Essays on Resistance in Popular Culture

deadline for submissions: 
April 20, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Clark Firestone Pharr

The 21st century has become inculcated with a sense of perpetual crisis, reflecting a world seemingly on the verge of catastrophe. This new age of anxiety is evident not only in the breakdown of traditional hegemonies, but also in an increasingly personal sense of fear, futility, and frustration for marginalized communities. Within this context, we invite essays for a collection that explores the topic/themes/ideas of resistance in works of myriad types of contemporary (~2005-2018) popular culture. In particular, we are interested in essays that focus on the means and methods of active or subtle resistance to contemporary crises affecting those marginalized due to issues of gender, sexual identity, race/ethnicity, class, disability, and/or economic status. We welcome proposals from scholars in multiple fields of inquiry focusing on areas of popular culture that include, but are not limited to, film, TV, music, theatre, advertising, and social media. 

We anticipate that this collection will include 16-20 essays, and as a working guide, the essays should be ~3500-4500 words. Essays must adhere to the most current MLA format. Special consideration will be given to essays about Hamilton, The Last Jedi, Black Panther, The Shape of Water, Get Out, video games, social media platforms, and television shows.

Submission Guidelines: Please send a 500-word proposal in Word, followed by a short bibliography showing the paper's scholarly and theoretical context. Please also include a short professional description of yourself.

Submission deadline: April 20, 2018

Editors have previously published: The Last Midnight: Essays on Apocalyptic Narratives in Millennial Media, Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy, and Harry Potter and Convergence Culture: Essays on Fandom and the Expanding Potterverse

Direct inquires and proposals to:

Editors: Leisa A. Clark, Amanda Firestone, and Mary F. Pharr