Special Issue on Graffiti—Call for Essays

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Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge
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burns_m@heritage.edu

Call for Essays
Special Issue: Graffiti

Although there are spaces where graffiti artists do speak about their work (Youtube, ‘zines, magazines), the scholarship exploring graffiti has been both limited in scope and in depth. This special edition of Rhizomes will offer a collection of essays on graffiti that seeks to create a dialogue between writers who produce graffiti and scholars who attempt to read and analyze this subculture. We, therefore, wish to neither ghettoize the writers nor the scholars; graffiti is about tangible marks on a surface and this special edition endeavors to understand the writers and their markings in both a material and analytical way.

This issue will have three sections: A) an interview section with a current writers, both inside and outside the U.S.; B) academic essays by scholars that analyze and examine the role of graffiti in society; C) a photographic graffiti essay.

We are interested in proposals for the scholarly essay section. Topics include but are not limited to:

• Graffiti and the making of meaning
• Political/Protest/Activist graffiti
• Graffiti and the 'Arab Spring'
• The ethics of graffiti
• Graffiti and public space
• Graffiti as a global phenomenon—graffiti in late-capitalism
• YouTube/Internet and the transformation of the writer as celebrity
• Subway graffiti
• Train (railroad) graffiti
• Monikers and the significance of names
• Graffiti in 20th & 21st century literature
• Gangs/Crews/Communities
• 'Hacker' graffiti
• Anti-graffiti police and neighborhood programs

We invite abstracts (250 words) and brief bio (50 words) by December 1st, 2011 with a final submission by March 1st. If you have any questions or would like to talk over the project, please e-mail John Lennon (jflennon@poly.usf.edu) or Matthew Burns (burns_m@heritage.edu).

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american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
interdisciplinary
journals_and_collections_of_essays
popular_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond