Special Issue, Post-Racial Americas: Cultural Studies in the Age of Barack Obama

full name / name of organization: 
American, British and Canadian Studies Journal
contact email: 
abc.journal@ulbsibiu.ro

Call for Papers

ABC Studies, the Journal of the Academic Anglophone Society of Romania, invites submissions for a special issue on Post-Racial Americas: Cultural Studies in the Age of Barack Obama, due out in June 2011. The special issue will examine the changing dynamics of race, cultural economy and identity politics in what has been dubbed ‘post-ethnic’ Americas. We are looking for position papers and critical essays that aim to contribute theoretical reconceptualisations of the global turn in American and Canadian Cultural Studies, particularly under the transformative impact of 9/11 and the 2008 Elections in the US.

Special Issue Editors:

David Howard, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Adriana Neagu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

Submission deadline, March 15.

American, British and Canadian Studies appears biannually in June and December. It is a peer-reviewed journal that sets out to explore the intersections of culture, technology and the human sciences in the age of electronic information. It publishes work by scholars of any nationality on Anglophone Studies, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Social and Political Science, Anthropology, Area Studies, Film and Television, Multimedia and Digital Arts and related subjects. Articles addressing influential crosscurrents in current academic thinking are particularly welcomed. We invite provocative contributions in the form of articles that seek to take Anglophone studies to a new level of enquiry across disciplinary boundaries. ABC also publishes book reviews and review essays, interviews, work-in-progress, conference reports, and research projects outlines. To maintain an ongoing dialogue with our readers, we alternate commissioned themed issues, where papers are actively commissioned by the special issue editor, with issues featuring unsolicited submissions that address themes of immediate interest to us.

Decisions on articles submitted are normally made within two months. Calls for papers inviting submissions to the non-commissioned issues are announced via the journal’s web page and in the journal itself. Our primary goal is to bring together in trans-cultural dialogue scholars conducting advanced research in the theoretical humanities. As well as offering innovative approaches to influential crosscurrents in current thinking, the journal seeks to contribute fresh angles to the academic subject of English and promote groundbreaking research across conventional boundaries. Within the proposed range of diversity, our major scope is to provide close examinations and lucid analyses of the role and future of the academic institutions at the cutting edge of high-tech. To respond to the increasing demands of ‘acceleration’ in the twenty-first century, an electronic edition of the journal is now being made available, offering full access to subscribers, and free access to the tables of contents, abstracts and reviews to non-subscribers. Articles published in ABC are abstracted and indexed on the journal’s website. Detailed guidelines for submission are given on the journal’s website http://abcjournal.ulbsibiu.ro/. Contributions can include: articles, in-depth interviews with both established and emerging thinkers and writers, notes on groundbreaking research, and reviews of recently published fiction and critical works. Tables of contents and sample full text articles can be viewed without a subscription and our search feature is publicly available.

Guidelines for Contributors

ABC seeks quality submissions of work in the entire spectrum of the humanities. The review process is blind: articles are sent out to subject specialists for reviewing anonymously and we leave it up to the reviewers to choose whether or not to reveal themselves to you. You are strongly encouraged to submit exciting and broad-ranging original articles that have not been published elsewhere, nor are currently under review in any other refereed journal. We regret we are unable to accept multiple submissions. You may submit papers that have been presented in conferences only if the papers have been thoroughly revised or extended to engage a theme that fits the ABC profile. A chief objective of the journal is to minimise the time for paper processing and to expedite printing; therefore, electronic submission of papers in final form is strongly recommended. Please email your contribution to abc.journal@ulbsibiu.ro before the closing date. Alternatively, manuscripts should be sent to the Editorial Office as hard copy and on CD Rom. Submit three copies of your double-spaced, single-sided manuscript, along with the originals of illustrations, drawings, and tables. The first page of the manuscript should carry the title, names of authors, institutional affiliations, a brief but detailed 200-word abstract, and ten key words/concepts. The normal word-limit for articles is 7500 words including notes. Please include a brief 200-word biography for our Notes on Contributors along with contact information. Materials should be styled according to the latest (7th) edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. For detailed instructions for preparing your contribution and a sense of format, topics of interest to us and targeted audience, you may wish to consult the journal's previous issues and style files at http://abcjournal.ulbsibiu.ro. Only articles styled in compliance with the Submission Guidelines posted on the journal websites will be considered for publication. Please email us if you have any queries. Questions about content should be directed to adriananeagu@lett.ubbcluj.ro.

Deadlines for Submissions: ABC is published biannually in December and June. The deadlines for submission of contributions are September 15 for the winter edition (expected publication: December 15) and March 15 for the summer edition (expected publication: June 15).

Special Issues

Suggestions for special issues are welcome. To propose a special issue, a two-page proposal should be submitted to Adriana Neagu, Advisory Editor, containing the following information: title; purpose; scope; a list of prospective contributors; time-table (submission and review deadlines, intended publication date); and guest editor's address, phone, fax, and e-mail address. Once approved, the guest editor will be fully responsible for the special issue and should follow the normal review procedure of this journal. Simple proposals of theme(s) without guest-editing commitment are also welcome and will be given due consideration. Please attach these to your contributions and email to adriananeagu@lett.ubbcluj.ro.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
postcolonial
religion
rhetoric_and_composition
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond