Call For Contributors: “The Crisis: Fighting for Multiracial Democracy”

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Call for Papers
July 26, 2021
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Race / Ethnic Studies

In our first issue since pausing publication due to COVID, The Activist History Review invites essays for our July/August series. Entitled “The Crisis: Fighting for Multiracial Democracy,” the issue pays homage to The Crisis, co-founded in 1910 by W.E.B. Du Bois and seeks to explore the entanglements of capitalism with white supremacy. 

The crisis outlined by Du Bois in 1910 remains distressingly familiar today—white conservatives rig the state to their sole advantage with segregated schools and restricted instruction, criminalized dissent, voting restrictions and disenfranchisement, and racist violence and white insurrection—because today’s Republican Party made itself an institution of overt white power and entitlement. And as the recent Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee decision illustrates, the crisis grows increasingly urgent as white elites foreclose avenues towards a truly participatory democracy.

As scholars, we believe that we are uniquely situated to confront and navigate this worsening crisis, and we invite contributors to address one of the following or related topics.

  • “Herrenvolk” democracy.
  • Racist systems of maldistribution.
  • State violence.
  • Racial capitalism.
  • Ongoing white rejection of integrated spaces.
  • Gender and white supremacy.
  • Technology and white supremacist networks.
  • Antiracist organizing and action.

Proposals should be no more than 250 words for articles from 1250-2000 words, and should be emailed to by July 26th at 11:59 PM. Please also include a short bio of no more than 100 words.