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Callaloo invites papers for a special issue on Black Diasporic Cinema (Black Latinidad, African, Caribbean, etc.) guest edited by Michael B. Gillespie (Ohio University) and Keith M. Harris (University of California-Riverside).

Race as a constitutive, cultural fiction has always been a consequential element of history, social life, and art practice. With this in mind, the editors seek inquiries of black diasporic cinema that frame this conceptual field with a concern for visuality, blackness, and the art of cinema. Motivated by an immediate investment in the relationship between cinema and the discourses of race and blackness, this issue focuses on distinct modalities of black diasporic cinema by examining the substantial ways that blackness compels an interdisciplinary regard for race as discourse, affect, performativity, and aesthetic practice. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

 The idea of Black film  Black Independent Cinema
 Black film music and sound studies  Genre Studies
 Queer Diasporic Cinema  Stardom and Celebrity Studies
 Diasporic Cinema and Visual Culture  Afrofuturism
 Visual Historiography  Diasporic Feminist Film Practice
 Racial Grotesque  Afrosurrealism
 Racial Performativity  Experimental/Avant-Garde Film
 Early Cinema  Documentary
 Issues of Globalization and Cinema  Black Trafficking
 Digital Cinema  Film adaptation
 Machinama  White Supremacy
 Animation  Revolution
 Considerations of filmmakers whose work distinctively engages with the idea of the diaspora (eg., Raoul Peck, Isaac Julien, Steve McQueen, Claire Denis, Cheryl Dunye, etc.)

Callaloo Submission Guidelines:

Manuscripts must be submitted online no later than November 30, 2013. The manuscript should be submitted under the BLACK DIASPORIC CINEMA category. Please see the submission guidelines here: In order to submit manuscripts, you must register with the online tracking system. The registration process will only take a few minutes.

Please direct questions or other correspondence regarding this special issue to Callaloo via email at Please do not send any manuscripts to the guest editors.