Special Issue on Graffiti (proposal due Dec 1st)

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Call for Essays
Special Issue of Rhizomes: 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
'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).