The editorial staff for the new peer-reviewed journal Ethnoscapes: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Race and Ethnicity in the Global Context invites submissions for its inaugural issue on the subject of “Race and Coalition.” Ethnoscapes maps the development of important themes in the field of race and ethnic studies by using a “classic” piece as a point of departure for a reconsideration of critical issues within the contemporary economic, political, and cultural terrain.
While the classic piece establishes the thematic parameters of each issue, authors are under no obligation to actively engage the arguments posed by that work.
Issue one explores the subject of “Race and Coalition” with consideration of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) and Charles V. Hamilton’s “The Myths of Coalition” from the 1967 text Black Power: The Politics of Liberation. In this seminal essay, the authors question the viability of coalitions that do not seek radical changes in racial hierarchy, include partners with disparate amounts of economic and political power, and rely on sentimentality and good will to build and maintain cohesiveness.
The authors argue instead that viable and productive coalitions must:
1) Recognize the self-interests of the groups involved in the relationship;
2) Have the capacity for realizing the self-interests of each group;
3) Articulate their own “independent base of power”;
4) Have specific goals.
Proceeding from this articulation of coalition politics, Ethnoscapes seeks manuscripts that investigate the dynamics of “Race and Coalition” with particular attention to one or more of the following themes:
A) Theoretical Foundations of Coalition. If organizing is no longer forged on the basis of shared identity or “unity,” what serves as the “foundation” for political mobilization? What new forms of coalition, alliance, or issue-based organizing have emerged in the current political, economic, and cultural context? Can these convergences operate only temporarily or can they be more sustained? How can/must/do coalitions negotiate differences along the lines of gender, sexuality, nation, religion, and class in articulating a shared platform? What productive alliances have been or can be forged between different marginalized groups? What makes these coalitions cohere? How do these projects (re)shape experiences of race and ethnicity?
B) The Multicultural Terrain of Organizing in the United States. With the rise of Asian/Pacific American and Latino/a social movements, how is “coalition” being rearticulated today? Does the “people of color” construct, expressing the common bonds of non-white groups, make continuing sense? What new challenges to coalition-building emerge in the context of the variable power relations of nation, economic operations, and discourse that characterize the contemporary multiracial terrain of US organizing? What strategies can be mobilized to negotiate these differences? What roles are available to whites in multiracial coalitions and in coalitions for racial justice?
C) The Global Context. What challenges and possibilities do new communications and other technologies linking people across the globe offer for multiracial coalitions? How do the ties of nation, state, and culture complicate efforts to organize pan-ethnically? How can models of organizing around race throughout the world, or on behalf of racially identified groups and concerns, usefully inform organizing strategies in the US context, or vice versa? What is at stake and where are we headed?
Please send manuscript submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. See http://www.kirwaninstitute.org/ethnoscapes/styleguide.html to prepare your document in accordance with the style guidelines of Ethnoscapes.
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
The Ohio State University
Mac A. Stewart
The Office of Minority Affairs
The Ohio State University
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