Monash Debate Review 2009

Posted on April 2, 2009


The Monash Association of Debaters is currently producing the 2009 edition of its annual publication, the Monash Debating Review. The MDR is a scholarly, interdisciplinary journal that addresses strategic and substantive issues of interest to debaters.

Submissions are sought from debaters or any party with an interest in debating or debating issues. All submissions must be in English, and we strongly encourage participation from those overseas, as this publication has a strong international focus.

– Should be 2000 to 3000 words in length, with proper annotations in accordance with the system that will be updated soon on the MAD website at

– Should be sent to the editorial committee via Michael Kotrly, the Editor in Chief by e-mail at in Word or RTF by May 31, 2009. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis so early submissions are encouraged.

– Should include a SEPARATE document stating the author’s name, University and debating society where applicable, contact e-mail address, postal address, word count and the title of the submission. Do not place any identifying information in the body of your work.

– Joint authorship is permitted

– Publication is open to all interested participants regardless of enrolment at university or membership of a recognised debating society. Submissions must, however, be in some way relevant to debating.

– Any queries requests for further information should be sent to

Submissions must focus either on an issue that may concern the international debating community at large or a current event or issue of international significance and how it would present itself in a debate. The previous edition included essays on the politics of climate change, tactics for Worlds, the role of a whip speaker, the substance of style, new arguments from new epistimologies, and debating in Africa. Broadly speaking, submissions should be one of three types:

1. An essay that outlines and then evaluates the arguments for and against a chosen topic. Evaluations should be based upon a discussion of the relevant evidence, and an analysis of the consistency of arguments.

2. A comprehensive historical / political overview of a particular World “hot spot”. Examples would include the Balkans, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, Central Africa, and East Asia.

3. An article focusing on tactical and strategic issues in debating.

The Monash Debating Review is a refereed journal, i.e. each submission will be evaluated by one or more referees, with the author’s name remaining undisclosed. Short referees’ reports will be sent to each author after submission. In submitting an essay, the author agrees to transfer copyright, including electronic copyright, to the Monash Debating Review. We reserve the right to make changes to the essay before publication; these will not affect the substance of the submission.

Michael Kotrly, Canada

Nick Bibby, South Korea
Sing Chi, Hong Kong
Paralabh Gupta, Australia
Max Harris, New Zealand