"Ab/uses of Power and Violence: Villains, Bullies and Tyrants," A Special Issue of the Lincoln Humanities Journal

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Abbes Maazaoui / The Lincoln Humanities Journal
contact email: 

The Lincoln Humanities Journal is requesting submissions for its 7th special issue, to be published in December 2019, onthe topic of Ab/uses of Power and Violence: Villains, Bullies and Tyrants. Contributors are invited to examine critically (a) the making of the villain, the bully and the tyrant: myths and realities; (b) the various incarnations of the villain in art, literature, history, film, folktale, television, political life, international relations, and the media; (c) the mis/use of power, from bullying, harassment, sexual assault, to random violence and unprovoked wars; (d) the diversity of interpretations and perspectives: from heroes to villains, and vice versa; (e) the collective fascination with the figure of the ‘bad guy’; (f) the evil political power against the rule of law and justice.

We welcome approaches across a broad range of disciplines such as literature, history, political science, religion, popular culture, philosophy, visual arts, and social media.

 Topics may include but are not limited to:

 Villains, supervillains, tragic villains, sympathetic villains

  • Monstrous monarchs and imperial tyrants
  • Tyrannical bosses and mobsters
  • Bandits and gangsters
  • The bully: abuse of power
  • Racial, ethnic, religious and sexual bullying
  • Bullying in international relations, terrorism and the rogue nation
  • Cruelty and violence in film, theater, literature, and television
  • Forces of evil (in wars, famine, environmental disasters, etc.)
  • Evil political power against the rule of law and justice
  • Mad scientists and pirates as celebrated and despised figures  
  • Evil women, women and power: the femme fatale, the w/bitch
  • The rebel as a sympathetic figure of neo-colonial resistance
  • Ethical perspectives: ambivalence towards the bad guy
  • Concept of heroism, myths and urban legends
  • Heroes and anti-heroes

 Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Deadline for Full Article Submissions:            June 30, 2019
  • Acceptance Notification:                               60-90 days after submission
  • Projected Date of Publication:                       December 2019         


Submission Guidelines

  1. Include an abstract of 200-400 words (in MS Word)
  2. Include a biographical note of 50-250 words (in MS Word)
  3. The article should be 4000-6000 words, including the abstract, the footnotes and the works cited
  4. Include the following statement in the cover e-mail: “I solemnly confirm that the attached manuscript has never been published elsewhere, under this, or another title."
  5. Include name, professional affiliation, phone number, and email address in the cover e-mail.


Formatting Guidelines

  1. Manuscripts should conform to MLA-style guidelines as detailed in recent editions of MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing.
  2. Use font Georgia # 12. The entire article, including the abstract and the indented quotations, should be double-spaced, and in MS Word.
  3. The final submission must comply with other formatting guidelines, to be communicated upon notification of acceptance.


Submission & Review Process

  1. Manuscripts should be sent to the editor, Abbes Maazaoui (maazaoui@lincoln.edu)
  2. Articles undergo a double blind review and their publication depends on the peer-review process.