Featured Collections

Featured Collections highlight research impacting our communities. Contact us to add PSU-authored works to PDXScholar, the campus repository.

Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism (Journals)

ISSN 2768-7201

Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism aims to amplify the voices and visions of students, educators, and community members individually and collaboratively in "writing as activism": that is, writing that intends to provoke change towards social justice on the individual, collective, social, and/or political level.

Spring 2022 update: The inaugural issue of Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism is currently in process! Once it is published, a call for submissions for our second issue will be posted here. Please contact the editorial team with any questions.

We invite writing that embodies, engages, and responds to the following topics, offered here to inspire work, rather than to constrain its possibilities:

  • writing, activism, and racial justice; social justice; restorative justice; transformative justice
  • roles, impacts, and examples of writing within future/past/current activist and social movements and moments
  • writing that examines/draws upon genre, myth, storytelling, world-building
  • writing that explores relationships of identity, ability, bodies, emotions, health, and activism
  • intersections of technology, communication, and writing-as-activism
  • writing that explores the limitations of language and of writing to catalyze change in the world
  • teaching and learning writing-as-activism
  • writing and activism within, through, and beyond the academy
We welcome your submission of work from the following broad formatting categories:
  • Articles, essays, fiction, creative nonfiction (up to 5000 words)
  • Poetry (up to 10 pages, submitted as individual poems or as a connected manuscript)
  • Written works that contain visual elements (including graphic texts and works that include illustrations)
  • Written works that include sound files

Before you submit, please review the journal’s editorial policies, including the peer review process that will follow your submission. Feel free to email the journal’s managing editors with any questions you may have as you prepare your submission, or if you are unsure about the length, format, or other aspects of your work as a potential fit for Amplify: A Journal of Writing-as-Activism.

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At This Moment Webinar Series (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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Climate Justice Collection

With the goal of helping researchers find solutions to complex climate change problems and recognizing social justice and climate change are intertwined, the Digital Initiatives team, part of Portland State University Library, created the Climate Justice Collection. Our aim is to highlight the work of PSU researchers, foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, facilitate the co-creation of original research, and support climate advocacy.

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This collection showcases journal articles, preprints, and other publications and presentations about the Coronavirus COVID-19 by faculty and researchers at Portland State University.
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Racial and Gender Equity

The Racial and Gender Equity collection brings together a wide variety of research generated by the Portland State University community that is centered on the issues of racial justice, gender equity and related topics. The collection is designed to support people and organizations to interrupt institutionalized racism and sexism while developing knowledge and skills to deepen and broaden diversity, equity, and inclusion in their personal, professional and organizational practices.

Student Research Symposium (Conferences and Symposia)

The annual Portland State University Student Research Symposium is an opportunity for current PSU graduate and undergraduate students across all disciplines to showcase their research through poster and oral presentation formats. This year’s in-person Symposium was held Wednesday, May 4, 2022, on the third floor of the Smith Memorial Student Union. Files of student posters and oral presentations are archived in PDXScholar.

Systems Science Friday Noon Seminar Series (Systems Science)

The Systems Science Seminar Series covers a wide range of topics, providing an opportunity for presenters to share and attendees to become exposed to the latest research from different fields and disciplines. Agent-based simulation, artificial intelligence, artificial life, genetic algorithms, machine learning, neural networks, signal processing, social networks, system dynamics, and science itself are just a few of the many diverse topics that have been presented, all in an informal environment where questions and discussion are encouraged.
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Unless otherwise specified, seminars are held on Fridays from 12-1 p.m. in Harder House Room 104 throughout Fall and Winter terms. For those taking the seminar for credit, grading is based on attendance, either in-person or remote.

CONTACT US: If you have questions, comments, or topic/speaker suggestions, or if you would like to present a seminar, please email Wayne Wakeland.

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