CFP: Trump’s America: Terrorizing Gender, Race, and Justice

Co-editors: Christine A. Kray and Uli Linke, Rochester Institute of Technology

We invite abstract proposals for chapters in an edited volume on the theme of Trump’s America: Terrorizing Gender, Race, and Justice

This volume examines the disruptive leakage of the political “nervous system” (Taussig 1992) in Trump’s America and its hazardous, toxic, and violent effects on societal impact zones: gender, race, and justice. Our critical concern rests with documenting and theorizing how the traumatizing caprice of this presidency instigates ruptures in the body politic, the rhythms of everyday life, the conditions of justice, and the experiences of personhood.Casting himself as a rogue anti-establishment figure, president Trump is a self-conscious iconoclast and cultural disrupter, who seems hardly conscious of the vulnerabilities left in the wake of his erratic impulses. While conventional behaviors and gestures are rejected, so, too, are conventional methods of establishing justice and representing truth. While eschewing political correctness, globality, and liberal democracy, Trump unleashes buried gender and racial prejudices. Troubling specters from a violent past (slavery, segregation, fascism, colonialism) have been conjured up, retrenching lines of division and difference. At a time in which political imagery is crafted and performed with an eye on both perturbation and dissemination, how do political actors frame and repackage their gendered imagery and performances? How are racializing images staged, ripped out, riffed on, mashed up---and where is the line between generative witchcraft and malicious sorcery? 

We welcome chapters that consider gender, race, and justice in the Trump era in one or more of the following ways: sentiments attached to gender and/or race have become weaponized as instruments of power; policies and state practices shore up white male privilege; a state of emergency regarding gender and racial identities has destabilized those very identities; and cultural forms of resistance have wielded corporeal, scatological, and carnivalesque imagery to terrorize state actors, in turn. Chapters might address a wide range of topics, from family separation and child internment policies on the U.S.-Mexico border, to the First Lady’s fashion choices, strongman authoritarianism, gendered dimensions of nationalism, Muslim bans and hijab politics, Confederate statues, the kneeling athlete, white nostalgia, “Pocahontas” as a slur and Native American sovereignty, transgender soldiers, the rollback of civil rights, voter suppression, industrial policy and masculinity, the Women’s March, #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, mediated forms of violence, including Twitter tirades and televised rallies, and beyond. We also seek chapters that place Trumpism in global context, as part of a broader reemergence of nationalism and authoritarianism, identifying critical influences, similarities, and differences.

We invite submissions from scholars in anthropology, cultural studies, film and media studies, sociology, ethnic/Black/Latinx/indigenous studies, or related fields. Chapters should consist of theoretically informed and framed research. The volume will be submitted for publication with an academic press.

Deadlines: Please send abstracts (250-500 words) of proposed chapters and a 100-word author bio by January 15, 2019 to Christine Kray: cakgss@rit.edu. In the abstract, please indicate your focus, your theoretical/analytic approach, and what preliminary work you have already completed. The chapters themselves should be 7-8,000 words in length, including bibliography and notes. Completed chapters will be due September 1, 2019. Revised chapters will be due one month after receiving feedback from the book’s editors. Given the time-sensitivity of the topic, all deadlines for publication will be firm.

Questions? Please contact Christine A. Kray (cakgss@rit.edu) or Uli Linke (uhlgss@rit.edu), Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Rochester Institute of Technology.