Call for Submissions "Reimagining Black Masculinities and Public Space: Essays on Race, Gender and Social Activism"

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Call for Publications
February 7, 2019 to March 22, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Black History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Sexuality Studies, Sociology, Women's & Gender History / Studies



Book Project

  • Reimagining Black Masculinities and Public Space: Essays on Race, Gender and Social Activism



  • Mark C. Hopson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, Director of African and African American Studies, George Mason University
  • Mika’il Petin, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Assistant Professor, Illinois College



  • Lexington Books



  • All submissions due by March 22, 2019


Description of the Book

Reimagining Black Masculinities and Public Space examines the ways race and gender are communicated across spatial and temporal locations. More specifically, the edited volume brings together contemporary discourses to interrogate how notions of Black masculinities impact, and are impacted by, social and political contexts.


Core Themes

Reimagining Black Masculinities and Public Space explores the nexus of race, gender and activism. Thematically the book is concerned with social movements/protests/activism/controversy around Black masculinities and/or Black men (e.g., Black pluralism, Michael Brown, Surviving R. Kelly, Colin Kaepernick, Black Panther, etc.). In addition, the book foregrounds theoretically sophisticated and empirically rigorous analyses of the different ways Black men inform societal change.


Core Questions

The book seeks to deconstruct the politics of race, masculinities and social change, by addressing the following questions:

  • How do Black men mobilize for social change at particular historical moments? 
  • How do race and gender inform the organization, mobilization and outcomes of movements at the local, national and international levels?
  • How are gender roles produced, negotiated, contested, or undermined across social movements?
  • Which examples best illustrate the nexus of masculinities and social activism?


Submission Guidelines

  • March 22, 2019 is the submission deadline
  • Submissions should be Microsoft Word documents, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, maximum 20 pages Each essay should specify 3 - 4 key terms and a complete reference section
  • Authors should include a short biographical sketch, maximum 300 words
  • Submissions should be sent as email attachments to and


Topics for Consideration

We seek chapters within and beyond the areas below. If you are not sure that your submission fits a particular area, please contact the editors. We will consider all submissions.

  • Race, gender and activism
  • Deconstructing gender and identity politics
  • Black masculinities and civil rights
  • Masculinities and Black pluralism
  • Race and gender, interpreted and enacted
  • Black masculinities as a local and global phenomenon
  • Black men and societal change
  • Masculinities and religion
  • Notions of masculinity and revolution
  • Black men and public space
  • Masculinity and Whitespace
  • Black men, masculinities, and manhood in social movements
  • What does it mean to be a free Black man?
  • Critical reflexivity and awareness among competing masculinities
  • Historical, cultural, economic, academic, ideological and political dimensions in the explication of masculinities
  • Black masculinities and the #MeToo movement
  • Toxic and systemic forms of masculinity
  • (Re)educating boys and men of color
  • Emergence, significance, and manifestation of academic studies relating to and theorizing the contemporary lived experiences of Black men
  • Black masculinities and the Mental Health Movement
  • Sexual assault, harassment and violence prevention
  • Masculinities within organizational and institutional structures
  • Language, identity and education in the quest for human rights
  • Popular imagery and culture (e.g., Surviving R. Kelly, Bill Cosby, Shaun King, Chris Brown, DeRay McKesson, Tariq Nasheed, Terry Crews, etc.)
  • Black masculinities and intersectionality
  • Critical race theory and Black manhood
  • Challenges and contributions to social science
  • Constructing and deconstructing discourses concerned with race and gender in the 21st century
  • Models for education and activism


Description of Target Audience

This interdisciplinary book is aimed at readers interested in communication, identity studies, gender studies, Black studies, social change, persuasion and the rhetoric of social movements, race and ethnic studies, political science, history, philosophy, sociology and more. The book will be used in undergraduate and graduate classes, and marketed to readers in policy and activism fields.



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