CFP: Spectator Journal, "Post-Identity" Deadline - 11/29/09

Spectator: Call for Papers


Volume 30, Number 2 (Fall 2010)

This issue of Spectator seeks papers that engage in current debates about “post-identity” and their significance to academic studies of identity and media within national and global contexts. Questions of post-race, post-gender, and post-human identities have been consistently raised within the disciplines of Critical Race Theory, queer theory, new media theory, and gender studies, and this issue will examine the implications of these claims and their relationship to the field of media studies.  This issue is particularly relevant in a moment when, preceding and succeeding the election of Barack Obama as President, critics and commentators have declared race as now “irrelevant.”  Academic essays, interviews, and book reviews that interrogate the idea of “transcending” or moving beyond identity, as well as representations of “post-identity” within film, television and new media, are all encouraged for submission.

Deadline for Submission (November 29, 2009) 

Spectator is a biannual publication, and submissions that address post-identity and related topics are now invited for submission. Potential topics in the fields of Critical Race Theory, queer theory, new media theory, and gender studies may include, but are not limited to: 

New Media and Technology:

  • New technologies, new media theory, and the erasure of identity
  • Relationships between technology and race, gender or sexuality in film or television
  • Relationships between creative and industrial practices, new technology, and representation of identity
  • New technologies, popular music, and identity
  • Avant-garde, technology and identity
  • New technologies and issues of nationalism, regionalism or diaspora

      Science and Science Fiction(s)

      • Representations of the “future” within scholarly texts and visual media
      • Utopias, dystopias and connections to identity
      • Representations of cyborgs, aliens, monsters and robots within visual media
      • Special effects and identity
      • Artificial intelligence
      • Genetic engineering

          Political culture and celebrity

          • Stardom and identity within contemporary media
          • Barack Obama and American racial politics
          • Humanism and post-humanism

              Manuscripts to be considered for publication should be sent to:

              • Janani Subramanian

              2000 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Unit C

              Redondo Beach, CA 90278

              Phone: 323-377-1786


              One copy of manuscript should be submitted, as well as a digital copy. Submissions can also be e-mailed directly. Manuscripts should include the title of the contribution and the name (s) of authors, as well as the postal address, e-mail address, and phone numbers for authors who will work with the editor on any revisions. All pages should be numbered consecutively. Contributions should not be more than 5,000 words. They should also include a brief abstract for publicity. Authors should also include a brief biographical entry. Rejected manuscripts will not be returned. 

              Articles submitted to Spectator should not be under consideration by any other journal.

              Book Reviews may vary in length from 300 to 1,000 words. Please include title of book, retail price and ISBN at the beginning of the review.  Examples of possible books include: Dangerous Frames: How Ideas about Race and Gender Shape Public Opinion, Mixed Race Hollywood, Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace, Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age, Draculas, Vampires and Other Undead Forms: Essays on Gender, Race and Culture and Latino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race.


              Forum or Additional Section contributions can include works on new archival or research facilities or methods as well as other relevant works related to the field. 

              Electronic Submissions and Formatting. Authors should send copies of their work via e-mail as electronic attachments. Please keep backup files of all disks. Files should be Microsoft Word in PC or Mac format, depending on the editor's preference. Endnotes should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style.

              Upon acceptance, a format guideline will be forwarded to all contributors as to image and text requirements. 

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                    Marsha Kinder

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                    William Whittington

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                    Janani Subramanian 

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