Call for Chapter Proposals– (E)-Racing Voice and Identity: Communal and Divisive Aspects of Digital Media
Editors: Cerise L. Glenn & Roy Schwartzman (University of North Carolina at Greensboro).
Digital media, also termed “new media,” is increasingly being used to shape racial discourses, particularly as they connect to issues of voice, identity, agency, activism, and resistance. This book will address the synergy of social media with voice, identity, and activism as they pertain to race, as well as social media’s power to widen or constrict the divides on contemporary perceptions of race. The book’s overarching focus examines how digital media shapes new understandings of traditional constructs of race, identity, community, and divisiveness, as well as how it provides new avenues for voice and
coordination of racial discourses.
Potential topics for individual chapters may include, but are not limited to:
Enacting Racial Identity and Fluidity: Racial Boundaries and Ambiguities
Learning and performing race in digital spaces
(Re)defining personal or collective racial identity via digital media
Authenticity and authority in online media
Race and class based digital divides
(Mis)representations of racial identities or behaviors online
(E)-Racing History: Remembrance and Inclusivity
Social media as tools to address social (in)justice
Roles of digital media in preserving/revising history
Digital tools in promoting legacies of racial inclusivity or marginalization
Corporate and other organizational appropriation of racial histories
Social Justice, Voice, and Mobilization
Coordination of collective action through social media
Digital dialogues centering on race and justice
Digital ways of engaging race in conjunction with other identities (e.g., gender, class, sexuality, nationality)
Interpersonal, community, national, or international methods of (dis)empowerment using digital tools
New media as ways of connecting specific ethnic groups with social causes
Media Convergence and Audience Interaction
Roles of race in online fandom and entertainment
How interactive media challenge or reinforce stereotypes
Audience appropriation of new media to rearticulate identities via mashups, remixes, etc.
Subversion of mainstream media treatments of race
Other topic areas relevant to the book’s overall theme are welcomed. All theoretical and methodological approaches are invited for consideration.
Deadline for receipt of chapter proposals and supporting materials: 1 August 2016
Proposals should be no more than 500 words plus include a complete chapter title and 3-5 keywords. In the abstract, please include: topic, explanation of material to be analyzed and/or theoretical approach, as well as preliminary findings/ theoretical points. A brief (2-3 page) CV should be included for every author. Email proposal and CV in MS Word (.doc or .docx) format to: clglenn[at]uncg.edu AND roypoet[at]gmail.com
Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full manuscripts for consideration due: 1 November 2016