Racism and Writing

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Craig A. Meyer, Texas A&M University - Kingsville
contact email: 


The topic of writing, rhetoric, and racism is one some scholars have addressed and some have ignored. This proposed collection will seek to open dialogue, drive understanding, and support teaching about racism, rhetoric, and writing (studies). It seems with every step forward to a more inclusive society, we are forced back that step or more in another direction. We can take a forceful step forward and hold our ground. This modern collection will help drive our discipline into open discussion and supportive action, while being mindful of the important voices, wisdom, and insight of previous scholars and voices. Below are some brief ideas as suggestions, certainly not all inclusive or exhaustive:- How has/does racism in America affected the teaching of writing?- How have our textbooks reinforced or worked against racist thinking/behavior?- What teaching strategies/assignments/etc. lead to open discussions about racism? What kind of questions should we ask (and what kind should we not)?- How have personal experiences (seeing or otherwise) with racist behavior/discourse directed your teaching? Affected your workplace? Driven your scholarship?- How can those in privileged positions (rank, skin tone, etc.) use that privilege appropriately?- How have social movements (e.g. Civil Rights, #MeToo, #BLM) affected the teaching of writing (or have they)? What can we take away from social movements to improve our classrooms?- What problems arise, if any, with the use of "People of Color" or "Person of Color"? What options do scholars have to address this phrasing?- What can/should we, as a discipline, actively do in our classrooms? What readings can we use?- How can popular writers be useful in discussions about race (T. Coates, C. West, J. Baldwin, A. Thomas, etc.)?- How does political discourse drive this discussion? (Perhaps too, why does it?)- In what ways can we use our abilities at deciphering language to educate people? (dog whistle discourse, etc.)- What role does history play into our teaching about racism? How much history do we need to teach in order to have these kinds of discussions in our classes? HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: please submit to (craig.meyer@tamuk.edu OR craigAmeyer@gmail.com) a (max) 500-word proposal, your name, a brief bio, and valid email address by May 31, 2019. Proposals can be academic, personal experience (narrative), or other in nature. Editor(s) will acknowledge all proposals. Decisions will be made by the editing team by June 30, 2019 (roughly). Later deadlines to follow. (Goal for final publication will be in 2020 or early 2021.) Final essays should be 5000-6000 words (including works cited), provide an abstract, and keywords. Once a publisher is secured, citation style will be passed along to contributors. If you are intereested in being part of the editorial team or willing to help secure a publisher, please also contact (craig.meyer@tamuk.edu OR craigAmeyer@gmail.com)