CFP: Multidisciplinary Collection on Transraciality
In 2015, the case of Rachel Doležal sparked a heated debate about transraciality and helped to establish an academic examination of the subject. The scholarly consideration of transraciality is in its formative stages and this edited collection is an effort to expand and develop the existing discussion. The first of its kind, this volume will include interdisciplinary contributions from scholars who bring a wide range of perspectives and approaches to the subject. We are interested in chapters that help us, as an academic community, better understand transraciality as a concept or practice.
We welcome submissions from scholars working in a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to ethnic and race studies, linguistics, history, law, political science, philosophy, gender and sexuality studies, medical sciences, and sociology. We seek submissions on any topic that will help broaden the theorization of transraciality, such as: the intersection of transracial identification and class or gender; the effects transracial identification might have on BIPOC identities and/or political efforts; the way legal frameworks may shape transracial identification; how historical understandings or practices of race change can inform our contemporary perception of transracial identity; the replication of transphobic rhetoric in skepticism about transraciality; and how concepts of race and/or ethnicity might change with increased understanding or acceptance of transracial identification.
We are in dialogue with a leading university press, to which we will submit a proposal in August of 2022. Assuming a contract is secured, completed chapters of 6,000-8,000 words will be due by June 30, 2023. All submissions will be subject to peer review prior to publication.
To propose a chapter, please prepare an abstract of 300-500 words written for a general academic audience. Please also include (where applicable) your title, program/department, affiliation, and a working chapter title. Submit your abstract by June 30, 2022 as an attached Word document to both Rebecca Tuvel (email@example.com) and Molly McKibbin (firstname.lastname@example.org). Decisions will be made and authors informed by July 15, 2022.
Queries are welcome.
Rebecca Tuvel, author of “In Defense of Transracialism” (2017) and Changing Race: The Ethics and Metaphysics of Transracialism (in progress), rebeccatuvel.com.
Molly Littlewood McKibbin, author of Shades of Gray: Writing the New American Multiracialism (2018) and Rethinking Rachel Dolezal and Transracial Theory (2021), mollymckibbin.net.