David Simon's America: Special Edition of the European Journal of American Culture

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Arin Keeble (Newcastle University, UK); Ivan Stacy (Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan)

David Simon's America: Special Edition of the European Journal of American Culture

2015 marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, an event that devastated New Orleans and surrounding areas. The storm's aftermath threw into relief America's divisions and inequalities, as well as the more dysfunctional aspects of government. Simon addressed the aftermath of Katrina directly in Treme (2010-13), but this series can be seen as part of his ongoing project, notably encompassing The Wire (2002-08), to hold up American institutions and democracy to scrutiny.

We invite submissions for a special edition of the European Journal of American Culture, provisionally titled 'David Simon's America', and scheduled for summer or autumn 2015. We envisage articles examining how Simon's work critiques contemporary American political and social structures, and anticipate that the majority of articles in this special edition will address The Wire and Treme; however, we welcome submissions on Simon's other work, including his journalism, Homicide (either the original book or the screen adaptation), The Corner, and Generation Kill, as long as these address the overall theme of the special addition.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Dysfunctional institutions
Breakdowns of law and order
The state of the nation
Democracy in crisis
Hidden suffering
Simon's America as dystopia
Critiques of Simon's work
Reasons for optimism
The domestic and the political
Realism (or otherwise) in Simon's work
How Simon's work engages with the communities that it represents

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to davidsimonsamerica@gmail.com before 31 November 2014.

Contributors should anticipate finished articles being 6,000-8,000 words.