Hyper Sexual-Hyper Masculine?: Call for Abstracts Due Feb 15th 2011

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Co-Editors: Kamesha Spates and Brittany Slatton
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Co-Editors': Kamesha Spates, PhD & Brittany Slatton, PhD

Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
Publication Date: 2011


Fellow researchers are invited to submit abstracts (or completed manuscripts if available) for an upcoming critical anthology titled Hyper Sexual-Hyper Masculine?: Deconstructing Identity Formation among Contemporary Black Men. This text provides a unique and interdisciplinary analysis of the intersections of masculinity and/or sexuality in the daily lives of black men. Many of the previous texts on men focus exclusively on the experiences of white men while others have provided very limited scholarly work on black men. This book closes a gap in the literature by assessing intersecting complexities specific to black men in the 21st century.

We seek previously unpublished essays from a variety of disciplines. Submitted works must examine intersecting notions of race, masculinity, and sexuality in the 21st century from a critical stand point. Essays can range in a variety of topics. Therefore, we strongly encourage scholars across disciplines to submit their work. The editors' also welcome a variety of theoretical approaches and data collection methodologies. Personal narratives, theoretical works, and academic research across disciplines are welcome.

This text will address the following research themes:

1. Explore ways in which historical negative imageries and corresponding stereotypes are linked to contemporary images of black male masculinity and sexuality.

2. Ways in which social structure and societal expectations surrounding black male masculinity and sexuality operate as constraints and/or encumbrances in their daily lives, at both individual and societal levels. As well as how dehumanizing and mythological constructions and stereotypes of black men effects how black men form their sexual and "masculine" identities in society.

3. To what extent do black men of varying class backgrounds and sexual orientations negotiate and navigate their behaviors in an attempt to comply with societies expectations of "black" masculinity and sexuality.

4. In light of the historical essentialism of race and heterosexism in the struggle for black equality, this section analyses how black man in contemporary times perceive their oppressive conditions in comparison to black women's oppressive conditions. Additional discussions to include the role that black men play in oppressing black women.

5. Presents proactive ways in which black men contest societal attempts to demasculinize and curtail expressions of black masculinity and sexuality.

***Works that examine issues addressed in themes' one and five are particularly desirable.

Abstract/Manuscript Submission Details:
Please forward a CV and submission materials by February 15th 2011. Abstracts (between 250-500 words), however; editors' will give preference to full manuscripts submissions. Materials should be submitted to the following email address: hypermasculine@yahoo.com. The subject line should read: Submission for Hypersexual Hypermasculine.

Please note that final submissions must be between 6,000-8,000 (including references) words, unless the selected submission is a narrative work. Narrative works must meet a minimum word count of 2,000 words and should not exceed 3,000 words. Full electronic submissions will be expected no later than 5:00PM Friday April 15, 2011.