"Ab/uses of Power and Violence: Villains, Bullies and Tyrants," A Special Issue of the Lincoln Humanities Journal
The Lincoln Humanities Journal is requesting submissions for its 7th special issue, to be published in December 2019, onthe topic of Ab/uses of Power and Violence: Villains, Bullies and Tyrants. Contributors are invited to examine critically (a) the making of the villain, the bully and the tyrant: myths and realities; (b) the various incarnations of the villain in art, literature, history, film, folktale, television, political life, international relations, and the media; (c) the mis/use of power, from bullying, harassment, sexual assault, to random violence and unprovoked wars; (d) the diversity of interpretations and perspectives: from heroes to villains, and vice versa; (e) the collective fascination with the figure of the ‘bad guy’; (f) the evil political power against the rule of law and justice.
We welcome approaches across a broad range of disciplines such as literature, history, political science, religion, popular culture, philosophy, visual arts, and social media.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
Villains, supervillains, tragic villains, sympathetic villains
- Monstrous monarchs and imperial tyrants
- Tyrannical bosses and mobsters
- Bandits and gangsters
- The bully: abuse of power
- Racial, ethnic, religious and sexual bullying
- Bullying in international relations, terrorism and the rogue nation
- Cruelty and violence in film, theater, literature, and television
- Forces of evil (in wars, famine, environmental disasters, etc.)
- Evil political power against the rule of law and justice
- Mad scientists and pirates as celebrated and despised figures
- Evil women, women and power: the femme fatale, the w/bitch
- The rebel as a sympathetic figure of neo-colonial resistance
- Ethical perspectives: ambivalence towards the bad guy
- Concept of heroism, myths and urban legends
- Heroes and anti-heroes
Important Dates & Deadlines
- Deadline for Full Article Submissions: June 30, 2019
- Acceptance Notification: 60-90 days after submission
- Projected Date of Publication: December 2019
- Include an abstract of 200-400 words (in MS Word)
- Include a biographical note of 50-250 words (in MS Word)
- The article should be 4000-6000 words, including the abstract, the footnotes and the works cited
- Include the following statement in the cover e-mail: “I solemnly confirm that the attached manuscript has never been published elsewhere, under this, or another title."
- Include name, professional affiliation, phone number, and email address in the cover e-mail.
- Manuscripts should conform to MLA-style guidelines as detailed in recent editions of MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing.
- Use font Georgia # 12. The entire article, including the abstract and the indented quotations, should be double-spaced, and in MS Word.
- The final submission must comply with other formatting guidelines, to be communicated upon notification of acceptance.
Submission & Review Process
- Manuscripts should be sent to the editor, Abbes Maazaoui (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Articles undergo a double blind review and their publication depends on the peer-review process.