CfP: Edited volume on Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" (2015)

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Call for Publications
November 12, 2015 to December 31, 2015
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Race Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Would you be interested in contributing to an edited volume on Representations of Race and Violence in Spike Lee's films, especially the forthcoming "Chi-Raq" (2015)? Trailer: 

Bloomsbury Academic is in principle interested in publishing the collection in a format that has yet to be decided (probably a hardcover/ebook combination). See here for a similar edition: Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained: The Continuation of Metacinema
Spike Lee's film will be released next month and the trailer alone has already caused some controversy (see here: As you probably know, the film is a modern day adaptation of the Greek play "Lysistrata." Judging by the cast (arguably, Tarantino "stole" Samuel L. Jackson from Lee) and the tone, the film is certainly in part an answer to Tarantino and also to critics who have accused the director of misogyny (e.g. bell hooks). 
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino
The place of Chi-Raq in Lee's oeuvre
Representations of Race, Gender and Violence

Apart from African-American studies- and film scholars, I would like to include contributions from a Spike Lee specialist.  Please feel free to forward this message to colleagues.
Please send a brief proposal by December 31st to

Oliver C. Speck, Dr. phil., Associate Professor of Film Studies, VCU

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Oliver C. Speck, Dr. phil.
Associate Professor of Film Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University - College of Humanities and Sciences
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