CFP: At the Table: Mediated Narrative Experiences of First Generation Americans

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Call for Papers
February 25, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Race Studies, Journalism and Media Studies, Communication

Call for Papers

At the Table: Mediated Narrative Experiences of First Generation Americans

Omotayo Banjo, Ph.D.

Immigrants and their children (referred to as first and second generation) have contributed significantly to American narratives and popular culture overall. Programs like Fresh off the Boat, Master of None, Jane the Virgin, and films like My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and Crazy Rich Asians have emerged telling stories which resonate with the intergenerational and intercultural characteristics of American identity. In addition, entertainers like Hasan Minhaj, Anik Khan,  Kumail Nanjiani, Yvonne Orji, and Issa Rae have gained access to spaces (a seat at the table)  which have yielded increased turnout of audiences with similar heritages, other immigrants, and White  Americans as well. Their popularity is of particular interest given the increased hostile sentiment towards current immigrants, their children and those migrating to the United States for asylum. Through film, television, books and music, immigrants and their children have told personal, collective, and universal stories. Not only do their narratives give voice to non-dominant groups, but mediated narratives of the immigrant experience also offer insight into both the ideal and reality of living in the United States. In addition, these narratives highlight the acculturative experiences shared among minorities regardless of racial background.

The purpose of this anthology is to gather essays which 1) engage questions of representation of immigrants and their children, 2) offer analysis of first and second generation American produced texts and their audiences, and 3) share reflective essays from minoritized first-generation Americans about their assimilation experience, and if possible their connection to any first-gen narratives. While there are different definitions for first-generation, for this anthology, first-generation is being defined as children of parents who immigrated to America as adults or who immigrated to America themsleves as children.

Submissions may include textual or audience analysis, autoethnographies, personal essays, survey or experimental methods. Creative and non-academic submissions are also welcome. Texts of interest include film (mainstream and independent), television, original series, books, online magazines, and music which speak to the first-generation experience. Essays written by those who are first or second generation  are encouraged. The topics of submitted papers include but are not limited to:

Narratives centered on first-generation individuals or families  | Intergenerational immigrant experience or conflict as related to media |  Minoritized first-generation American media creators | Web-Series about the First-Gen Experience| Fresh Off the Boat | Halal in the Family| Jhumpa Lahiri | Chimamanda Adichie | Margaret Cho | Yaa Gyasi | Teju Cole |  Khaled Hosseini | Junot Diaz  | Master of None (Netflix)  | Hasan Minhaj | Issa Rae Diop  | Yvonne Orji’s First Gen TV show | One Day at a Time (Netflix) | Coco (film)  | Vida (film) | Jane the Virgin | Kevin Kwan  | Anik Khan |  Wale | Jidenna | Any other first generation media creator whose work speaks to the acculturation or hybrid culture experience.


1. Deadline for chapter proposals (approx. 500-1000 words excluding citations): February  8,, 2019

2. Include a cover page with all of the authors' contact information,  key terms, and an abridged c.v. for each author

3. Submit proposals to Omotayo Banjo via email to with “First Gen Media”  in the subject line.

4. Invitations to submit full manuscripts will be sent by February 22, 2019

5. If selected, a draft of your chapter submissions must be original works of at least 3000-6000 (estimate) words, references included. Chapter deadline: July  26, 2019


About the Editor

Omotayo Banjo, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Communication at the University of Cincinnati who focuses on representation and audience responses to racial and cultural media. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Race and Social Problems. In addition, she is the editor of Media Across the African Diaspora: Content, Audiences, and Influence (Routledge) and co-editor of Contemporary Christian Culture: Missions, Messages and Dilemmas (Rowman & Littlefield).  

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