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[Commlist] CFP: Years in Cultural Studies

Thu Feb 13 07:49:23 GMT 2020

Call for Papers: “Years in Cultural Studies” in Lateral, Journal of the
Cultural Studies Association
Editor: Robert W. Gehl ((rob /at/

Lateral, the journal of the Cultural Studies Association, seeks
submissions for a unique collection of essays: Years in Cultural

What forgotten historical moments or contexts shaped the trajectory of
cultural studies? How have individual scholars and broader social
movements contributed to the cultural studies we know today? The
special section of Lateral—“Years in Cultural Studies”—seeks to answer
these questions and more through essays that interrogate cultural
studies’ diverse, fragmented, and provocative history. Essays in this
collection focus on specific years in the history of Cultural Studies.
“Years in Cultural Studies” seeks to provide a pedagogical resource, a
place for documentation and excavation, and a forum for storytelling.
We see this work as heeding the call Ted Striphas to do "care work" –
that is, infrastructural, cultivating work – to support the field of
Cultural Studies. Striphas asks, “What would it mean to imagine
Cultural Studies as a ‘care discipline,’ or better yet as a field in
which criticism and care cohabitate?” In this spirit, “Years in
Cultural Studies” provides a collection of open, accessible, student-
friendly histories of the field that allow all of us to learn more
about its intellectual genealogies, struggles, and contexts.

Contributions to this collective endeavor might, for instance: • Revisit the years within the half-century history of the field
formally called “cultural studies,” including the creation of
university programs around the world, the publication of important
texts, and summaries of conferences.
    • Trace how historical and political contexts have shaped the
ethos, foci, and goals of cultural studies.
    • Respond to existing essays through discussions of more
publications, social and political events, or geopolitical
contextualization. The goal of such responses would be supplemental, to
build upon a collective project.
    • Interrogate the history of cultural studies’ position(s) apart
from, between, and within, other disciplines and/or that ask how
institutionalization has shaped the character and goals of cultural
    • Discuss years before the formal foundation of Cultural Studies in
the 1960s. We anticipate discussions of the historical and intellectual
contexts that influenced the works of key figures like Antonio Gramsci.
But we also reiterate Carol Stabile’s call for excavation of work
outside the currently-accepted Cultural Studies canon and ask for work
that grapples with marginalized and subaltern cultural studies.

Thus, our call for more Years essays is a call for more care work in
our field, to add to a collective project, to set aside virilophilism
in favor of the hidden and marginalized, all with a goal to tell the
cultural studies story once more and make its history even more legible
to the next generation of cultural studies scholars.

For further guidance, we invite potential contributors to look at
published essays in the collection:

Potential authors should submit 500-750 word abstracts to the Years in
Cultural Studies editor, Robert W. Gehl, at (rob /at/ with
the subject line "Years in Cultural Studies".

In keeping with the journal’s current practice, submissions will
undergo rigorous peer review, including screening by the editor and
review by at least two anonymous referees.

This CFP is available as a PDF here:

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