Communication Law Review Special Issue

Communication Law Review is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of “Critical Race Theory and Communication Studies.” Graduate students as well as faculty are highly encouraged to submit manuscripts for this special issue. Deadline: August 1, 2009.

Communication Law Review Special Issue

Call for Papers: Critical Race Theory and Communication
Studies

A Special Issue of Communication Law Review
Guest Editor: Rachel Griffin Ph.D., Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale

The editorial board of the Communication Law Review
encourages submissions of scholarly articles for a special
issue on Critical Race Theory (CRT). The overarching premise
of this special issue is to serve as a focused point of
entry for CRT into the field of Communication Studies.
Described as “a gasp of emancipatory hope” by Cornel West
(1995, p.xii), CRT offers numerous possibilities to the
field of Communication Studies as a theoretical and
methodological force that necessitates positioning the
perspectives, knowledges, and experiences of marginalized
identity groups at the center of inquiry.

Rooted in legal studies, critical race theory was designed
to critique the laws and policies that uphold White
supremacy in the United States (Crenshaw Gotanda, Peller, &
Thomas, 1995). As theory, CRT provides a rich foundation for
understanding the experiences of people of color; as method,
CRT allows for the exploration of how race and racism work
in the everyday lives of people of color. With a fierce
emphasis on liberation, those who utilize CRT and the
offspring of CRT including Critical Race Feminism, LatCrit,
AsianCrit, TribalCrit, WhiteCrit, and QueerCrit within their
work address the deeply embedded roots of oppression. As a
genre of critical scholarship, CRT and its’ offspring offer
rich theoretical and methodological means to explore the
ways social inequality is produced, (re)produced, and/or
contested at micro and macro levels of U.S. American society
and abroad. Submissions that bring together the unique
insights of CRT and communication scholarship to
contribute to an innovative dialogue that inspires social
consciousness and social justice will be favored. Authors
may address a variety of different topic areas including but
not limited to rhetoric, performance, identity, policy,
education, pedagogy, media, technology, sport, and
globalization.

Graduate students as well as faculty are highly encouraged
to submit manuscripts for this special issue. It is strongly
encouraged that authors submit manuscripts electronically
and conform to the stylistic and citation guidelines of the
Chicago Manual of Style. The deadline for submissions to
this special issue is August 1st, 2009. All submissions
should be sent to Rachel Griffin, Ph.D. at rachelag@siu.edu
in a Microsoft Word document. To facilitate the blind, peer
review process, no material identifying the author(s) of
submitted manuscripts should appear anywhere other than the
title page, which should include: (a) the title of the
paper, (b) the author’s name, position, institutional
affiliation, address, telephone and fax numbers, and email
address, (c) any acknowledgements, including the history of
the manuscript and if any part of it has been presented at a
conference or is derived from a thesis or dissertation; and
(d) a word count. Manuscripts must be double-spaced
throughout and should be no longer than 9,000 words,
inclusive of notes and reference matter. Papers will be
referred to peer reviewers for publication. The manuscripts
for this special issue should not be under review by any
other publication venue.

To inquire about this special issue, please contact:

Rachel Alicia Griffin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Speech Communication
Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale
1100 Lincoln Drive Mailcode 6605
Carbondale, IL 62901
Rachelag@siu.edu
(618) 453-1882

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