Wrestling with Identity: Nation, Race, and Culture in Professional Wrestling

Call for Chapters: Edited Volume on Professional Wrestling (Tentative Title: Wrestling with Identity: Nation, Race, and Culture in Professional Wrestling)

We are seeking contributors to our project, an edited volume of essays examining various aspects of professional wrestling and its relationship to other themes (nationalism, gender, race, etc.). The scope is broad and open, and authors are welcome to write about any individual, period, or location. For our purposes, professional wrestling is broadly defined as grappling contests for pay, regardless of whether the outcomes are predetermined – hence, this could include “shoot” contests from the late-nineteenth century to the current televised “sports-entertainment” product, or even mixed martial arts, popularized in the last two decades by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and other promotions. Both of the editors are trained as historians, but we welcome submissions from practitioners of all humanities and social science disciplines.

Proposals should be no more than 1-2 pages, and should include a brief bio of the author. Interested individuals should email their proposals to Aaron Horton (Assistant Professor of History, Alabama State University) at ahorton@alasu.edu, or Zach Bates (M.A., history, Georgia State University, history PhD candidate, University of Calgary) at zachary.bates@ucalgary.ca. We hope to receive all chapter proposals by December 31, 2015 in order to move forward with the project in a timely manner.

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