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CFP: Journal of American Folklore Special Issue on African American Cultural Expression and Protest

Tuesday, August 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kinsey Brooke

African American Expressive Culture and Protest, Imagination, and Dreams of Blackness

a special issue is of the Journal of American Folklore

Deadline: November 2, 2020


“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” - Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God)

JAF invites you to contribute creative, reflective, or scholarly work to chronicle the current movement for racial and social justice. This multidisciplinary issue will include the work of activists, artists, and scholars to showcase the power of Black artistic expression, beauty, and identity.

In an uncertain time of COVID-19, the efforts to dismantle white supremacy, and the age of Black Lives Matter, the editors of the JAF recognize that this moment is not isolated; instead, it is a part of a broader continuum in the work of Black liberation. The editors are most interested in submissions by Black contributors because this “moment" of U.S. history should be told by those on the frontlines who are the most active in the streets, organizations, digital platforms, and scholarly debates.

As folklorists, the editors of JAF value that every single individual and their story, and every little bit of artistry makes up the complexities of our world and are thus worthy of attention, and welcome submissions featuring or about any type of artistic expression that relates to the current protests (signs, songs, music, jokes, memes, cartoons, murals, sermons, narratives about personal experiences, etc). The editors are especially interested in work that engages the themes of aesthetics, theological reflection, intergenerational dialog, gender, and history. The focus will be on the U.S., but submissions that contribute a global perspective are welcomed.

The editors invite you to submit a creative piece, reflective essay, scholarly article (8-14,000 words), or transcript of an interview that focuses on some dimension(s) of Black expressive culture and protest. For JAF guidelines, go to The editors are excited to consider unconventional formats for this issue; please contact JAF if you have ideas and aren’t sure if they will fit.

To submit, follow this link. The deadline is November 2, 2020.

If you have questions or encounter problems with the submission platform, please email Tanya Boucicaut (Guest Editor) and Lisa Gilman at (Editor-in-Chief).

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