Call for Papers: Fitness in American Culture (Deadline Extended)

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Call for Papers
April 13, 2020
Kentucky, United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies


We invite proposals for a special edition of the European Journal of American Culture (EJAC) centred on the theme of fitness, with abstracts of 250-350 words due by April 13th 2020.


Whether it is the sports facilities in every hotel and shopping centre; the booming popularity of weightlifting and calisthenics; the pursuit of dietary regimes from Atkins to Keto; critiques about the capability to hold political office; parodies about the health obsessions of Hollywood’s elite; the discussion about the pursuit and possession of ‘fitness’ has become an expansive conversation in America. The complex ways fitness has become intertwined with different aspects of American life serves as the framework for the Spring 2021 edition of EJAC. We invite interdisciplinary papers that offer cultural, political, and historical perspectives on the topic of physical, mental, and/or spiritual fitness.


Potential topics include, but are not limited to how fitness intersects with the following:


  • Cultural and intellectual thought
  • Material culture
  • Political movements and ideology
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Environmental history and environmental humanities
  • Celebrity and popular culture
  • Art and visual culture
  • Race and racism
  • Science and technology
  • Immigration and citizenship



Abstracts of 250-350 words along with a short author biography should be emailed to the guest editor, Dr. Nicholas Blower (University of Kent) at: no later than April 13th 2020. Authors will be notified of their acceptance by April 18th 2020. Finished chapter drafts will be due by September 9th 2020. Articles should be 6,000 to 8,000 words, inclusive of endnotes.


EJAC is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to encompass the evolution of America and its culture. It is particularly interested in how the visual arts, politics, literature, history and media engage with cultural issues. EJAC aims to present a fresh perspective on American culture in all its forms. EJAC uses Harvard style. Please consult the website for further information on the journal:

Contact Info: 

Please contact the issue's editor, Dr. Nicholas Blower, at: with any additional questions.

EJAC's general editor, Dr. John Wills, can be contacted at:

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