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CFP: "Departures in Black Sexualities" Special Issue for Departures in Critical Qualitative Research

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 31, 2016 - 2:41pm

CFP: "Departures in Black Sexualities" Special Issue for Departures in Critical Qualitative Research

Guest Editors: Amber Johnson, Saint Louis University; and Aisha Durham, University of South Florida

Within communication studies, a central inquiry area of African American studies is the exploration of controlling images or power-laden stereotypes of racialized sexuality as they relate to systems of inequality. From historical caricatures of the stud and jezebel used to justify racial apartheid to contemporary images of the hip hop THOT, homo-thug, and video vixen, there is an extensive body of transdisciplinary work that fleshes out how black sexualities are represented, regulated, consumed, and performed.

The editors of this special issue of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research seek manuscripts that make a departure in the study of black sexuality—moving beyond well-rehearsed discussions of images associated with deviance, stigma, hypersexuality, and pathology towards new modes and media that highlight alternative sights/sites of pleasure, power, politics, or emancipatory performance. We seek manuscripts that privilege the plurality of blackness and sexuality, and manuscripts that apply intersectionality and critical methodologies honed in ethnography, rhetoric, media and cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, and performance studies. We ask: How might queer, black, feminist performance frames revive seemingly flat representations of black sexuality? What might be the affective labor or erotic capital of blackness in popular media and politics today? How might new media ethnography or feminist digital humanities explain the sexual, cultural literacies of tec!
h-savvy black teens? Where are the everyday, imaginative spaces where black sexuality can be performed? The primary aim of this special issue is to redefine black sexuality and provide an alternative language or script to address black sexuality today.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:



Celebrity culture



Erotic capital






Reality television

Social media



Sex tourism



All abstracts and final papers must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Departures:

by Sunday, May 15, 2016. Manuscripts accepted for publication will be due Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Manuscripts should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (2010) with endnotes. Manuscripts should be prepared in a 12-point common font, should be double-spaced, and should not exceed 9,000 words including endnotes. Manuscript title pages should be submitted as a separate file and include: (1) the title of the essay, (2) any acknowledgments, including the history of the manuscript if any part of it has been presented at a conference or included as part of a thesis or dissertation, and (3) author bio(s) of not more than 100 words each. Manuscripts should include: (1) the title of the essay, (2) an abstract of not more than 100 words, (3) a list of five suggested keywords, and (4) an accurate word count (including notes). Images, figures, and other ancillary materials should be submitted as separate files and conform to the Departures instructions for file size and format (see below).

Authors of accepted manuscripts will be responsible for clearing the necessary reproduction rights for any images, photos, figures, music, or content credited to a third party (including content found on the Internet), that fall outside of the fair use provisions described in US copyright law. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to provide separate image and grayscale TIF files at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, line art should be submitted as Illustrator EPS files at a resolution of 600 to 1200 dpi and in bitmap mode. Please do not embed images or grayscale or line art in Word files.

Submitted essays will be reviewed by a Special Issue Editorial Board and should not be under review by any other publication venue.

To inquire about this special issue, please contact:

Amber Johnson

Assistant Professor

Department of Communication

Saint Louis University

Xavier Hall, 329

3733 West Pine Mall

St. Louis, MO 63108

Aisha Durham

Associate Professor

Department of Communication

University of South Florida

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS1040

Tampa, FL 33620

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