Call For Abstracts: Teaching Race and Ethnicity in Academia

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Jason Cohen / Berea College
contact email: 

Call for Abstracts

Deadline for abstracts: October 31, 2016 

Topic and Title: “Teaching Race and Ethnicity in Academia”


The editors, Dwayne Mack and Jason Cohen, seek new contributions for a collection focused on practices and theories related to teaching race and ethnicity in the classroom. Chapters may engage pedagogical or critical approaches that consider teaching race in its relationship with at least one of the following:

  • historical or social movements;
  • contemporary social media;
  • political issues in the aftermath of Obama;
  • perspectives of current undergraduate and graduate students;
  • concerns drawn from the public sphere or in the context of the public intellectual;
  • Black Lives Matter, social justice, and related issues;
  • the intersectionality of race with queer and gender studies;
  • other approaches or topics as developed in conversation with the editors.

Within this interdisciplinary framework, the book will examine our lived and professional experiences of teaching race and ethnicity in the classroom. Some questions the editors hope to address across the volume’s contributions include (again, not listed exhaustively):

  • how we navigate as teacher-scholars in traditionally white settings and institutions;
  • how we assess and respond to changes in the academic landscape, including our sometimes tenuous professional appointments, adjunct-driven environments, and otherwise unstable professional spheres;
  • how we may develop strategies to support and inform educators to perform better in the classroom when dealing with issues of race.


The editors are particularly interested in an inclusive conception of teaching race in the classroom: we welcome the voices of Latino/a, African American, American Indian, Asian American, international, and multi-racial scholars, among others.

The volume will include chapters from various disciplines and methodological approaches. We invite contributions from disciplines including but not limited to: English, Communication, Ethnic Studies, History, Journalism, Legal Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Timeline: We will select contributions and shape our final proposal by December 2016 with the aim of sending completed contributions to press by September 2017.

Contact: For more information, please contact Jason Cohen ( with questions.