Black Girl Magic: Redefining Black Feminist Thought

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Open Cultural Studies journal

Black Girl Magic: Redefining New Black Feminist Thought

In 2017, The Crunk feminist collective proclaimed a new black feminist agenda, one that like the Combahee River Collective that came four decades prior, sought to marry a black feminist polemic with grassroots activism to speak to the realities of the intersectional oppression of women of color. The Crunkistas (among them co-founders Brittney C. Cooper and Susana M. Morris) through their online platforms created a space for a diversity of women’s voices to be heard. Moreover, they made visible the scholars, grassroots activists, and artists who changed the trajectory of black feminist criticism through a sister girl discursive formation which legitimized subjects for interrogation beyond the scope of academia. From Black Lives Matter and Black Girl Magic to Ratchedness and Respectability Politics, these cultural producers present an alternative way to interrogate contemporary culture and politics.

In this vein, this edition of Open Cultural Studies Journal seeks essays as innovative and thought-provoking as the writings from the Crunk Feminist Collective. The primary theme for exploration is representation: How is a new generation of black feminists representing a black feminist agenda? How are artists and writers subverting definitions of black womanhood represented in media and scholarship? Finally, how are marginalized groups within communities of color fighting for recognition?

We are not limited to a single topic.  The following list provides suggested topics for consideration:

The Body: Sizeism, tattoo art, ableism, beauty politics

 Culture: Music, visual art, film, reality television, social media

 Politics: Political figures, healthcare, the Judicial system


Abstracts (max 1,500 words) are due 15 September 2020. Full articles 31 January 2021

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