Call for Conference Papers:
Diverse Unfreedoms and their Ghosts
A One-Day Conference
Rutgers University, Camden
March 31, 2017
Deadline for abstracts: October 1, 2016
We are soliciting essay contributions for the new book, Afro-Latino/as and the Media: What the media teaches our kids about race, class and gender identity.
Essays in this book critically examine how print, film, and digital media positively and negatively represent Afro-Latino groups and their race, culture, and gender identities. The major premise of the text is that media shapes our understanding of the world and how it functions; the minor premise is that the imagery, conversations, and reactions to what is presented in the media influence the minds of youth and their understanding.
The cultural criminologist Michelle Brown calls for a greater consideration of the various kinds of spaces of enclosure and exclusion experienced by vast portions of the global population. While debates over the United States’ domestic policies of mass incarceration and its policies of imprisonment under the War on Terror may readily come to mind, Brown encourages us to consider how other sites such as refugee camps, migrant detention centers, and black sites blur the boundaries and push the limits of how we think about incarceration.
Utopia and Race
Special Issue of Utopian Studies--a peer-reviewed publication of the Society for Utopian Studies
Articles are sought for a collection of essays on representations of Conjure, Hoodoo and Voodoo in African-American literature. This collection seeks to explore how African-American writers have used, referenced, engaged and disengaged with Conjure, Hoodoo and Voodoo in their writing through various cultural and historical movements.
In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show’s producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many “conversations about race” that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.
NeMLA 2017: Black Feminist Public Intellectuals from the Nineteenth Century to the Present