28/10/2018 – CFP: aspeers: emerging voices in american studies

Call for Papers (General Section) 

aspeers: emerging voices in american studies
Call for Submissions by 28 October 2018

aspeers is the first and currently only peer-reviewed print journal for MA-level American studies scholars in Europe. It is a platform for the best work done by American studies graduate students below the PhD level. It aims to foster academic exchange among young Americanists across Europe, and to thereby advance the field as well as its genuine European perspective on ‘America’ and its presences and effects around the world. aspeers features a general section in addition to a topical one that brings academic and creative works into a dialogue on one common theme.

For the general section of its twelfth issue, aspeers seeks outstanding academic writing demonstrating the excellence of graduate scholarship, the range of concerns scrutinized in the field, and the diversity of perspectives employed. They thus explicitly invite revised versions of term papers or chapters from theses written by students of European Master (and equivalent) programs. For this section, there are no topical limitations. Contributions should be up to 7,500 words (including abstract and list of works cited). The submission deadline is 28 October 2018. aspeers 12 (2019) will also contain a topical section organized around the theme “American Anger.” We encourage European MA-level students to submit papers on this topic in particular. Please consult their topical Call for Submissions at http://www.aspeers.com/2019.
For more information, our submission guidelines, and a timetable of the review process for this issue, please refer to http://www.aspeers.com/submit  . Please direct questions and inquiries to editors@aspeers.com.

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Call for Papers: “American Anger”

aspeers: emerging voices in american studies
Call for Submissions by 28 October 2018

“If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention”—according to an Esquire/NBC News survey from 2016, “[h]alf of all Americans are angrier today than they were a year ago.” Statements like this mirror a perceived cultural and societal change that transcends simplistic partisan divides and has been accompanied by political battles and heated discourse. Though there has been an increased focus on anger in American public life following the 2016 election season, the mobilization of anger has a history that reaches back much further than current debates might suggest.
While anger is often targeted toward a specific group or specific policies, we want to avoid simple, binary conclusions. Rather, we wish to highlight why this emotion has gained such a prominent space in discussions of American culture and politics. In addition, we aim to go beyond a purely pessimistic outlook and are encouraging contributions that look further into either the positive effects of anger or productive responses to anger. In order to explore the breadth of this concept, it can be particularly helpful to not only focus on the current political situation but also on past and present literary explorations of anger and the manifestations of anger as a cultural practice.

For its twelfth issue, aspeers thus dedicates its topical section to “American Anger” and invites European graduate students to critically and analytically explore American literature, (popular) culture, society, history, politics, and media through the lens of anger in the US. We welcome papers from all fields, methodologies, and approaches comprising American studies as well as inter- and transdisciplinary submissions. Potential paper topics could cover (but are not limited to):
• Explorations of anger in literature and in popular culture, e.g. in particular genres such as superhero
narratives or protest movies, documentaries, mockumentaries, etc., or in various tones or modes, such as insults, mockeries, or denigrations.
• Historical moments that saw a mobilization of anger, such as the anti Vietnam War movement or the Civil Rights movement, as well as transnational dimensions (such as the transatlantic ‘spillover’) of anger.
• The ‘racialized’ narratives of anger—e.g. the trope of the ‘angry black woman’ and the often-evoked image of ‘the angry white man’—as well as inquiries into the gender politics of anger, how anger is ‘gendered’ and how and why women and/or trans and nonbinary people are responding to or experiencing anger.
• The economies of creating and circulating anger, e.g. news formats featuring punditry, polemics, etc.
• Notions of ‘legitimate’ vs. ‘illegitimate’ anger and whether anger can be addressed in such terms at all.

aspeers, the first and currently only graduate-level peer-reviewed journal of European American studies, encourages fellow MA students from all fields to reflect on the diverse meanings of “American Anger.” They welcome term papers, excerpts from theses, or papers specifically written for the twelfth issue of aspeers by October 28, 2018. If you are seeking to publish work beyond this topic, please refer to their general Call for Papers (look up). Please consult their submission guidelines and find some additional tips at http://www.aspeers.com/2019.

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