CFP: Anthology: Interracial Marraige and Loving v. Virginia (1/12/07; collection)

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Anthology: The Aftermath of Loving: Interracial Marriage and Its Impact in the United States

Ed., Kevin Noble Maillard, Syracuse University College of Law

The Supreme Court's landmark 1967 decision, Loving v. Virginia, marks the end of antimiscegenation law in the United States. With racial restrictions on marriage lifted, both scholars and segregationists predicted a spike in the number of interracial marriages. Children produced from these unions would reflect the changing culture of race in America. While no one predicted or expected a complete solution to the "race problem," the moral and legal arguments presented in Loving underscored the paramount importance of liberty in the selection of a marital partner. Race, as it was proven, should not prohibit one from making that choice.

Loving is generally overlooked as an important case in constitutional law. In comparison to its famous cousin, Brown v. Board of Education, Loving, on its own merits, is woefully neglected. What was seen as the biggest fear of racial separatists¯integration of the home¯is treated as an afterthought to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. An important one, albeit, yet one that remains largely unrecognized by a majority of Americans. This anthology seeks to give Loving its own legs.

Other scholars have written articles and books on mixed race and miscegenation: Randall Kennedy, Interracial Intimacies, Rachel Moran, Interracial Intimacy, Kevin Johnson, Mixed Race: A Reader, and Werner Sollors, Neither Black Nor White Yet Both. These works have made important contributions to a growing body of literature, and this current anthology will expand on these sources by focusing on the aftermath of Loving.

This generates a flurry of questions. Where are we 40 years later? What impact did Loving have on marriage and family? Did it affect how people view themselves and others racially? How does the legacy of antimiscegenation law influence current debates on the construction of the family? Is the composition of American society significantly different in the wake of Loving?

We are seeking submissions from scholars interested in interdisciplinary legal scholarship. The collection will feature works from senior as well as junior scholars.

Final submissions that will be printed in the anthology should be from 20-25 pages, due in Dec 2007. Please send a 200-300 word abstract of your paper electronically by January 12, 2007 to Prof. Kevin Noble Maillard ( with "Loving Anthology Submission [your surname]" in the subject line.

Kevin Noble Maillard
Syracuse University College of Law

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