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[ecrea] Call for Papers - Critical Race Theory & Communication Studies, A Special Issue of the Communication Law Review

Thu Jun 25 17:08:01 GMT 2009


Call for Papers

Critical Race Theory & Communication Studies:

A Special Issue of the Communication Law Review

Guest Editor: Rachel Griffin Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

The editorial board encourages submissions of scholarly articles for a special issue on Critical Race Theory (CRT). The overarching premise of this special issue is to serve as a focused point of entry for CRT into the field of Communication Studies. Described as "a gasp of emanicipatory hope" by Cornel West (1995, p.xii), CRT offers numerous possibilities to the field of Communication Studies as a theoretical and methodological force that necessitates positioning the perspectives, knowledges, and experiences of marginalized identity groups at the center of inquiry.

Rooted in legal studies, critical race theory was designed to critique the laws and policies that uphold White supremacy in the United States (Crenshaw Gotanda, Peller, & Thomas, 1995). As theory, CRT provides a rich foundation for understanding the experiences of people of color; as method, CRT allows for the exploration of how race and racism work in the everyday lives of people of color. With a fierce emphasis on liberation, those who utilize CRT and the offspring of CRT including Critical Race Feminism, LatCrit, AsianCrit, TribalCrit, WhiteCrit, and QueerCrit within their work address the deeply embedded roots of oppression. As a genre of critical scholarship, CRT and its' offspring offer rich theoretical and methodological means to explore the ways social inequality is produced, (re)produced, and/or contested at micro and macro levels of U.S. American society and abroad. Submissions that bring together the unique insights of CRT and communication scholarship to contribute to an innovative dialogue that inspires social consciousness and social justice will be favored. Authors may address a variety of different topic areas including but not limited to rhetoric, performance, identity, policy, education, pedagogy, media, technology, sport, and globalization.

Graduate students as well as faculty are highly encouraged to submit manuscripts for this special issue. It is strongly encouraged that authors submit manuscripts electronically and conform to the stylistic and citation guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style. The deadline for submissions to this special issue is August 1st, 2009. All submissions should be sent to Rachel Griffin, Ph.D. at <(rachelag /at/ siu.htm)>(rachelag /at/ in a Microsoft Word document. To facilitate the blind, peer review process, no material identifying the author(s) of submitted manuscripts should appear anywhere other than the title page, which should include: (a) the title of the paper, (b) the author's name, position, institutional affiliation, address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address, (c) any acknowledgements, including the history of the manuscript and if any part of it has been presented at a conference or is derived from a thesis or dissertation; and (d) a word count. Manuscripts must be double-spaced throughout and should be no longer than 9,000 words, inclusive of notes and reference matter. Papers will be referred to peer reviewers for publication. The manuscripts for this special issue should not be under review by any other publication venue.

To inquire about this special issue, please contact:

Rachel Alicia Griffin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Speech Communication

Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale

1100 Lincoln Drive Mailcode 6605

Carbondale, IL 62901

<(rachelag /at/ siu.htm)>(rachelag /at/

(618) 453-1882


Crenshaw, K., Gotanda, N., Peller, G., & Thomas, K. (Eds.). (1995). Critical race theory: The key writings that formed the movement. New York: The New York Press.

West, C. (1995). Forward. In K. Crenshaw, N. Gotanda, G. Peller, & Thomas, K. (Eds.), (2000). Critical Race Theory: The key writings that formed the movement. (pp.xi-xii). New York: The New York Press.

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
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