and feminist thought, and highlights political agency within these moves. Political and feminist thought in various forms, whether in philosophical, historical or contemporary terms is published by the journal. Unique in its focus in political and conceptual contingency, Redescriptions began its life as Finnish Yearbook of Political Thought in 1997; it was renamed as Redescriptions in 2003, and was published by Manchester University Press from 2014-2019.

Editorial Board

Editors in Chief

Kari Palonen, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Tuija Pulkkinen, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland


Hubertus Buchstein, Department of Political Science, University of Greifswald, Germany

Anna Elomäki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

Anthoula Malkopoulou, Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden

Paul-Erik Korvela, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Moya Lloyd, Department of Politics, History and International Relations, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK

Kari Saastamoinen, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies / History, University of Helsinki, Finland

Editorial Assistant

Marika Laakko, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. +358 40 8202215

Editorial Board

Wendy Brown, University of California Berkeley
Adriana Cavarero, Università di Verona
Penelope Deutscher, Nortwestern University
Lisa Disch, University of Michigan
Pasi Ihalainen, University of Jyväskylä
Mikhail Ilyin, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Anna Jonasdottir, Örebro Universitet
Marcus Llanque, Universität Augsburg
Wolf-Dieter Narr, Freie Universität Berlin
Carole Pateman, University of California Los Angeles
Markku Peltonen, University of Helsinki
Melvin Richter, Hunter College, CUNY
Pierre Rosanvallon, Collège de France
José María Rosales, University of Málaga
Joan W. Scott, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Ludwig Siep, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Quentin Skinner, Queen Mary University of London
Patricia Springborg, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Willibald Steinmetz, Universität Bielefeld
Márton Szabó, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Bo Stråth, University of Helsinki
Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University
Björn Wittrock, Swedish Collegium for the Advanced Study in the Social Sciences


Notes for Contributors

Please email manuscripts to the Editors, Kari Palonen and Tuija Pulkkinen. Books for review should be sent to:

Kari Palonen
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
P.O.Box 35
FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä


  • Initially, submit your full manuscript, an abstract (100-150 words), and your full name and address, to Kari Palonen and Tuija Pulkkinen.
  • Manuscripts should preferably be submitted as email attachments.
  • The maximum length for manuscripts: article 10,000 words, review article 5,000 words, book review 2,000-3,000 words.
  • Contributions should be in English. Spelling should be either British or American English consistently throughout.


  • Notes should be kept to a minimum. Footnotes should be used only for purposes such as explaining the title of the article, or the quality of the essay (e.g. Opening Address at the VII Annual Conference of the History of Political and Social Concepts Group, Rio de Janeiro, 7-9 July 2004).
  • If numbered Endnotes are used to give information other than references they should be listed in a section called Notes following the main text. Any citations that appear in the notes should also use the author-date system (see below)


  • References use the author-date system. Citations within the text and after extracts should be cited by the author’s surname and year of publication (and page number if necessary), e.g. Smith (1979: 80), or (Smith, 1979: 80). If citing more than one work together, use semi-colons to separate. All references in the text should appear in the list of references.
  • Distinguish two or more works published in same year (1996a, etc.). These should be labelled a, b, c etc. according to the order in which they are cited in the text. Give full details of the publication in a list of references. It is acceptable to use et al. in the text for works with more than two authors but you should give all authors’ names in the references/bibliography (unless there are more than three).
  • At the end of the article, a list of References should follow the Notes if appropriate, and should be listed (1) alphabetically and (2) chronologically. Names of journals should be given in full with page references. Please pay special attention to the use of capitals, italics and punctuation marks given in the following examples:

Examples of References:

  • Articles in journals: Andrew, Edward, 1990. ‘The Foxy Prophet: Machiavelli versus Machiavelli on Ferdinand the Catholic.’ History of Political Thought, 11:3, 409-422.
  • Articles in edited collections: Baron, Hans, 1968. ‘The Querelle of the Ancients and the Moderns as a Problem for Renaissance Scholarship.’ In Paul O. Kristeller and Philip P. Wiener (eds.), Renaissance Essays. New York: Harper & Row, 95-114.
  • Books: Henderson, John, 1994. Piety and Charity in Late Medieval Florence. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Final manuscript copy

  • If not written by a native speaker of English it is the responsibility of the author to have the paper checked by a native speaker. Redescriptions does not provide language consultation services
  • Manuscripts may be submitted as email attachments, and they must be submitted as rtf documents. Please follow these instructions:1. Justify the text to the left (leave the right margin unjustified).
    2. Check the spelling.
    3. To emphasize something, use italics.
    4. Do not leave double spaces between letters and words.
    5. Do not use capital letters for titles and headings.
    6. Do not indent text in any way, leave one empty line between paragraphs.
    7. Do not leave any unnecessary empty lines between paragraphs.
    8. Do not leave double spaces after punctuation marks.
    9. Do not hyphenate the text.
    10. Inform the editors of text editing program (and the version of it) you have used.

    • Figures and plates should be submitted as EPS, TIFF or JPG files accompanied by a hard copy. They should be numbered consecutively, with appropriate captions. Reference to any Figures or Plates should be made in the main text and their desired position should be indicated on the printout.
    • Tables should be numbered consecutively and provided with appropriate captions. They should be referred to in the main text and their desired position should be indicated on the printout.
    • Quotations should be given in double quotation marks. Quotations longer than 4 lines should be set apart from the main body of the text with a blank line above and below the quoted text.
    • Examples should be numbered with Arabic numerals in parentheses and set apart from the main body of the text with a blank line above and below. Examples from languages other than Modern English should appear in italics with a translation in single quotes immediately below each such example. If required, a word-by-word gloss (without quotes) may be provided between the example phrase and the translation.

    See the journal author resources for more information on how to write and prepare your article and other MUP policies.

    Open Access

    MUP Open provides authors or their institutions and funders with the option of paying a fee and making an article permanently and immediately available for free online. Authors can also self-archive their Accepted Manuscript in an institutional repository after the final version of the article has been published.

    For more information on Open Access and journals, see here.


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From 2019, Manchester University Press is no longer publishing Redescriptions. Further details about the journal’s publisher and future online access will be available soon.

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