Call for Submissions: New Blog Series on Comics, Race, and Society


Guest Editors: Julian Chambliss and Walter Greason

In the past two decades, an increasing number of scholars have examined the influence and power of comics in U.S. society.  These scholars have approached the critical analysis of comic books, comic strips, graphic novels and other sequential art as cultural artifacts that highlight wider societal concerns linked to social, economic and political transformations. Diverse in form, the comic medium offers a powerful window on our collective psyche. Given the representation power of the medium, it is no surprise that scholars concerned with the black experience see the “sequential” space as both a challenge and an opportunity for the broader project of liberation.

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) issues this call for a new blog series on comics, race, and society. We invite new and experienced writers–including undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars–to submit guest blog posts for this series. Broadly speaking, blog posts in this series will examine how diasporic perspectives have shaped graphic narratives in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

We encourage potential contributors to submit guest blog posts that explore topics that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Graphic Narratives and Race
  • Intersectionality and Graphic Narratives
  • Nationalism and Graphic Narratives
  • Transmedia, Identities, and Graphic Narratives
  • Digital and Convergence Media
  • Interracial and Intersexual Narratives
  • Visual Iconography in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
  • User Experience and Social Enterprise in Racial Context

Blog posts should not exceed 1,500 words (not including footnotes) and should be written for a general audience. AAIHS will accept submissions on a rolling basis until October 31, 2016. Accepted blog posts will undergo a peer review process before they are published.

About the guest editors:

Dr. Julian Chambliss is Chair and Professor of History at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. His teaching and research focus on urban history and culture in the United States. He is the co-editor of Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men, which explores the changing depiction of superheroes from the comic books of the 1930s to the cinematic present. Dr. Walter Greason is the Founder of the International Center for Metropolitan Growth and an economic historian in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University. He is the creator of the #Wakandasyllabus.


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