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Jewish Sports Heritage CFP

With the 2018 volume “Jewish Sports Heritage” will focus on writing on any aspect of Jewish involvement in the world of sports. The journal will no longer be published quarterly, just one time/year, so this will be an expanded volume. We seek compelling essays, insightful commentaries and critical analyses.

Jewish Sports Heritage Association is accepting the following kinds of submissions on topical issues or debates:

– Research essays, open to interpretation;

– Commentary: social scientific assessments of events, journalistic reportage;

– Conversations; interviews with athletes, coaches, others involved in sports;

– Photo essays;

– Book reviews.

We invite both proposals and submissions. Proposals should be submitted by December 1. Submissions are due by December 30. Expected publication of the journal is February 4, 2018.

Contact Info:

Alan Freedman


Jewish Sports Heritage Association

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Future of Monument Culture CFP

In 2017, a year of difficult and often appalling events both on the national and international stage, monument culture unexpectedly became the centerpiece of discussion, protest, activism, and vandalism. Scholars and preservationists witnessed monument culture move from the margins to the center of society, both in the United States and in many other countries around the world. In order to capture contemporary approaches and attitudes to the quickly shifting terrain of monument culture, the American Association for State and Local History and Rowman & Littlefield have contracted a collection of essays, to be published in late 2018 under the title Monument Culture: International Perspectives on the Future of Monuments in a Changing World. The purpose of the edited volume is to acknowledge shared experiences through a wider perspective; to contribute to the work of the world-wide heritage community; and to document through publication the evolving approaches towards monument culture across the world, encouraging a more informed understanding of monuments and their meanings, especially useful for those outside of academia, including cultural heritage professionals and the interested public.

The geographic locale, time period, and disciplinary method is wide open—essays will be selected for a diverse yet balanced presentation of approach, place, material form, and subject matter. Essays should be accessible and provide content for meaningful discussions, helping readers to understand public monuments with contested meanings. Potential contributors should focus on presenting their topic for the use of museum and other heritage professionals as well as an informed public.  In order to capture contemporary monument culture interest and use, the timeline for publication is brisk and is as follows:

  • Call for Proposal circulates, with a deadline of December 17, 2017
  • Contributors selected for inclusion in edited volume contacted by December 31, 2017
  • Essays of approximately 3,500 to 4,000 words with accompanying image(s) and permissions due to editor by February 28, 2018

Editor Laura A. Macaluso, Ph.D. is the author of books and essays on art and history, with a focus on monuments, murals, and museums. This work includes Art of the Amistad and the Portrait of Cinqué (AASLH/Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and the The Public Artscape of New Haven: Themes in the Creation of a City Image (McFarland, 2018).  Please send your questions and/or your 250-word proposals with a two-sentence biography by December 17, 2017 to

Contact Info:

Laura A, Macaluso, Ph.D.

Editor, Monument Culture

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Race, Dystopia and American Identity CFP

Call for papers, The St. John’s Humanities Review Spring 2018 Issue

The St. John’s University Humanities Review
Special Issue: “Race, Dystopia, and American Identity”
Deadline for Abstracts: December 15, 2018

Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2018

Editors: Scott Koski and Catherine C. Saunders
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“Race, Dystopia, and American Identity”

A Special Issue of The St. John’s University Humanities Review Spring 2018

Focusing on race, dystopia and how they shape or contribute to American identity, The St. John’s University Humanities Review ( is accepting submissions for its special issue, “Race, Dystopia, and American Identity” which will be published in the spring of 2018. The editors are seeking reviews, interviews, and essays that contemplate race, dystopia, and American identity through theoretical, pedagogical, and/or personal lenses. The editors are especially interested, but not limited to, reviews or criticisms that consider race, dystopia, and the role of the fool (or satiric versions of) within dystopian spaces.

The editors are also seeking book reviews on recent publications, both fiction or non-fiction, that contain themes of race, dystopia, and American identity. If interested in reviewing one of the following titles, or a recent title of your suggestion please reach out to the editors immediately.
We Were Eight Years and Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Beyond the Messy Truth by Van Jones
Be Fierce by Gretchen Carlson
CHOKEHOLD by Paul Butler
Borne: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer

Please submit an abstract of 250 words with a working title along with a CV by December 15, 2018. The final deadline for submissions is February 15, 2018.
Submissions must be sent as Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx only) attached via email (i.e. not in the body text of the email) to both editors:

Submissions must be double-spaced, adhering to Chicago Manual of Style (NB w/footnotes, 16th Edition). Book reviews and interviews should be no more than 1000 words; essays and all other submissions no more than 5000 words.

Publishing Opportunity for Grad Students

Olympika, The International Journal of Olympic Studies invites graduate students to write journal article reviews for Olympika’s up coming issue. This is a great opportunity to earn a published writing credit through a brief review of a recently published journal article related to the Olympics. Please visit for more information. If interested, please contact Jared Walters for further detail at

Jared Walters, PhD Candidate, Western University
Journal Article Reviews Editor
Olymipka The International Journal of Olympic Studies

CFP: Articles on Black Womanhood

Open Cultural Studies

Peer-Reviewed Journal by De Gruyter Open

CFP: Black Womanhood in Popular Culture

Editors: Dr Katharina Gerund (Erlangen/Nürnberg); Dr Stefanie Schäfer (Jena)

contemporary popular culture, black womanhood frequently takes centre stage. It occupies an increasingly central place and articulates new and renewed dimensions, prompting questions about the status of black women in the cultural imaginary of the US and beyond. Most prominently, Michelle Obama’s First Ladyship has sparked scholarly and media discussions around the significance of stereotypes associated with black women, the possibilities and limitations of public figures to create new images and anchor them in the cultural imaginary, and about the subject positions and images that express and shape constructions of black womanhood (cf. Harris-Perry 2011, Schäfer 2015, Spillers 2009). Further examples include the pop singer Beyoncé, who has proclaimed her commitment to feminism and designed an already iconic celebration of black motherhood (concerning Afro-futurist tropes), wildly popular TV shows like Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder which feature black female protagonists, or literary works and feminist manifestos such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (2013) or We Should All Be Feminists (2014) and Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (2017).


Our special issue aims to examine the multifaceted ideological implications of this proliferation of black womanhood in popular culture. We understand popular culture as a site where “collective social understandings are created” (cf. Stuart Hall 2009) and as a marketplace governed primarily by economic interests, but also trading in symbolic capital, identities, and collective fantasies. Popular culture thus may model new subject positions, unsettle cultural authorities, and question cultural ideals – intentionally or inadvertently so. The contributions to this special issue discuss representations and performances of black womanhood in the transatlantic sphere. They raise issues about the genealogies of these images and their empowering and limiting qualities, about the “affective agency” (Rebecca Wanzo) and subjecthood that black women claim and/or are assigned in these cultural productions, and about the signifying functions of the black female body in visual economies: How does contemporary popular culture negotiate, revise, or recalibrate stereotypical depictions of black women? How can representations of black womanhood be discussed from different theoretical vantage points, such as Afro-Pessimism, Critical Race Studies, Black Feminism? And how can they be positioned within new formations of the Black Atlantic, within (trans)national “affective economies” (Sara Ahmed) and contemporary discourses on race, class, gender, and age in the US and beyond?


Contributions may address a broad range of topics, pertaining to e.g. visual culture (comics, films, TV shows, etc.), material culture and bodily practices, literature, performances, or the arts. We welcome academic essays as well as images to our volume. Issues to be explored include but are not limited to:

·                Black women as cultural agents

·                Feminist agendas and their representation in cultural discourses

·                Epistemologies of black womanhood and systems of knowledge production

·                Afropessimisms and ontologies of black subjecthood

·                Histories and genealogies of representing black womanhood

Contact Info:

Please submit abstracts (500 words maximum) and biographical information to Dr Katharina Gerund (Erlangen/Nürnberg) and Dr Stefanie Schäfer (Jena): and katharina.gerund@fau.deby January 15, 2018Manuscripts of 5000 to 7000 words will be due by May 1, 2018.

CFP: American Humor

Studies in American Humor (StAH), a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ), has published scholarly critical essays, review essays, and book reviews on all aspects of American humor since 1974.  The premier journal for scholarship on humor, StAH addresses a wide spectrum of American humor, past and present.  As a service to its audience of scholars and students in the humanities, especially literary, cultural, and media studies, StAH has featured  an annual review of current scholarship, “The Year’s Work in American Humor Studies,” since 1999.

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Submissions of essay manuscripts between 5000 and 8000 words are welcome on any topic, theme, practice, practitioner, and medium of American humor. StAH values transnational and interdisciplinary approaches as well as traditional critical and historical humanities scholarship. We are particularly interested in publishing essays on the visual humor of comics and animated cartoons; varieties of ethnic humor (African-American, Asian-American, Latinx, and Native American); online humor; television humor (late-night satire  sketch comedy, and sit-coms); stand-up; vaudeville; and antebellum literary humor. One electronic copy of a manuscript should be submitted in Word or rtf format with documentation in Chicago endnote style following The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) to the journal’s online Editorial Manager portal; accompanying illustrations should be provided in jpg format. Additional details are available at our editorial portal and at <>. Authors are responsible for securing permissions if their accepted submissions contain copyrighted material beyond fair use.

The journal also invites individuals to send books for review; books and essays for our annual feature, “The Year’s Work in American Humor Studies”; and previously unpublished (or long lost) primary sources with short analytical essays for our occasional feature, “The Recovery Room.”

Essay submissions and other materials in electronic form for “The Recovery Room” should be submitted via the Editorial Manager portal at the address above.  Please submit other publication queries to Lawrence Howe, Editor of Studies in American Humor, at Books and inquiries about book reviews should be sent to David Gillota, Associate Editor.

All contributors must be members in good standing of the American Humor Studies Association (AHSA) at the time of publication. Membership information is available via the AHSA website: <>.

Contact Info:

Christy Zempter, Managing Editor, Studies in American Humor

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