“Language of the Unheard”: Riot on the American Cultural Stage

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Susan Gilmore, Central Connecticut State University
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Articles sought for a proposed edited volume of essays,  “Language of the Unheard”: Riot on the American Cultural Stage, addressing the following questions:


How does a riot speak?  How do we articulate and explore the riot as news, art, event, and mechanism for social change?  How do riots redefine urban landscapes and the ways in which we inhabit and express them?  How and why have American literary and cultural works illuminated cities and communities rocked by injustice and riot as a mode of protest or giving voice to what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the language of the unheard.” 


Papers on riot in literary and theatrical works as well as in other contemporary media and social spheres welcome.  This volume will ideally include papers on race-based riots and revolts as well as on the literature and voices of the Stonewall Riots and the Gay Liberation Movement, the Zoot Suit Riots, the Haymarket and other labor movement riots and earlier American riots.  Papers with an emphasis on urban, cultural, and ethnic, and Queer studies approaches and cross-cultural approaches to the phenomenon of the riot are likewise welcome.  Creative pieces on riot for an artist’s “annex” to this book also invited.


Please email abstracts by July 1st, articles by October 1st.

Queries welcome!


Susan Gilmore

Associate Professor of English

Central Connecticut State University